Mansfield Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Library celebrates Friends group

The Mansfield Public Library will be spending the week of Oct. 16-22 celebrating its Friends of the Library group as part of the 11th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. The Friends of the Mansfield Public Library were established in 1965 and have raised thousands of dollars for the library, as well as volunteering many hours of their time promoting the library. The Friends participated in North Texas Giving Day for the first time this year, not only reaching their goal of $2,500 from 50 individual donors, but exceeding it! These funds will completely pay for next year’s Summer Reading Program at the library.

“Our library would be much poorer without the Friends,” said Yolanda Botello, Youth Services Librarian and Friends Liaison. “The funds they raise definitely put the icing on the cake. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”

Being an active member of this group is fun and rewarding and there are many ways to be a Friend. Those opportunities include assisting with the membership campaign, helping with the many aspects of Mansfield Reads, keeping the book sale display shelves stocked and organized, representing the Friends group and selling items at local events like Wurstfest and Hometown Holidays, and many others. Check out our website at for more details.

The Friends meet on the second Tuesday of each month (except July, August and December) at 6 p.m. in the library’s community room. These meetings are a great way to get to know our group and to find out more about how you can help support the Mansfield Public Library. Mark your calendar now to attend Nov. 8. We look forward to seeing you!

Carol Ann Grantham, President

Friends of the Mansfield Public Library