Friends of the Library

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

Thank You!

  • Despite the intermittent rain, the Annual Library Fair and Summer Book Sale sponsored by FOIL was a success. As always, this was due to the efforts of the many volunteers: those of you from FOIL, along with help from the 6th Grade Class, the Girls Soccer Team, and the volunteers from Camp Orkila. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the perennial assistance from Orcas Island Freight and from Island Hardware and Supply. But, proceeds from the book sale were down by about one third, compared to the average for the past three years. Those rain showers probably had something to do with the smaller turnout.
  • Monthly lobby book sales did very well, with sales of just over $800 for July.
  • Are you comfortable working with computers? Familiar with eBay? FOIL has a backlog of books that need to be researched and entered as eBay listings, and we could use a few more people to help with eBay-related activities. If you’re interested, contact Lynn Carter,
  • The Friends also has a Facebook page (it's not very active at this point, so we welcome contributions). Check it out at


The Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5:00PM at the Library in Maria’s Room.

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

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: Jim Wiemeyer & Ken Gibbs
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Jane Heisinger
  • Library Representative : Phil Heikkinen

Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board

Michael Armenia — Secretary
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Robert Demarest
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Kenneth Gibbs — President
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Jane Heisinger
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David Kosiur
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Susan Kosiur— Treasurer
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Harold Lentzner
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Kathy Morris
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Elane Phipps — Vice-President
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Jim Wiemeyer
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