What is the Library Foundation?

The Olathe Public Library Foundation is a component fund of the Community Fund of Johnson County established for the purpose of enhancing facilities, providing books, and adding other services for the Olathe Public Library System.

Why Does the Library Have a Foundation?

Public funds make libraries possible, but it is private gifts that make them flourish. The Olathe Public Library Foundation was established to ensure the library system remains a vital community resource. The foundation's purpose is to provide a long-term supplemental funding program to assist in providing those services not available through traditional tax-base funding.

How Does the Foundation Support the Library System?

Donations are invested and the interest is used for the benefit of the library system. Foundation contributions may result in funds to offset some of the costs of library system automation, expansion of reference and circulating collections, programming, and assistance for the disabled.

2016 Olathe Public Library Foundation “A Taste of Literacy”

The foundation will host its annual fundraising event featuring speaker Matt Keenan, a free-lance columnist, on October 1 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Olathe, 12080 S. Strang Line Road. 

He has published a bi-weekly column for more than twelve years in the Kansas City Star and local magazines.His first book, Call Me Dad, Not Dude, was published in 2007 and remains popular today.  The Sequel, includes his best columns since his first book was published and helps parents stay sane while raising teenagers.

Keenan has been practicing law with Shook, Hardy and Bacon for over 30 years.  He and his wife, Lori, have four children and live in Leawood, KS.

A dinner of filet mignon and cedar planked salmon will be served and a cash bar will be available.  Attire is business casual. Tickets are $75 per person of which $35 is tax-deductible.  Proceeds benefit the OPL Foundation.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact library director Emily Baker at 913-971-6880.

How Can I Contribute to the Foundation?

There are numerous ways to make a contribution to the foundation:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation
  • Make a contribution in memory or in honor of a friend or relative
  • Donate property, investments and/or insurance policies
  • Include the foundation in your will

Contributions are cumulative and contributors will be recognized in an annual report. For further information, please contact Julie Clark at (913) 971-6878.

Contributions can be made payable to the Olathe Public Library Foundation and mailed to 201 E. Park, Olathe, KS 66061.

Your contribution is important! Continuing contributions are necessary to assist the library system in achieving excellence. A gift to the foundation is a gift of knowledge to the community.

Foundation Board

Eirene Knott, Chair
Gregg Herbert, Vice-Chair

Emily Baker, Secretary
Julie Clark, Treasurer
Cathie Bennie
Vivian Crosby
Colette McGee
Susan Sherman
Hector Silva
Clifford and ElaineTatham, Co-founders