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:

Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography
October 29, 2016
10 AM in the Library Community Room
Annual Meeting of Friends of DPL
When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason: not only is our weather some of the most dramatic in the world, but our relationship to weather shapes how we see ourselves. This presentation is available through the Kansas Humanities Council and opens with weather chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of Kansas weather paired with poetry by contemporary Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the Kansas sky. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own weather-related stories and striking images through a short 10-minute writing prompt that will lead into a discussion about how the weather influences our lives, our understanding of the natural world, and what it means to be a Kansan.
Presented by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.
Caryn is an author and was the 2009-2013 Poet Laureate of Kansas.





Board of Directors:

The board of directors of the Friends of the Library meets the first Monday of the month at 1:00 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. 29.


Board Members:

Sue Bitel, President

Carol Wittman, Vice President

Mary Lu Wagner, Secretary

Suzie Harrison, Treasurer

Diane Mulanax, Communications

Patsy Waller, Member-at-large

Sherry Warner, Member-at-large

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