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Giving is not just about making a donation, it’s about making a difference
— Kathy Calvin CEO of United Nations Foundation

Programs We Support


Book Buddies

The Harris County Friends of the Library provides funding for the Book Buddy program.  This transforming program brings adult and teen volunteers (Big Buddies) and children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade (Little Buddies) to share the joy of reading. 



HCFOL is delighted to support Tournament of Books.  Geared towards students in grades 9-12, this program encourages two things, the joy of reading and friendly competition.  Students work with a team at their branch library to read a set list of books . The competition tests their knowledge of the books they read. The top team from each branch moves on to compete against teams from other Harris County libraries in the Tournament of Books Championship. 


Summer Reading Program (SRP)


HCFOL is honored to contribute to the annual Summer Reading Program.  SRP is not only fun and free for all ages, but it combats the summer learning loss for children and promotes reading as a family activity.  Check out some captured moments from SRP 2018.  SRP Highlights


Library School Scholarships


Risk takers.  Champions of equity.  Techies.  Creators of safe spaces.  Supporters of uniqueness.  LIBRARIANS!  HCFOL provides continual support for new talent to go into the field of Library Science.  Each year we provide 2-3 scholarships to Harris County Public Library employees to help offset the cost of graduate school.


Library Branch Mini-Grants


Each year, HCFOL offers mini-grants to library branches.  The funds are used to make a more enjoyable experience at your library for you and your family.  Many branches choose to purchase craft materials and snacks for programs, decorations, or to pay for a special performer/guest speaker. 


Highlight Program: HCFOL Scholarships

Harris County Friends of the Library believes in supporting libraries of the future, by helping librarians of the future.

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“The Boost I Needed…”

“I was honored when I found out I was chosen to receive the scholarship graciously funded by the Harris County Friends of the Library. This was the boost I needed to fuel my dreams of becoming a librarian.”

— Amanda Hickey, Children’s Services Specialist
Scholarship Recipient