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: Treasurer: Laura Rodenbaugh, Secretary: Susana Jimenez-Papy, Vice President: Debbie Toll, President: Gretta Kontas

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. If a person has had difficulties due to COVID this year, their membership fee can be waived.

Friends Board

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

The officers and board members for 2021-22 are:

President: Gretta Kontas
Vice President: Debbie Toll
Secretary: Susana Jimenez-Papy
Treasurer: Laura Rodenbaugh
Board Members
Mary Ellen Burgardt
Betty Garrison
Darla Gent
Stephen Papy
Mary Shaffer
Jan Schmidt
Teresa Weaver
Jessi Divilbiss

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

Friday, April 21 — Friends preview sale | 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 — 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 — $5 a bag | Noon-4 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.