by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

A Longtime Friend

volunteer_omsted2Anne Omsted’s commitment to the Friends of Encinitas Library began almost 30 years ago when she joined as one of the original members. The organization was started to enhance the library’s resources, increase community access to information, and create a place for cultural events. “Every library needs help, both financially and with volunteers,” Anne said. Today, she continues to volunteer for the Friends of the Encinitas Library because of the people, the books, and the opportunity to serve the library.

The bookstore run by the Friends of the Encinitas Library is a treasure trove for the community. “People come in to find a book about surfing and end up being thrilled to find another book about running, or meditation, or history, or a graphic novel they have been meaning to read,” Anne explained. “It really is a treasure house filled with unexpected treats and unanticipated pleasures.”

During her tenure at the bookstore, Anne’s greatest accomplishments include helping to set up and run the store, which contributes over $50,000 per year to the library. As for the future, Anne’s biggest wish she shared is for “a bigger store and some storage space!”

Name: Anne Omsted
Community: Encinitas
Volunteer Affiliation: Friends of the Encinitas Library
Profession: Retired
Family: Married with two children
Hobbies: Reading, volunteering, quilting, travel
Favorite Local Spots: Beach, library, any good restaurant

Group: Friends of the Encinitas Library
Mission: To support the Encinitas Library in any way we can

Anne encourages patrons to stop by and check out the selection. “It’s the best deal in town,” she said. “I think of it as wandering around the library looking for a book to read, but in the bookstore I get to buy the book and keep it for as long as I want.”

For those interested in supporting and volunteering, the Friends of the Encinitas Library is always looking for help. Working in the bookstore requires an application and a background check. Friends of the Encinitas Library also offers memberships, which gives members additional early shopping hours, newsletters, and invitations to member-only events. The organization frequently hosts community events as well, such as the First Sunday Music Series. An updated events calendar can be found on their website at