Dear Friends…

“I have found that the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”

- Laura Bush

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Members of the Board


Carol Smith

Vice President

Jan Null


Linda Hanover


Peggy Priestley


Harvey Hooker

Members at Large

Sandy Winfield
Peggy Bramblett

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Letter from the President

Dear Friends,


I am sooooo ready for it.

To help with our Spring gardening, we have Karen Crum as our guest speaker for the April Friends Meeting. Karen is a Master Gardener and is going to tell us about growing herbs. I know you will find this very informative and will want to be sure to attend.

The baskets for the silent auction will soon be on display and Peggy Priestly and committee have chosen games for the theme for this year’s basket. What a fun idea!

Plans for the Spring Book Sale are well under way and Peggy LeRoy and her committee are working hard to bring everything together for a fun and successful sale. If you can volunteer to work a couple of hours, they will appreciate it. Just get in touch with Sandy Rawls or Peggy LeRoy and they will tell you when they need you.

We’ve added a nice tote bag this Spring just in time for the BOOK SALE. We have decided to sell this handy, as well as attractive, bag for a mere $5.

The Story Walk is now complete with 2 exciting new stories. Spring is alive in Memory Park with lush greenery and flowers. Take the children for a walk through the park and enjoy feeding the fish and reading the stories. A wonderful way to spend a leisure afternoon.

Spring is a lovely time of the year. Always welcome after the cold Winter even though ours are mild. This is when we start our New Year of Fund Raisers. We need volunteers for these to be successful and raise the money we need to meet our budget and expenses for the year. We still don’t have a volunteer to be chairman of the Christmas Open House. We need to fill this position by the July meeting. Christmas is a very festive and giving time of the year. Seeing to the decorating of the trees will really put you in the Christmas spirit. I can promise plenty of help and support.

Happy Spring and a Blessed Easter.

Carol Smith, FOL president

Next Meeting: April 29th, 10am

See you there!


Letter from Auction Basket Committee

Hello Friends of the Library, 

Our Book Sale and Silent Auction is coming up fast. The FOL basket committee has decided on a "Game Night" theme.

We are requesting donations of board games, card games (Uno, Old Maid, etc.), snacks, possibly gift cards, dominoes, or anything else you might think of that goes with the theme. We are asking that you take the donations to the library the first week of April. The baskets will be on display starting April 15.

Please spread the word to FOL members, as some Friends may not see this message.

Thank you for your help. If you have any questions call Peggy Priestley at 936-588-1549


Letter From Membership Committee Chair


Thank you....Thank you for your support of Friends of Charles B. Stewart West Branch Library! 

It is 2019! TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP! We need your continued support!  Please see the membership donation form below.  Your donation and the form may be mailed to the Friends of the Library (address on the form), delivered to the FOL box at the library or completed at the FOL Meeting.

The speaker for the FOL meeting January 28 at 10:00 will be Mr. Dale Schmidt, Manager of BBVA Compass Bank.  He will be informing the Friends about the ways and means of avoiding fraudulent attacks on bank accounts. This is valuable information for all of us.

In 2018, the Summer Reading Program was a big success. The Friends of the Library provided funds for more than 400 children to participate in getting a T-shirt, refreshments and a visit from ORBIT, the mascot for the Astros during the program.

Your membership donation to Friends of the Library helped to support the library in 2018 in many ways:

Summer Reading Program plus additional children's programs

Children's educational toys

Young Adult Program

two new book carts for library use

$2000.00 budgeted for purchase of books

Santa at the Christmas Open House

Dedicated $700.00 for a  new book for " Story Walk" in Memory Park 

FOL website - $730.00 initial cost

Hoping to see you at the FOL Meeting Monday, January 28 at 10:00,

Beverly Mannen,

Membership Committee Chair