Friends of the Library

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

June 14, 2017

Hello Friends!

We are less than two weeks away from the Grand Opening of our expanded library and the excitement around the table at our last meeting was obvious. Big things are planned and you will want to be there.

  • Come for the tours of the new area!
  • Come to see all the others that will be there!
  • Come for the barbeque meal!
  • Come to be part of a major community event!

You will be glad you did.

Traditionally, the second Saturday of August (August 12 this year) will be the Summer Book Sale and Library Fair on the Library Grounds. This year it will be chaired by Tim Lunde and Harold Lentzner.

Much more on this next month, but you can expect to have a wide assortment of books to purchase, food, music and the usual camaraderie with your neighbors and guests. The proceeds go toward making our award-winning library even better than it has been.

  • The Quilt Raffle is back! It will be on display at the Island Market on Saturdays between now and August 12. See it there or in the library . Handmade by an Orcas quilter, it is a fine souvenir of skill and time that can be decorative or functional.
  • The Friends’ Board, after enjoying lunching, touring and visiting with the Friends of the Friday Harbor Library, have asked them to join us for the same pleasures shortly after the new library is open.
  • In October, coinciding with the national Friends of the Library Organizations, we will hold our Membership Meeting. There will be a brief review of the year and a speaker for your enjoyment. Please make it known if you are interested in finding out what the responsibilities and time commitments are involved to be a Board member. We are searching for a few new members to work with the Library during these upcoming and exciting years with brand new expanded space.

Happy Librarying!

Your Board,
Tim Lunde, Lynn Carter, Kenneth Gibbs, Harold Lentzner, Kathy Morris, Elane Phipps, Tom Welch, Jim Wiemeyer and Sandy Wilson

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.


  • 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
  • Friends' Holiday Tea; held first Saturday in December

Officers of the Board

  • President — Tim Lunde
  • Vice President — Elane Phipps
  • Secretary — Tom McDonough
  • Treasurer — Lynn Carter

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: Tim Lunde
  • Book Sale — Winter: vacant
  • Holiday Tea 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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Harold Lentzner
P O Box 1655 Eastsound WA 98245
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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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Tom Welch
532 Pt. Lawrence Rd. Olga WA 98279 360.376.2036
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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
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