Who We Are

Friends of the Port O’Connor Library, Inc. is a non-profit service organization dedicated to enhancing library facilities, services and resources and encouraging donations, gifts, endowments and bequests to the Port O’Connor Branch of the Calhoun County Public Library.

Our mission is to stimulate increased public usage of the library among all segments of our population, thus enriching the lives of the community of Port O’Connor, Texas and its visitors.

Activities of the Friends include fundraising to support building and construction projects and improvement of the library facility. Friends collaborate with the local schools, sponsor special projects and secure materials that are beyond the ordinary budget of the library and endeavor to build community support and promote usage, awareness and enthusiasm for the library. Other services include recruiting volunteers to supplement paid staff and for staffing special events or programs at the library.

Friends is governed by a Board of Directors, assisted by an Advisory Board of Directors and a Student Advisory Board.

Friends welcome anyone who share our goals and vison to become a member. Become a FRIEND! Join now.


Friends of the Port O’Connor Library Officers

Judy Whitworth

Judy Whitworth
As an avid reader and lifelong supporter of children and literacy efforts, I believe that no one can consider themselves fully educated unless they have read Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry.

Joanie Morgan

Joanie Morgan, Vice President
Throughout my life, reading has taken me around the globe and allowed me to experience the wide open spaces that are so near to my heart.

Ursula Price

Ursula Price, Treasurer
As a world traveler and hiker one of my favorite books is Undaunted Courage: Merriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West. Libraries and books are my inspiration and connection to the world, and wherever I travel I always visit the local library.

Vera Wiatt

Vera Wiatt, Acting Secretary & POC Library Representative to the Calhoun County Public Board
My favorite book, “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck, created a fascination and appreciation of foreign cultures and opened up my mind and the world as it explored the issues of women’s rights, the importance of family, and the difficulty of clinging to spiritual values when faced with persecution and violence … topics that are never outdated.

Board of Directors

Virginia Lichac

Virginia (Ginnie) Lichac
As a retired College advisor, I currently enjoy spending time with art and reading, with my favorite book and movie — Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.”

Lynn Luster

Lynn Luster
As a former Science teacher, I see the Library/Learning center as a good addition for Port O’Connor, one I wish had been here when my kids were spending summers in POC.

Paula McCauley

Paula McCauley
After a long career teaching Port O’Connor kids, I have realized it has been my calling to guide children to a life of literacy. While I have special favorites, I just want all to find a genre they love and just read, read, read.


Brigid Berger
I struggled with dyslexia from a young age and still find it difficult to read. The only way I made it through college and a masters degree was by going to the library. Libraries are not only refuges but they are also portals to other worlds of possibilities.

Michelle Lippold
The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.  Looking forward to the next journey with Friends of the Port O Connor Library and touching many life’s for lifetimes to come.

Joe Wiatt

Joe Wiatt
After two careers in banking and as a hardware store owner, it was a secular book, “Half Time,” by Bub Buford that described what real success and significance in life means and made me aware that God had a real adventure planned for me as a missionary in Central America. Be careful what you read, as books can change your life!

Advisory Council
January 2017

Barbara Crouch
Mary Ann Claiborne
Noemi Cruz
Amber Ferrell
Charlotte Fitzgerald
Carol Fox
Debbie & George Ganem
Teresa Gonzales
Alane Haardt
Marie Hawes
Sheryl Haynes
Jim Hooper
Kathy Hoskins
Lisa & David Jenkins
Sherri Judice
Donnie Klesel
Barbara Lack
Jane Lane
Michele Lippold
Kimberley & David Mason
Eloisa Newsome
Roxanne Ochoa
Linda Orrick
La June Pitoniyak
Judge Nancy Pomykal
Dawn Ragusin
Vidal Ramirez
Susan Raybon
Joyce Rhyne
Alyssa Rhoads
Iris (Jo Lee) Schuh
Jim Stofer
Jean Taylor
Bill Tigrett
Jo Ann Ward


Student Advisory Board

Student Advisory Board