By Andrea Swayne
The Friends of the Dana Point Library has a newly elected board after a vote was taken Sunday at the Orange County Library Dana Point branch.
The vote was part of the Friends organization’s annual meeting and reorganization set for each December.
No members of the past Friends board ran for reelection but the four candidates they supported were voted in.
The election comes after months of conflict between the former Friends board and a group of former volunteers dubbed Save Our Bookstore.
Save Our Bookstore was unsuccessful in their efforts to hold a recall election in October to oust the former board after being angered by what they called the unwarranted dismissal of volunteers.
The former board maintained that their actions were in the best interest of the bookstore and were a result of misconduct among volunteers.
The following newly elected Friends board is set to take over January 1: Carol Wassman, president; Rick Conner, vice president; Mary Mashoof, treasurer and Carrie Karas, secretary.
The bookstore was temporarily closed by the county on November 1. County Librarian Helen Fried last month said that although a reopening date is yet to be determined, she estimates a tentative date of January 1, 2013.