I am writing because I think the citizenry has a right to know what’s going on at our local branch of the Orange County Public Library, specifically the Dana Point Friends of the Library Association.
I was an unpaid volunteer at the FOL bookstore for five years until my resignation in April. I very much enjoyed my work at the bookstore and the opportunity it afforded me to share my love of reading and support a cause in which I believe.
When problems arose and I saw friends and a family member dismissed from the store I felt I could no longer serve in good conscience and I chose to step down.
Along with several others who believe it’s time for fresh ideas and new leadership on the FOL board I sent in my application and dues check to formally join the association so that I could help to effect a change when the next election is held in December.
On July 10 I received a curt note stating that my membership has been declined, along with my un-cashed check.
The FOL bylaws state that membership is open to anyone who supports the aims of the association. The stated aims are to encourage public support of the Dana Point Library, to enrich library resources and to broaden the education and cultural life of the community.
I wholeheartedly agree with and support the aims of the FOL and I believe the countless hours I gave to the bookstore are evidence of my dedication.
I can only conclude that I have been denied membership because that will bar me from exercising the right to vote in the next election of officers.
This seems contrary to the rights of democracy we enjoy in this country.
I will continue to work for change and encourage others to become involved in the fight to set things right and let the true “friends of the library” get back to work.