Visit Poland at the Orion Township Public Library

The Friends of the Orion Township Library will hold their fifth annual cultural fundraiser on Saturday, April 29 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. This year’s event is Passport to Spring: A Visit to Poland.

Come enjoy music and dancing with The Kielbasa Kings, Polish food catered from the Polonia Restaurant in Hamtramck, performances by the St Florian Parish dance troupe, and more! There will be a 17th century Hussar reenactor, classical pianist, Polish art and pottery, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, cash bar and more.

Tickets for the festival will be on sale at the library and online from March 27 through Friday, April 28 at 5:00 PM, at a cost of $35 per ticket. There will be no ticket sales on Saturday, but a limited amount of tickets will be available to purchase at the door for $40 per ticket. Due to alcohol being served, this is an adult only event. All proceeds support the technology upgrades in the Teen Room at the Orion Township Public Library.

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Passport to Spring: Poland

The Friends will be hosting their fifth annual Passport to Spring fundraising event on Saturday, April 29, from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  The library will be filled with Polish music, food, art and culture.  Tickets will be available March 27 for this fun event.  Enjoy an evening out while supporting your library!

Upcoming Events

Friends Silent Auction

Saturday, April 22 through Saturday, April 29

Audience: All Ages

The Friends Silent Auction will begin on Saturday, April 22 and conclude at the Passport to Spring Gala on Saturday, April 29. Auction items include a bowling party, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, baseballs autographed by members of the Detroit Tigers, one hour of live musical entertainment at your event by George Sinnott, an Urban Air party, and more.

Friends Gently Used Book Sale

Tuesday, May 16 through Saturday, May 20

Audience: All Ages

Come browse the thousands of books available at the Friends Gently Used Book Sale. Hardcover and large paperbacks are $1.00, paperbacks and all children's books are $0.50.

  • Tuesday, May 16 from 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM - Friends Member Day
  • Wednesday, May 17 from 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM - Open to the Public
  • Thursday, May 18 from 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM - Open to the Public
  • Friday, May 19 from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM - 1/2 Off Day
  • Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM - $5.00 Bag Day (bags supplied by the Friends)

Passport to Spring: A Visit to Poland

Saturday, April 29 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Audience: 21+

On Saturday, April 29 the library will be filled with Polish music, food, culture, and entertainment as we "visit" Poland for the evening. This the Friends biggest fundraiser of the year, and our goal is to raise $10,000 with this event. The evening will include a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. The proceeds from this event will be used to upgrade the technology in the library's Teen Room.

Tickets will be available for $35.00 at the library or online beginning on Monday, March 27. Tickets will also be available for $40.00 at the door.

Help the Friends Help the Library


Proceeds from “Friends” merchandise support the funding of library programming. Samples are on display at the library’s front desk.

  • Book Bags – $ 2.00 – $ 15.00
  • Friends T-Shirts – $ 10.00

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards

Sign up for Community Rewards and a portion of your shopping bill will be donated to the Friends of the Orion Library when you use your Kroger Plus Card.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile - You shop. Amazon gives.

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Friends of the Orion Township Library whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

About the Friends

The Friends are a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization that was started in 1985 “to promote public support of the Orion Township Public Library and the library in the community, to promote reading, literacy and lifelong learning, and to maintain an association of persons interested in the library.” Friends act in cooperation with the library board and staff, serving as a liaison between the community and library. All money raised by the Friends, except for minimal administrative costs such as postage and printing, is donated directly to the library in the way of program funding, material purchases and monetary contributions.

Friends of the Orion Township Library Bylaws – Amended April 25, 2016

Friends Board of Directors

Friends Board Members - August 6, 2015

Rob Zielinski, Bob Bambach, Diane Griffiths, Christine Martinico, Pat Belanger

  • President – Diane Griffiths
  • Vice President – Pat Belanger
  • Secretary – Rob Zielinski
  • Treasurer – Christine Martinico
  • Deputy Treasurer – Bob Bambach
  • Book Sale Chair – Vacant
  • Fundraising Chair – Mary Duenow
  • Membership Chair – Carla Tousley
  • PR / Marketing Co-Chair – David DeGrandchamp
  • PR / Marketing C0-Chair – Jordan Scholz

Friends Board Meeting Schedule

Friends Board Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM - Friends of the Library Board Meeting
  • Monday, April 17 at 6:30 PM - Friends Annual Member Meeting