Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Baldwin City Library organization was established in 1986 to help raise funds, promote publicity and help the progress of the library. If you’re interested in joining the friends, fill out the Online Membership Form and pay securely online, or print out and send in the Printable Membership Form.

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2023-2024 Friends of the Library Board

  • Mary Ontko – President
  • Kathy Gerstner – Vice President
  • Cindi Thomas – Treasurer
  • Drew Ising– Secretary
  • Robyn Long – BookTalk Committee Chair & Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Barbara Mathews
  • Erik Bailey
  • Jill Boyle
  • Tammy Lamb

Click here to fill out an online membership application and pay securely online.

Click here for a printable membership form you can mail in.

Contact to sign up for BookTALK reminders or learn more!

Thank you to everyone who has joined Friends in 2023 so far!

Join now and your name will be added to our list.

Historic Partnerships

In 2020, Friends of the Library received a Douglas County Heritage Council Conservation grant in partnership with the City of Baldwin City and the Lumberyard Arts Center. This grant allowed our library to promote and preserve Baldwin City history in multiple ways, including establishing a Lucy Sullivan walking tour; historic games and toys for check out, and various educational materials and experiences.

Click here to access the tour!

Watch our August 2020 presentation and discussion with Watkins Museum about Lucy Sullivan & the 19th Amendment here!