About the Friends

The Friends is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to advocate for and fund raise for the Delaware County District Library.

We advocate for the library at community and business events including Delaware and Powell chamber functions.  

We raise funds for the Library by sponsoring children’s programs like the Young Writers Workshops. 

We hold numerous book sales throughout the year at all four branch locations.

The FOL Kentucky Derby Party is our new signature fundraising event. 

Your membership in the FOL also helps support the Library.

Money Raised

Volunteered Hours

Building a Literary Community

Formed in 2007, the Friends of the Delaware County District Library is a non-profit organization that supports the mission, services and needs of the Delaware County District Library (DCDL).  We attempt to focus public attention on the DCDL and its many contributions to the Delaware County community.

The Friends raise funds through our volunteer service by hosting book sales, author visits and children’s events and through membership dues and donations.  In 2019, we awarded over $30,000 in grants to the Delaware County District Library.   DCDL grants help support the Summer Reading Club and other library initiatives.

Remember when you Join, Donate or Volunteer with the Friends you support all four DCDL branches: Delaware, Orange, Ostrander and Powell.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with our Friends initiatives and activities.  

Meet the FRIENDS

Karen Cowan - President

Contact Karen:president@delawarelibraryfriends.org

About Karen:

  • Retired from DaimlerChrysler Financial Services
  • Member of the FOL Board since 2011 Current Board of Trustees Delaware County Historical Society
  • Enjoy reading and love the grandchildren

What the library means to me:

  • A great organization that promotes the skills and abilities that fosters an enlightened society. The Delaware County District Library is a pillar of the Delaware County community

Penny Mong - Vice President

Contact Penny: vicepresident@delawarelibraryfriends.org

About Penny:

  • Retired from Columbus Public Schools but still work part time as a substitute teacher and mentor.
  • Member of FOL since it’s inception

Other activities:

  • Keeping up with the endless task of eliminating weeds out of my garden.
  • Walking my Doxie.
  • Exploring my family Genealogy.

What does the library mean to me:

  • The library is my source of new ideas to explore, recipes to try, endless materials that foster reflection, relaxation, air chair travel, music to sooth and stories
    to make my daily drive seem shorter, all wrapped up in a box that can be endlessly filled.

Cheryl Stagg - Treasurer

Contact Cheryl: treasurer@delawarelibraryfriends.org

About Cheryl:

  • I am retired from Motorists Insurance Company and currently working as a consultant.
  • I first joined the Board in 2009 and have served as chair on several committees over the years. Presently, I am serving as Treasurer and a Finance Committee member.
  • I enjoy reading, playing chess and visiting my son and family in the Deep South

What does the library mean to me:

  • My first memory of going to the library was a small house in my hometown of Pass Christian, MS. l can still smell the rooms and books from that childhood
    memory. Reading books has been a lifelong love and way to broaden my horizons.

Linda Silverstein- Secretary

Contact Linda: secretary@delawarelibraryfriends.org

About Linda:

  • Retired from: Hilliard City Schools after 35 years of teaching science
  • Member of the FOL Board since 2015
  • Other activities or hobbies include reading, gardening, walking, and shopping.

What the library means to me:

  • A place to browse for interesting books
  • Book clubs that encourage me to read books that I never would have picked up, let alone checked out
  • Wonderful supporting people in those book clubs who are there because they also have a love of reading
  • A place to try out crafts that I would never try at home, with supporting people who also enjoy doing that kind of thing
  • Meeting with others, patrons and staff, to play games once a month at the Daily Growler, it is like going to a party with really fun people
  • Getting to know the staff and interacting with them
  • Having somewhere that is always my warm, fuzzy, safe place.

Doug Wilson- Finance Chair

Contact Doug: dwilson@richwoodbank.com

About Doug:

  • 10-year resident of Delaware County
  • For the last 15 years & currently, he has worked in the financial industry
  • Serves as the Financial Committee & is responsible for the budgeting process of the FOL, working closely with the Treasurer

Doug coaches his daughter’s traveling softball team, which he’s done for 8 years.  Good music, playing hockey, and spending time with his family are what keeps him busy outside of work.  

Additionally, Doug serves on several local non-profit boards & is very involved in his community.

Judy Lynch- Membership Chair

Contact Judy:  membership@delawarelibraryfriends.org

About Judith P. Lynch

  • Retired from BP North America in 2008 after 28 years.
  • I became a member of the FOL Board in September 2015. I had been a member of the
    Auxiliary Board for several years prior.


  • Reading – I am a voracious reader
  • Crafts – Sewing – painting – card-making – and more
  • Antiquing
  • Flea Markets – Always looking for something unique I can use – or remake!
  • My Grandchildren

What the Library means to me:

  • Since forever the library has been part of my life. Until recently though, it mainly was for research and simply checking out books for pleasure reading. Now, after being an active part of
    the FOL, I’ve rediscovered the ‘Life’ and the ‘Heart’ that is the Library. Great libraries, like the DCDL, become a vital part of the Community.

Brad Cowan - Fundraising Chair

Contact Brad: fundraising@delawarelibraryfriends.org

About Brad:

  • Retired after 40 years from Chrysler Corporation
  • Member of the FOL Board since 2016


  • Volunteering for Delaware County Historical Society
  • Traveling
  • Photography
  • Grandchildren

What does the library  mean to me:

  • To me the library is a place where people can learn, can
    relax, can find solace, and working to help the library allows me to give back to the community.

Terry Myers - Publicity Committee Co-Chair

Contact Terry: publicity@delawarelibraryfriends.org

About Terry:

  • Retired from Meyers Counseling Service
  • Member of the FOL Board since 2008
  • Other activities: Quilting, Painting and Photography

What the library means to me:

  • The Library to me is a place of discovery where I can learn new things. I am a member of 2 book club at the Orange Branch where I have read books I may never have chosen myself and where I have made many new friends.

Betsy Owens - Publicity Committee Co-Chair

About Betsy:

  • Enthusiastic member of the Powell community for over 25 years
  • Shared ownership of Owens Construction Contracting Company
  • Raised her three sons in an 1870’s homestead along the river road

What the library means to me:

  • Betsy’s sons enjoyed everything from toddler time to high school studying in the Powell and Orange Libraries, and share her perspective of the library as a special place.

Contact Betsy:betsy@owensconstruction.com