Friends of the Library

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

July 21, 2017

Hello Friends!

What a wonderful turnout at the Grand Opening for the Library Expansion. About 1400 of us showed up for the event – a wonderful showing from the community and guests.

It is becoming more and more clear that the opening was just the beginning of the changes that will be happening this coming year. Questions will be answered as time goes by and we learn just how the new and old spaces will be utilized, how the book sales will be handled in the Friends Corner, what the usage will be after school starts and many more unknowns.

We DO know that the “old” front desk will have a new home with the Exchange. Along with the desk will be some shelving that is now being stored in the Meeting Room. We know the door count is significantly up, and that this coming year the Library will be focusing on landscaping and programs.

I hope August 12 is already tagged on your calendar as the day the Friends have our annual Library Fair. It will be held on the Library grounds from 10 – 3. As usual, you can expect thousands of good quality donated books to be arranged by categories and sold for minimum prices. It will be an event for perusing books, for meeting neighbors, for listening to music and stories, for enjoying vendors and food. We hope to see you there.

In October, the Friends will host their first Annual Membership meeting in the new library. More information will be shared as we get closer to that month. Everyone who is a Friend of the Library is invited to a short business meeting and then a guest speaker.

Happy Reading and all the other things you can do at the Library!

Your Friends of the Library Board,
Tim Lunde, Lynn Carter, Kenneth Gibbs, Harold Lentzner, Kathy Morris, Elane Phipps, Tom Welch, Jim Wiemeyer, 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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