FOLK (Friends of the Library at Kalama)

Become a Friend of the Library

Friends of the Library at Kalama (FOLK)

a non-profit, charitable group formed to support the Kalama Public Library

Our mission as FOLK is to highlight the importance of the Kalama Public Library via special programs, community involvement, and outreach endeavors.  We have a common interest in the library's active expansion and participation in community life.

FOLK Meetings

FOLK meets every month, on the 1st Monday at 1 pm at the Kalama Public Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Meet Our Officers

  • Chairpersons: Ruthie Tippin and Gayla Marple
  • Secretary: Chris Hammond
  • Treasurer: Bridget Pooley
  • Historian: Janni Grytness
  • Book Sales/Little Libraries: Theresa Barker


Each of our members finds ways to volunteer time and energy in meaningful ways to help the library staff and support connections among our library, other libraries, and our community.

FOLK Activities

  • FOLK Book and Basket Sales: Held every other month in January, March, May, July, Sept., Nov. See calendar for upcoming dates. All proceeds benefit the Kalama Public Library.
  • Celebrating Americal Library Week every spring.
  • Year-round programs that highlight books, reading, and libraries!
  • Supporting the Kalama Public Library's Reading Readiness Program:
    • Storytime for Children: Stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and fun!  Kid-sized for ages up to 5 years old, but everyone is welcome.
    • Summer Reading Program: School children are given the opportunity for reading challenges, fun activities, and exploration of the library.

FOLK Outreach

Little Libraries provide books for five Little Libraries located at:

  • Toteff Park, 175 S. 1st St., Kalama
  • Atomic Café, 724 NE Frontage Rd., Kalama
  • Stone Forest Neighborhood Park, located in Stone Forest
  • Kalama Helping Hand Food Bank, 191 Cloverdale Rd., Kalama
  • Columbia Terrace Estates, 5400 Meeker Drive, Kalama

These small book collections are for children and adults who love reading and sharing.

Questions? Want more information? Contact FOLK at:

Made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, Office of the Secretary of State.