Friends of the Library

Letter From the President


The Friends of the Library has been very busy of late.

In April we held our annual membership meeting at which time two of our existing board members, Margaret Barker and Louise Lelevich, were re-elected for a new three year terms.

We then had a wonderful program presented by the Dancing Seeds Farm on permaculture followed by refreshments.

Next up was the Mother’s Day Basket Raffle. We sold tickets at the
Treasure Cove and had a table at Market Place for several days. We
enjoyed meeting a wide variety of people from the San Juan
community and had a successful raffle raising $655. The basket was
huge and contained contributions from the following members of the
business community, “Place to Play”, Mirabella, Lavendera Massage,
and Lime Kiln Cafe. We should have included a wagon for the winner
to take it in!

On July 4th we did a cake walk at the Fellowship Building for the Catholic
Church in Friday Harbor. We started out with two dozen cakes. The
event was a huge success. We actually ran out of cakes and there
were still people in line wanting to participate. Someone even took my
Charlie Brown chocolate chip cake. We were able to raise $ 553 as a
result of the cake walk.

Also, the Friends of the Library has had a booth at the Farmer’s
Market on selected Saturdays, one in June and one in July. We have
one more date, August 25, 2018. Please drop by. If you want some
entertainment, you could come early and watch us put up the canopy.
It is a little like watching a Keystone Cops episode. We are not
charging admission.

Tomorrow the Friends of the Library  have their Annual Summer Book Fair. This is our largest fundraising event. We have been in training to get in shape for moving and lifting all the books that we put out. We clean out the attic for this one and hope that everyone can find a treasure or two.

To fill out the year, we will be celebrating Friends of the Library Week
from October 21 through October 27. We will have festivities on
Sunday October 21st and Wednesday October 24th that are our way
of showing our appreciation for all the support we receive from the
San Juan Island Community.

Finally, Santa would not know what to do without the Annual Holiday Sale set for December 1st. The Friends of the Library will be working closely with the Library’s Board of Trustees and Staff in planning for the library’s future.
The Board of the Friends of the Library is planning to strengthen its
engagement with the community to encourage your support and
participation in its activities. We are hoping that these plans will
entice more members of the community to join with us in our
efforts to improve library facilities and programs for everyone.

Thank you for your continued support.

Stan Mayhew

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The Friends of the San Juan Island Library exists as a patron advocacy group whose activities include fundraising events, bi-annual community newsletters, an annual membership meeting, and financial support for a variety of library programs and purchases. The Friends raise over $23,000 a year to help support library activities.

Friends Fundraising Supports…

  • Children’s Programs
  • Baby Bags
  • Adult Programs
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Bookmark Contest
  • Special purchases of books, audio books, movies, software, and equipment
  • Programs, projects, and workshops offered by the San Juan Island Library
  • Our Library staff, volunteers, and the many physical and online Library resources

Become a member today! 

Friends Membership Form

Please send your completed form to:

Friends of the San Juan Island Library
PO Box 786
Friday Harbor, WA, 98250

Urgent Need for Treasure Cove Volunteers!

Could you possibly help us out volunteering some hours at Treasure Cove?

Due to medical and family issues from some of our staff we have become
short-handed covering our hours at the Friend’s Treasure Cove store at the
library.  It would be just a short 2 hour shift anytime during the week.

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11-3.  Most shifts
are 1-3 but we can also use help 11-1. Someone will be there to show you
how to set-up and close.

If you would like to help, please call Margaret Barker, 360-298-4161.