Meet Our President

Pat Orr

Pat Orr

Upon retiring from a career in library service, I searched opportunities to serve libraries and have fun doing so. I found two such opportunities; volunteering at the Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford and serving on the Board of Friends of Michigan Libraries. Each experience enables me to work with people who are dedicated to improving library services for library users.

Friends groups provide invaluable support to Michigan libraries, as I quickly learned while Director of the Northville Public Library. The Friends provided funding for adult and children’s programs, and increased community awareness of the value of a well-supported public library. The Northville Friends played an invaluable role in the successful creation of the Northville District Library and construction of the current 26,000 square foot library. Good libraries thrive thanks to good Friends!

My deep interest in quilting began when a friend suggested we make quilts for our children. We borrowed pattern books from the library, spent hours analyzing the colorful patterns before deciding we would sew Lone Star quilts. Thirty-seven years and countless quilts later, I still browse the quilting section when I visit my Livonia Public Library. Michigan has approximately 118 quilt stores, happily more than half a dozen are an easy drive from my home. As we begin to safely venture out of our homes, I will enthusiastically travel our beautiful state and indulge my love of quilting and my appreciation of the beauty of Michigan.