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.


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2015 "A Taste of Literacy"

"A Taste of Literacy,"the foundation's annual fundraising dinner, was held September 26 at  the Olathe Hilton Garden Inn. Around 105 people enjoyed music provided by the Olathe East High School Jazz Band, dinner, and speaker Chuck Haddix, author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker.  He is also well known to many radio listeners as the host of KCUR's "Fish Fry" which airs every Friday and Saturday night and is director of the Marr Sound Archives at UMKC, an incredible library of more than 350,000 recordings that is famous around the world. 

A total of $17,700 in library foundation grants were awarded:

Children’s Summer Reading Club $5500
Tween Teen Summer Reading Program $1000
Continuance of Evanced Event Registration $2500
Online Tutorials for Website $1400
Maker Space Downtown Library $5400
               Equipment – for video production ($3600) and sewing crafts ($800)
               Furnishings – cabinets, tables, etc. ($1000)
Photo scanner for genealogy projects $700
Ukuleles (5 concert and 5 tenor) for checkout and library programs $120

 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