About the Friends

Who are the Friends?

The Friends of the Carrollton Public Library is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting the library and raising funds to provide library needs beyond the normal library budget. We collect and sort donated books year round and host book sales twice a year. See our Bylaws for the rules governing our organization and visit our board page for more information about meetings and our board members.

Our Goals

  • To promote the Carrollton Library as a cultural, educational and recreational asset of the community.
  • To focus public attention on the library in order to stimulate the use of the library’s resources.
  • To encourage and receive gifts or bequests and raise funds to provide library needs beyond the normal library budget.
  • To support the library, by providing volunteer services.

Library Programs We Support

Funds raised by the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library allow the hard-working and creative library staff to present innovative and educational programs for kids, teens and adults. The programs we support reach a larger audience every year!

Year-round Programs
  • Preschool programs are held weekly all year long, including literacy skill-building activities to improve reading and kindergarden readiness. Programs follow school curriculum.
  • Story Time is held on Saturdays and Thursday evenings
  • Crafternoons and Teen Game Nights are held monthly
Seasonal Programs
  • Summer Reading Program: For the 2017 Summer Reading program, the Friends funded software to register kids and adults and log minutes spent reading, as well as prizes, including beads, gift certificates, and signed books.
  • Other Summer 2017 programs:  Puppeteer visit, Lego programs, Zooniversity, and an End-of-Summer Pool party at Rosemeade Pool for kids and teens
  • National Library Week: Sponsored a visit in 2016 by local author Polly Holyoke, author of The Neptune Project and The Neptune Challenge.
  • Annual Fall Festival: Games, crafts, treats, face painting, a cupcake walk and fun for all ages. More than 800 people attended in 2016.
  • Winter Wonderland with Santa and story time: 300 people attended in 2016 and our 2017 event on December 13.
  • Twelve Days of Winter Break: Events and projects throughout winter break
Library Technology & Other Projects
  • 20 iPads for patron checkout
  • New alphabet rug for the children’s area at the Josey Ranch Library and play cubes for each library
  • Early Literacy Station for the Hebron and Josey Library
Community Support

As a 501(c)3 organization, we are eligible for corporate and governmental grants and would like to work in concert with local businesses and organizations to:

  • Fund exhibits, cultural and educational displays
  • Fund additional services, such as databases
  • Furnish staff development grants
  • Conduct other fund raising activities