Friends' Officers and Committees
Officers for the 2022-23 fiscal year are:
President: Sherry Curran
Vice President: Diana Llewellyn
Secretary: Linda Weight
Treasurer: Steve Lyon
Members-at-large: Jeanne Kimball, Geraldine McMahan, Simone Moore,
Annie Schmidt, Steve Skidmore.
Committee Chairs/Teams include:
Book Sales: Open
Card Workshop: Geraldine McMahan
Book Sorting: Duane Fowler
Membership: Linda Weight, Annie Schmidt
Publicity: Annie Schmidt, Linda Weight
Web/Social Media/Newsletter: Maire Testa
History of the Friends of the Siuslaw Public Library
In May, 1978, the Friends of the Florence Public Library, Inc., was recognized as a corporation by the State of Oregon. Later, as the library district grew and changed its name to the Siuslaw Public Library District, the Friends of the Florence Public Library also changed its name. The Statement of Purpose in 1978 was this:
The purposes of this corporation are to maintain an association of persons interested in books and libraries; to focus public attention on library services, facilities, and needs; to strengthen and expand library services; to stimulate the use of the library facilities as a resource center for the community; and to assist the board and staff with suggestions that are deemed helpful.
From its beginnings, a major activity of the Friends of the Library (FOL) has been events for sales of donated used books to raise funds to support Library needs. In addition to the events, the FOL has sponsors an ongoing sale of donated, used books and magazines available from a small set of shelves whenever the Library is open.
Another activity sponsored by the FOL since its beginnings, sometimes with the financial help of the Library program budget, is programs on various topics of public interest. The FOL has also partnered with the Library and the Oregon Council of Humanities (OCH) for programs offered by scholars and experts through their catalog of speakers.
The FOL sponsored a monthly book review program called "Books and Bags." The volunteer reviewers were drawn primarily from participants, though sometimes the chairperson solicited other local people to do book reviews. This program is currently on hiatus.
Other ongoing activities of the FOL are making greeting cards for sale at book sale events and in the library; selling book bags; organizing volunteers to pick up litter on Library grounds. The FOL also provides a "conscience jar" for Library patrons who wish to donate for overdue book returns, even though late fees are not assessed by the Library. Each of these activities is designed to raise or save money for our Library.
Both financially and in time, the FOL has supported the attempts of the Library to pass bond measures by providing local voters with information. The FOL has contributed generously to the completed building expansion as well.
A major purpose and activity of the FOL is to pay for Library needs that are beyond the Library budget. Some of our contributions and purchases are:
Computers and software, bookshelves, and books
A motorized cart for disabled patrons
Financial assistance for paving an adjacent alley
A lectern, sound system, tables, and chairs for the public room
Payment of interest on a property loan for a lot to expand parking
Cleaning the carpet in the public room as needed
Funding of Library activities such as the Summer Reading Program, and continuing education courses for Library staff
Yearly contributions to the Book Endowment fund held by WLCF