Friends of the Slidell Library

The Friends of the Slidell Library (FSL), a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976, will celebrate their 44th anniversary in 2020. FSL expanded their scope of service in 2011 and 2015 and now provides support to the Lacombe, Pearl River, Slidell and South Slidell Branch Libraries. FSL raises funds through sales and silent auctions of used books, media items and a variety of other items.


Frank Lorusso, President (985) 640-5802

Sandy Crosby, Vice-President (985) 649-2020, (985) 290-6949


Mail: 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell, LA 70458

Membership Application/Renewal

Annual FSL membership dues begin at $5 for individuals and $8 for families (parents and minor children in the same household). Life memberships for one person are $150.

Recent purchases with FSL Funds include: artwork for the Slidell and Pearl River Branch Libraries; supplies to maintain the Herb Garden located on the grounds of the Slidell Branch Library; funds to support the Herb Fest which is co-sponsored with the St. Tammany Master Gardeners; 150 copies of the publication "Book Pages" for free distribution in the Lacombe, Pearl River, Slidell and South Slidell Branch Libraries; an interactive play wall for the Children's Area in the South Slidell Branch; computer chairs for the Slidell Branch,framed posters for the children's area at the South Slidell Branch; concert series with music performances at the Slidell, Lacombe, Pearl River and South Slidell Branches; magazine shelving for the Slidell Branch; and 10 iPads for use in classes.

All FSL activities are performed by FSL member volunteers. Please consider joining the Friends of the Slidell Library and help us provide support to our branch libraries. Membership application can be downloaded via the link above or picked up at the circulation desks at the Lacombe, Pearl River, Slidell and South Slidell Branch Libraries. Send an email to to volunteer. We value your friendship and offer a membership premium with paid memberships and renewals. Members also receive a newsletter and notification of events/sales via email.

Friends of the Slidell Library Officers and Board Members

Officers, 2019-2020

Frank Lorusso, President

Sandy Crosby, Vice-President

Becky Taylor, Secretary

Frank Lorusso, Treasurer

Board of Directors, 2019-2020

Susan Alexander

Mimi Fast

Sherri Kaba

Margaret King

Lou Major

Kimberlie Rogers

Terri Thomas

2020 Meetings

FSL meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and visitors are always welcome.

Dates Location
January 7 Slidell Branch Library
February 4 Slidell Branch Library
March 3 Slidell Branch Library
April 7 Pearl River Branch Library
May 5 Slidell Branch Library
June 2 Slidell Branch Library
July 7 Lacombe Branch Library
August 4 Slidell Branch Library
September 1 South Slidell Branch Library
October 6 Slidell Branch Library
November 3 Slidell Branch Library
December 1 Slidell Branch Library

2020 Used Book Sales

All book sales are held in the meeting room of the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd and take place over a two-day period. A member's preview sale is held on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. The public sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Book sale prices range from 10¢ to $3. Memberships and renewals are available at the door.

All monies raised provide support for the Lacombe, Pearl River, Slidell and South Slidell Branch Libraries.

January 17-18 Used Book Sale
February 28-29 Annual Media Sale
April 3-4 Used Book Sale
May 15-16 Used Book Sale
July 24-25 Used Book Sale
August 21-22 Used Book Sale
October 2-3 Used Book Sale
December 18-19 Used Book Sale

Silent Auctions

Silent auctions will be held every four weeks in the Slidell Branch Library display cases near the meeting room. Silent auction items will include books and some non-book items, which have been selected from donated items over the past few years. All of them items are pre-owned and are in good to excellent condition. They have been selected for inclusion in the silent auctions due to their subject matter, interest to possible collectors, uniqueness and local interest. Most of the silent auctions will be organized by subject matter or theme of the auction items. Tentative auction subject matter/themes for 2020 include: Louisiana and the south, large format/coffee table books, cookbooks, the American frontier, the U.S. Civil War, popular culture, history, biography and World Wars.

All silent auction items have minimum bids and minimum bid increments of $1.00. Bids are placed in person by using the bid book located at the Circulation Desk.  Please note that auction items are described in detail inside the bid book and that library staff members are not permitted to open the display cases to allow bidders to physically inspect the items for bid. High bidders do not have to be present at the end of the auction. They will be notified by telephone or email and must pick up items within 7 days or the item will default to the next highest bidder.

All monies raised help to provide support to the Lacombe, Pearl River, Slidell and South Slidell Branch Libraries.

Second Saturday Special Sales (SSSSales)

Second Saturday Special Sales are held on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd. SSSSales feature several hundred pre-owned items on a particular subject or theme. Past SSSSales have included newer fiction titles for adults, teens and children; arts and crafts books and magazines; cookbooks; vintage books; Louisiana and the south; gardening books and magazines; and history and biography.

Item prices are fixed: hardback books- $3 each, soft cover books- $2 each, mass market paperback books- $1 each, magazines- 4 for $1, DVDs- $2 per disk and children's books- $1 each.

SSSSales are scheduled for the following 2020 dates:

January 11 Newer Fiction (2018-2020)
February 8 Cookbooks, Pets, Animals, Crafts
March 14 Gardening Books & Magazines, Home Improvement
May 9 Louisiana & the South
June 13 Books for Children & Teens
July 11 Popular Culture, Newer Fiction (2018-2020)
August 8 Craft Books, Pattern Books, Home Improvement, Pets
September 12 History, Biography, Popular Culture
October 10 Cookbooks
November 14 Newer Fiction (2018-2020)
December 12 Books for Children & Teens

Sale themes are subject to change.

For more information about FSL sales, auctions, memberships or to volunteer, send an email to

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