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

May 16, 2016

Hello Friends –

The hummingbirds are busy at their their feeders now and that means it is time to remind everyone once again to mark the second Saturday in August, the 13, on their calendars and plan to come to the Library Fair—held on the Library Grounds. There are a couple of reasons this year the Fair will be particularly meaningful:

FIRST is because this is the 60TH CONSECUTIVE FAIR to be held on Orcas Island. Perhaps this is a good time to pause for a moment and think about where you were and/or what was happening in 1956 --other than the first Orcas Island Library Fair.

SECOND, the month before our Fair, the Groundbreaking for the Library Extension will have taken place. Come and enjoy the focus of the Library Fair which is always the vast display of books available to you but also come to see for yourself what is physically happening with the construction. We can predict that parking will be more of an issue this summer than usual because a portion of the lot will be involved in activities related to the expansion. It isn’t a big inconvenience so shrug your shoulders and decide it adds to the buzz of the event and be part of the happy swirl. Meet your neighbors, ask the Library Trustees any questions you might have about the expansion.

The Friends Board has been frequently apprised and updated by members of the Library Board as this project has progressed. We are amazed at the number of considerations and components of this project that have been involved in getting to the point where the Expansion can actually, physically begin. We on Orcas can all be proud.

Below is a compilation of some details of our library. We’ve come a long way since 1995, haven’t we?

1995 2015 Change
Checkouts 75,859 122,642 58%
Cardholders 3,013 6,256 105%
Collection Size 31,004 41,786 35%
Open Hours 2,028 2,668 31%
User Visits 50,000 133,340 167%
Programs/Classes 91 217 138%
Program Attendance 1,054 4,175 296%
Public Computers 1 12 1200%

Friends Board: Tim Lunde, Lynn Carter, Elane Phipps, Jim Wiemeyer, Sandra Wilson, Kathy Mordris, Tom McDonough

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
Email Lynn

Tim Lunde — President
5178 Orcas Road Eastsound WA 98245 206-399-7657
Email Tim

Tom McDonough— Secretary
P O Box 165 Eastsound WA 98245 650-380-6704
Email Tom

Kathy Morris
478 Old Pottery Road Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-5599
Email Kathy

Elane Phipps — Vice-President
170 Montgomery Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-8131
Email Elane

Jim Wiemeyer
P.O. Box 266 Orcas WA 98280 360-376-5358
Email Jim

Sandy Wilson
P.O. Box 339 Deer Harbor WA 98243 360-376-4524
Email Sandy