Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Library had their annual meeting September 25m and Bonnie Pearson summarized what’s been going on at the library for the last year. Check out these figures!

  • 131,380 books were checked out

  • Patrons used the computers in the library 36,145 times

  • 13,089 people attended events and programs at the library

  • A whopping 195,562 people visited

  • And volunteers contributed 2,600 hours of work

    Teen Librarian, Bethany Dietrich, has been working to provide a wide variety of programming. Favorites included an escape room — teens complete puzzles to discover how to unlock the room, trivia nights, human foosball, and cupcake wars.


Miss Bethany, hard at work!

She also leads the popular new Tween programming for kids ages 10-13.


Kids enjoying the Tween program.

The makerspace program was renamed The Creation Station. People are eagerly using the 3D printer and vinyl cutter, and robotics kits and robotic kits, more equipment, and some furniture will be added soon. Remember, this is for people of all ages so be sure to check it out.


Come down & try out the printer.

New this year is the Crafters Anonymous program. It is popular, be sure to check the library calendar to see what’s coming up and sign up quickly!

I am constantly impressed with the variety of programming the library offers our community and the hard work the staff does to provide services and materials for us. Please tell them ‘thank-you’ the next time you are in the library!

Bonnie reported that we will see changes in the staff during the next year. Cookie Adkins will retire in January 2019 and Library Director, Mickey DuVall has notified the City he will retire in July of next year.

City of Bastrop Approves Library Budget

The City approved the General Fund Library Budget for fiscal year 2018/2019 at $768,307.00 which includes an increase of $5,000 for more books and $3,600.00 to lease a much-needed color copier for staff use.

We congratulate the Mayor, City Manager, and the Bastrop City Council, who support our library with generous funding and cooperation with other city departments. This year the library has partnered with the Bastrop Parks and Recreation and Police Departments, the Family Crisis Center, and Austin Community College to provide activities for our patrons.

New Officers Elected to the Friends Executive Committee

Positions are up for election on a staggered basis and each person serves two years. We are grateful for each person who gives their time and expertise to help the Friends serve the library and our community.

President, Elizabeth Sims

Secretary; Susan Dufour

Vice-president of Fundraising; Grace Dacy

Vice-president of Membership and Volunteers; Terri Bigsby

We also elected five members-at-large to one-year terms:

Maxine Davenport

Barbara Durkin

Dawn East

Angela Plunkett

Dianne Tripp

We also agreed to accept the changes to the Bylaws proposed in July. It was suggested that we increase the number of members-at-large to six, and that amendment was passed.

Thank you to all attendees and to everyone who helps throughout the year. A special thanks to Grace Dacy for serving the last few months as both president and vice-president of Fundraising - running the Book Nook with Susan Dufour’s help.

The Executive Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month except for August and December. Join us anytime at 3:30 p.m. at the Library.

How Can You Get Involved?

If you missed the meeting and would like to help the Bastrop Public Library, what can you do?

You can join the Friends by heading over to our Membership Page.

You can donate money directly or find out how to donate books and DVDs by visiting this Information Page.

Visit the Bastrop Public Library site to find out about Volunteering at the Library.