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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library are non-profit organizations dedicated to enhancing public library service for the citizens of Citrus County.

Friends are people who love books, love to read, and want to help others enjoy the pleasure of reading. Friends raise money through memberships, used-book sales, promotional item sales, special events, and donations. Friends inform officials of issues affecting libraries locally, state-wide, and nationally. Friends encourage gifts or memorials of funds, books, and library equipment. Friends donate time and resources to the libraries and Friends’ organizations.

Friends believe that they can make the difference between a good Library System and a great Library System. Download an application now.


“The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it” John Ruskin. (1819-1900)

Come and join our group of active volunteers. Some of the benefits include helping others, meeting new people, developing friendships, learning new skills and best of all, feeling needed and valued. Together we can build stronger communities and enriches lives.

There is a significant need for volunteers in today’s Library. We will match your skills and interests with corresponding opportunities. You may enjoy assisting us in keeping our book collection in good order, helping someone register to use one of our computers or informing a patron that their books are in and ready for pickup. Or perhaps mentoring is something that would pique your interest. There are opportunities available to train new volunteers, assist with classes in our Computer Lab and/or help individuals with the basic functions of the computers. How about becoming a tutor for the new Literacy Program? It may be that you really enjoy reading to children.

The return on your investment of time is immeasurable. Share your time and talent with us. Together we can make a difference in people’s lives.

Download our volunteer application.

Contact us today:
Central Ridge Library - Maria Rucinski, Volunteer Coordinator (352)513-5994
Coastal Region Library - Jacky Moore, Volunteer Coordinator (352)228-8983
Floral City Public Library - Katherine Santino, Volunteer Coordinator (352)423-4861
Homosassa Public Library - Brianna Pittman, Volunteer Coordinator (352)765-4782
Lakes Region Library - Phyl Hibbits, Volunteer Coordinator (352)423-4843

Library Advisory Board

The purpose of the Library Board is set forth in Citrus County Resolution Number 86-54 as approved by the Citrus County Special Library District Governing Board on March 11, 1986.

It is the duty of the Library Board to advise the Board of County Commissioners on public libraries' budget, policies, services and other pertinent matters.

The Library Board consists of nine members. The officers of the Library Board consist of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary.

The Library Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month. In the event of conflict with holidays or other events, a majority of the members present may change the date of any scheduled meeting. All meetings begin at 8:00 AM. 

Board Members

Jean Becker 01-31-2017
Margaret Horsman 01-31-2017
Jane Mazzacua 01-31-2017
April McLaughlin 01-31-2018
Phyllis Peters 01-31-2017
Sandra Price 01-31-2018
Edith Ramlow 01-31-2018
Gary Rasmussen 01-31-2018
Karen Reaves 01-31-2018

Governing Body
All Five Citrus County Commissioners
One Representative From Crystal River City Council – Mike Gudis
One Representative From Inverness City Council – Jacquie Hepfer

Library Board Officers
Chair, Sandra Price
Vice Chair, Phyllis Peters
Secretary, Sharon Smith

Standing Committee Chair
Event Planning Workgroup, Sandra Price
Planned Giving Workgroup, Edith Ramlow
How to apply

For consideration of placement on the Advisory Board, submit a completed application together with a recent resume to

Citrus County Library System
Attn: Senior Secretary
Library Administration
425 W. Roosevelt Blvd.

Beverly Hills, FL 34465

The request will be reviewed to determine qualifications and vacancies. In the event there are no vacancies, the information will be kept on record at Library Administration for a period of one year. If there are vacancies and it is determined that the applicant qualifies, the request will be placed on the first available Board of County Commissioners' meeting agenda for nomination to a position. At the following regularly scheduled Commission meetin, a nominee will be appointed to fill each vacant position and a letter will be sent confirming each appointment.

Correspondence can be sent to the Chair addressed to the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Florida 34465. Phone messages can be directed to the Secretary at (352) 746-9077.

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