National Friends of the Library Week! October 15-21, 2017

It’s good to be loved!

Oct. 15-21, 2017

Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 15-21, 2017. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

Explore ideas and resources:

Free Webinar: Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library
Watch the webinar

Plan now for National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. This webinar will offer ideas on how to celebrate the week within your group, library, and community. Hear about National Friends of Libraries Week Award-winning projects. Learn about the ALA Store’s new customizable products designed specifically for Friends.

RSVP on Facebook

RSVP for National Friends of Libraries Week and share on your library and Friends Facebook pages.

National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

For more information, visit the National Friends of Libraries Week Award page.

Future dates for National Friends of Libraries Week

  • Oct. 21-27, 2018
  • Oct. 20-26, 2019
  • Oct. 18-24, 2020

Engraved Pavers – a Great Way to Commemorate and Contribute!

Engraved paver – 6″ X 12″
Engraved paver – 12″ X 12″

Serving as permanent commemorative icons, pavers in your name or for someone else will enhance the main walkway, front entrance or garden area. There are 2 sizes to choose from:

Engraved pavers – 6 x 12” – $100.00 each

Engraved pavers – 12 x 12” – $200.00 each

Inscriptions may contain up to 2 lines of 16 characters each, including spaces.

Purchase a personalized paver today! For more information contact Kathy Viscariello at


Friends Mourn the Passing of Board Member Anna Dewald on August 11, 2017

Anna Dewald Obituary

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of long time Friends Board Member Anna Dewald on August 11, 2017. Anna was born in Quinlan, Texas on November 22, 1926 to Annie Lois Smalley Kent and Bartis William Kent. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and her Masters and Doctorate of Education degree from the University of Houston. She served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of St. Thomas in Houston for over 27 years. At her retirement she received the title of Dean Emeritus. Anna was an active member of Seabrook United Methodist Church and she served on the Board of the Evelyn Meador Library in Seabrook. Anna was a proud member of Lakewood Yacht Club, the Women Who Wine charitable organization, and the Ladies Association at Lakewood, of which she was a past president. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Dr. Anna K. Dewald Scholarship Fund sponsored by Kappa Delta Pi honor society in education at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

We were blessed to celebrate her 90th Birthday with many Board members on May 22, 2017. It was a wonderful opportunity to honor her. She will truly be missed.

Rotary Club of Seabrook Generously Supports the Evelyn Meador Summer Reading Program

The Rotary Club of Seabrook was organized in October 1991.  The charter ceremony was held at Lakewood Yacht Club on January 31, 1992. The Rotary International motto is “Service Above Self”. The focus of the Seabrook Rotary Club is to “promote prosperity through education and initiatives that engender self-sufficiency.” Meetings are held every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.

For almost two decades, the Seabrook Rotary has made a generous grant annually to the Friends of Meador Library to help underwrite their summer reading program. Elton Porter, a founding member of the Friends of Evelyn Meador Library and a proud Rotarian approached the club and asked them if he could start an initiative to benefit kids at the library during the summer. Thus, “the white hat” was born.

Each Thursday morning, a white hat is passed at the breakfast meeting and members are asked to show their support for the library by donating a dollar or more each week. The total raised by “the white hat” is then given to the Friends to pay for programs and activities at the library for youth during the summer months. Last year’s grant was $2500.

Over the years, the Seabrook community has greatly benefited from these programs which promote literacy and providing learning opportunities and fun for people of all ages. Here are a few photos showing program events over the years. Thank you Rotarians for making it possible for the Evelyn Meador library to offer so many amazing summer programs!

Evelyn Meador Library Birthday Party – 2013
The Hampstead Stage Company Presents: Alice in Wonderland – 2014 Summer Reading Program.
EV Spiders by Saltgrass Science – Ellen Hutto from Saltgrass Science came by EV to teach children about spiders. She even brought a tarantula!
The Seabrook Rotary Cooking Team serves refreshments during the 2013 Library Birthday Party.
Julian Franklin presents Simple Machines during the 2014 Summer Reading Program.
Mark Shelton, Percussionist, performs during the 2014 Summer Reading Program.
Marsha’s Petting Zoo – Summer 2016
Fill The Beaker – 2014 Summer Reading Program
Bob the Builder entertains guests as part of the 2017 Summer Reading Program