What We Do for the Library

Financial Support

Total (2022) $75,000
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library $25,000
Programming Initiatives $20,000
Volunteer/Employee Recognition $20,000
Strategic Planning Implementation $10,000

Educational Scholarships

The Friends offers educational scholarships awarded to library staff working toward their masters degree in library and information science.

Our 2021 scholarship recipient was Areli Bermudez-Villarreal who is working on her Masters of Library Science degree from Emporia Sate University. 

In-Kind Donations

  • Books – The Friends of the Library offers donated books to use for library programs (e.g. Stop, Drop & Read; Read Between the Lines and Altered Books). The Friends also provide books to library partners (Topeka Metro’s Read While You Ride initiative).
  • Gift certificates to the Chandler Booktique – The Friends also donate gift certificates as prizes for library programs (e.g. Trivia Night, Read Between the Lines, Edible Books), as well as  given as thank you’s for performers.