About Us

Our mission is to enable a strong, vibrant, engaged community using our libraries as a place to read, learn, work, create, congregate, and share ideas.

Arlington’s public library system is an incredible resource for increasing literacy and strengthening our community.

We strive to enhance its capabilities by providing support for collections, events, and programs.

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RESOURCES

Check out these career counseling and emotional support references created by our amazing reference librarians.

OUR IMPACT IN 2019

$417,000

Provided to the Library

DONATE

23,000

Attended Book Talks

FIND AN AUTHOR EVENT

992

Friends Members

BECOME A MEMBER

6,500

Completed Summer Reading

LEARN MORE

72,000

Attended Storytimes

FIND A STORYTIME

10,000

Participated in Maker Events

FIND AN EVENT

We have an opening at the Aurora Hills Branch.  If you are a regular patron at Aurora Hills and interested in representing your library on the Board, please contact us at info@arlingtonlibraryfriends.org.

Board of Directors

FOAL Board

President – Kelly Fado
Vice-President – Jane Posner
Treasurer – Judith Kindell
Secretary – Jamie Krovontka
Aurora Hills Representative – OPEN
Central Library Representative – Rob Hizon
Cherrydale Representative – Kate Summers
Columbia Pike Representative – Sharyn Meister
Glencarlyn Representative – Laura Porter
Plaza Representative – Claire Christian
Shirlington Representative– Martin Pippins
Westover Representative – Sheila Leonard
At Large:
Membership, and Volunteer Coordinator
- Maggie Colston
Events Coordinator - Halyna Hodges

Board Meetings

The Board meets the first Monday of the month at 7pm.  If the first Monday is a holiday, we meet a week later on the second Monday.

During the pandemic, the Board has been meeting via Zoom, if you are interested in attending a Board Meeting please email info@ArlingtonLibraryFriends.org and we will forward you a Zoom link and password 24 hours before the meeting begins.

Our Annual meeting is in June and at our Annual Meeting, all Members vote for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Board. In 2020 and 2021, the Annual meeting was done virtually and it is possible that the 2022 meeting will also be done virtually.

November 1, 2021
December 6, 2021
January 3, 2022
February 7, 2022
March 7, 2022
April 4, 2022
May 2, 2022
June 6, 2022 - Annual Meeting, election of Executive Board.
July 11, 2022
August 1, 2022
September 12, 2022
October 3, 2022
November 7, 2022
December 5, 2022

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On a personal note, my learning disabled son has always had a strong aversion to reading. Motivated initially by the promise of free burritos, he read no less than 42 books this summer (which is likely more books than he has willingly read over his entire lifetime). This program has built his confidence and fostered a love of reading that, frankly, I was afraid he’d never develop. I can only imagine that there are many others just like him. What a truly wonderful impact you have all had on this community!"

- Arlington Library Patron