Friends of the Richardson Public Library, Inc.
A 501(C)(3) Nonprofit

FOL Book Sale
in the library basement program room 

Join us for another amazing book sale, featuring tens of thousands of books and other media, most priced $2.00 or less!

Friday 10/5/18           10-5pm
Saturday 10/6/18       10-5pm
Sunday 10/7/18           2-5pm


Annual Meeting and Dinner Featuring Mark Oristano - Journalist / Sportscaster / Author

Mark Oristano has been a professional writer/journalist since the age of 16.

After growing up in suburban New York, Oristano moved to Texas in 1970 to attend Texas Christian University.  A major in Mass Communications, Mark was hired by WFAA-TV in 1973 as a sports reporter, the start of a 30-year career covering the NFL and professional sports.

Mark has worked with notable broadcasters including Verne Lundquist and Oprah Winfrey, and as a sportscaster for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network and Houston Oilers Radio Network.  He has covered Super Bowls and other major sports events throughout his career.  He was part of Ron Chapman’s legendary morning show on KVIL-FM in Dallas for nearly 20 years.

In 2002 Oristano left broadcasting to pursue his creative interests, starting a portrait photography business and continuing his decade long work in theater including productions with Shakespeare Dallas and other major Dallas area theaters. Mark wrote and performed the acclaimed one-man show And Crown Thy Good: A True Story of 9/11.

Mark’s first book, A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football, offers inside tips about how to watch the game, including stories from his 30-year NFL career, a look at offense, defense, and special teams, and cool things to say during the game to sound like a real fan.

Mark’s latest book, Surgeon’s Story, is the story of pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Kristine Guleserian, and takes readers inside the operating room during open heart surgery. It’s a story of dedication, talent, training, caring, resilience, guts and love.

Mark began volunteering at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas in 1997, working in the day surgery recovery room. It was at Children’s that Mark got to know Dr. Guleserian, and began to learn about the physiology, biology, and the mystery of the human heart. That friendship was the beginning of the five-year project which resulted in the publication of Surgeon’s Story.

(more information / registration)

2017 Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Po-Yu Liu! 

He is the winner of a $2,000 FOL Scholarship. 

Mr. Liu will attend the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall and will major in Computer Science. The FOL Dot McCalpin Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a college-bound student who exemplifies a love of learning and dedication to the service of the city and the community.

Follow Our Reads - Online Community Reading List

Readers in our community and friends of the Richardson Public Library are invited to participate in this Community Reading List. Readers submit a single book to share with fellow Richardson Readers.

The book is the one which can impact how we think as a community, offering insight in arts, health, wellness, culture, education, infrastructure, ethics, education, government, creativity, innovation, well-being, communication, business and technology or just one to be enjoyed. (more)

Win a Villy Custom bike with a submission to Follow Our Reads!

Friends of the Library celebrates the launch of Follow Our Reads with the raffle of a Villy Custom bike (details)

Annual Meeting and Dinner
Featuring Nancy Churnin

Bringing Back Forgotten, Diverse Heroes Through the Magic of Books

Nancy Churnin is the theater critic for The Dallas Morning News and the author of the picture books, The William Hoy Story, How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game.

Tuesday, September 27, 6:00pm
Aboca's Italian Grill (more)


InPerson Author Lecture Series

Tuesday, June 21st. 7-9:00pm

Wine, cheese & crackers and desserts with authors John T. Davis, Brent Douglass and James R. Dennis discussing their latest book - Ransom Island

The author of four funny, fast-paced novels of intrigue set on the Texas Gulf Coast, Miles Arceneaux is a one-of-a-kind writer. Or, to be precise, he is three-of-a-kind. The irreverent persona of “Miles” is the product of three friends, lifelong Texans, and Gulf Coast aficionados. more

Audio Book Challenge

Help your Friends raise $1000.00 to purchase audio books for the library. more

Annual Meeting and Dinner
Featuring Terry Martin

September 22nd at Aboca's Italian Grill more

Terry Martin’s long and distinguished career in the theatre has established him as one of this country’s leading actors, directors and arts administrators.  As WaterTower Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director for the last 15 years, Terry has placed an indelible stamp on the professional theatre scene in Texas through his stewardship of one of the nation’s fastest growing theatres.   During his tenure at WaterTower Theatre, the company has received 110 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award nominations and 19 Dallas-Fort Worth Critics’ Forum awards.

InPerson Author Lecture Series 

Dessert & Coffee with New York Times best selling author, Taylor Stevens.

Author of The Informationist, The Innocent, The Vessel, The Catch and The Doll. Her newest book, The Mask, hits news stands June 30th.

Taylor will talk about her journey from growing up as a child raised without an education in cult communes to becoming a bestselling novelist.

Thursday, June 11, 7-9pm more


The FOL has awarded two scholarship of $2000 each to library volunteers more

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Beyond Membership

If you have an interest in being a Volunteer, Committee Member, Director or Officer, please contact us about rewarding opportunities.

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