its 55-year history, Friends of the Library has played a vital role in the
wellbeing of the Laguna Beach Branch of the OC Public Library: It has funded
enhanced services, helped spread the message that libraries are important, and
provided financial and volunteer support.
recently the Friends worked along side the County of Orange to organize and
raise funds to remodel our library, which hadn’t been significantly updated
since the structure was built in 1972.
Many private citizens participated by donating funds and now can see the
benefits: The library structure has freshly painted walls, new bright lights,
and new clean carpeting.
Friends is currently focusing on improvements such as reframing historic
watercolors that the Library or the Friends already own, a mural on the curved
wall in the children’s section, and updating the furniture in the adult
section. A large assortment of new
books, DVD’s, and audio books are also being added to the Libraries collection
through funding provided by the Friends.
the Friends continue the tradition of collaboration along side of Laguna Beach
community organizations, such as Laguna Outreach for the Arts. (LOCA) has produced and donated two beautiful
sea themed works of art to the children’s section. The paintings compliment the new suite of modern
and brightly colored children’s furniture so generously donated by Laguna’s own
Draper family. The Laguna Beach Garden
Club also supports the library by add a little “annual” cheer to planters in
the front of the library.