Attend "A Taste of Literacy" at 6:30 pm, September 27
                     at the Hilton Garden Inn in Olathe

Don't miss out on this fundraising event for the foundation. Featured speaker, Josh Swade, author of the book, The Holy Grail of Hoops and the DVD, There's No Place Like Home, will talk about his thirty-nine day quest to return Dr. James Naismith's original "Rule of Basket Ball" to the University of Kansas.

Due to Swade's efforts, David Booth, a billionaire who is chairman and co-CEO of a Texas mutal fund company, along with his wife, Suzanne, purchased the 119 year-old-document for over four million dollars in 2010 from Sotheby's in New York City.  It will be housed at the DeBruce Center that adjoins the Allen Field House in Lawrence.

Swade, a native of Johnson County, lives with his family in New York CIty where he continues his career in media productions.

Tickets are $75 ($35 is tax-deductible) and sponsorships are also available. Invitations have been mailed and RSVPs and payment will be due by September 20. For more information about purchasing tickets, call Emily Baker, 913-971-6880 or email,

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.

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 Janet Monsees 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
Vivian Crosby
Greg Herbert
Eirene Oliphant
Colette McGee
Susan Sherman
Honorary Members

Nell Bowen
Diane Costello
Ralph Dennis
Ruth Ann Hackler


Betty Hougland
Maron Moore
George Schlagel
Dr. Ron Wimmer