Friends of the Orange Public Library

*In compliance with COVID-19 guidance, the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore is closed until further notice.

The Friends of the Orange Public Library is an organization of community residents who believe in the value and future of our public library. The Friends support the Library with funds from the Arline Minor Memorial Bookstore, by receiving and encouraging personal donations, bequests from estates and distributions from trusts, and by encouraging community support for a better library. This wonderful group of volunteers has been serving the Orange Public Library and the community since 1959.

The Friends welcome others to join them as volunteers to assist at the Bookstore, help with Internet sales or donations handling,  or serve on the Board of Directors. Interested candidates should call (714) 288-2424 or email

FOPL is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation, and its federal ID number is: 33-0150200.

Friends Receive 60th Anniversary Proclamation

The Friends of the Orange Public Library received a proclamation from the City Council at their February 12th meeting, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Friends. 

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Pictured from left to right with the City Council are Friends Board members Christine Huard-Spencer (Vice President), Kathleen Stevens (President), Dar Oleskiewicz and Mary Galuska (Bookstore Directors).

Friends of the Library Donate $28,000

The Friends of the Orange Public Library presented our Library with a $28,000 donation, recognized and approved by City Council at their April 14 meeting.  The generous dollar amount coming from FOPL will be used to purchase fiction and audiobooks, fund the Library’s film streaming service, replace obsolete furniture, and provide supplies and incentives for the Summer Reading Club, Adult Literacy Program, and Heritage Days historical celebration.

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The Friends generously provide the Library with the following:

  • Financial support for the Summer Reading Club and OPL Comic Convention
  • Large Print books
  • DVDs and audiobooks for all three branches
  • Funds for other projects requested by the Library
  • Outreach Programs
  • Local History digitization


  • Members can shop at book sales before they open to the public and enjoy other perks
  • Individual Membership - $10 / year
  • Applications available in the Arline Minor Memorial Bookstore or in the Friends’ quarterly newsletter
Friends of the Library Board of Directors
Kathleen Stevens
Vice President
Christine Huard-Spencer
Peter Wetzel
Mary Galuska
Bookstore Director
Mary Galuska
Membership Director
Internet Sales Director
Peter Wetzel
Public Relations
Susie Huber
Inventory Director
Christine Huard-Spencer
Member at Large
Phyllis Steele and Eddie Salcedo
Outreach Director
Communications Director
Volunteer Director

Legacy and Endowment Program

This program offers the opportunity to guarantee the Friends’ continued support for the Library in the years to come. It provides individually tailored plans directed by the donor to support the services and programs they hold most dear. For more information, please contact



  • Summer 2020 Newsletter
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