​​Since 1950, Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FoDPL) has played a crucial role in our city, supporting literacy and educational programs throughout Dallas and promoting the library's cause in the public arena. Here are some of the ways we have added to that legacy this year:

A GREAT CITY DESERVES GREAT LIBRARIES
THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE 
THAT'S WHY WE NEED YOU

For those benefiting from this year's stock market gains, you can donate appreciated securities and avoid the capital gains tax. For those 70-1/2 and older, you can make charitable donations from your IRA up to $100,000 a year to satisfy your minimum distribution requirements. Friends of the Dallas Public Library welcomes these donations. Contact our office for assistance - 214-670-1458

None of this could happen without your help.
But our mission is far from over. Your continued generosity of a year-end gift will help us maintain and expand our programming, keep libraries relevant in the 21st Century, and offer hope and opportunity to everyone in our community. On behalf of the millions of people who visit
the library each year, thank you!

  • We sponsored 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.

  • We marshaled public support for a bond issue that will replace 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 Jonathan Eig, Andrew Solomon, Greg Iles, Jeff Chang, Kristen Radtke, Leah Carroll, Erik Litwin, Yaa Gyasi, and many others.

  • Our advocacy for the library system helped win $8 million in renewed funding from the city of Dallas over two years, and those efforts are about to bear even more fruit. Beginning January 2, 2018, all libraries will be open at least six days a week, and every full-service library will offer an ELL program.

  • With the closing of the Central Library’s Bookends store, we initiated twice-yearly book sales, drawing thousands of bargain-hunting book lovers and adding a perk to FoDPL membership – first crack at the merchandise.