Arapahoe Library Friends Foundation

Friends of Arapahoe Libraries

Get to know the Friends

The Friends began as a volunteer support organization under the Arapahoe Libraries Friends Foundation. The Friends primary purpose is to raise funds to support Arapahoe Libraries’ initiatives aimed at enhancing community resources and services.

The Friends held their first used book sale in 1994 at Koelbel Library. Now an annual event, the 2015 used book sale generated more than $44,000 in revenues. In addition to the annual sale at Koelbel Library, the Friends now host three other sales that generated more than $17,000 last year.

Become a Friend of Arapahoe Libraries and enjoy special perks, like an invite to our “Breakfast with Santa,” December 10 at Smoky Hill Library. To become a Friend and RSVP for the breakfast, please give us a call by Monday, December 5 at 303-792-8960.

Friends Facts

  • The Friends have a membership base of 300 people and raise more than $20,000 annually in dues.
  • The Friends operate used book stores at Koelbel, Smoky Hill, Eloise May, Southglenn and Castlewood libraries. Book store revenues topped $60,000 in 2015.
  • More than 60 volunteers assist with the sale of used books. These volunteers sort through donations, stock the used book store shelves, serve as cashiers in the stores and prepare for the annual sales.
  • In addition to the book store volunteers, more than 150 community members volunteer at the annual used book sales each year.
  • For more information, or to volunteer, email the volunteer coordinator.
  • Book Sales

Save the dates:

  • Better Book Bonanza (Koelbel Library): December 3-4, 2016
  • Breakfast with Santa (Smoky Hill): December 10, 2016
  • Smoky Hill Library Used Book Sale: January 26-29, 2017
  • Sidewalk Sale (Southglenn Library): July 14-16, 2017
  • Annual Used Book Sale (Koelbel Library): September 6-10, 2017
  • Better Book Bonanza (Koelbel Library); December 2-3, 2017

Friends Board:

The Friends is governed by a nine-member board:

President: Molly Aschenbrenner
Vice President: Liz Markowitz
Secretary: Kay Fair
Book Sale Chair: Thersa Dando
Past President: Marilyn Metcalfe

Members at Large:

Carrie Christopher
Kate Doran
Lois Felt
Mel Newkirk

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