(L to R): Stone Acorn Home Builder Benjamin Lavine, Bellaire Mayor Andrew Friedberg, author Chris Cander,
FOTBL president Ali Septimus and FOTBL vice president R.W. McKinney


May 3rd marks the date 65 years ago The Bellaire Library opened.  This is also the date Friends of the Bellaire Library was established.  We threw a party / fundraiser to celebrate October 20, 2016 at a beautiful Stone Acorn Southern Living home located at 3733 Turnberry Circle.  Tickets cost $65 per person or $100 per couple and ALL PROCEEDS went to Friends of the Bellaire Library.  Special thanks to our sponsor Stone Acorn Builders – http://www.stoneacorn.com/!  We would also like to thank Houston Methodist for the books, Enoteca Rossa for the pizza and novelist Chris Cander for inspiring us with her work http://www.chriscander.com/.


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The Mayor of Bellaire, Andrew Friedberg signed this proclamation to declare the week of October 16-22, 2016 as “Friends of the Library week in the City of Bellaire, TX and urge all residents to join with the Friends in support of the Bellaire Library, and express our community’s appreciation for all they do to make our library so much better”.



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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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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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.