The Friends provide volunteer opportunities that include working in the Friends Book Store, sorting books and helping with sales and special events. Friends may wish to serve on various committees, including events, fund raising and membership.
The Friends advocate for the library by speaking at community group functions and encouraging members to write letters in support of library issues. Members are invited to join our advocacy team. See the Contact Page for numbers to call for more information.
The Friends provide assistance for library needs through a variety of programs, including book sales and author events.
• North Texas Giving Day
• National Friends of the Library Week
• Texas Literary Hall of Fame
• Holiday Open House at the Friends Book Store
The Friends of the Fort Worth Library has supported the Fort Worth Library system for over 50 years because the Friends believe libraries are essential to a thriving community in that they make you smarter, champion literacy, improve lives, respond to change, and make things easier. The Friends help fund local library projects, programs and events including the Worth Reading Program, the remodeling and updating branch libraries, supporting library staff development and training, and subscribing to Book Page, a book review newsletter provided free to library patrons.
Founded in 2004 by the Friends of the Fort Worth Library, the Texas Literary Hall of Fame is a biennial event honoring authors whose body of work, fiction or non-fiction:
The names of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame honorees are featured on plaques on the west wall of the Fort Worth Central Library beneath the mural "Texas Tales" commissioned by the Friends of the Fort Worth Library and painted by Marjory Stark Buckley.
Spring and fall book sales are held in the Friends’ store and in the Chapter 2 annex, three doors from the main store. Prior to these weekend events, a special members’ sale is held in the main store, with all stock available at half price and tax free.
Most sale books are priced at $1.50 for hardbacks and 75¢ for paperbacks. Specialty materials are individually priced. On the last day of each book sale, books are $15 per box. We provide the boxes and customers fill them.
Admission to the public sale days is $1 per adult, each day of the sale, with children under 12 admitted free. Friends’ members are admitted free of charge.
The Friends Book Store features over 5,000 square feet of books and gifts. The store includes materials weeded from the library’s collection as well as books donated by the public. Books are carefully chosen for quality and most popular subjects, and are generally priced at substantially less than half the original price. The store is divided into four sections- Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reference and Children’s.
Friends members receive an additional 10% off the selling price, and discount coupons are available to members and non-members.
The Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library is the only non-profit 501 (c) (3)organization in Fort Worth whose book sales and memberships directly benefit the Fort Worth Public Library system. Donations to the Friends include monetary donations as well as book donations.
Monetary donations may be in the form of grants, memorials, honorariums and others. Book donations are welcome and should be brought to the main store.
Book donations are welcome and should be brought to the book store during store hours. Some basic guidelines:
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