Support Groups

Friends of the Paola Free Library

Reorganized in 2007, the Friends of the Library meets quarterly to discuss business pertaining to projects that help the Library either financially or physically.

Dues are in three levels.  You can be a Paperback Member for $1.00, a 1st Edition Member for $25.00 or a Leather-bound Member for $100.00.  Members may select to serve on one of several committees: Membership, Fund Raising, and Programming.

The main fund raising projects each year are a spring and a fall book sale. In the past the Friends of the Library have donated money toward books, display cases, and children’s programming.

Programs are open to the public.  Programs vary in content:  Authors, Speakers from the Kansas Humanities Council, book themed programs (cookbooks with recipes and prepared dishes for tasting), are a few of the types of programs sponsored by the Friends in recent years.

If you are interested in joining Friends of the Paola Free Library, contact one of the following people:

Rosy King, Library Director
Teresa Cole, Chairman
Marge Miller, Vice Chairman
Patty McGee, Treasurer
Patti Walters, Secretary
Jenny Walters, Membership Committee

Applications for membership are available at the Library.

Paola Free Library Foundation

This is a private Foundation whose mission is to aid in the promotion of and the continued growth and improvement of the Paola Free Library. It offers aid and assistance, financial or otherwise, to the Library.

The Foundation encourages and accepts financial contributions from organizations and individuals and invests these contributions in order to provide a growing source of income with which to support the Library.

To date the Foundation has supported the Library with the purchase of computers and automated circulation software, a security system, money toward summer reading activities, programming for adults, and the initial purchase of a downloadable audio books database.

The Foundation accepts donations toward memorials. Purchases made with memorial money are made with the family’s wishes in mind.

The Foundation consists of seven trustees who may serve two consecutive 5-yr. terms. They meet quarterly. New members are nominated by the Foundation Board and appointed by the regular Paola Free Library Board of Trustees.