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.


History of the Friends and Foundation

Originally, there were two nonprofit support organizations – the Friends of the Arlington Public Library (established in 1986) and the Arlington Public Library Foundation (established in 1993).  The Friends held semi-annual book sales and Book & Author Luncheons and the Foundation raised funds primarily through grants, events, and direct mail solicitations.  Because of their similar goals to support the Library System, the two groups merged October 2016 to form the Friends & Foundation.


  1. Bring together people who share an interest in libraries
  2. Promote public awareness and community support for the Library system
  3. Encourage gifts and fundraising activities that benefit the Arlington Public Library System


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: My Donation 


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.

Additional Contact Information

300 East South Street  #159
Arlington, TX 76004
Warehouse: 817-330-9646
Current FFAPL Chair Carol Hoyer                  


Past Editions of The Bookcase Newsletter

Fall 2018 Edition of the Bookcase NewsletterDecember 2018 Edition of the Bookcase NewsletterMarch 2019 Edition of the Bookcase Newsletter


Upcoming Events

Fall 2020 Book Sale: September 17-20, 2020

  • Thursday, 9/17 - 2-5 p.m. (Members and seniors only)
  • Sunday, 9/20 - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Flash sales/bags & box bonanzas)
  • Friday - Saturday, 9/18-19 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, 100 South Center Street, Arlington, TX 76010

Fall Book & Author Luncheon 2020: Canceled

Due to the current social distancing requirements related to Covid-19, the Fall luncheon is canceled.  We plan to have one in Spring 2021. 
We are hoping for a date in April.  

Book Donation Drives: 9:00 a.m. to Noon at 2205 W Division St Ste G4, Arlington, Texas 76012

  • Thursdays: 
    • None Currently Scheduled
  • Saturdays: 
    • None Currently Scheduled

Click here for more details on FFAPL and other fundraising events.


Become a Member

Show your support of the Arlington Public Library by joining the Friends and Foundation. Memberships start at just $20 annually. Benefits include: 

  • The Bookcase Newsletter
  • Discounts and special Members Only admission to the Spring and Fall Book Sale
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Book & Author Spring and Fall Luncheons 
  • Invitation to the Annual Meeting and Dinner

Click here for the online form to become a member

Printable Membership Form




Friends and Foundation Board Members

Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library's Fiscal operating year is October to September and the full board meets quarterly, on the 4th Wednesdays of October, January, April, and July at 5:30 p.m.  Members of the Board serve three-year terms. A director who has served for two full consecutive three-year terms may not be reappointed until one year has elapsed after the end of his or her second consecutive three-year term.  New or successor directors are elected by the Board of Directors at the first meeting of the fiscal year. 

Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library's officers include a Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.  They are elected by the Board of Directors at the Board of Directors’ first meeting of the fiscal year.  Officers may serve up to four consecutive one-year terms in the same office.  When the Chair has completed his or her term in that office, he or she will serve as Immediate Past Chair.

Current Board Members

  • Mike Becknal    
  • Terry Bertrand, Treasurer
  • Ruthie Brock     
  • Cathy Dietz       
  • Cindy Goodyear, Membership Chair
  • Claudia Gray     
  • Nancy Hadaway, Events Chair
  • Candy Halliburton, Library Advisory Board          
  • Wayne Halliburton, Book Sale Chair
  • John Hibbs        
  • Carole Hoyer, Chair
  • Nikkie Hunter   
  • Bob Johnson     
  • Prem Kohli        
  • Bill Lace, Secretary
  • Lorraine Levine
  • Jo McGovern    
  • Ben Parsons     
  • Dorothy Rencurrel, Immediate Past Chair
  • Demi Stewart, Public Awareness Chair
  • Polly Walton, Vice Chair