The Keller Public Library presents the 2022 Keller Reads: One Book One City on March 20th and 21st with two free events. You are also invited to the Bowden Center for an Evening with the Author at 6:00 pm on March 22nd. Tickets are available for the evening event using the form below and at the Friends of the Keller Library Bookstore.
Paulette Jiles's novel, News of the World, tells the tale of 72-year-old Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd and 10-year-old Johanna Leonberger's journey from Wichita Falls, Texas to Castroville, Texas in 1870, and how that journey would forever and drastically change the course of each of their lives. It was a National Book Award Finalist.
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Friends of the Keller Library
P.O. Box 151
Keller, TX 76244
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Our Bookstore relies on volunteers, and we could use some help. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Linda Engle at 817-705-4336. We'd very much appreciate your support.
Mystery and suspense author Joe B. Parr writes books set in the DFW area. Join him at 2PM on 1/29/22 in the Library meeting room for a discussion about his Detective Jake Hunter novels and writing about our local area. Parr’s books will be available for purchase. Please note, this event is for ages 18 and over.
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Lisa Harper Wood 1956-2021
Lisa Harper Wood was director of the Keller Public Library from 1987 to 2007.
She loved reading and promoting literacy. She helped create the Friends of the Keller Library.
As a lifelong member of the Friends, she was a strong supporter of this group.
She created the Readers Forum at the Keller Public Library and in her memory, it has been named the Lisa Harper Wood Reader’s Forum.
The Texas Library Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the TLA 2021 Upstart Award and Branding Iron Award Winners in the public libraries category of reading programs is the Keller Public Library, Good Reads & Good Deeds Summer Reading Challenge in 2020.
In this heartwarming program, children and families were encouraged by librarians to complete both “good reads” (summer reading) and “good deeds” (kind actions to help others and/or the community.) This was a very popular program; and all told, the community completed more than 20,000 good reads and good deeds.
The Keller Public Library’s summer 2020 “Good Reads & Good Deeds” reading challenge was among the best in the state, the Texas Library Association announced this week.
The heartwarming program that encouraged children and families to complete both good reads (summer reading) and good deeds — actions to help others and/or the community at large — was an incredible success with more than 20,000 reads and deeds completed by over 800 participants. Now it’s an award winner, earning the TLA’s Branding Iron Award honoring the most creative work of the state’s libraries.
“Librarians across Texas continually create amazing work to promote their services, programs, and events,” the TLA shared in a news release. “This was especially true in 2020, when libraries everywhere had to adapt their programming because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
For this year’s challenge, Keller librarians came up with a list of 100 ways to read, care and share for all ages, including options like: Read a Book Aloud to Someone Younger than You, Donate to a Local Food Pantry, Take a Walk in your Neighborhood, Recommend a Book to Someone, and Read a Book about Someone Different than You.
“At the library, we always look forward to our fun summer challenges, where the goal is to keep kids learning and reading while school is out,” Library Manager Kelly Holt said. “In 2020, we felt it was particularly important to find ways to spread joy and encourage kindness in our communities. Good Reads & Good Deeds was born from that idea.”
Within the Reading Programs category, Keller was recognized alongside the Castleberry Independent School District for their “Books & Bytes” program that distributed books and meals to district families.
For an 11th consecutive year, the Keller Public Library has been honored with the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association recognizing staff for their commitment to service and educational programming in our community. Only 56 libraries from among the nearly 570 public libraries statewide made the cut for this prestigious honor in 2020. The award is given annually to libraries that demonstrate service excellence in 10 areas:
“Awards like these are a testament to the incredible work our staff is doing day in and day out, and the wonderful community we've been able to create in partnership with our patrons — even in an extraordinary year like 2020 that challenged our normal offerings," Director Jana Prock said, "I'm so proud of this team's passion, creativity and commitment to excellence."
The City of Keller recently announced the 2020 Employees of the Year awards.
Ann Flournoy, Adult Services Librarian for the Keller Public Library was selected the Employee of the Year for Creativity.
Keller Public Library Services Manager Kelly Holt was selected as the Overall Employee of the Year.
The Friends congratulate Ann and Kelly for their tremendous contributions!
From left to right: Mark Hafner, City Manager, Cody Maberry, Director of Community Services, Ann, Kelly, and Jana Prock
The Friends of the Keller Library is a registered non-profit organization consisting of dedicated individuals who care about our community and the future of our children and grandchildren. Our mission is to support the Keller Library in its efforts to provide access to information for life-long learning. To do this, we raise funds for the Keller Library, mainly, through our bookstore.
Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, usually at the Library.
Please stop by and check us out. Buy some books or donate some of your own for future resale. You will find bargains in every category.
Another way you can help us in our efforts is to become a volunteer. We need people to staff our store for two hours at a time- either 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
Also, consider becoming a member to show your support of the Friends and the community. You can be an active member (volunteer) or an inactive member. The choice is up to you. Click here to become a Friend of the Library.
Members of the Friends work all year to raise money. Although the bookstore is our main source of income, we do receive additional funds from membership dues, donations, grants and fund-raising events. The money is used to purchase items and programs for the library - things that would not be possible otherwise. We especially focus on children, providing materials and financial support for programs throughout the year.