Friends of SOPL
The friendly Friends of the South Orange Public Library
With your help, the Friends fund everyday programs and services in the Library — new books, reading programs, museum passes, and other Library services for the South Orange community!Join The Friends of SOPL Facebook Group
The Friends of the South Orange Public Library is a 501(c)3 registered charitable organization. Your contribution is tax deductible as provided by law.
Announcing our fall Jewelry Sale dates! All sales feature fine jewelry, vintage jewelry, and quality costume jewelry.
Pop-up Sales in September: Thursdays from 2pm-6pm in the Library: September 8, 15, 22, and 29.
Holiday Jewelry Sale: Saturday December 10, 10am-5pm, and Sunday December 11, 1pm-4pm, in the Library, featuring a very large selection of jewelry. Join the Friends today to shop early-bird admission, 9am-10am on Saturday!
At our last jewelry sale, one lucky customer purchased a pair of Tiffany earrings! Customers also bought less expensive and equally beautiful gifts for their friends, family, and themselves. Proceeds from jewelry sales fund new Library books for children, teens, and adults, the children’s summer reading program, programs for Black History Month and Women’s History Month, and free museum passes, among other Library programs and services.
All jewelry is donated by our generous community. Please donate your no-longer-wanted jewelry to our fall jewelry sales! Donations are accepted all year round.
Join the Friends of the South Orange Public Library for a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thursday October 27, 2022
The trip includes a private charter bus to the Met and a one-hour tour of the collection led by a Met docent. You will also have two and a half hours to browse the Met and to have lunch on your own at any of the Met’s dining facilities (or a hot dog out front).
Departure will be at the South Orange Public Library at 9:15 AM. Please arrive on time; the bus will leave promptly at 9:30 AM. Return pickup will be at 2:45 PM promptly, arriving back at the library around 4:00 PM.
Paid registration deadline is September 30. We can take 25 for this tour. Combined cost for the bus, museum admission, and tour is $70.00 per person. Bus masking required; Museum masking will follow policies in effect at the time.
Announcing: The Friends Ongoing All The Time Whenever You Want Book Sale in the Library!
Where? On the second floor of the Library, across from the circulation desk
When? Whenever the Library is open
What? Books Books Books! Hardcovers $2 — Paperbacks $1
Cash accepted. Buy some books and help fund new Library books for children, teens, and adults, the children’s summer reading program, and free museum passes, among other Library programs and services. And go home with some good books!
Want art? Need art?? Get FREE admission to area museums and gardens, courtesy of the Friends!
South Orange residents can borrow museum passes for free admission from the South Orange Public Library. All passes are funded by your friendly Friends of the Library.
Passes are available to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Cooper Hewitt, Newark Museum of Art, Montclair Art Museum, New York Historical Society, Morris Museum, and Storm King Art Center, with more museums to come. The Cooper Hewitt pass is our latest addition; sign out a pass and visit this treasure trove of a museum!
Donate to the Friends
Thanks to the great good generosity of the South Orange community, the Friends raised over $11,000 for new books, Library programs, and Library services in 2021. We are very grateful to you and thank you sincerely for helping the Library–but the Library can always use more funding. Please Donate and thank you!
Donate jewelry to the Friends Jewelry Sales
Support SOPL by donating your no-longer-wanted jewelry to the Friends Jewelry Sales!
Donate your gently-used books via the Green Bin in the Library parking lot to Better World Books.
Your donated books turn into money for the Library and help spread literacy around the world. Books are picked up Mon/Wed/Fri; if the bin is full, please come back at another time, as books left out in the weather lose all value.
Give to the Friends when you purchase via AmazonSmile.
During the pandemic the Friends are meeting online via Zoom on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 5:00-6:30 pm.
All are welcome! To attend online via Zoom, click here.
2022 meetings (click on linked dates for minutes):
Friends Home Delivery Service
South Orange residents: the Friends will deliver library books and DVDs to your home during the pandemic, and will pick them up three weeks later. Home delivery is provided to residents of South Orange for whom travel to the Library presents a specific hardship.The Friends initiated this service in February 2021, and by popular demand, have extended it through December 2022. We’re very pleased to provide home delivery to the South Orange community!
- Borrowing limit: 10 library items (including adult books, children’s books, and DVDs).
- All deliveries and pick-ups will take place weekly on Thursdays, between 2pm and 6pm.
Since summer 2021, the Friends have funded…
- a major donation to the SOPL Foundation, seed money for their capital campaign for our future Library
- summer 2021 and 2022 children’s reading programs, including the purchase of new books on school summer reading lists and related programs for children
- adult and teen books on social justice, equity, and inclusion, new titles on health and law, test preparation books, manga and graphic novels, and new children’s books, including picture books that support inclusion, graphic novels, and nonfiction books on popular topics
- museum passes for free admission to area museums and gardens for South Orange residents