January 20, 2022
Dear Friends of the Orcas Island Library,
The Library did not return quite to business as usual in 2021, but it’s nearly there. The same was true for the Friends. While we once again decided it was prudent to cancel the Winter Book Sale, which is held indoors, the summer Library Fair went off without a hitch. In fact, income from the sale was more than 2/3rds higher than in 2019, our last summer sales event. The wild success of the sale is clearly a reflection of the support the Library enjoys in our community, the great selection of books we had on offer, courtesy of that same community, and no doubt a pent up demand for all the best words.
In normal years we raise funds during our two sales events, from book sales in the library lobby, the sale of selected books via eBay and to local bookstores, and lastly to a wholesaler. These funds support a multitude of programs at the Library including acquisition of new material, reading clubs for all ages, and a variety of public presentations of interest to our diverse community. At the close of 2021 the Friends were able to fully fund a grant request by the Library for more than $21,000 to support these programs.
Donation of much loved books are another way to support the Library. Orcas seems to be filled from shore to shore with avid and discerning readers. Many choose to donate books, some of considerable value, to the Friends who are then able to offer them for resale.
While sales of these books provides the bulk of our funding, membership in and contributions to the Friends of the Orcas Island Library are in many ways more critical: we can only sell a book once, while returning members are a source of sustained support. As we start a new year, please take the opportunity to renew your membership in the Friends and support the Library.
Finally, we always welcome those who would like to volunteer with the Friends. Whether helping out with our “intake” of book donations or helping to assist at our events. If you would like to learn more please contact any Board member.
In closing, the Friends Board would like very much to thank the many islanders and volunteers who help us to support our much cherished Library.
Friends of the Orcas Island Library
500 Rose Street
Eastsound WA 98245