"Our mission is to promote literacy, education, and a passion for reading in the community through supporting the programs and goals of the Temple Public Library."
The Friends of the Temple Public Library is a non-profit organization that supports the Library by enhancing its resources, encouraging literacy, increasing access to information and knowledge, and influencing the love of reading in the community.
For more than 25 years, the Friends organization has held as the major fund raising project with all proceeds going back to the Library. Most of the books sold are donations from book lovers.
Membership is open to anyone who loves books and loves the Library. Membership forms are available at the Library circulation desk or online.
The annual membership meeting is held in October. The 24-member board of directors meets on call by the president several times during the year to handle Friends business and book sale plans.
Current officers are Carol Hodge, president; Millie Henn, recording secretary, Patricia Mielnick, corresponding secretary, Edwin Adams, treasurer; and Diann Anderson, past president.
Book Sales and Events
History of the Friends
The Friends of the Temple Public Library was organized in March of 1965. Mrs. Keifer Marshall, Jr. was the first president. By September of that first year there were 265 members. The first contribution to the library was the purchase of 25 chairs for the library assembly room.
Over the next 15 years, the Friends continued to support the Library by purchasing books and equipment and sponsoring events. In 1967 the Friends sponsored a children's reading program, which continues today. In 1985 the first Used Book Sale was held at the Temple Mall over the Labor Day weekend. A huge success, the book sale became the major fund raising event and was held at the mall every year until 2009 when the sale was moved to the Library and expanded to semi-annual events held just prior to Labor Day and in February. Over the years the Used Book Sale has made it possible for the Friends to contribute more than half a million dollars to the Library. Major contributions include a $75,000 donation in 1997 to the original renovation of the Library building and $100,000 to the 2010 renovation. In addition, the Friends have funded the Librarian’s wish list for more than 15 years, which has ranged from $20,000 to $35,000 each year.
Funds are used for a variety of requests including:
Purchase of a bookmobile
Computer-booking software and subscriptions for downloading audio and e-books
Events featuring well-known authors
Equipment, furniture, and aesthetic additions not covered by city funds
"Shaye and Andrew Gresham, Friends Board members and co-chairs of the 2016 Mid-Winter Book sale, will be leaving us at the end of July. They have accepted a position with the Medina Children's Home in Medina, Texas. Shaye has designed our graphics for the past several years, including our posters and bookmarks. Both Andrew and Shaye have invaluable management and computer skills for which we are extremely grateful. Shaye and Andrew, we will miss you, but wish you the best of health and happiness in your new position."