Friends of the Bastrop Public Library Projects

The goal of the Friends of the Library is to raise money and awareness for, and to advocate in support of the Bastrop Public Library. we strive to achieve these goals with a variety of projects and programs.

 

 
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
— Ray Bradbury
 

 
 Image of the sign above the Book Nook Store, reading, "Friends' Book Nook used book store."

Book nook

Do you know that Bastrop has a used bookstore located inside the Public Library?  It's called the Book Nook.

The Book Nook offers over 1,000 carefully selected best-sellers, literature, children’s books, cookbooks, and so much more.

 

 

annual book sale

The 2018 Friends of Bastrop Library Annual Book Sale will be held Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 in conjunction with the Lost Pines Garden Club Plant Sale, Silent Auction, and Quilt Raffle. The event supports the Bastrop Library summer children's activities and reading program.

Each year the book sale features thousands of books priced from $.25 to $1.00, some specially priced books, and collectibles.

100% of the proceeds go to the Library’s summer reading program. 

 
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volunteer

We need your help!  One way to help is to volunteer with us. Whether it's five hours a month or a day a week, you make a difference. 

Volunteer with us.

 

 

Scholarship

Each year, the Friends award a $300 scholarship to a high school senior who has volunteered at the library.  

Applications open January 1st, and the deadline is February 15th. (It is too late for 2018, but we will begin accepting new applications again January 1, 2019!)

See more information about the scholarship here.

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Maker Space

We helped fund the new MakerSpace in the library in 2017.  Look at what's happening!

 

 

What Do the Friends Fund?

The majority of the money that we raise goes to pay for the Summer Reading Program.  In 2017, a total of 1,326 patrons enrolled in the program which encourages everyone to read more. Last summer we registered 762 children, 160 teens, and 405 adults.  

The Friends contributed:

  • $1,500.00 for books children received for meeting their reading goals during the Summer Reading Program.
  • $500.00 for performers during the Summer Program.
  • $500.00 for promotional costs for the Summer Program and others throughout year.
  • $2,461.20 for salaries of two part-time employees to help with the Summer Program.