Our Friends in Action

Harris County Friends of the Library is a 501c3 charitable organization comprised of members from HCPL branch friends organizations and library supporters at large. Here is a round up of HCFOL's recent activities.

HCFOL Awards Two ScholarshipsAmanda Hickey
The Friends recently awarded two $500 scholarships to Harris County Public Library staff members who are pursuing graduate degrees in Library and Information Science. The recipients of the scholarships are Amanda Hickey, Children's Specialist at Lone Star College - Tomball Community Library (top) and Namila Tolle, Library Specialist at West University Branch Library (bottom). 

HCFOL Awards Mini-Grants to Member Friends Groups
In celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, the Harris County Friends of the Library Namila Tolleawarded sixteen $150 mini-grants to member Friends groups to use as they see fit to support their libraries. The mini-grants recognize the Friends' contributions of time and expertise  that enhance programs and services at HCPL libraries.

Below are a few of the projects funded with the mini-grants:
LaPorte - supplies to produce Thermochromic Slime
Parker Williams - mini-drones for Teen Summer Reading Program drone races
Evelyn Meador - materials in support of volunteer ESL tutors
Spring Branch - a Bare Conductive Touch Board Starter Kit to be used in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs for kids & teens.
Fairbanks - a canopy to use at outreach activities

Support for Storm-damaged Libraries Comes from Near & Far
As of January 15, 2018, the Harris County Friends of the Library have received $6,095 in donations from all over the U.S. These donations will be distributed among the four most flood-damaged HCPL branches: Barbara Bush, Kingwood, Bear Creek and Baldwin Boettcher.

HCFOL president Susan Greer wants us to remind everyone it is not too late help in the libraries damaged by Harvey. Whether you contribute your time or money, you will be a integral part of recovery efforts.

Monetary donations of any size are the most effective way to help, and you get to choose where your money goes. You can choose to donate to your local branch's Friends group, or to Harris County Friends of the Library. Either way, your contribution will be put to work building branch collections and supporting library programs. Any donations that come through HCFOL will be distributed to the four libraries that were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. 

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Make checks payable to HCFOL and write Harvey in the memo line. Mail to

Harris County Friends of the Library
ATTN: Linda Stevens
5749 South Loop East
Houston, TX 77033  

Volunteer: Equally effective is to donate your time to become an active member of any of the friends groups.