Friends of the Library Spotlight: Cindy Capozzoli

Cindy Capozzoli, current President of the Friends of the Bridgeville Public Library, has long been a supporter of the library. A Bridgeville resident, Cindy, as well as her entire family, began volunteering with the Friends in 2014. Her involvement grew from there.

You’ve likely met Cindy if you’ve attended the Fashion Show, book sale, or a session of Cookbook or Crafter’s Club. As a strong library advocate, Cindy is committed to promoting the library and engaging the community.

We talked to Cindy to learn more about the Friends and her role in the organization.

How long have you been a part of the Friends?

Along with my family, we became more involved with library programs about eight years ago. It all started when we helped with the Fashion Show, Taste of the Town and Christmas Tree Festival. In 2014, I became Secretary, then Treasurer in 2017, and now President in 2018.

What made you want to become involved?

I come from a big family that loves to support the community. And since the library is at the center of a community, and we heard that they were looking for new members, we signed on to help.

Are there any favorite memories that you’d like to share?

There are so many wonderful memories. Probably the best are the events that involve children. Watching them “tuck in” their stuffed animals for the stuffed animal sleepover, or the look on their faces when they walk through the “haunted library,” or to see their excitement when they put up a tree for the Christmas Tree Festival with their families. Those are the most rewarding.

What do you enjoy most about the Friends of the Library?

The opportunity to meet so many people. Since my children are grown, it’s given me the chance to make new friends and catch up with old friends. All of the activities the Friends host at the library bring in such wonderful people. There is so much truth to the fact that if you ask for volunteers, you always have a great group of people that show up to lend a hand.

What would you like the Friends to be remembered for?

The used book program. With the help of Terri Aquilina and a group of dedicated volunteers, we have been able to design a well thought-out and effective program. This keeps the books out of landfills and in the hands of the people that will enjoy them for years to come.

What do you see in the future for the Friends?

Before the pandemic, we were on pace to host a small event each month and several larger events throughout the year. We are happy to see that in 2022 we are back on track with those goals in mind. So far this year, we have been able to enlist more volunteers of all ages to support the Friends. The hope is to become an even bigger contributor to the Bridgeville community we live in.