The Friends of the Orange Case Memorial Library was founded in 1992. It is a nonprofit community of residents from Orange and surrounding towns who value reading, literacy and enhancing the services of the Library. Membership to the Friends helps to support the library by adding to its collection of books and videos. They also provide music concerts, special events and lectures for adults and children that are both educational and entertaining.
The main fundraiser is the bi-annual Great Book Sale! of gently used books, CDs, DVDs and records donated by residents of the community. Look for the spring sale on May 7th from 10-3 in the Library basement. There are also racks of gently used adult books on the main floor and children’s books upstairs in the library for sale year round.
The Friends purchase a variety of museum, zoo and park passes to use by Connecticut library cardholders for free or at a discount. A full list is on the website and in the library.
The Lucy Scillia Scholarship was established in 2012 to commemorate Lucy Scillia, longtime Friend, Librarian and member of the Library Commission. This scholarship is awarded annually to a high school graduating senior who is a resident of Orange. Applications can be found in the library and on the website.
The Friends are excited about some of their upcoming sponsored events. Mark your Calendars!, said Lucia Bloom, President of the Friends.
March 5th, Stephen Spignesi, Professor at the University of New Haven will present Unexpected Unbelievable but All-True Facts about American Presidents from George Washington to Barak Obama. Included will be a color brochure, slideshow and raffle.
April 16th, the Friends will celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday with a trio led by a local resident Rich Moran and accompanied by JudyWebber on piano and Jeff Webber on saxophone. This concert featuring the music of Frank Sinatra will pay tribute to his legacy including commentary and anecdotes.
June 13th, All are invited to the Friends Annual Meeting. The 2016 Lucy Scillia scholarship will be presented followed by guest speaker Carol Birch. Her talk will be on Celebrating Greatness in Renowned and Unheralded Americans. Most of the hour will be devoted to Lou Gehrig’s achievements both on and off the field.
The Friends value your membership and welcome new members and volunteers because all your support only helps to enhance the Case’s services. To learn more, please visit www.orange.lioninc.org, link to the Friends under Support the Library.