Board of Directors
Friends of the Library Board and Chairpersons for 2018-2019
President: Ann Jalbert
First Vice President: Sharon Boles
Second Vice President/Membership: Pamela Clark
Recording Secretary: Treva Watson
Corresponding Secretary: Gina Marston
Treasurer: Jeff Farmer
Parliamentarian: Linda Somervill
Audit: Ann Jalbert
Little Free Library: Ann and Gary Keel
Scholarships: Terry Adkins
Social Media: Ann Jalbert
Volunteers: Marylene Smith and Linda Hanko
Newsletter: Ann Jalbert
Membership: Pamela Clark
Reading with Baby: Roxan Boyle
Book Store and Book Sales: Ann Jalbert, Pamela Clark and Sharon Boles
Originally formed in the mid-1960s, the Friends of the Library for Hood County began as an advocacy group to promote passage of a local referendum establishing the first public library in the Hood County area in 1968.
Since that date, the organization has continued to advocate and cultivate public and private support for our library and to promote volunteerism in our community. In the last four years, the organization has provided more than $75k in funding to support children’s programming, building maintenance, remodeling and improvement, and special title acquisitions, as well as $93K towards the new Library Expansion Project in support of our library and the services it provides.
The Friends of the Library engage in a number of activities in support of the Hood County Library. These activities include sponsorship of displays, speakers, book reviews, children’s programs, film programs, book drives, book fairs, etc.
One of our primary goals is to develop a better public understanding of libraries and the vital role that your library plays in today’s living. Toward this end, we encourage an appreciation of reading for personal enjoyment and for research and information purposes among people young and old.
Reading With Babies – Early literacy and early reading in the Granbury community are encouraged with English and Spanish language board-book gift packets supplied by FOL. These are provided to the family of babies born at Lake Granbury Medical Center. This gift includes a book, a “baby’s first library card,” brochures for parents on how to share books and share reading and the importance of early stimulation.
We also make available tuition scholarships for local residents pursuing professional education in librarianship.