The Delaware County District Library is coming to Orange Township with a new branch library, and the Friends of the Delaware County District Library are coming with it.

The Delaware County District Library is coming to Orange Township with a new branch library, and the Friends of the Delaware County District Library are coming with it.

The organization serves the library system in a number of ways, said Richard Vail, who has been with the Friends of the Library since 2007.

The members hold fundraisers and donate the proceeds for library activities. The group has helped pay for the summer reading program, holiday open houses and books distributed to parents of newborns at Grady Memorial Hospital.

They volunteer as advocates for the library. They campaigned in support of the operating levy that voters approved in November, Vail said.

"The Friends can be truly an advocate for library efforts," he said. Friends members volunteer at the library facilities when extra staff is needed, such as when an author visits.

The branch's grand opening is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Friends of the Library will help stock the shelves of the new branch, Vail said.

Membership fees are tax-deductible, said Stella Dickman, president of the Friends of the DCDL board.

"We currently have 160 members," Dickman said.

Vail said it's important to support the library, which provides a lot of services to the community.

Both members agree the organization is great place to meet people.

The library greatly appreciates the members, said library director Mary Jane Santos.

"In their relatively short history, the Delaware County District Library's Friends of the Library have proven to be a vital auxiliary support for us. They have provided financial support to our levy campaign, and ongoing and new programs and services, including sponsoring the library's Summer Reading Program, the Lincoln exhibit and book discussion groups, to name just a few. They have purchased equipment for us, too, such as flannel boards and hands-free microphones. Their subsidizing of programs and services helps the library concentrate more funds on the purchase of books, DVDs, and audio books for the public," Santos said.

"As wonderful as their financial support is, their community support is equally wonderful. With over 150 members, the Friends are great cheerleaders for the library. Their manpower organizes and runs book sales, author visits, and programs for children and adults that raise funds and awareness for us. They are dedicated to the success of the library. I feel grateful and happy to have them working for our community," Santos said.

Membership has five levels, ranging from the $15 Manuscript level to the $250 Lifetime Membership level. For more information on membership, visit www.delawarelibrary.org and select the link "Friends of the Library" to download a membership application form.

The Friends of the Library will hold an open house for its members from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Orange branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd.

Those who join by April 15 may attend.