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Friends of the Library Association – Organized March 1949

An undated newspaper clipping probably published in the Orlando Morning Sentinel or Evening Star, announced that Mrs. Ruth McCullough Maguire was elected president of the newly organized Friends of the Library Assn. sponsored by the Winter Park – Orlando Zonta Club. Read the entire article.

The first organizational meeting, reported in the Sunday Sentinel Star was held on February 27, 1949 at the Albertson Public Library.

In 1953, the Friends of the Library initiated delivery service for shut ins.

Read about the library’s first bookmobile and the involvement of the Friends of the Library.

Peruse additional photos and documents below under attachments.

The Friends of the Library’s Ye Olde Book Sale held annually at the Winter Park Mall beginning in 1972 was a popular event. This photo, circa 1972, was published in the 50th Anniversary of the Orlando Public Library booklet. The booklet states: In 1972 and 1973 they [Friends of the Library] developed Ye Olde Book Sale in the Winter Park Mall that has netted $30,000 in two short years, including the volumes that OPL culled for its own collection.
The library continues this tradition today, selling donated and withdrawn books in the branch locations and at quarterly events at the bookstore on the 3rd floor of the Orlando Public Library. They continue to use funds for the benefit of the library in the form of equipment, programs and special events.

The Friends of the Library history was presented in a booklet celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Albertson Public Library in 1973.

 

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Library Body Set - Friends of the Library Association 1949

This article, published in the Orlando Morning Sentinel or Evening Star announces the formation of the Friends of the Library Association sponsored...

New Library Project Slated - Friends of the Library organizational meeting

Article published in the Sentinel Star on Sunday, February 27, 1949, marks the beginning of the Friends of the Library organization at...

Zonta Library Committee postcard - return address

An early postcard from the ZONTA Library Commitee, Albertson Public Library.

Zonta Library Commitee - Postcard back

Postcard from the Zonta Library Committee sent to individuals inviting them to the organizational meeting at the Albertson Public Library.

Friends Organizational Meeting

Friends Organizational Meeting by the Winter Park-Orlando Zonta Club held  at the Albertson Public Library on February 27, 1949.

Friends of the Library - Ye Olde Book Sale

The Friends of the Library's Ye Olde Book Sale held annually at the Winter Park Mall beginning in 1972 was a popular...

Friends of the Library Reception 1

Friends of the Library Reception.

Friends of the Library Reception 2

Friends of the Library Reception.

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Friends of the Library Article

Friends of the Library Article in the Orlando Evening Star - May 8, 1953 regarding delivery service for shut-ins.


Friends of the Library Article - February 13, 1953

Friends of the Library Article - February 13, 1953


Friends of the Library - 50th Anniversary of the Orlando Public Library

About the Friends . . .
Two pages of information on the Friends of the Library and their activities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Albertson Public Library / Orlando Public Library.


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