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Friends of the 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 promoting library services and programs. We are a nonprofit organization and all membership dues and donations are tax deductible.

The Friends’ Advantage

Friends of the Derby Library get to participate in the members-only preview sale at the Friends’ annual book sale. This means that you get first choice of the books at the sale.

Friends also receive a monthly newsletter that includes information about upcoming events at the library, art exhibits, and what the library book clubs are reading.

Friends of the Derby Public Library supports Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week, National Readathon Day, Santa’s Village, library participation in the Big Read, and the StoryWalk at High Park.

Membership Rates

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

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

Friends Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Derby Public Library 2020 annual meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. Watch for more details soon!



Board of Directors

The board of directors of the Friends of the Derby Public Library meets the first Monday of every month at 1 p.m. Members of the board of directors serve two-year terms and are elected at the Friends annual meeting, which is generally held in October.

Board members

President: Mary Lu Wagner

Vice President: Carol Wittman

Secretary: Sue Bitel

Treasurer: Carol Boyce

Communication: Pat Kitterman and Carol Wittman

Member-at-large: Gary Read and Linda Roberts

Library Director: Eric Gustafson (serves on the board as an ex-officio member)

For more information or if you have questions about membership, please send an email to