2023 in Review

As 2023 draws to an end the Friends of Island Library would like to thank all the generous Islanders and friends for donating your time and money to make this such a wonderful place for all of us to gather, visit and learn.

Your financial donations this year enabled FOIL to complete many improvements to our library. We raised almost $23,000 with our used book sale and the silent auction. We also received donations mailed to our P.O. Box and through PayPal. We conducted a campaign to raise $15,000 to buy a generator and were able to meet our goal in two months!

  • We completed all our exterior and interior general maintenance through out the year.
  • We completed all our exterior and interior general maintenance through out the year.
  • We have scheduled with an Island contractor to have the back deck facing the parking lot replaced including a new ramp.
  • Installed a heat pump with air-conditioning end of 2022
  • Repaired malfunctioning lighting
  • Installed a new audio system.
  • Installed an on demand hot water heater and added an outdoor faucet
  • Improved landscaping with the help of our volunteer weeders
  • A beautiful stained-glass window donated by a library patron was installed in the main room.
  • Held a Snap-E, the Literasaurus anniversary party that attracted visitors from as far away as Arkansas and Florida. It was great fun for all.
  • Provided financial support to librarian Brooke and her team’s projects and programs that enriched our community.

Be sure to check out Mary and Buffy’s next display-All things Paris!

Upcoming Events at the Library


For ages 2-6, 30 minutes. An open program that includes stories, rhymes, and songs with opportunities for movement and interactive participation. Meets the first Saturday of the month. Saturday, Dec 2,2023 from 10:30-11:00AM. For early years.

Story Snowflakes with Brooke Pederson

Join our artist Brooke Pederson for an engaging look at her paper-cut story snowflakes. Learn about her process and learn how to fold and cut snowflakes yourself. All ages are welcome. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. 3:00-4:30PM at Island Library.

Art in Alaska – Join librarian Brooke Pederson for a slideshow of her 2 weeks “Artist in Residency program at the Wrangell Mountains Center in McCarthy, AK. Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 2023 at Island Library.

Scandinavian Wild Life – Stories and slides by Swedish Photographer Peter Bergquist. Monday, Nov. 27th,2023,6:30-7:30Pm. This program is sponsored by FOIL.

 The Friends of Island Library( FOIL) is a local non-profit that supports the Island Library through fundraising and promoting the purposes and activities of the Island Library and its community. The FOIL Board meets bi-monthly on the third Monday of the month. The next meeting will be on Jan 15th at 4:00 PM at the library. All library patrons are welcomed.