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Friends of the Dana Point Library rounding a positive corner

After a rough patch in the organization’s history, Friends of the Dana Point Library have turned over a new leaf and are focused on improving the local library branch. Photo: Andrea Papagianis
After a rough patch in the organization’s history, Friends of the Dana Point Library have turned over a new leaf and are focused on improving the local library branch. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

By Cubby Rayfield, Friends of the Dana Point Library Vice President

I am very happy to report, to those of you who enjoy the Dana Point Library, that the library bookstore is up and running smoothly and our wonderful volunteers are back in force. The Friends of the Dana Point Library has new officers who work closely with library staff to fill their needs as much as possible.

The Friends of Library’s goal is to engage the community in what we are doing and to this end we have reached out to businesses in Dana Point. To date we have eight businesses that have become yearly members: Dana Point Hardware, Lantern Bay Carpets and Drapes, Bonjour Café, Tutor and Spunky’s Deli, Brio Tuscany Grille, Jeff Kindsett, D.D.S and Jack’s Restaurant. We thank those who have joined us and hope to add to their numbers.

Cubby Rayfield. Courtesy photo
Cubby Rayfield. Courtesy photo

Shortly we will be placing books in Bonjour Café, Tutor and Spunky’s and Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching for readers to pick up for a small donation, if they desire. We want our members to recognize and patronize the businesses that support us to our mutual benefit.

Our ultimate goal is to get the city of Dana Point to reinstate its Library Committee so we can work with them to raise money for a new library through a foundation or other such body. It will take this group, Orange County and the community working together to reach our objective.

We are glad to have as our supporters such as the Niguel Women’s Club and would like to enlist more associations in our effort.

The bulk of our Friends of the Library fundraising comes from the sale of books donated to our store. Thanks to all of you, we have a large number of donations that overflow our storage space. For this reason we are having a “Boxes of Books” sale Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 at the bookstore, located at 33841 Niguel Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please come and do some shopping. We would love to have you as a new member and/or volunteer for the bookstore, whatever you desire. Visit our website, www.friendsdanapoint.org for more information.

Cubby (Caroline) Rayfield has lived with her husband, Wayne, in Dana Point for 20 years. She is an artist and is a past president of the Niguel Art Association. Cubby designed the plaque of the old arch that is displayed at the Southern entrance to Dana Point. She has volunteered at the Ocean Institute for seven years and at the library bookstore for eight where she is currently the Vice President of the Friends of the Dana Point Library.

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