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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:
'Kansas Legends and Folktales'

Friends of the Derby Public Library will host "Kansas Legends and Folktales," a presentation and discussion by Jim Hoy, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Community Room. 

Members of the public are invited to attend this free program. A short business meeting for the Friends organization will precede the presentation.

Most Kansans are familiar with the stories of grasshoppers so big that cowboys could ride them, or summers so hot that corn popped in the field. Kansas is a place of big skies and tall tales, but these exaggerated narratives help us understand the character of our state and its people. This presentation will explore some of the many legends and folktales from around the state, and what they say about the communities that keep these stories alive.

An authority on the folklife of ranching, Jim Hoy is a professor of English and former director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University.  He has lectured internationally on the folklife of ranching and is the co-author of “Plains Folk,” a syndicated newspaper column.

“Kansas Legends and Folktales” is part of Humanities Kansas's Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.


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