Friends of the Library

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

FOIL is again accepting book donations. Contact the library or a FOIL Board member to arrange a donation.

he board is looking to add some new members to the board. If you'd like to take part, let us know. Contact any of the board members for more information.

FOIL membership for last year totaled 106 members. We'd also like to increase the number of members. If you know of someone who ought to join, they can pick up a membership form from our web page at the library [Click the Join Friends button below].

Buying something on Don’t forget to use AmazonSmile and select Friends of the Orcas Island Library as your charity. Every little bit helps.


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 & Ken Gibbs
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Jane Heisinger
  • Library Representative : Phil Heikkinen

Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board

Michael Armenia — Secretary
Email Michael

Robert Demarest
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Kenneth Gibbs — President
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Jane Heisinger
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David Kosiur
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Susan Kosiur— Treasurer
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Kathy Morris
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Elane Phipps — Vice-President
Email Elane

Jim Wiemeyer
Email Jim