March is the month when the Friends of the Library has its annual membership drive.

The library is where the love of reading begins.

Over the last five years, the Friends of the Library Kingwood (FOLK) has provided close to $100,000 to the downloadable digital media selection at the Harris County Public Library, giving patrons more choices of electronic books, audio and video to borrow.

“As Kingwood customers make up a large portion of the downloadable digital users at HCPL, this is fantastic that FOLK has been able to provide so much to building the collection,” says Kingwood Branch Librarian Christi Whittington.

The library has many other needs that cannot be fulfilled through the county budget. That’s where FOLK comes in. Last year the Friends group provided money for children’s, young adult and adult programs, for performers, speakers and craft supplies. Funds also went to purchase books, digital media, audio and regular print materials, and to magazines in each of the departments of the Kingwood Branch Library.

FOLK is a nonprofit organization that raises money for the local library through donations, annual membership dues and sales of used books at its bookstore near the library entrance at 4400 Bens View Drive. Family memberships are $20 for the year, April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016. Members need not attend meetings or spend hours volunteering.

All are encouraged to become a Friend of the Library Kingwood and pick up a membership form at the bookstore, or download one at, print it off at home and fill it out. It should be mailed, along with a check, to the address on the form or take in to the library. Friends receive a 15 percent discount on books purchased in the bookstore.


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