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By Andrea Papagianis

The Friends of the Dana Point Library board members agreed to a licensing contract with the Orange County Public Library system allowing the nonprofit organization to reopen its library bookstore, last Thursday.

On Nov.1, the store at the Dana Point Library, at 33841 Niguel Rd., was shuttered by the county, due—in part—to unresolved issues between members of the nonprofit group.

A draft of the agreement was approved in December by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and sent out to all Friends of the Library groups that operate bookstores throughout the county—in county run libraries. The organization sells donated books to benefit programs at area libraries.

The deadline to sign the agreement was Jan. 1, but the Dana Point branch of the organization’s board held out—until now—meaning the bookstore’s doors remained closed.

County Librarian, Helen Fried, met with local board members last week to clear up language in the agreement. With questions about insurance requirements answered and concerns over where donations would go quelled, the group signed the contract and received the store’s keys.

This new agreement formalizes the relationship between the Friends groups and the county, in order to protect both parties’ interests, Fried said.

A grand reopening of the bookstore is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9.

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