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Friends of the Library


The Friends of the Salina Public Library is an organization of volunteer members dedicated to providing visible support for Salina Public Library by raising and donating funds to the library, initiating and sponsoring activities and events, and providing volunteers for library activities.

Friend's Leadership Members
From left to right: Member: Laura Rodenbaugh, Secretary: Susana Jimenez-Papy, Vice President: Mary Shaffer (Not pictured), President: Gretta Kontas, Treasurer: Jessi Divilbiss (Not pictured)

Membership Levels & Annual Dues

  • $5 Student
  • $10 Individual
  • $25 Family
  • $50 Benefactor
  • $100 Single Lifetime
  • $250 Family Lifetime

Membership Form (PDF)

You can also pick up a membership form at the Library’s adult circulation desk.

Friends Board

The Friends Board includes 12 members who are elected to three-year terms.

The officers and board members for 2024-25 are:

President: Jan Schmidt
Vice President: Mary Shaffer
Secretary: Teresa Weaver
Treasurer: Mike Mattson

Board Members
Mary Ellen Burgardt
Margie McGreevy
Becky Shulda
Cheri Thummel
Laura Rhodenbaugh
Judy Kohman
Betty Garrison

Perks of Membership

In addition to supporting the library, Friends members enjoy these benefits:

  • Incur no daily late fines on library items. Friends are responsible for lost or damaged items. Items are considered lost once 28 days overdue.
  • Attend the Friends Book Sale Preview Night

Joe McKenzie Youth Scholarship

The Friends of the Salina Public Library award scholarships for Teen Library Volunteers. Applicants who meet the requirements will be considered for scholarships from $500-$1500.

Learn More

Friends of the Library Sale

June 27 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Projects Purchases Volunteer
  • Friends’ book sale shelf located in the lobby
  • Book sales
  • Scholarships for teen volunteers
  • Scholarships for library staff
  • Supplies books for Little Free Libraries
  • T-shirts for the summer teen volunteers
  • Large print Readers Digest magazine
  • Toys and games for the Imagination Station in Youth Services
  • Information Services Desk
  • Self-check station

Some volunteer activities for the Friends Members are hosting at special library or Friends events, helping to organize and run the FSPL book sale, assisting with the Salina Poetry Series, helping with receptions and book sales for visiting authors.

Find current volunteer opportunities here.