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Friends of the Hamilton Public Library

Welcome!

Purpose/Mission

To provide support for the Hamilton Public Library, encourage literacy and present programs of interest to the public.

History

The Friends of the Library was organized in 1984 and incorporated in 1991 exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Specifically, the Friends of the Library provide financial assistance to the Hamilton Public Library; promote literacy and interest in and use of the library and present educational programs of interest to the community.

Officers

The Friends of the Library is governed by a board of directors led by a slate of officers elected on an annual basis. Our current officers include:

  • Karla Werkman, President
  • Anita Russelmann, Secretary
  • Dona Smith, Treasurer

Programs

The FOL sponsors an annual Bookmark Contest for the youngsters in K - 5th grades in conjunction with Hamilton Ann Whitney Elementary's Art Department.  

Annual Events

FOL members volunteer their time and talents in a variety of projects including annual fundraising events.  The Books and Butt book sale and pork butt sandwich event is held in the spring on the library grounds in collaboration with Kent Wenzel’s Lonestar Meats.  A huge book sale is held during the Pottsville EEC Holiday Market in the fall each year. There are drawings for prizes and  additional fund-raisers during the year.

Sales

Sales of books, children’s contest bookmarks and artist Joan Crumrine designed note cards help provide funds in support of the Hamilton Public Library and its programs.   FOL funds have been used to pay for children’s books, a storage facility, bike racks, tables, patron seating, the annual copy machine lease, fans, setback thermostats, the digital library subscription and many more goods and services for the Hamilton Public Library.

Get Involved! Become a Friend

    • How to Join

      Becoming a Friend is easy...membership is open to anyone interested in actively supporting the Hamilton Public Library through volunteer efforts. Annual membership dues are $10.

      • Submit your information with this form.
      • Dues may be paid using the donate button, top right of this page. Please make a note "Friends membership."
      • OR brought to the next Friends meeting.
    • You’re invited to attend a meeting...from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hamilton Public Library, 201 N Pecan just east of the square in Hamilton, Texas.

    • Donate

      Contributions to the We Love Our Library annual pledge campaign... should be made payable directly to the Hamilton Public Library. Gifts and donations may also be directed to the library as memorials or in honor of friends, family and other loved ones.

    • Volunteer

      The Friends support the Hamilton Public Library in a variety of ways... As a member, you may choose to volunteer for:

      • Regular volunteer hours in the library
      • Monitoring AR testing after school and during the summer
      • Story time, summer reading program, or Science Thursdays
      • FOL book sales
      • Special events

The future goals of the Friends of the Library are to continue the programs currently in place and to assist the library in maintaining and expanding library materials and services, outreach to the public schools and increased access to and use of computers and other technology in our rural Texas community.

Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated!

Pictures from some of our events can be viewed here.