Friends of the Library

FRIENDS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

November 20, 2017

Hello Friends!

The Friends of the Orcas Island Library invites you to attend the 56th Annual Holiday Tea on Saturday, December 2nd at the Library from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

There will be live music to go along with coffee, tea and a wonderful assortment of finger food, cookies and holiday punch. And, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making an appearance at the library at around 1pm.

Every year, with the support of the community, the Friends sponsor a number of projects that enhance the services that the library offers to islanders. Please join us on December 2nd as we celebrate the holiday season, our wonderful new space and your continuing support of the Orcas Island Library.

Your Friends of the Library Board:
Kenneth Gibbs, Madeline Sheplor, Michael Armenia, Lynn Carter, Iris Hansen-Tate, Harold Lentzner, Kathy Morris, Elane Phipps, Jim Wiemeyer

friends store

The Friends of the Orcas Island Library has merchandise for sale*. Merchandise is available for purchase in the Library.

  • Canvas Bags: $15
  • Mugs: $15
  • Hats: $12
  • Bumper Stickers: $2.50

And, of course ... paperbacks ($1) and hardbound books ($2) in the Library lobby.

*All proceeds from the sale of merchandise help to further the mission and activities of the Friends of the Orcas Island Library.

Contact the Library or any Friends member about joining the Friends Board, and about the many different volunteer opportunities.
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  • To establish and maintain an association of persons interested in a public library on Orcas Island;
  • To focus public attention on and develop public support for the Library;
  • To encourage and receive gifts, endowments, and bequests for the Library;
  • To conduct fund raising activities for the benefit of the Library and to manage funds at its disposal for the benefit of the Library;
  • To support and cooperate with the library in developing services for the community; and
  • To stimulate more extensive use of the Library's resources.

Areas of Interest

  • Endowment Fund
  • Capital Improvement Fund Children's Services
  • Community Awareness Collection Development
  • Technology Landscaping, Furnishings & Building Enhancement
  • Staff & Volunteer Staff Training
  • Freedom to Read

Annual Events & Activities

  • Library Fair — held the second Saturday in August
  • Winter Book Sale — Smaller book sale held in February/March
  • Friends' Holiday Tea; held first Saturday in December

Officers of the Board

  • President — Kenneth Gibbs
  • Vice President — Madeline Sheplor
  • Secretary — Michael Armenia
  • Treasurer — Iris Hansen-Tate

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: Jim Wiemeyer & Harold Lentzner
  • Book Sale — Winter: vacant
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Kathy Morris
  • Library Representative : Phil Heikkinen

Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board

Michael Armenia — Secretary
P O box 323 Eastsound WA 98279 360.376.4626
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Lynn Carter
45 Waldron View Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360.376.4287
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Kenneth Gibbs — President
P O Box 183 Eastsound WA 98245 360.376.1082
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Iris Hansen-Tate— Treasurer
244 Twiggs Lane Eastsound WA 98245 206.854.1918
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Jane Heisinger
272 Cypress Lane Olga, WA 98279 360.376.5025
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Harold Lentzner
P O Box 1655 Eastsound WA 98245
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Kathy Morris
478 Old Pottery Road Eastsound WA 98245 360.376.5599
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Donna Gerardi Riordan
106 Hilltop Lane Eastsound, WA 98245 831.332.0032
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Elane Phipps
170 Montgomery Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360.376.8131
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Madeline Sheplor — Vice-President
262 Melody Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360.305.6444
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Jim Wiemeyer
P.O. Box 266 Orcas WA 98280 360.376.5358
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