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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 — including the initial fee for BCCLS —  for the South Orange community!

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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 Spring Jewelry Sale…

… 10am – 5pm Saturday May 4 and 11am-4pm Sunday May 5 in the beautiful new Baird Community Center. Our spring sale will be as large and wonderful as our holiday sale last November. Come shop for gifts for mothers and others, and for you too. 

Proceeds from jewelry sales fund new Library books for children, teens, and adults, the summer reading program for all ages, free museum passes — and the start-up cost for the Library’s membership in the BCCLS network, a major service which makes over 5 million books borrow-able by the South Orange community. Your donations and purchases of jewelry made BCCLS possible.

All jewelry is donated by our generous community. Jewelry donations are accepted all year round: donate your no-longer-wanted jewelry.

Friends Home Delivery Service

South Orange residents: the Friends will deliver library books and DVDs to your home while the Library’s Scotland Road building is closed for renovations, and will pick them up from you two or three weeks later. Home delivery is provided to residents of South Orange for whom travel to the Library’s temporary location at 298 Walton Avenue presents a specific hardship. The Friends are 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 on Thursdays afternoons.
Learn more and Register!

BIG NEWS!
SOPL has joined BCCLS, the Bergen County Cooperative Library System

The Friends are happy to announce that we just gave our biggest gift ever to the Library – we funded the large initial cost to join BCCLS.

By being part of BCCLS, South Orange Library cardholders now have access to over 5 million books to borrow from nearby libraries, plus 60,000 digital books. You can order books from your mobile device or computer for 48-hour delivery to SOPL.

During the Library’s upcoming expansion and renovation, the Library will continue buying new books and providing programs. And when it’s all done, they will need to stock up with LOTS of new books, and will need the Friend’s help. Now we need to rebuild our funds to get ready!

Please help us – Friend the Library and support our bringing BCCLS to South Orange! The Friends have been able to provide thousands of supplemental dollars for Library books and programs every year, and the Library will need our help more than ever in the years to come.

Donate to the Friends

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, and most passes admit a family.

Passes are available for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Cooper Hewitt Museum, The Frick Collection, Guggenheim Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Morris Museum, New York Historical Society, Newark Museum of Art, Storm King Art Center, and for the young among us, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair. Sign out a pass from the Library and visit a wonderful museum, for free.

The Friends Ongoing Book Sale in the Library is suspended until the Library renovation and expansion is complete.

Please donate your gently-used books to Better World Books via the green and white  bin next to the South Orange Public Library parking lot, 65 Scotland Road.

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.

DONATE

Donate to the Friends

Thanks to our jewelry sales and the great good generosity of the South Orange community, the Friends raised money to fund the Library’s membership in BCCLS, as well paying for new books, Library programs, and Library services. We are very grateful to you and thank you sincerely for helping the Library–but the Library can always use more support. 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!
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Donate books

Donate your gently-used books via the green and white Better Worlds Books bin, next to the South Orange Public Library parking lot, between Vose Avenue and Scotland Road.

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.

ABOUT US

Mission

The Friends of the South Orange Public Library is a 501(c)3 registered charitable organization formed for literary and educational purposes. Through fundraising and volunteerism, we support and enhance the services, collections, programs, facilities, and activities of the library to ensure its responsiveness to our community. We promote literacy and library-related activities in South Orange and the wider community to fulfill the library’s informational and cultural mission.

Meetings

The Friends meet in the community room at 110 Vose Avenue, South Orange, on the 2nd Monday of each month, 5:00-6:30 pm. All are welcome!
2024 meetings:
January 2
February 12
March 11
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August 12
September 9
October 14
November 11
December 9
 
 

Contact

Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ 07079
973-762-0230 (Library)
friends@sopl.org

 

President: Kathie Abrams
Secretary-Treasurer: Pamela Bristah

FRIENDS NEWS

 

Friends Home Delivery Service

South Orange residents: the Friends will deliver library books and DVDs to your home while the Library’s Scotland Road building is closed for renovations, and will pick them up from you two or three weeks later. Home delivery is provided to residents of South Orange for whom travel to the Library’s temporary location at 298 Walton Avenue presents a specific hardship. The Friends are 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 on Thursdays afternoons.
Learn more and Register!

Jewelry Sales

Support SOPL by donating your no-longer-wanted bling and gems to the Friends Jewelry Sales.

Learn More

Since summer 2021, the Friends have funded…

  • the large initial cost for the Library to join BCCLS, a library network that makes over 5 million books from nearby libraries borrow-able by South Orange residents
  • a major donation to the SOPL Foundation, seed money for their capital campaign for our future Library
  • summer 2021, 2022, and 2023 reading programs for children, teens and adults, including the purchase of new books on school summer reading lists and related programs for children, books and programs for adults and teens, and ice cream treats
  • two encyclopedias: the World Book and Britannica Online
  • bestsellers and literary classics, travel guides, adult and teen books on social justice, equity, and inclusion, manga and graphic novels, test preparation books, and new children’s books, including picture books that support inclusion and nonfiction books on popular topics
  • museum passes for free admission to area museums and gardens for South Orange residents

 

Support the Library

Please join us to help the South Orange Public Library continue its services to our community!

Donate or Become a Member