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About the Library Advisory Board
The Arlington Texas Public Library Advisory Board exists for the purpose of providing the City Council and the Library Director with the advice of a panel of citizens who are both well informed as a group about the Library and who also, as individuals, represent diverse areas of experience and concern, providing a spectrum of insights by which community needs and desires, as they relate to library resources and services, can be interpreted.
Lisa Thompson, Place 1, nominated by Helen Moise. Appointed August 2018 and serving until term expires in June 2020.
Ginger Baker, Place 2, nominated by Sheri Capehart. Appointed August 2018 and serving until June 2020.
Michael McQuay, Place 3, nominated by Roxanne Thalman. Appointed August 2015 and serving until term expires in June 2019.
Peggy Martin, Place 4, nominated by Kathryn Wilemon. Appointed August 2017 and serving until term expires in June 2019.
Carole Hagler, Chair, Place 5, nominated by Lana Wolff. Appointed August 2017 and serving until term expires in June 2019.
Candy Halliburton, Place 6, nominated by Robert Shepard. Appointed August 2016 and serving until term expires in June 2020.
Margaret McClure, Place 7, nominated by Victoria Farrar-Myers. Appointed June 2016 and serving until term expires in June 2020.
Diane Gatzke, Play 8, nominated by Michael Glaspie. Appointed November 2016 and serving until term expires in June 2019.
Karina Tobar, Place 9, nominated by Mayor Jeff Williams. Appointed November 2016 and serving until term expires in June 2019.
Youth Representative, Place 10, to be nominated by Mayor Jeff Williams. Seat is currently vacant.
Board meetings are usually held on the 4th Thursday of the month, 5:30 p.m., except July and August. The location can vary – all agendas are posted 72 hours before the meeting and are located at http://www.arlington-tx.gov/citysecretary/posted-meetings/
Contact Library Administration for details & to verify meeting times: 817-459-6903
Duties and Responsibilities
This Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Libraries and the City Council concerning library services of the City. They also promote public interest and support for an effective library program in the community.
ARTICLE III – 2 (Amend Ord 04-039, 5/11/04)
The Board shall consist of ten (10) members. The Mayor and each City Council member shall nominate a member with confirmation by majority vote of the City Council in accordance with the City of Arlington Boards and Commissions Policy Statement. One of the ten (10) members will be a youth representative nominated by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council who is a junior or senior in high school and in good standing at the respective high school. The youth representative must maintain good standing with the respective high school. The members shall be residents of the City of Arlington. All members shall be voting members. In the event of a tie in votes on any motion, the motion shall be considered lost. The Board shall conduct its business under such rules and regulations as it may prescribe.
Guidelines for Conduct
The Arlington Public Library is a service department of the City of Arlington, receiving the major portion of its funding from city taxes and governed by the City Council under laws, policies and regulations adopted for its management. Board members shall respect and adhere to the City of Arlington governmental structure as outlined in the City’s charter, policies and procedures.
10 Ways to be an Active and Effective Board Member
- Understand your official role as an advisory board member and of where the library fits into the City of Arlington.
- Attend all meetings and share your ideas and opinions—your voice speaks for our community!
- Visit the library often and share your experiences (good and bad!) with the Director. Visit ALL library facilities and be aware of the different needs they serve.
- Click on ALL the various links on the Library’s website—you can learn a lot about our events and services by spending just 30 minutes on the website! Read the Library’s printed monthly calendar of events every month too.
- Participate in Adult Summer Reading Club (or sign your children or teens up for Summer Reading Club).
- Be a library advocate—know what’s going on at the federal, state and local level that impacts library funding and services. Give feedback to your elected officials on library issues.
- Be a literacy advocate—be aware of how the Arlington Public Library programs serve Arlington’s literacy needs and how literacy levels impact many of the social problems present in our city.
- Give of your time and resources—join the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, contribute to Arlington Public Library Foundation initiatives, volunteer to assist with FAPL and APLF activities or volunteer at any library location. Encourage others to do the same.
- Tell friends, neighbors, and relatives about a service provided by the library and commitment to advocating for Library services and resources to the community.
- Attend Library functions and commitment to promoting the Library programs and events to the community.
About the FFAPL
Most libraries exist because of funding from public sources, but it is private funds that make the difference between “good” and “great” library systems. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library provides a source of financial assistance to the Arlington Public Library through the solicitation of tax-deductible contributions from private sources. Our goal is to provide an outstanding library for the people of Arlington.
Visit our Fundraising Events page for more details on upcoming FFAPL events.
Become a Member
Show your support of the Arlington Public Library by joining the Friends and Foundation. Memberships start at just $20. Benefits include The Bookcase newsletter, discounts and special Members Only admission at each book sale, and invitations to the Annual Meeting and Dinner. Click here to become a member.
Gifts large and small, restricted and unrestricted are graciously accepted. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and gifts provide tax benefits to donors while offering exciting growth opportunities for the Arlington Public Library System. Click to learn about your options for monetary donations: General Donation | Collection Materials | eBooks | Summer Reading Club | North Texas Giving Day
Planned and Corporate Gifts
Planned Giving to FFAPL: Did you grow up with the Library? Do you use your local branch? If so, help ensure APL remains a vital civic asset for future generations.
Corporate Sponsorships: Support programs that serve some of Arlington’s most vulnerable groups.
Employee Matches: Match employees’ gifts.
Contact Andi Davis for more information on how your business can help.
- Mike Becknal
- Ruthie Brock
- Joe Bruner, Fundraising Chair
- Kathy Delaney, Treasurer and Finance Chair
- Cathy Dietz
- Cindy Goodyear
- Leigh Graviss
- Claudia Gray, Library Advisory Board
- Nancy Hadaway, Events Chair
- Candy Halliburton
- Wayne Halliburton, Booksale Chair
- Nancy Hester, Membership Chair
- Carole Hoyer, Chair
- Bob Johnson
- Prem Kohli
- Bill Lace
- Lorraine Levine
- Jo McGovern, Secretary
- Ben Parsons
- Dorothy Rencurrel, Immediate Past Chair
- Cynthia Stamper
- Demi Stewart, Public Awareness Chair
- Polly Walton, Vice Chair
- Linda Wise
- Craig Young
The Friends of the Arlington Public Library began in 1987. The Arlington Public Library Foundation was established in 1993. The two nonprofit support organizations merged in October 2016 to form the Friends & Foundation of the Arlington Public Library.
MS 10-0100 Library Administration
PO Box 90231
Arlington, TX 76004-3231
About the Senior Library Advisory Council
The Senior Library Advisory Council of the Arlington Public Library began in 2012 to focus on library services to seniors in our community.
Projects have included:
Acquiring lighted magnifiers for all library locations, funded by the Greater Arlington Lion’s Club
Researching useful links to services and activities of interest to seniors and initiating the Senior Page on the library’s website
Providing advice and support for Books on Wheels, a pilot program in 2012, to deliver books to seniors who cannot come to the library on their own
Serving as a focus group for creating library programs and events aimed at seniors
Members of the Senior Council are users and lovers of libraries and are active volunteers in the community.
- Ron Clegg, retired from Bell Helicopter and a world traveler, volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Sons of Abraham
- C. Tom Fincher, retired teacher who is a passionate library volunteer after discovering the joys of reading as an adult
- Susan Fincher, lifelong reader and library lover, and currently volunteering with the Books on Wheels program
- Dr. Lucille Howton, linguistics educator in Latin, Italian, Spanish and bilingual education. She has taught at TCU, SMU, NTSU, and Nolan High School.
- Laura Lace, retired school librarian with Fort Worth and Arlington ISD, AISD Education Foundation Coordinator, and current director of St. Alban’s Anglican Parish Bookstore
- Shirley Patterson, retired corporate research librarian at LTV and 8 years with Tarrant County College, Parkview Historic Neighborhood community leader
- Barbara Transki, retired from the U.S. Navy, library volunteer and active in the local geocaching community
- Carol Van Orden, retired AISD grants coordinator for special education programs, regular library volunteer at Woodland West
- Ron Weatherill, born and raised in England, retired from a 42-year career in the petroleum exploration industry that took him around the world