About Friends of the Arlington Public Library

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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Friends shall be to:

  • Bring together and maintain an organization of persons interested in books, libraries, facilities and needs;
  • Promote public awareness and community support for the Arlington Public Library System and its educational activities;
  • Encourage gifts and fund raising activities.

Fund Raising

Our fund raising projects have given library patrons benefits over and above those which the city budget is able to provide. Since its organization in 1987, the Friends fund raising efforts have resulted in more than $694,000 in gifts for the Arlington Public Library System. Recent contributions include:

  • Providing computer hardware for a learning center at the East Arlington Branch Library
  • Assisting with children’s services and programs (including the Summer Reading Club)
  • Raising community awareness of library needs and coalesce citizen advocacy for the Arlington Public Library System.
  • Helping sponsor the library’s 80th birthday celebration in 2003.

We have helped raise community awareness of library needs and have become a nucleus of citizen advocacy for the Arlington Public Library System.

History

1983: Steering Committee formed with eight members

1987: First organizational meeting and book and author luncheon

1988: First book sale held as part of the library’s 65th anniversary celebration

1996: Chosen Big Club of the Year by Arlington Star-Telegram

1987-2010: Fund raising efforts have provided over $500,000 for the library.

We continue to grow each year, with increasing membership numbers, larger income totals from the book sales and greater attendance at the book and author luncheons.

Officers

President—Dorothy Rencurrel

VP-Membership—Nancy Hester

VP-Book Sale—Wayne Halliburton

VP-Book & Author Luncheon—Jewel Hugo

Secretary—Mary Bane

Treasurer—Shirley McVay

Assistant Treasurer – Prem Kohli

Publicity—Candy Halliburton

Directors

Mary Bane

Candy Halliburton

Wayne Halliburton

Nancy Hester

Patrick Hester

Jewel Hugo

Mary Johnson

Prem Kohli

Lorraine Levine

Magnolia Martinez-Peña

Shirley McVay

Dorothy Rencurrel

Polly Walton

Linda Wise

Nominating Committee

Linda Wise