FOBL 65th Anniv2

May 3rd marks the date 65 years ago The Bellaire Library opened.  This is also the date Friends of the Bellaire Library was established.  Please join us to celebrate Tuesday, May 3rd.  Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate!



Join us for the July 4th Parade and Festival!  The Friends will be hosting our annual snow cone booth at the festival immediately following the parade from 10-1pm.  For more info about the parade, visit: http://www.ci.bellaire.tx.us/879/July-4th-Parade-and-Festival.  All proceeds benefit Friends of the Bellaire Library.

SEARCH PROJECT – We donated over 300 books to SEARCH to stock their new library.  Thanks to Friends board member Kay & Rick Burns, also members of The Bellaire United Methodist Church’s Community Outreach Group who we partnered with on this project.  I’m told the staff & residents were very excited to see all of the new books.  Below is a photo of the new library at SEARCH; more than half of the books you see were donated by us.  For more information about this organization, visit http://www.searchhomeless.org/programs/house/.

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FOTBL SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING – Our next annual meeting will be held on 6/14/16, 7pm at the Bellaire Library.  Please join us to hear about the library’s summer programs and FOTBL projects we are working on.   

  • We are updating our bylaws – please see the “contact” tab for further info

BOOK SALE   Our next book sale is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, in the Bellaire Library parking lot, 5111 Jessamine in Bellaire.  The sale, held twice annually, is the major fundraiser for the Friends and proceeds benefit the City of Bellaire’s Library. Hardbacks are $1; Paperbacks are $0.50!

BELLAIRE HISTORY ONLINE – Ever want to take a walk back in time and browse the news from long ago?  Curious what it was like to live in Bellaire in the 40’s and 50’s? The Friends of the Bellaire Library bring you the Portal to Texas History.  Click Bellaire History Online and type in your search terms.  See more information on this website by clicking the “Digital Archives” tab.

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How can I help support the Bellaire Library?  The best way to get involved is to become a member of the Friends! You can become a member for just $20.00 a year.  Lifetime membership is available for $100 a receive a Friends book bag.

What does membership support?  Your membership supports library programs including the summer reading program, pre-school/infant reading time, teen activities, learn-to-read bags and the purchase of reference materials and equipment, as needed.  For more information about membership, please click here.  To purchase your membership now, click here. 

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Thanks to our friend Kevin Newman for volunteering his time and expertise
to help us set up our NEW website!


SABOn May 5th and 7th of 2015, Stone Acorn Builders hosted a Bunco night to benefit Friends of the Bellaire Library.  The evening included a home tour, ticket to Bellaire New Home Showcase, amazing food and beverages along with Bunco and prizes!  It was a fun event and resulted in $3,500 to benefit the Bellaire Library.


Stone Acorn owners Rachel Lavine & Sarah Lavine-Kass presenting a $3,500 to Bellaire Library Director Mary Cohrs & Friends President Ali Septimus
Stone Acorn owners Rachel Lavine & Sarah Lavine-Kass presenting a $3,500 to Bellaire Library Director Mary Cohrs & Friends President Ali Septimus


A sincere thank you to the family and friends of Louise Ware (1927-2015) for donations made to Friends of the Bellaire Library in her memory.  Louise was a City Councilwoman before she became the first woman Mayor of Bellaire.  Interwoven in her political career, she was invovled in many local organizations including Friends of the Bellaire Library.  She is remembered as an incredibly loyal volunteer who made every book sale and annual meeting as long as she was able.