Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library
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.
- Bring together people who share an interest in libraries
- Promote public awareness and community support for the Library system
- 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.
300 East South Street #159
Arlington, TX 76004
FFAPL Chair FFAPLChair@gmail.com
FFAPL Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
- Ruthie Brock
- Joe Ferrell
- Diane Gatzke
- Cindy Goodyear, Membership Chair
- Claudia Gray
- Nancy Hadaway, Events Chair
- Candy Halliburton
- Wayne Halliburton, Book Sale Chair
- John Hibbs, Chair FFAPLChair@gmail.com
- Carole Hoyer, Immediate Past Chair
- Nikkie Hunter
- Laureen Jacobs, Secretary
- Martha Kinard
- Prem Kohli
- Heather Lowe
- Jo McGovern
- Ben Parsons
- Dorothy Rencurrel
- Lori Urso
- Polly Walton, Vice Chair
Saturday, October 16
Thursday, October 21
Thursday, November 18
Saturday, November 20
Thursday, December 16
Saturday, December 18
Saturday, January 15
Thursday, January 20
Thursday, February 17
Saturday, February 19
No Donation Drives in March
Hours: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: 2205 W. Division St. Suite G-4
Phone number: 817–330–9646.
Book & Author Luncheon
The Friends of the Arlington Public Library hold Book & Author Luncheons twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Luncheons feature local authors. Attendees enjoy lunch and then a presentation by each author, followed by a sale and signing of the featured books.
Fall Book & Author Luncheon 2021: TBD
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
Mailing address is:
P. O. Box 159
300 E South #159
Arlington, TX 76004