March 13,1950 - Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL) founded by a group of 23 citizens determined to hold the City of Dallas accountable to expand and improve the Dallas Public Library system.
October 1951 - Friends present the City of Dallas with a new bookmobile to increase delivery of library services to underserved neighborhoods
1970- FoDPL begins acquiring rare and fine treasures including examples of book arts from ancient beginnings such as papyrus sheets and clay tablets to modern fine presses. These acquisitions served as the foundation for the Dallas Public Library’s Rare and Fine Book Collection.
2015- FoDPL celebrates 65 years of support for the Dallas Public Library system. Our work continues to be relevant as libraries remain at the forefront of providing free access to information. Please join us as we continue our mission.
2016 - FoDPL partners with Dallas Public Library to present the Dallas Book Festival, featuring over 100 national, regional and local authors with 4,000 in attendance. Also, partnering with Parkland Hospital, FoDPL launched Books For Dallas Babies, which provides a copy of the bilingual book Read To Me/Vamos a Leer, to every new baby born at Parkland.
2018 - FoDPL becomes a Crystal Charities beneficiary with over $750,000 in funding for the soon-to-be-built Vickery Meadow library.
Sustainer - $100
Supporter - $50
Book Hero - $1000
Bibliophile - $250
1950 Society - $1950
Collector - $500
Friend - $25
Named after the year we were founded
FODPL supports GED preparation and English Language Learning classes, SMART Summer Programming, the Dallas Book Festival, Every Child Ready To Read, Books For Dallas Babies and so much more!
Over 9 million people visited a Dallas Public Library location or accessed materials online in 2018. That's more people than attended a Cowboys, Rangers, Stars and Mavericks games combined!
Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FODPL) is the 501c3 that raises financial support and awareness for the Dallas Public Library system.