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November, 2014

Welcome to the Friends Corner

Dear Friends –

Here’s a great idea for you to put on your calendar. It is an event that is beautiful, tasty, festive and FREE. It is the Holiday Tea presented annually this time of the year as a "Thank You" to the Orcas community from the Friends of the Library.

As usual, we will provide a holiday-themed table loaded with plates of delicious treats. At the end of each table there is a silver tea service with pourers of tea and coffee from the Library Board and other members of the community. Our Children’s Table will offer small-finger-sized sandwiches (peanut butter and jam of course), juice and more.

Musical entertainment, crafts and a visit from Santa will fill the library with the sparkle and sounds of the season. Friends provide the event for you and hope you will join us at the Library, Saturday, December 6, from 12-3.

One more note: Part of the success of our Holiday Tea comes from the community volunteers who provide mouth-watering cookies. Please call Jean Soderquist (Tea Chairman) at 376-4190 if you can be one of our Cookie Elves and contribute to our Tea.

After a Winter’s Rest, the Friends are back in the community with a Book Sale. Every winter we provide an opportunity for you to browse through and purchase, at a highly-discounted rate, the books that have been donated since the summer’s Library Fair. This year the Winter Book Sale will be on Saturday, February 28 from 10 – 2.

We need your help with the Library Expansion. Our generous contribution to the efforts of the OI Library that wants to offer even more books and serves to all of us who live here, was dependent upon your contributions of books (and money!!) to Friends., and we want to do more. We sort, store and sell books.. Can you bring in a few? A box? A collection you no longer read? Don’t toss them or lug them back to the mainland, donate them to our local library. We know what to do with them. We ask that they are in good enough condition (not dirty, highly marked up, smelly, or bug infested) to be resold to your neighbors.

Halloween has a non-sugary connotation at the Library. Bring your little Trick-or-Treater to the library to receive a book rather than candy. Did Friends have something to do with this? Well...

Your Board,
Lynn Carter, James Lobdell, Tim Lunde, Kathy Morris, Carol Salvas, Jerry Salvas, Elane Phipps, Anjie Reaagles, Jean Soderquist, Jim Wiemeyer, and Sandy Wilson.

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

  • The Friends Corner — Online Newsletter
  • Winter Book Sale — Smaller book sale held in February
  • Library Fair — Art auction, silent auction, book sale, crafts and food booths, music, quilt raffle

Officers of the Board

  • President — Tim Lunde
  • Vice President — Elane Phipps
  • Secretary — Jean Soderquist
  • Treasurer — Lynn Carter

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: vacant
  • Book Sale — Winter: vacant
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Jean Soderquist
  • Library Fair Chair: James Lobdell
  • Booths: Tim Lunde
  • Quilt: vacant
  • Property Coordinator: James Lobdell
  • Traffic Control: James Lobdell
  • Publicity/Media 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

James Lobdell
45 Waldron View Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4287
Email James

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

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

Anjie Reagles
P.O. Box 1766 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4006
Email Anjie

Carol & Jerry Salvas
P.O. Box 50 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4190
Email Carol

Jean Soderquist — Secretary
P.O. Box 50 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4190
Email Jean

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