Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Derby Public Library


The Friends of the Derby Public Library is a group of citizens who have a common passion for the Derby Public Library’s active expansion and participation in community life.  The Friends of the Library assist in helping promote library services and programs.  We are a non-profit organization and all membership dues and donations are tax deductible.


How to Join:

Click here to print the brochure.

The cost of membership is: Annual - $10.00 or Lifetime - $100.00


Upcoming events:


The Friends of the Library annual meeting will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in the community room of the library. Immediately following the business portion of the meeting (which will take approximately 10 minutes), we are pleased to present “Soda Fountains of Kansas” by Cindy Higgins, a journalist and Kansas historian. Higgins’ presentation will explore the glory days of the soda fountain, soda fountains in Kansas today and the revival of soda fountains throughout the nation. The annual meeting and presentation are open to the public.


Board of Directors:

The board of directors of the Friends of the Library meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Members of the board of directors serve two-year terms and are elected at the annual meeting that generally takes place in October. Elections take place in even-numbered years. A committee will be formed to organize a slate of officers that will be voted on at the annual meeting on Oct. 18.


Board members:

Kathy Abraham, secretary

Sue Bitel, president

Suzie Harrison, member-at-large

David Larimore, member-at-large

Diane Mulanax, member-at-large

Betty Wilken, treasury

Carol Wittman, vice president


Eric Gustafson, library director, serves on the board of directors as an ex officio member.


Volunteer opportunities:


The Friends of the Library sponsors several activities at the library each year that provide opportunities for volunteering. Book sales, membership drives, and Santa’s Village are a few of the activities Friends are involved in. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Friends at the e-mail address below.


For more information or if you have questions please send an email to