Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library work to gain community support for the library activities through volunteer activities, programs and book sales.

Friends News

At the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Dinner, Friends of Kansas Libraries President, Carolyn Little traveled to present Friends Member and volunteer, Sharon Markey with the "Outstanding Individual Friend Award." Sharon was chosen for this state-wide award for her activities in support of community libraries in 2013.  

Earlier this year, the Friends of the Library presented two $500 Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarships. Pictured are Tobi Gbile, Friends president Colette McGee, and Courtney Harris. Tobi is attending the University of Chicago and Courtney is at the University of Kansas. Congratulations to our 2014 Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Winners!

The Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship is presented to graduating seniors that have completed at least 40 hours of volunteer work with the library. Check back in early 2015 for information on how you to apply.

Friends Book Sales
See Book Sales Page for 2014 Dates

The Friends of the Library welcome book sale donations throughout the year. There are drop off receptacles inside both libraries. If you would like to receive a letter confirming your donations for tax purposes, pick up a form at the check-out desk at either library.

Donation Guidelines

Materials we do accept:
Books, DVDs, Books on CD, music CDs, Videos & Cassettes
Children and teen books
Only magazines of historic interest - Time, Look, etc.

Materials we do not accept:
Club Romance paperbacks older than five years
Computer materials 
Materials that are musty or damp
Encyclopedia sets
Reader's Digest Condensed Books

Support Your Library - Join the Friends!
$20 Family, $10 Adult, $7 Student/Senior Citizen (60+)

2014 Perks for OPL Friends members...
All Friends members will receive $1 off of their total purchases each sale in 2014!  You may join anytime at the check-out desks at either library, print off, complete and mail the membership form along with your payment, or join at any of the sales .

Friends Membership Form


Friends Officers 2014-2015

President: Colette McGee    
Vice-President: Linda Schoonover
Secretary: Robin Sundahl
Treasurer: Barb Hill  
Membership Chairperson: Carlotta Belcher 
Members at Large:     Sharon Markey
                                   Donna McCarthy 
                                   Pat Pieper
                                   Carolyn Romondo