The Friends of the Belton Public Library, Inc. was formed in 2001 and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Belton's Lena Armstrong Public Library by encouraging the love of reading in the community and by raising funds for distribution of free books to children at local festivals. The Friends also assist in providing enhancements to the library not covered by the city budget.
The Friends provide and coordinate volunteers as needed for library related events, and promote the enjoyment of books and of reading and writing by sponsoring the Annual Book and Author Luncheon where local authors can present their books.
The library newsletter gives more details concerning the Friends' past and present activities.
The Friends' revenue comes from annual memberships and the proceeds of the ticket sales and silent auction held in conjunction with the Book and Author Luncheon. The Friends' annual membership levels are:
- Student: $1
- Individual: $10
- Family: $20
- Supporter: $50
- Patron: $100
- Benefactor: $500
- Corporate: $1,000+
There is a link to a printable membership form above. Please join us in our support of the library!
Board meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the 4th Thursday of each month at the library except the summer months and December. The November meeting is variable due to Thanksgiving. All Friends members are invited to attend the meetings. If you have any questions, please send us a message through the contact form above.
Our 2019-2020 Officers and Board Members are:
- Peggy Williams, President
- Peggy Edwards, Vice President
- Juanita Smith, Secretary
- Alice Wilkins, Treasurer
- Jeff Thomas, Membership
- Shirley Mobley, Writers Guild
- Mike Anderson
- Judy Owens
- Ben Green
- Sharon Criswell
- Debbie Neeley
- Diane Waite
- Denzel Holmes
- Al Waite
- Katherine Kaliski
- Annie Smith
- Joy Sparks
We would like to thank the following local businesses for their financial support:
- Covington Real Estate
- Don Ringler Chevrolet-Toyota
- Progressive Protection Security Systems, Inc.
- Shipley Donuts
The City of Belton has contracted for a Needs Assessment for the library in the Spring 2018. The Friends have contributed to the funding for this review and will be participating in the review itself.
Who is Lena Armstrong?
The Library had its beginning in 1899, and has employed five Head Librarians. In 1933 the Library became part of the City Government and when the previous librarian, Miss Loulie Meyer retired in 1946 she was replaced by Miss Lena Armstrong. Miss Armstrong served the library and its visitors for the next 52 years.
During her tenure, Miss Armstrong built an impressive genealogy collection and compiled a large collection of family and local history. She was also a contributing author for The Story of Bell County, collected over 3300 photos of Central Texas and was an avid collector of local fossils.
Miss Armstrong retired in December 1998. For her service to the community and for the deep love and respect the people of Belton had for her, the library was renamed the Lena Armstrong Public Library. Miss Armstrong died in January 1999. The library celebrated its 100th anniversary in May of 1999. Kim Adell Kroll was appointed Librarian in October 2000.
Currently the library has over 44,000 items. The Library still maintains and adds to the Lena Armstrong Files on Belton and Bell County, as well as family histories.