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.

Friends memberships are available as either an annual membership or a lifetime membership, and as either an individual or a family membership. 

Membership rates:

Annual membership individual — $10
Annual membership family — $15

Lifetime membership individual — $100
Lifetime membership family — $150

Upcoming Events:

All Friends of DPL are encouraged to attend the Annual meeting on October 21st and invite friends and family. John Burchill an author and criminal justice historian who teaches at Kansas Wesleyan University will present a program "Cowboys and Clerics" made possible by the Kansas Humanities council. 

In the days when Wild Bill Hickok might ride his horse into your church service (it happened in Junction City), the life of a minister was a rowdy affair. This presentation looks into the early years of Kansas clergy and the colorful characters that made up our early faith communities, including gunmen, abolitionists, and temperance movement leaders. 

Light refreshments will be served.


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