Friends of the Library


The purpose of this organization is to serve as an advocacy and support group of volunteers for the Rowlett Public Library, to raise funds for special library needs, to support cultural and literary enrichment activities for the community, and to promote literacy. The Friends of the Rowlett Public Library work to give the citizens of Rowlett a state-of-the-art library where they can satisfy their literary needs, whether it be school research, learning to download an ebook, or to find a place to sit with a good book on a rainy day.

How Can I Help?

Become a member!
You’ll be joining with other like-minded people to support the library’s efforts in the community. 

Who are the Friends?

Friends are people who feel that books, reading, learning and libraries are essential elements of a growing, educated, and forward-reaching community. We are library advocates who, together, make a difference!

Bookworms Statues

Past Contributions from the Friends Include

  • Books
  • Bookworm sculptures
  • Annual funding for Summer Reading and other Library programs
  • Mark Twain sculpture at the Library entrance
  • Assistance in planning and development of former library at 3900 Main Street
  • Technology equipment 

As Library advocates, Friends provide much-needed program support for activities that foster early literacy and encourage lifelong learning. 

  • Provide Books for Babies, Baylor Scott & White-Lake Pointe Medical Center
  • Provide gently used books to Life Message for Food Pantry families
  • Provide additional copies of books for monthly Senior Book Club
  • Provide funding for new technology equipment in the Library
  • Provide funding for Summer Reading program
  • Volunteer and help with Library programs throughout the year
  • Deliver food to Rowlett Food Pantries provided by Food for Fines
  • Sell used books at Thursday Farmer’s Market in October
  • Create and decorate Scarecrows on Main in October
  • Create and decorate Christmas Trees on Main in December
  • Adopted and clean up trash at Lakeside Park 5 times a year for Keep Rowlett Beautiful
  • Provide gifts and food for Library staff appreciation
  • Provide information to the community about future plans of a permanent Library building 

Why Join?

As a Friend you will be able to:

  1. Promote the improvements of the facilities and services of the Library
  2. Support present and future activities related to the Library
  3. Help focus public attention on the services, resources, and needs of the Rowlett Public Library
  4. Enjoy the association with others who share your love for and interest in books, libraries, and people
  5. Invest something in Rowlett and its future
  6. Enjoy a tax-deductible donation. The Friends are a 501(c)(3) organization.

Mark Twain Statue


Annual Dues: Individual - $25; Club or Association - $100; Business - $150;
Corporate Sponsorship - minimum $250.

Membership dues can be sent to:
Friends of the Rowlett Public Library, Inc.
P.O. Box 914
Rowlett, TX 75030-0914

Or, you may pay your membership dues online via PayPal. Simply click on "Donate" and enter the correct amount.

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Important: You must still either mail in your membership application or apply for membership online.

Meeting Dates and Times

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Library, 3900 Main Street Ste 200. Please call 972-412-6161 for more information.

Friends do not meet in the months of July and December.

Connect with the Friends

Email the Friends at or follow them on Facebook at

Friends Board Members

  • President - Jerry Hickman
  • Vice President - Betty Engen
  • Secretary - Virginia Pollard
  • Treasurer - Stanley Pollard
  • Parliamentarian: Kathy Hammond 
Friends of the Rowlett Public Library