FREE Foreign Film Series

(Sponsored by the Friends of the SOPL!)


Italian Cinema Film Series

Next film and discussion event Thurs, April 27th at 7pm "Cinema Paradiso" Tonatore, 1988. Film showing starts at 7pm.

Shown in the Community Program room at the South Orange Public Library, lower level - 65 Scotland Road, South Orange.

Synopsis: Young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso's projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for film making. 

Introduced by Gerard Ansellem with discussion to follow.






Saturday June 24th   11am-4pm

Sunday June 25th   10am-3pm


Location: The Baird Community Center, 5 Mead St, South Orange, Community Room


Book Donation days: Wed. June 21st & Thurs. June 22nd (times TBD)



New Initiaitve with Little Free Libraries in the Village

Check out the four Little Free Libraries around the village that are maintained by The Friends of the SOPL!

The Village Green link to an article on the Little Free libraries we keep well stocked. 


Little Free Library outside of Starbucks, at the South Orange train station.

Little Free Library near the tennis courts at The Baird Center.




Friends of the South Orange Public Library monthly meeting is the second Tuesday of each month. (subject to change) 


The Community Meeting Room, Lower level of the South Orange Library,65 Scotland Rd, South Orange.

Time: 7:30pm-9pm

All are welcome! Ample Parking off Comstock Place behind the library!


That BIG GREEN BOX turns books into fund$ for the library!

Wondering about that green "Drop Books Here" box outside the library in the parking lot? The Friends of the SOPL have partnered with Better World Books to earn a percentage of their profits for our library and help spread literacy throughout the world. Read more about it here.

It's NOT a place to return library books but you can donate books you no longer want! It's great way to get rid of those "hard-to-donate" books such as encyclopedias, user's manuals, and textbooks. Our volunteers keep on top of reporting when this box is full, and your donations get picked up in a timely manner. (During our book donation days for our annual Book Sale, we will temporarily pause donations at the green box)


The Book Cage is OPEN! Please call ahead to confirm that a volunteer is manning the store.

The Book Cage---the hidden gem of a used bookstore on the mezzanine level of the South Orange Library

All sales are an on-going fundraiser for the Friends of the SOPL and are tax deductible. Just ask for a tax receipt!

The Book Cage:

Your Community Bookstore

PLESE CALL THE SOPL : 973-762-0230 to see if Book Cage is open, before coming


Tuesday 1-3 pm

Saturday 2-4 pm

Third floor of SOPL, by the 

elevator(follow the RED ARROWS!) 

$2 adult hardcovers, $1 children's and young adult hardcovers, 50-cent paperbacks, $1 all media.

This modest bookstore is the result of the hard work of many volunteers. We thank the SOPL for loaning us their space which, allows The Friends to help the library thrive as a community hub for information, assistance and fun.

Contact Us Today!

Friends of SOPL
65 Scotland Rd
South Orange, NJ

Phone: 973-762-0230 (library)


Did you know??

New library books purchased with donated Friends of the SOPL funds circulate over 700 times!

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Friends of the South Orange Public Library: A 501(c)3 charitable organization.