Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Best Little Book Store in Town!

“We have the best book store in town,” says Shirley Johnston, manager of the book sale room – at the Ormond Beach Library.  “People don't think of the library as a place to purchase books, says Johnston, but our regular customers think of us as a hidden treasure.”

Much of the merchandise is donated by library patrons.  It includes new and gently used hardcover books, paperback books, CD’s, DVD’s, VHS, and magazines. The room is staffed completely by volunteers from the Friends of the Library, and it features a terrific selection, at unbeatable prices.

According to Friends President, Carol Johnson, “The Book Sale Room is our major fund-raising source.  Along with membership fees and donations, it allows us to fund adult and children programs, pay for books, dvds, computer equipment – and much more. State and County funding for libraries continues to decline, but the need for quality programs is high. You'd probably be interested to learn that county budgets include contributions from the Friends as a line item, which puts some pressure on us. Our ongoing activities provide money for projects that might not otherwise be funded.”

Patrons discover great bargains!
Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chairperson
sorts the paperback books.

“We are very grateful for the donations made to the Book Sale Room,” says Shirley Johnston.  It allows us to sell books at the lowest imaginable prices – and get books into the hands of people who might not otherwise be able to afford them.  Our prices range from 25 cents to $3.00. And the $3.00 price tag goes only on the newest of hard cover books.  Our signs read "All books are 25 cents unless otherwise marked"; and we aren't kidding.  

”Again, this is possible only with volunteer help.  Says Johnston, “We have a dozen volunteers who come in for a few hours a week – and one who drops by at least daily – to cull through and price books, and keep the area looking neat and inviting.  It's a lot of work – and it's a labor of love.”  The only complaint from patrons, say the volunteers, is that we are simply not able to alphabetize all the fiction books. They are working on getting the non-fiction books organized into their various categories such as travel, military, spiritual and other categories, but are often overwhelmed with the sheer number of donations.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

President's Corner with Carol Johnson

Dear Friends,

As we wind down the Spring season of 2015, let me remind you to attend the next Friends program on Monday, May 18 at 2:30.  You'll get to meet popular local writer and News-Journal columnist Mark Lane – and you'll attend our Annual Meeting at the same time.  All members of the Friends may vote as we will elect a new Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary, as well as introduce the Board Members.  We promise, the business meeting will only take about 15 minutes – but we want to let you know what we've done with your donations over the past year, and the many ways those donations have benefitted the library. 

We're really pleased to announce that you'll be sitting on one of the things your donations have helped purchase: New chairs for the auditorium – YES!  Comfortable and elegant, the new chairs will be in place by the May 18th program/meeting.  We're sure you'll like them.

Stay tuned for some terrific programs for Fall:  Our new program chair, Joanie Krueger, is bringing enthusiasm and showmanship to Ormond Beach.  She is kicking off the season Saturday, August 29, with troubadours Bill and Eli Perras and their “Artifacts of Florida” presentation.  Musician Rod MacDonald will appear October 9.  And she has lined up best-selling author Tim Dorsey for October 20. Great stuff…plan to attend.

The Early Learning Program, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” is in full swing, with several children having read over 500 books. Check out the “honors” banner in the Children's Department.  The Children and Young Adult librarians have a full list of terrific programs ready for summer, too. 

There's a lot going on at the Ormond Beach Library.  Hope you'll join us soon – we look forward to seeing you at the library.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Historic Ormond Photos

Historic photos of the Ormond Beach area dating from the 1880’s to the early 1900’s are available at the library through the Friends of the Library. 

All of the numbered photos hung on the walls and along the hallway of the library can be purchased in an 8x10 size for $15 and can be special ordered in a 16x20 size for $65.  See a display of some of the photos available for purchase in front of the Circulation Desk.

The top selling photos are of the Hotel Ormond and the First Cottage Built on Ormond Beach.  These photos make a memorable gift or a lovely addition to your own home.

A library staff member at the Circulation Desk will be happy to help you with your purchase. 
Carla Topper, Historic Photo Chairperson

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friends Program - "Artifacts of Florida: Song & Story" with Eli and Bill Perras

Looking ahead, Saturday, August 29,  will be the first Friends of the Library program for the new season.  We will feature Bill and Eli Perras, performers of original, educational, Americana music from Deland.  Their program is titled “Artifacts of Florida: Song and Story.” Their presentation shares a bit of history, people and culture utilizing Bill and Eli’s original songs, and the stories behind the songs.  Their style is unique, as Eli uses American Sign Language as she sings.  The program involves audience participation!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 29, at 2:00pm.  It’s a great way to spend time on a Saturday afternoon!

Joanie Krueger, Program Chairperson

Monday, May 19, 2014

"Fun in the Sun" Summer Book Sale

Our next Book Sale will be Saturday, July 18, from 9:45am - 3:00pm.  Friends and patrons of the library will be able to take advantage of the great savings and selections.  There will be a wide variety of gently used books, CDs, DVDs and magazines.  
Special thanks to all the volunteers who donate their time to support this worthy cause.  All funds collected help to support our Ormond Library projects.

~Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chairperson

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Children's and Teen Programs

The theme for the Florida Library Youth Program this summer is “Every Hero Has a Story” for children, and “Unmask!” for teens. There are many activities and programs planned for all age groups.  

Besides our regularly scheduled storytimes for young children, kids in 5th grade and under can do crafts, take special dance and other classes, enjoy special guests such as:
the Central Florida Zoo, the amazing Jiggleman, and Amanda’s Dance Studio, and can read for prizes and much more.  

Kids in 6th through 12thgrade can join a book club, a writing club, watch anime movies and play Wii games.  There will also be a program for children to practice their reading with a teen “Book Buddy.”  Most programs begin the week of June 8 and run through July ending with a big finale event.  Please come into the library in June for a complete schedule and specific details for various age groups.  Our calendar will also be available on our website at   All of our programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Ormond Beach Library. 

Susan PerryChildren’s Librarian