Friends of the Library

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

December 2018

As always, the Library Holiday Tea was a great success, with over 600 patrons attending throughout the day. Thanks to everyone, both volunteers, entertainers, and patrons.

  • For the first time, FOIL and the library hosted the annual Children's Christmas Craft Market; it was a tremendous success. The kids had a great time and the shoppers seemed delighted.
  • Lobby book sales for November was just a bit over $600
  • There was no FOIL board meeting this month
  • The Winter Book Sale will be on March 9th, 2019
  • Be sure to stop by the library 3:30-5:00PM to celebrate Nita Couchman's retirement from 14 years of outstanding library service

Lastly, stay safe, warm and have Happy Holidays! See you in 2019!


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

Officers of the Board

  • President — Kenneth Gibbs
  • Vice President — Madeline Sheplor
  • Secretary — Michael Armenia
  • Treasurer — Susan Kosiur

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: Jim Wiemeyer & Harold Lentzner
  • Book Sale — Winter: vacant
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Kathy Morris
  • 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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Iris Hansen-Tate
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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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Madeline Sheplor — Vice-President
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Jim Wiemeyer
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