Friends of the Library

The Friends put on an annual book sale, host a monthly book discussion and provide the Homebound Service.

Download the Membership Application to find out how you can become a Friend of the Library.


Mission Statement

The purpose of the Friends of the Library is to work for the benefit, improvement and welfare of ImagineIF Libraries – its collections, its services and its facilities.


Officers

President: Roxie Lehl
Vice President: Eileen Lowery
Secretary: Brenda Dorrington
Treasurer: Joan Gates


Book Sale

October 7-9, 2016, Kalispell Center Mall
Friday, 10 am-8 pm
Saturday, 10 am-6 pm
Sunday, 11 am-4 pm

Thousands of items will be for sale, with all proceeds benefiting ImagineIF Libraries. Donations are welcome year round! Bring your donations to the log cabin in Lions Park across from Hilton Garden Inn. The cabin has a covered porch where you can place your donations. Please no magazines, text books, or encyclopedias.

Additional collection bins will be available from Sept. 5th – 23rd at ImagineIF CFalls and Kalispell locations, as well as at Super 1 in Evergreen, Rosauers in Kalispell, and Harvest Foods in Bigfork.

At the 2015 sale, the Friends made approximately $12,000 for our libraries. The money helps pay for:

Book donations guidelines

We appreciate your help in presorting for our book sale.  Please keep these guidelines in mind when donating:

We do not have a pick up service.  If you would like to donate your books, please leave them on the porch of the cabin located in Lion’s Park, across from Whitefish Credit Union.  There is a donation barrel there.

Thank you for your support.


Events, 2016-2017

Friends of the Library meet on the third Thursday of the month, September through May, at 12:00pm in the conference room at ImagineIF, Kalispell.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the basement meeting room at ImagineIF Kalispell.

Kalispell ImagineIF Book Club

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of September from June 2016-2017 at 4:30 pm int he conference room of the Kalispell ImagineIF Library.

September 13, 2016 ALEXANDER HAMILTON, Ron Chernow

Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. This biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure.

October 11, 2016  DEAD DUKE, HIS SECRET WIFE AND THE MISSING CORPSE, Piu Marie Eatwell Eatwell brings her skills as a researcher and training as a lawyer to this engrossing tale of mystery, lies, and intrigue. The tale of a sensational trial  regarding the inherited dukedom of the fifth duke of Portland that riveted Edwardian England for more than a decade.  KIRKUS REVIEW

November 8, 2016 THE STORY OF MY TEETH, Valeria Luiselli

This deeply playful novel is about the passion and obsession of collecting, the nature of storytelling, the value of objects, and the complicated bonds of family. Written in collaboration with the workers at a Jumex juice factory, Teeth is an elegant, witty, exhilarating romp through the industrial suburbs of Mexico City and Luiselli’s own literary influences.

December 13, 2016 COMPLICATIONS, A SURGEON’S NOTES ON AN IMPERFECT SCIENCE, Atul Gawande

“None surpass Gawande in the ability to create a sense of immediacy, in his power to conjure the reality of the ward, the thrill of the moment by moment medical or surgical drama” NY TIMES BOOK REVIEW.

January 10, 2017 THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN: THE IRISH REVOLUTIONARY WHO BECAOME AN ANERICAN HERO, Tim Egan,

Thomas Francis Meagher’s rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War

The hero’s last chapter, as territorial governor of Montana, was a romantic quest for a true home in the far frontier. His death has long been a mystery to which Egan brings haunting, colorful new evidence.

February 14, 2017  THE WHIP: A NOVEL IMSPIRED BY THE STORY OF CHARLEY PARKHURST, Karen Kondazian

The Whip is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west. As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer.

March 14, 2017 THE ANGEL’S GAME, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated; thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own.

April 11, 2017 WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST, Gregory Maguire.

This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire’s breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.

May 9, 2017 THE BLETCHLEY GIRLS, Tessa Dunlop

The women of Bletchley Park have a unique story to tell. Although critical to the success of the project to break the German and Japanese codes in the Second World War, their contribution has been consistently overlooked and undervalued. Through unprecedented access to surviving veterans, this book reveals how life at ‘The Park’ and its outstations was far removed from the glamorous existence usually portrayed. The women speak vividly of their lives in the 1930s, why they were selected to work in Britain’s most secret organization, and the challenges of re-entry into civilian life.

June 13, 2017 AND THEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE: TWO DECADES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, Edward Engel,

Based on two decades of reporting, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent’s riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close—sometimes dangerously so.