Friends of the Library are a group of supporters whose mission is:

  • To establish a closer relationship between the library and the public it serves
  • To promote increased knowledge of  the functions, resources,  services, and needs of the library
  • To advocate and seek public and private funds to assure quality library and information services

In the spring, Friends has an annual meeting to celebrate accomplishments, review activities, elect officers and socialize.

Recent Friends donations have included:

  • Cumulative donations of $1,600 for Iola Public Library Endowment Fund
  • $350 towards new blinds for the meeting room
  • Computer table with outlets for a laptop station
  • Reupholstering of couch and chair in main reading room
  • Reupholstering of dining room chairs in Flewharty-Powell Annex
  • $500 for large print books in 2015 and 2016
  • Purchase of the slatwall displayer for the new Readers’ Advisory Center
  • $250 for books in 2017,  $500 in 2018, $750 in 2019, and $1000 in 2020
  • $1,500 for Reading Nook in children’s department
  • $150 for Caldecott Challenge and Pizza Palooza celebrations, annually
  • $850 for the 2018 Family Reading Festival
  • $1,000 for other 2018 projects, including “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten”
  • Purchased supplies for the Lifesized Candyland game
  • $2,000 towards installation of the study room

Friends activities are funded largely by the annual book sale on the third weekend in October, by an Everything Chocolate sale on Valentine’s Day,  and by membership dues.


President: Mary Ann Regehr
Secretary: Lois Murray
Treasurer: Roger Carswell


Membership categories are:

  • Basic, $5
  • Sustainer, $20
  • Benefactor, $50
  • Dewey Club, $100

All categories except basic include a family membership.  You can pay a membership at the library or online by clicking under the “Pay or Donate by Credit Card” heading in the left column.  If you are a first time member and pay online, please send name, address, phone number, and e-mail address to, or by mail to:

Friends of the Library
c/o Iola Public Library
218 E. Madison
Iola, KS 66749