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: Francie McAllister
Secretary: Brenda Dorrington
Treasurer: Joan Gates


Book Sale

October 13-15, 2017, 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 12 2017 

The Hour of Land: A Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

A literary celebration of our national parks, an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

October 10 2017

Spillover by David Quammen 

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field–netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo–with the world’s leading disease scientists

November 14 2017 

Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J D Vance

A passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis – that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, that of white working-class Americans.

December 12 2017 

West of Kabul, east of New York by Tamim Ansary

Born to an Afghan father and American mother, he struggled to unite his divided self and to find a place in his imagination where his Afghan and American identities might meet.

January 9 2018

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

A rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante’s, inimitable. A meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples.  Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge

February 13 2018 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.  Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia,

March 13 2018 

Hidden Figures by Margret Lee Shette

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

April 10 2018

The storyteller by Jody Picoult

In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions.

May 8 2018 

Silence by Sakushaku Endo and William Johnston

the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan, who endures persecution in the time of “Hidden Christians” that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

June 12 2018 

Pox Americana: The great smallpox epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth A Fenn

A horrifying epidemic of smallpox was sweeping across the Americas when the War of Independence began, and yet we know almost nothing about it. Elizabeth A. Fenn is the first historian to reveal how deeply variola affected the outcome of the war in every colony and the lives of everyone in North America.