About Us

Our Vision

  • To intensify community use and awareness of libraries
  • To sponsor community cultural programs
  • Communicate community needs to the libraries
  • Create public support to expand library programs
  • Encourage gifts, endowments and library memorials
  • Financially assist needed library purchases

The Friends Support Our Libraries By

  • Stimulating community awareness and use of our libraries
  • Creating public support for our libraries and the services they provide
  • Supporting legislation favorable to our libraries
  • Funding programs and materials not covered by library budgets
  • Sponsoring speakers and programs of interest for all ages

Benefits of Membership in the Friends

  • As a member of the Friends, your voice will be heard on library issues - and together our voices become louder as our membership grows
  • You receive The Binding, the quarterly newsletter of the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries
  • You will have opportunities for joining others in volunteer activities
  • Membership brings many rewards, including the knowledge and sense of fulfillment that comes with supporting an important and vital community resource - our Costa Mesa public libraries!

Please consider becoming a Friend!

The Binding

Our quarterly newletter, The Binding , is full of the Friends latest news and information.  Please take a look at our latest edition:




Board Officers

President - Bob Ooten

VP of Programs - Katie Crawford

VP of Membership - Donna Stapleton

Secretary - Judith Lamb

Treasurer - Branka Hubbard

Newsletter Editor - Scarlett Finney

Mesa Verde Bookstore Manager - Michele Jett

Donald Dungan Bookstore Manager - Mary Leshure

Immediate Past President - Mary Ellen Goddard

Library Foundation Committee - Charlene Ashendorf and Barbara Steck

Parliamentarian--Gina Lesley

Public Relations / Facebook - Darrell Neft and Katie Crawford