Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library logoA community organization supporting and promoting the Library.  The Friends sponsors activities to raise funds for the purchase of library materials and equipment, and underwrites programming to benefit all library users.

Become a member of the Friends of the Library: Membership form

The Friends of the Library meet bi-monthly (Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec.) on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

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President: Marge Oberg
Vice President: Joan Degen
Secretary: Patricia Kessel
Treasurer: Linda Stopani
Financial Secretary: Open
Book Sale Liaison: Joan Degen
Marketing: Kathy O’Brien
Membership: Marge Oberg
Publicity: Open

Additional Participants:
Library Liaison: Kathleen Cizek
Library Director: Karen Archibald

The Friends of the Library - Access Newsletter

Keep up with what is going on at your Garland Libraries by reading the Access newsletter. Access is a monthly publication from the Friends of the Library that includes all library events. 

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Take some time now to clean out your closets and bookshelves and donate the books and media that you no longer need or want. Newer items and items in good condition will be considered for the library collection.  Items the library does not add to the collection are passed along to the Friends of the library for their annual book sale.  Items the Library and the Friends will take include:

  • Books of all kinds: fiction and non-fiction
  • Books on all subjects
  • Books for all ages
  • Books in foreign languages
  • DVDs
  • CDs

Donated items may be dropped off at any Garland library location. If you need assistance carrying in your donations, please ask for help at the Check-out Desk.  Items that are not in good enough condition for the library collection or the Friends of the Library book sale will be brought to a book recycling center. Monies earned from recycling are collected by the Friends of the Library and used for library programming and projects.  No matter what, your donation benefits the Garland Libraries!

The magazine table will not be put back in use at the Central Library at this time. Any magazines donated will be sent to recycling. Thank you for your patience.

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be in October 2021!

Members only night (NO SCANNERS ALLOWED)
Thursday, Oct. 14th  5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Open to the public:
Friday, Oct. 15 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DON’T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR FRIEND'S MEMBERSHIP WHEN IT IS DUE.  Bring this membership form to any Garland Library or mail it to one of the library branches if you prefer.  Please don't wait until the night of the book sale. The lines will be very long, and you will spend your precious shopping time in line!!

Hope to see you there!