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EPL Friends

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Friends of the Library Board Members ~ Membership Dues

Friends of the Library is Celebrating 40 Years!!

Click here for some Emporia Friends of the Library facts from the past 40 years.



What is the Friends of the Library?

The Friends of the Library is an organization of people who believe in the worth of an effective and attractive library. Its members pay a small membership fee and many serve in a volunteer capacity on the Board, committees, and working as homebound drivers or in various roles for our two annual book sales. As a result of the efforts of these people our Library benefits in many ways.

The Friends of the Emporia Public Library organization was founded on February 8, 1973, to support the initiative for a new library building. Now, more than 30 years later, the Friends group has expanded its mission and serves the library through support of adult and children's programming, collection development, equipment and facility improvement, increasing the Friends Endowment Fund, and more.

Friends Mission Statement

The mission of The Friends of the Library of the Emporia Public Library is to provide support for the Library's programs, help the Library achieve its mission, and to be an advocate within the community in support of the Library.

Friends of the Library Objectives

  • To maintain an association of persons interested in libraries;
  • To focus attention on the library to stimulate the use of the library's resources and services;
  • To encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library;
  • To support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community;
  • To advocate for library issues;
  • To function on behalf of the library but not as the library.
  • To support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.

Friends of the Library Dues and Contributions Support

  • Brown Bag Concerts
  • Equipment and Technology
  • Children's Summer Reading Program
  • Teen Summer Reading Program
  • Outdoor Plantings
  • Book Baskets for patrons
  • Multiple book copies for Book Discussions
  • Newsletter printer costs
  • Accu-cut dies for bulletin boards
  • Friends Endowment
  • Community Bookcase collection enhancement
  • Free Bookpage newspaper
  • Bookmark Design Contest

Friends of the Library 2014 Board Members

President Sherry Backhus
President-Elect Joan Sheridan
Secretary Dee Schwinn
Treasurer Jan Laurent
Board Member Glenda Bair
Board Member Elaine Bentz
Board Member Sandy Chapman
Board Member John Dougherty
Board Member Harvey Foyle
Board Member Joan Geitz
Board Member Steve Hanschu
Board Member Nancy Hargett
Board Member Peter Hauff
Board Member Marge Hayslett
Board Member Nannette Martin
Board Member Ron Sellers
Board Member Joan Sheridan
Internet Book Sales Greg Larson
Library Board Liaison

Gae Williams

Library Director Sue Blechl

The FOL Board meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:30 in the library’s meeting room. Friends members and the public are welcome.


Friends of the Library Membership Dues*

You can now pay for your membership dues online with a credit card!

Your FOL dues may now be paid using PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account. Just click on the buttons below for your desired level of membership. You will be directed to the secure PayPal website. Follow the instructions and soon your membership will be paid quickly and simply.

Thanks for being a member of the Friends of the Emporia Public Library!


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*An application for membership may be obtained at the library.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, please contact the library at (620) 340-6462 or e-mail the Friends of the EPL at friends@emporialibrary.org.


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