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.

What is the "A Taste of Literacy"?

"A Taste of Literacy" is the foundation's annual fundraising dinner. This year, the dinner will be held on September 26 at 6:30 pm at the Olathe Hilton Garden Inn. Speaker for the evening is Chuck Haddix, author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker.  He is well known to many radio listeners as the host of KCUR's "Fish Fry" which airs every Friday and Saturday night.  In addition, he 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 dinner of filet mignon and cedar planked salmon will be served and a cash bar will be available. Music will be provided by members of the Olathe East High School Jazz Band. 

This event makes it possible for the foundation to fund the children's and tween/teen summer reading programs as well as library technology and library materials. In 2014, the foundation presented more than $16,000 in checks to the library to help fund new technology and the summer reading program. 

Tickets are $75 ($35 of each ticket is tax-deductible). For more information, contact Library Director Emily Baker, 913-971-6880 or ebaker@olatheks.org

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

Clifford Tatham, Chair
Emily Baker, Secretary
Cathie Bennie
Julie Clark, Treasurer
Vivian Crosby
Gregg Herbert
Eirene Oliphant
Colette McGee
Susan Sherman