Thursday, November 1, 2018

Today's Libraries

I recently read an article called “Why Libraries Still Matter” by Eric Klinenberg that resonated in me.  It opened with the question “Is the public library obsolete?” and states that “circulation of bound books in some places has declined and libraries are no longer serving their historical function.”

Based on the Volusia County Public Library Snapshot Figures for the year, our library hasn’t suffered from a decline in circulation.  But I would agree that libraries, in general, no longer serve their historical functions….no, they are so much more! 

Walk around our library and you will notice, as in the past, people are still in the stacks, searching for a book or DVD, and now patrons are also waiting for a computer to do research or apply for a job. 

They are in the computer lab learning new and advanced skills.  Adults are socially interacting in craft and educational programs; children are learning at Storytime – and you may just find a patron or two interacting while working on a puzzle. 

Our library doesn’t just provide free access to books and other materials, as the author says.  It is an example of a “social structure, the physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact.”  I look forward to seeing you there!

Jane Finchum, President of the OB Friends                                                                         

Renewing Your Friends of the Library Membership

It’s renewal time as well as welcoming new members to The Friends of the Library.  By renewing in November or joining for the first time, you receive 2 months “free”!  Annual membership runs from January 2019 to December, 2019.  

Your membership allows the FOL to assist in a variety of projects which would not be possible without your support.  By being a member, you receive a 10% discount on all Friends Book Sale Room items as well as early entry to the book sales which are held four times a year!

You may renew your membership or join in person at the library with our Circulation Staff. or by printing this form and sending in your check and completed form (below) to:     

        Friends of the Ormond Beach Library

                       30 S. Beach Street

               Ormond Beach, FL 32174

We truly appreciate your supporting our Library!

Friends of the Ormond Beach Library Membership Form (Please Print)

Date _____________________________________

Name ____________________________________

Address __________________________________

City/State _________________ Zip _________
Telephone ________________________________

Email Address _____________________________

Check One:         

______ Individual Membership                         $ 10

______ Family Membership                              $ 15

 ______Contributing Membership                    $  35

______ Corporate Membership                        $100

______ Life Membership                                  $150

______ Donation                                             ____

Check One:

______ Renewal

______ New Member

Holiday Gift Ideas!

Are you looking for a unique holiday gift for a friend or family member?

An early Ormond Beach photo may be just the thing for someone on your list. 

The 26 numbered photos on display in the library are available by special order.

Unframed 8 x 10 photos are $15 and unframed 16 x 20 are $65.  See a staff member at the Circulation Desk for more information and an order form.

Another unusual and lasting gift is an engraved shelf plate.  You can create a three-line personalized message and request placement in a meaningful location in the library.  The cost is $25.  Order forms are available at the Information Desk.  

Carla Topper

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

At the Library!

We are excited to introduce a wonderful new addition to the library’s offerings: 


Kanopy is an on-demand film streaming service available to Volusia County Library card holders using their library pin codes. It showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.  Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights.”

From the library’s website, patrons can select “digital library” & then select “ebooks, music, movies, magazines“

Alternatively, the first link below is a direct link for patrons to Kanopy.  The second link includes general information about the service.

Melissa Reynolds, Regional Librarian

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Children's and Youth Services for November/December


Following the good doctor’s prescription, we are delighted to welcome:

The Little Ones

Tuesdays, 11am - Toddler, ages 24-36mos.

Wednesdays, 10 am - Wiggly Walkers, walking babies under 24 mos.

Wednesdays, 11 am - Baby and Me, for mothers and pre-walking babies.

Thursdays, 11 am – Pre-School Ages 3-5

The Older Ones

In November, Thursdays 3:15pm, Grades 3-5,

Animation Station- lessons on basic animation techniques.  Space is limited, online registration is encouraged.


Please check Happenings for a monthly listing of ongoing programs throughout the school year.

Kathleen Phillips
Youth Services Department

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tell Me About the FOL Book Sale Room!

                                         Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chair

We held our one day sale on September 22.  It was amazing to see the number of people who came out to support this sale.  We appreciate all the help from our book room volunteers and the FOL board, but I especially thank Friends members who joined the work effort. This big job does not get done without many hands

Our next book sale will be January 5 – An “After the Holidays Sale”

We will be pricing and moving books into the auditorium on Friday, January 4.  Please contact me at if you’d like to volunteer.  Your help is very much appreciated.

Don’t forget to stop by the book room when you have a moment.  There are daily new arrivals, and our prices can’t be beat!

Why Be a Friend of the OB Library?

As the City of Ormond Beach population grows, so does the need for library materials, resources, programs and services. The mission of our Friends group is to support the Ormond Beach Library through fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism. We coordinate and staff the seasonal book sales and the Book Sale Room. We support the library’s children’s and teen programs, computer classes,  film series, speaker presentations and musical performances, sponsor the volunteer luncheon, help fund purchases of library furnishings, equipment and materials, stock the Free Seed Library and provide complimentary copies of the BookPage -- just a few of the things we do.

If you are interested in joining us, you’ll enjoy a few membership benefits, and we welcome you enthusiastically! You can be a one-time donor, a contributing member and a volunteer. You’ll find our brochures in tabletop stands around the library... on the circulation/checkout table, by the magazines, and in our Book Sale Room. We are a charitable, nonprofit organization, so your contribution is tax deductible.

We encourage you to join our active and growing group! Questions? Call 386-676-4191, option 4, or email us at We appreciate your interest, support and involvement.