Our Mission

Since 1950, Friends of the Dallas Public Library (501c3) has supported and advocated for the Dallas Public Library. Here are some of the ways we have added to that legacy this year:

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  • Sponsoring ELL (English Language Learning) and GED classes in many of our 29 libraries, as well as preschool story times, the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, Storytellers Without Borders, books for new moms at Parkland Hospital and many other programs – all free to the public.
  • Marshaling public support for a bond issue toreplace the crumbling Forest Green Branch and build a new, much-needed library in Vickery Meadow.
  • The Dallas Book Festival, FoDPL Gala, Poe Victorian Halloween and other events brought distinguished authors to the library, including Hillary Jordan, Jonathan Eig, Andrew Solomon, Greg Iles, Jeff Chang, Kristen Radtke, Leah Carroll, Erik Litwin, Yaa Gyasi, and many others.
  • Advocating by our members for the library system helped win $8 million in renewed funding from the city of Dallas over two years and $15.9 million in library bond funds.

Friends of the Dallas Public Library is proud to be a 2018 Crystal Charity beneficiary. Follow the link below for more details and how you can get involved.

Dallas Public Library receives $752,454 grant from Crystal Charity Ball