(L to R): Stone Acorn Home Builder Benjamin Lavine, Bellaire Mayor Andrew Friedberg, author Chris Cander,

FOTBL president Ali Steptimus and FOTBL vice president R.W. McKinney

Wine & Books with Friends, Thursday 10/20/16

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 Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 7-9pm at 3733 Turnberry Circle.  Tickets cost $65 per person or $100 per couple and ALL PROCEEDS benefit Friends of the Bellaire Library.  Purchase your ticket at the library or via credit card by selecting the “donate” tab.

  • Tour Stone Acorn Builder’s newest spec home, http://www.stoneacorn.com/
  • Enjoy wine, appetizers & gourmet pizza by Enoteca Rosa, http://www.enotecarossa.com/
  • Novelist and Children’s Book Author Chris Cander will talk about her new book, Whisper Hollow, http://chriscander.com/novels/
  • Each guest will receive a book underwritten by Methodist Primary Care in Bellaire, http://www.houstonmethodist.org/pcg/
  • Questions? contact ali.septimus@gmail.com



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Thanks to the generocity of our neighbors, we have received TONS of donated books over the summer.  We need help sorting these books for shelving and storage.  Helpers will have the first opportunity to select books {many of them are BEST SELLERS in GREAT conditon} to take home at LOW prices ($1 paperback / $2 hardback).  If you want to help, just come by the library anytime during regular business hours (http://fotbl.com/the-bellaire-library/) & let the front desk know you are helping to sort the donated books. There is no need to schedule your visit – just come on by!

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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   book sale gr 2Thanks to our volunteers & shoppers who came out to the book sale on October 8th!  Special thanks to the Bellaire Chapter of the Houston Area Youth Council on Service & Bellaire HS Leading Ladies for getting up early to help us unload books and staying late to clean-up.  Without their help, our book sale would not be possible!

Our next book sale is (tentatively) scheduled for April 1st, 2017, 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.