Friday, March 30, 2012

April 2012

Dear Friends:

This is a particularly exciting time to be a Friend.  We have been very active this Spring with several projects.

Thanks to the hard working Friends that made the 30th annual book sale a huge success.  The sale raised approximately $25,000 - an amount that will provide many needed extras to the Boerne Public library.   We raffled several items during the sale and below are the winners:

Walmart gift certificate - Larry Gormley
Plaza Liquors gift certificate - Margo Jewell
Dinner for two at Welfare Cafe - Peggy Dean
Lunch for two at Peach Cafe - Rachel Lee
Kuhl yogurt gift certificate - Tricia Sherman
Scuzzi's gift certificate - Ann Adams
Enchilada plates at El Rio - Sharon Mazurik
Quiznos - Justin Hayden
Paradise Tan - Sarah Alvaraole

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks for supporting the FOBPL!

On Saturday March 17th, the Friends participated in Outdoor Family Fair in downtown Main Plaza. 

 It was a book fishing frenzy!

Children 'fished' for books and by the end of the day we had handed out over 200 books!

Even the littlest ones like to pick out books!

We also handed out bookmarks that listed our upcoming mini book sales and our Wonderful Wednesday openings - first Wednesday of every month from 9:00 am till noon. It was a lot of fun and an event we plan on doing next year. 

Opening Soon!
True to its name, the FriendShop will soon be opening as a used book store. 

Our goal is to create a used book store that provides great reading for Boerne while raising funds to continue our support of the PHPL.  

Plans are to be open the 1st Wednesday of every month (starting April 4th; 9:00 am till noon) and Fridays and Saturdays starting in May 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. 

 Stop by, grab a book, have cup of coffee and sit a spell!

Meeting Time Change

 "The world is run by those who show up."
                   - David K. Langford

Our upcoming meeting will be on Friday, April 6th at 10:30  in the FriendShop. Starting in May our meeting will continue to be on the first Friday of  the month, but the time will change to 2:00 PM.

Volunteer Lunch!

On Wednesday April 18th at 11:30 the Friends will be having a luncheon/fundraiser at Fritze's BBQ restaurant on Main street. 15% of the food bill will be donated to the Friends to help support PHPL functions. Fritze's strongly believes in supporting the community in which they live and work. Friends will be serving cake and crowning our Volunteer of the Year. If you can't make lunch, stop by anytime, pick up some dinner or meals for your next party and mention FOBPL. Watch for your Evite coming in the next couple of weeks.

Did you see it?

On Monday March 26th, a windmill went up next to the FriendShop!

It's up and it looks great.

Questions??  Do I get questions!!

What kind of items can I donate to the Friends?
We accept donations of hard and soft-cover books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, records and puzzles.

How do I donate books?
Easy. Bring them to the library. We have a closet where all donated books, CD's, records, magazines and videos are stored until we sort them. If you have large donation, please call ahead to the library (830) 249-3053 so they know you're coming.

What happens to my books after I donate them?
  • Books donated to the Friends are carefully reviewed to determine if they will be added to the library shelves. From June 2011 until March 2012, approximately 1,270 books worth an estimated $26,000 have been donated to the library. 
  • Books are recycled in 2 bins at the Annex and 1 bin at the library. We make approximately $100/month on recycling. 
  • Books are sold at the FriendShop during the 4 mini sales and on days the FriendShop is open.  Book sale revenues are donated back to the Library to fund Library requests. In March the Friends supported the Library by purchasing the rights to the building photographs from Mark Menjivar Photography ($1,500).  These images will be used in marketing pieces, on the library's website, and social media venues.
  • Vintage books are sold on eBay.
  • Many books are turned into repurposed art such as this:

  • Finally, some books that don't fit in any category, are provided free to the community on our "free" shelf at the FriendShop.

What hours is the FriendShop going to be open?
We'll be open the first Wednesday of every month starting in April from 9:00 am till noon. In May we'll be open  every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

I have some furniture I'd like to donate but I'm not sure if you can use it.
Currently we are looking for a large wooden table and chairs to use for our meetings and Book Club groups.  Email for further information.  Also, if anyone has recently discontinued their land line, and you're not using your phone anymore, we'd love to have it!  Please drop it off at the library and tell them it's for the Friends!

Any other questions?  Please email me at clp1958@gvtc or post a question in the comment section.

Other News Briefs:
  • Dues are payable now for 2012.  If you have not paid your 2012 dues, you may pay them by leaving it at the Library or mailing it to the Friends of Boerne Public Library, 451 N. Main Street, Boerne, TX 78006.  We recently mailed out letters to all members who were deliquent with their dues.  If you feel you recieved this letter in error, please email me at the above address.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Family Fun Day!

 Today, The Friends of the Boerne Library took part in Family Fun Day at Main Plaza Park.

FOBPL volunteers Barbara Carpenter and Ann Liebner.  

FOBPL volunteer Marty Miller helping a little one pick out a book.

It was a book reading frenzy!

Barbara having fun with the all the kids.

One little reader got quite attached to Ann.

How cute is this?

This happy ready got several books.

We gave away over 200 children's books and passed out bookmarks advertising the upcoming mini book sale days.  It was a great day at Family Fun Day in Boerne!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Dan!

Today, while working at the FriendShop, we took a little break to celebrate Dan Basarich's birthday.

 Eny Gatewood and Ann Liebner led the Happy Birthday singing while Barbara Carpenter served the birthday cake.

  Dan blew out all his candles in one breath!

Barbara Carpenter (Hostess #1) served her delicious chocolate rum cake to Sandy Johnston.

Eny and Ann - pretty ladies. (Hostess #2 and #3)

Dan and Delmar Cain enjoyed the new lounge area while eating cake and ice cream.   THANKS Delmar for helping to secure the book cases!

Judy Roeder and Dani Vollmer took a well deserved break from stocking books to enjoy some cake.

Barbara Carpenter, Dan and Kelly Skovbjerg,  PHPL Director

THANKS Dave Jarrell for your help on such short notice. 

Kelly and Barb discussed the new coffee bar along with the beautiful repurposed art in the FriendShop.

Eny, Judith Umberger and Dan sent out membership letters.

Have a great day Dan!

Special THANKS to A-1 Red White & Blue storage for giving us 1 year of storage free!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

FriendShop Notes

Dear Friends,

Our next meeting is at the FriendShop on Friday 9 March at 10:30.  Now is the time to get involved!  

Go Fish!

On Saturday March 17th the Friends of the Boerne Public Library will participate in the Outdoor Family Fair. The Main Plaza downtown will be full of exciting entertainment and lots of fun for "kids" of all ages. Our booth will feature a fish pond where children will fish for books. Come find us on the treasure hunt map!

Wonderful Wednesdays:
We are planning to have the FriendShop open the first Wednesday of every month from 9:00 am until noon.  We are looking for a couple of comfy reading chairs and large area rugs.  Please contact Barbara at for more information.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


A HUGE thank you to the following March Book Sale supporters who sponsored a table or gave a raffle item.


Alamo City Chapter Gypsy Motorcycle Club in honor of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre Foundation.
Ann Leverton in remembrance of William Weatherholtz and The Brighter Days Horse Refuge in Pipe Creek
BL Chittenden in honor or Betty Radwin
Billie Busby in memory of his wife, Dorothy Busby (past President of FOBPL)
Bob Hill
Carole Ross Weir
Dan and Joyce Basarich
Exxon Mobil's Volunteer Involvement Program in honor of Judith Umberger's hours of service to the Friends of the Boerne Public Library.
Garner and Cindy Foley
John and Judith Umberger
Mike and Mary Morton

Boerne Import Auto Werks

The Christmas Shoppe

Cinar Interiors

Cooking Cottage

T. David Phillip, CPA

Dreiss Insurance

Ginny Thompson -State Farm Insurance

Hearts' Home Acoustics

Huckabay Insurance



Shipman & Associates

The Speaker Team/Keller Williams

Tejas Appraisal

Valerie's Custom Designs

Wrap It Up




El Rio
Kuhl Yogurt
Paradise Tan
The Peach Cafe
Plaza Liquors
Welfare Cafe


Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

"Any Book You Haven't Read Is A New Book"

What started as an empty building..... now full of thousands of wonderful books!

Many thanks to all the volunteers who came out to spend the day or a couple of hours to help set up.
Special thanks to the City of Boerne workers for moving the boxes from the FriendShop to the Fairgrounds and to the Mountain Men and Friends with muscles that helped move the boxes to the appropriate tables. 

Moving the 1,671 boxes was a huge task!

So, after a day and a half of unpacking boxes of books, organizing tables, putting up signs, figuring out how the PA system works and a million other little tasks -  IT'S TIME FOR THE 30TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF BOERNE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE!!!  YEAH!!!!!


Again, a huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped set up during the week.

  • Friday 11-12 is for members only.  We'll have a table set up at 9:00 AM for anyone that wants to join or for members wanting to pay their 2012 dues.
  • Raffle tickets for $2.00 and Friendshop gift certificates will be available throughout the day.
"Daddy, take me to the Friends of Boerne Library Book sale!'