The Easton Public Library would like to recognize Gina Orticelli and Patricia Soltisiak, Friends of the Library President and Treasurer respectively, who have recently resigned from their positions.
Both have been involved with the Friends of the Library for years, and they have been instrumental in supporting the library through their countless hours of volunteering and their efforts to supplement the library’s budget with programs, services, and materials.
Some of their contributions over the years include the Book Parade and the Tree Lighting, as well as providing summer reading prizes, Launchpads for the collection, and an updated projection system in the Community Room. Sadly, they were the last remaining active members of the Friends of the Library. Without anyone stepping in to replace them, the future of the Friends of the Library is extremely uncertain.
“I would hate to see the Friends of the Library completely dismantled,” said Library Director Lynn Zaffino. “They have done such good work over the years, and they’ve benefitted the Library in so many ways, that it would be a shame to see the group just end. My hope is that a new generation of community members will be inspired to step forward and get involved.”
The Friends of the Library’s final event will be the Annual Book Parade, which will be changed to a car parade this year. Community members are encouraged to decorate their cars to represent a favorite book, and to participate in the parade, which will feature a slightly longer route than in previous years. It’s a great way for residents to use their imagination, have fun, and get out and enjoy an autumn day.
The event will be held on Oct. 24, kicking off at 1 p.m. from Samuel Staples Elementary School. Pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in getting involved with the Friends of the Library should contact Lynn Zaffino at firstname.lastname@example.org.