A major focus of The Friends is to provide financial support for projects and supplies that enhance Library services and offerings, but for which the County of Orange does not provide funding. Many of the items purchased are to fulfill specific Library staff requests.
This project included repair work to the structure. The new color scheme of silver-gray and charcoal improves the Library's visability in the neighborhood.
New furniture was provided for the adult reading nook as the existing furniture could no longer be refurbished. The project included a table and chairs for group work, several types of comfortable seating for individual patrons, and a coffee table.
Library staff requested a button-making kit to make pin-on buttons for special programs or events and a chalkboard for the teen nook to allow for creative expression. The Librarian requested a new laptop computer to replace an outdated slow computer that was used during special programs.
Over the last 50 years the Library has served as an important resource to the community. While the Library's services have grown and changed over the years, the exterior remained the same. This project sought to enhance the Library's community outreach efforts by providing needed outdoor space for Library and public programs.
Fundraising began in 2013 and in just 1 year we achieved our funding goal of $100,000. This was achieved through a donation of $.... from the Friends and donations large and small totaling $... from the community organizations and individuals.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in early November 2014 with construction completed by March 2015. The project added tables with umbrellas, a wide open plaza for group gatherings, additional bench seating, and new landscaping.