South Orange loves its Library! In just two months since we started our campaign in June, and thanks to the generosity of the South Orange community, the Friends are halfway to our $10,000 goal for our 2020 Fundraising Campaign.


But the Library still needs your support. Please donate, and thank you! 


Here’s what you help the Friends fund

  • New library books, including fiction and nonfiction, social justice titles, children’s books, graphic novels, and travel guides. In 2019, the Friends funded 193 new titles; by August 2020, they had already circulated 1,646 times!
  • Continuous support for over 10 years of the Children’s Summer Reading Program, from Monday Night performers  to reading rewards
  • Children’s programming throughout the year
  • Teen summer reading prizes, and support for VolunTEENS, a Library volunteer program for teens
  • Museum passes for discounted admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Montclair Art Museum, the Morris Museum, the Newark Museum of Art, and the New York Historical Society.  Check museum sites for reopening information and for scheduling a visit
    • Coming soon: Storm King Art Center!
    • Stay tuned for additional museums, especially ones that feature outdoor programming
  • The Library’s Foreign Film series, with Gerard Amsellem


The Friends also

  • Provide books for four Little Free Libraries in South Orange: two built by the SO Rotary Club, at the SO train station, and next to the tennis courts at the Baird, and two side-by-side libraries on Vose Avenue near Mountain station
  • Run an annual book sale (except in this COVID year).  Local teachers  get early, teachers-only admission to the book sale, when they can purchase books for their classrooms at nominal cost

Little Free Libraries


Check out the Little Free Libraries that dot our village.

Four of the Little Free Libraries in South Orange are stocked with books courtesy of the Friends of the SOPL:

  • outside Starbucks, at the South Orange train station
  • near the tennis courts at the Baird Center
  • two side-by-side libraries on Vose Avenue near the Mountain train station

Take a book, leave a book! 

Wendy Mass and David Lubar shared their stories and writing tips
with local kids and adults in 2013.

Paula Poundstone says, Join the Friends!

Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Rd
South Orange, NJ

973-762-0230 (library)

Did you know??

We are halfway to our $10,000 fundraising goal for 2020!  Please donate today!

In 2019, the Friends funded 193 new Library titles-- by August 2020, they had circulated 1,646 times! 

The Friends fund the Children's Summer Reading Program, Teen summer reading prizes, and the Library's Foreign Film series.

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The Friends of the South Orange Public Library is a 501c3 charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.