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.

Mark Your 2016 Calendar!
The Novel Tea will be Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Indian Creek Community Church. More details as they are available.

2015 Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Winners

Emma Clark and Michael Hund are pictured with Friends president,
Colette McGee, at the scholarship reception.


During a reception on June 22 at the Downtown Library, youth volunteers Emma Clark and Michael Hund were each awarded a $500 scholarship in memory of Gilmore, an active youth volunteer who passed in 2007, shortly before graduating from Olathe North High School.

Clark started volunteering at an early age with her mother and brother at the Olathe Indian Creek Library in 2004 and completed 450 hours.  She and her mother each received the Nancy Quinlisk Chandler Volunteer of the year award in 2013.  Clark is an Olathe East High School graduate and will attend the University of Tulsa.

Hund began volunteering at the Downtown Library in 2010 and has competed 354 hours.  He has completed a variety of tasks at the library and in addition, has helped with the Friends book sales, farmer’s market, Novel Tea and the Olathe Arts Festival.  He is a graduate of Olathe Northwest High School and will be attending Johnson County Community College in the fall.

The Friends board funds the scholarships through the annual Novel Tea held the last three years.

Friends Book Sales
View 2015 sale 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.

PLEASE NOTE: We love receiving donations, but large donations of materials must be placed in sturdy boxes, not in large plastic trash bags.  If donations arrive in large plastic trash bags, they will not be accepted.  Thank you for your consideration.

Donation Guidelines
Materials we do accept:
Books, Paperbacks, DVDs, Books on CD, Music CDs, Videos & Cassettes
Children and teen books
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
Club Romance Paperbacks less than five years
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

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

2015 Perks for OPL Friends members...
All Friends members will receive $1 off of their total purchases each sale in 2015!  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 2015 - 2016

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