Programs & Events

The Friends support reading, education, the library and the community. Here you can learn about our Programs and Events. We encourage you to become involved!

Annual Meeting

Every year, around the end of September, the Friends have an Annual Meeting. All the Friends are invited, as well as the public. Board Members (outgoing, and incoming) recap and discuss the Friends organization. Recognition is given, goals and future plans are revealed. Some years, a guest author is invited to speak to the assembly.

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Audio Book Challenge

Several thousand dollars has been raised in the last few years for the purchase of audio books through this matching donation fundraiser. Matching has been provided by an anonymous donor and FOL.

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Book Sale

Each spring and fall we have a book sale. Book Sales form the basis of our revenues to fund projects and efforts of the organization throughout the entire year. While those who attend the Book Sale and spread the word about it are greatly appreciated, the Friends have one more request…donate your used books and other related materials to help raise funds! Books for the annual Sale come not only from the library, but also through contributions from individuals like you! In fact, this is one simple way members can regularly contribute and help the Friends support library initiatives. We accept donations year-round. They can either be dropped off at the Richardson Library, or member volunteers will gladly pick-up the books or materials (see contacts and phone numbers below). Best sellers, new releases, hardback books, children's books, dvd/tapes of movies or books are especially welcome!

All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and you will be given an appropriate form for your contribution.

Contacts for pickup service:
Tom Goode (972) 680-3282
Sandy Martin (972) 744-0419
meet the book sale committee

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Christmas Parade

The Friends are a sponsor of the annual Christmas Parade. Last year, the sponsorship allowed the Friends to decorate the "Cupid" reindeer truck and ride it along the parade route. Hundreds of entries and thousands of spectators make the parade a great opportunity for the Friends to raise awareness of the Friends organization, and the library, as well as promote reading, literacy and education.

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InPerson Author Lecture Series 

The InPerson lecture series offers the community an opportunity to hear prominent authors speak on a wide range of topics, and allows the community to engage in conversation with these authors.

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Library Staff Appreciation Luncheon

The Friends host a lunch every March to show appreciation for the staff of the Richardson Public Library. Food and beverages are served to the staff and an opportunity is provided for the Friends and others to acknowledge their hard work and dedication.

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Library Staff Christmas Dessert Party

A holiday tradition of the Friends is the library staff Christmas dessert party. The party is held each December. Cupcakes and other desserts are made with love and offered to the library staff as a holiday gift.

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Reading Garden 

In September of 2011, the Friends Reading Garden was dedicated. The project was a gift to the library and the community, made possible, in part, with funds from the FOL.

The dedication party, held on Thursday, September 29, 2011, was a huge success! The Mayor presented a declaration officially making the day "Friends of the Richardson Library Day" and the Friends unveiled a signature piece of artwork to complete the dedication.

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Richardson Reads One Book

Each year, one book is chosen to be the one book that Richardson reads. The Friends are avid supporters of Richardson Reads One Book. Richardson Reads One Book is a hugely successful program and has helped to promote reading and community fellowship. The 2017 One Book selection will be announced on March 29. Past Richardson Reads One Book selections have been:

  • Spare Parts by Joshua Davis (2016)
  • We Are Called To Rise by Laura McBride (2015)
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (2014)
  • Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2013)
  • One Amazing thing by Chitra Divakaruni (2012)
  • On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (2011)
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (2010)
  • Three Cups of Tea by David Oliver Relin and Greg Mortenson (2009)
  • Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian (2008)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (2007)
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (2006)
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2005)
  • Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde (2004)

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Scholarship Program

Dorothy “Dot” McCalpin Distinguished Friends of the Library Scholarship. Each year the Friends of the Richardson Library will award up to two scholarships in honor of Dorothy "Dot" McCalpin. The scholarships will be awarded to recipients based on character, scholastic ability, extra-curricular activities, community service and two short essays.

The amount of the scholarship(s) will be a minimum of $1000 and will be set by the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Richardson Library each year. The scholarship award will be credited to the recipient's college account in one installment prior to the start of the Fall, 2017 semester. The scholarship payment will be made to the University no later than August 15, 2017

Requirements (see application for official requirements):

  • Active participation in a volunteer program at the Richardson Public Library since January 1, 2016.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Full-time student attending an accredited college or university
  • Completed application (download the application here)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • High school transcript
  • Resume of extra-curricular and volunteer activities
  • An essay of up to 500 words on the role of volunteering in your life

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Wildflower Festival

Each year Friends volunteer to serve the community at the Wildflower festival. For three days, approximately 70,000 people visit the festival to enjoy live entertainment, arts, food, and shopping.

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