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.

2014 Curtis Gilmore Memorial Scholarship

The Friends of the Olathe Public Library have selected recipients to receive two $500 scholarships to high school seniors who have worked a minimum of 40 hours as a library volunteer. Hours eligible are those worked from the summer of the 9th grade through 12th grade.

A reception in their honor will be at 5:30 pm, June 16 in the children's programming room at the Olathe Public Library, 201 E. Park.

The recipients may use the money at any school of higher learning:  i.e., state, private or technical schools.

The scholarship was established in 2012 to honor library volunteer Curtis Marion Gordon Gilmore who passed on February 10, 2007.  He was a senior at Olathe North High School, due to graduate that May.  He donated 116 hours while a volunteer at the library from 2003 – 2005.  He is fondly remembered for his humor, friendliness and commitment to helping others. 

The "The Animals in Our Lives" Novel Tea on March 29 helped fund the scholarships.  

 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