Due to construction at the Aurora Hills Library, their FOAL bookstore is temporarily closed.

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.



Provided to the Library



Friends Members



Summer Books Read


FOAL's Board Leadership transitioned this June. Kate Summers, longtime President of the Board, is now the Cherrydale Branch representative. Kelly Fado was elected our new President, and she is joined by Judith Kindell as Vice President, Martin Pippins as Treasurer, and new Board Member Jamie Krovontka, who will serve as Secretary.

Three amazing Board members have finished their time on the Board: Judy Hijikata, Kate Schweigart and Nada Sulaiman have each contributed so much to the Board and to our libraries during their tenure. We are sad to see them leave, and hope to see them at future author events, book sales, and around town. Their leadership and vision will be missed by us all.

We are also welcoming two new Board members: Jamie Krovontka, who is serving as Secretary and Maggie Colston, who is our new Membership and Volunteer Coordinator.

We have openings at the Aurora Hills and Shirlington branches. If you are interested in joining us, and making a difference in our community, please contact us at info@arlingtonlibraryfriends.org.

Board of Directors

FOAL Board

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

2019 Board Meetings

Most Board Meetings are held at the Arlington Central Library, 1015 North Quincy Street.

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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