Friends of the Library

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

Welcome! Here’s the latest FOIL news -- July, 2019

  • Mark your calendars for this year's Library Fair! It'll be on Saturday, August 10th, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
  • As you may know, FOIL helps facilitate the transfer of unsolicited grants and donations for the funding of library functions. Recently, FOIL handled the delivery of funds from the Bessemer Trust to the Orcas Island Library for the purchase of five birding backpack kits, a telescope, and a birding scope for use by library patrons.
  • Our membership renewal campaign is moving along, with over 80% of last year's members already renewing for this year. If you haven't renewed your membership, now's the time! (And if you didn't receive a renewal letter from us in the US Mail, stop by the front desk of the library to get a renewal envelope.) Thanks to those who already renewed.
  • Both book sales from the lobby store and eBay are doing well, each totaling about $620 for the month of May.
  • Organizing this year's Summer Library Fair is picking up speed. We'll soon be asking for volunteers to be cashiers, helping with setup or restocking book tables. There will be a notice about signup sheets (which will be at the library's front desk) coming before long.
  • In the meantime, we could use some help sorting and boxing books that have been donated; things are getting crowded in the back room!


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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