Friends of the Library

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

may, 2019

  • FOIL annually grants money to the Orcas Public Library to support various projects and events. This year, the grant totaled $16,000. In the past quarter, $2,664 was spent to acquire books, while $3,380 was used for various events, such as the April Poetry event, Black History Month, and some speaker fees. Also, support for three book clubs (Elementary School Book Club, Middle School Book Cub, and the First Fridays Book Club) totaled $850.
  • Lobby book sales are still doing well, at $684 for the month of April. And eBay gross sales zoomed to $1,732!
  • At the May Board meeting, the board already started to review the steps for organizing the Summer Library Fair. Stay tuned for more in the coming month.
  • If you have books to donate, or know someone who does, we’re always ready to receive them. Some may appear in our sales area located in the lobby of the library, others will be readied for the library fair.
  • The Board is always looking for members willing to volunteer a few of their hours to help with event publicity, book sorting, event set-up and other tasks. Contact a board member (see the library website for their email address) if you're interested.
  • If you’re a FOIL member and don’t receive this news via email, but wish to do so, please send your email address to We send out a short newsletter every month.


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 & 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
Email Michael

Robert Demarest
Email Robert

Kenneth Gibbs — President
Email Ken

Jane Heisinger
Email Jane

David Kosiur
Email David

Susan Kosiur— Treasurer
Email Susan

Harold Lentzner
Email Harold

Kathy Morris
Email Kathy

Elane Phipps — Vice-President
Email Elane

Jim Wiemeyer
Email Jim