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friends of the orcas island library

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

July, 2015

Welcome to the Friends Corner

Dear Friends –

Oh My! The Friends of the Orcas Island Library is hopping with exciting things today!

One of our BIIIIG focuses every year is the Library Fair to display and sell the books that the community has been donating all year long. This is not just a staid book sale where all the items are displayed on shelves through which you quietly wander. No way.

Books are the foundation of our event and at this Library Fair they are displayed on tables, sorted according to topics and surrounded by activity. There is music. There are vendors.

There is food. People come to be serious about their book selections. To meet their friends and neighbors. To be entertained and entertaining.

Always the second Saturday in August. This year that is August 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. See you there! BTW, “There” is on the grounds of the Library. You won’t be able to miss the holiday atmosphere and the white tents as you get close.


It might be a bit too soon to come up with a definite price tag for the Library expansion but things are looking good. Money has been coming in from the State of Washington, Bob Henigson, Friends of the Orcas Island Public Library, and yet to be named donors so we are getting close to what is needed. In fact, we are at the point in this enormous project to be able to now come up with potential timelines and bid requests.

We all hope that community donations will fill the gap locally. Why?
   1) So our award-winning Library, that has outgrown itself with our enthusiastic usage, will have space to continue offering even more to all of us.
   2) Each of us who contributes to the expansion will have elevated their personal connection to our Library and all it offers.

After all is said and done, we ARE talking about our Orcas Island Public Library.

The sun is shining on Orcas. Our Library is glowing.


Your Board,
Lynn Carter, Tim Lunde, Kathy Mordris, Elane Phipps, Anjie Reagles, Jean Soderquist, Jim Wiemeyer, Sandy Wilson, Leif.

Contact the Library or any Friends member about joining the Friends Board, and about the many different volunteer opportunities.


  • 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

  • The Friends Corner — Online Newsletter
  • Winter Book Sale — Smaller book sale held in February
  • Library Fair — Art auction, silent auction, book sale, crafts and food booths, music, quilt raffle

Officers of the Board

  • President — Tim Lunde
  • Vice President — Elane Phipps
  • Secretary — Jean Soderquist
  • Treasurer — Lynn Carter

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: vacant
  • Book Sale — Winter: vacant
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Jean Soderquist
  • Library Fair Chair: James Lobdell
  • Booths: Tim Lunde
  • Quilt: vacant
  • Property Coordinator: James Lobdell
  • Traffic Control: James Lobdell
  • Publicity/Media Chair: vacant
  • Library Representative : Phil Heikkinen

Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board

Lynn Carter — Treasurer
45 Waldron View Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4287
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P. O. Box 1893 Eastsound WA 98245
Email Leif

James Lobdell
45 Waldron View Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4287
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Tim Lunde — President
5178 Orcas Road Eastsound WA 98245 206-399-7657
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Kathy Morris
478 Old Pottery Road Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-5599
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Elane Phipps — Vice-President
170 Montgomery Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-8131
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Anjie Reagles
P.O. Box 1766 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4006
Email Anjie

Carol & Jerry Salvas
P.O. Box 50 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4190
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Jean Soderquist — Secretary
P.O. Box 50 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4190
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Jim Wiemeyer
P.O. Box 266 Orcas WA 98280 360-376-5358
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Sandy Wilson
P.O. Box 339 Deer Harbor WA 98243 360-376-4524
Email Sandy