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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. 



FOTBL SEMI-ANNUAL MEETING – Our last meeting was held on 1/26/16, 7pm at the Bellaire Library.  Thank you to everyone who attended!  We discussed some exciting upcoming projects that we will tell you about soon.  We also heard from Library Director, Mary Cohrs about 2015 library activities.  I will be attaching portions from her update HERE soon.

  • Our next annual meeting will be June 14, 2016
  • We are updating our bylaws – please see the “contact” tab for further info
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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Local author Chris Cander’s came by on Dec 10th to read THE WORD BURGLAR – Thanks to Chris for her time and the parents and children who attended this unique experience.  You can learn more about the book here chriscander.com/childrens-books and also thewordburglar.com

THE WORD BURGLAR was published in 2013 by Bright Sky Press, and won the silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for reading skills/literacy. It’s the story of a boy who desperately wants to read, but when nobody teaches him, turns to a life of word-stealing crime. It’s a tongue-in-cheek tale that celebrates the power of words and reading, and is appropriate for emerging and established readers alike.   Come by the library and check out this book!

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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 this year, 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



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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.