Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Hi Friends!  Fall is in the air and we are looking forward to having a wonderful holiday season at the FriendShop


On the first Wednesday of every month,  Miss Constance and the Little Listeners (toddlers age 2 and up) come to the FriendShop for storytime.  This month we celebrated Fire Prevention Month with the Boerne Fire Department and Judith Umberger's birthday!

Here's the FOBPL fire marshal, Ann Leibener along with Joan Nitschke.

The children sat outside and listened to a presentation about the equipment on the fire truck.

The fireman put on  the gear he has to wear to fight a fire. Oooo! Oooo! He looked kind of scary all dressed up!

Making friends with a high five!

 Finally, everyone who wanted to, went inside the fire truck for an upclose look. 

Thank you to the Boerne Fire Department for visiting the FriendShop!

Thanks for all you do! 

Judith is the FOBPL Secretary.


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The Fall Booksale was on Saturday, Oct 13th from 9:00 am- 1:00.  We had thousands of books as well as videos, DVDs, puzzles and more. About 200 people enjoyed the great deals.

Because the Texas Librarian Association was using the Library conference room, the Friends set up in the library lobby.  Here are some pictures of our volunteers.

Sandy Henning and Shirly Hord

Angie Howard

Judy and Mark Olender

Pat Tuohy, a librarian visiting from Austin said, "This is the most wonderful Friends' store I have ever seen!"  Thank you Pat!!!

Armando Vasquez and Kate McQueen

Carol Iverson and Ann Liebner

The comfy rocking chair in the children's section is always in use during the sale.

Joan Nietzke and Judith Umberger

Sandy Henning and Carol Iverson

Some shoppers found a calm place to check out some books during the sale.

Joan Nitschzke

Sales in the lobby were brisk and equal to sales in the shop.

The nicely packaged Christmas books were a big hit shoppers

When it comes to volunteers for a booksale, you need many hands.  THANKS to the many Friends for all their hard work  setting up tables, arranging books, and working at the check out tables


On Thursday Oct 25th the Friends hosted a book signing and reading by award winning writer Earle Martin. 

Earle Martin read from his book, The Boy Who Saved My Life: Walking into the Light with my Autistic Grandson. A powerful, uplifting true story about Martin and his grandson, Charlie.

Mr. Martin signing copies of his book. "I've been to 35 book signings and I've never had as much fun as this one!"

Some of the 50+ people who attended the event. 

Pat Beeman 

Vivian Shudde, Director of  the Brookwood Community with Tina Finley.  The Brookwood Communtiy is where Charlie lives and all proceeds from the book sales were donated to Brookwood.  Read more about the Brookwood Community at

FOBPL members; Sandy Henning, Sharon Mazurek, Ann Liebner and Pat Beeman 

This young lady found a comfy place to do her homework during the book signing. I don't know how she could study with all the talking going on!

Sharon Mazurek and Judith Umberger

 Lauren Moore, owner of the Cooking Cottage in Boerne provided the delicious hors d'oervres.


By popular demand we are holding a folded book art class on  Thursday, November 29th from 5-7 pm.  Come join us for a fun evening of crafting just in time for Christmas.   We will provide the supplies and instructions. Bring a friend! Cost: $20/person   Sign up at the FriendShop or contact Ann Liebner at

On Wednesday, October 31st the FOBPL handed out books to  trick or treaters visiting the FriendShop.  All the costumes were so cute!

 Ann, Cheryl and Judith waiting for the trick or treaters to arrive.

Look at these cuties!


The gazebo is finished!  THANK YOU  to Woody Woodard and Pat Beeman for doing such a terrific job!  It has a new floor and benches and was repainted.  Isn't it beautiful?

Bits n' Pieces
  • I hear the water tank next to the FriendShop is going up soon. 
  • We have received the 3rd bid on the deck. We are talking to a structural engineer about design plans.  We have received $5,500 in donations and we hope to raise another $10,000. If you would like to help, please contact Judith Umberger at or or Cheryl Perz at to make your designated 'deck donation' today!
  • Nov 2nd  - FOBPL monthly meeting, Friday, 2:00 at the FriendShop. 
  • We will NOT be open the Friday after Thanksgiving, but we WILL be open on Saturday.  Stop in and say hi.  We may have cookies and hot chocolate!   

The FriendShop is rapidly growing into more than just a bookstore.  It's a place to meet friends, have a cup of tea, read the paper, talk to local authors and enjoy the company of other like minded people.  Not to mention - find great deals on used books! We're proud to be your bookstore, Boerne.  Thank you for your support. If you haven't visited us yet, please stop in! 

We are located next to the Library and under the windmill. Normal business hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00am - 2:00 pm. Kids and coffee are always welcome!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderfully active place for the community of Boerne!