The Keller Public Library presents the third installment of 2019 Keller Reads: One Book One City on Thursday, September 5 at 3:00 p.m. with a free event featuring author Jason Fagone discussing his book "The Woman Who Smashed Codes". You are also invited to the Bowden Center for an Evening with the Author at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available for the evening event using the form below and at the Friends of the Keller Library Bookstore.
THE WOMAN WHO SMASHED CODES: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone is the fascinating and untold story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, history’s real-life Wonder Woman, who helped invent the modern science of cryptology and was the first woman to ever lead a U.S. codebreaking organization.
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The 9th annual Keller Reads! One Book, One City program, the Keller Public Library presented special events with the witty Jeff Abbott. The event had over 60 attendees.
The champagne brunch was held at Town Hall on July 27. The New York Times bestselling author discussed “The Three Beths”.
This event was sponsored by the Friends of the Keller Library.
For the 8th annual Keller Reads! One Book, One City program, the Keller Public Library presented special events with Steve Berry.
Mr. Berry hosted a discussion of “What Makes a Thriller Work” June 2 at 3 p.m. the Keller Public Library. And at 6 p.m. that evening, fans listened to 'An Evening with Steve Berry' interviewed by Dr. Rick Westfall at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. Approximately 150 people attended the events.
This was the Keller Public Library’s eighth annual One Book, One City event; in its premiere year, the program featured author Steve Berry and his bestseller “The Jefferson Key.” In 2013, the focus was on Marcia Clark's "Killer Ambition"; in 2014, Deborah Crombie’s “The Sound of Broken Glass”; in 2015, Richard Russo's "Empire Falls. And in 2016, Jacquelyn Mitchard “Two if by Sea”, 2017 S.C. Gwynne’s “Empire of the Summer Moon” and 2018 Daniel Bergner’s “Sing for your Life”.
For an eighth consecutive year, the Keller Public Library has been honored with the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association recognizing staff for their commitment to service and educational programming in our community. Only 52 libraries of the roughly 550 public libraries statewide made the cut for this prestigious honor in 2017. The award is given annually to libraries that demonstrate service excellence in 10 areas: Summer Reading Programs; Services to Underserved Populations; Enhanced Services; Marketing Materials; Cultural and Topical Educational Programming for Adults and Families; Literacy Support for All Ages; Collaborative Efforts with Community Organizations; Staff Training; Digital Inclusion; and Workforce Development.
“It’s an honor to be recognized at the state level for an eighth year and once again share this award with the incredible community our staff and patrons have created at the Keller Public Library,” Director Jana Prock said. “Sharing the gift of reading with patrons of all ages, interests and abilities is a passion for everyone on our staff, and these sorts of honors serve as a guidepost to ensure we’re continuing our commitment to excellence.”
The Keller Public Library kept busy during Fiscal Year 2016-17, assisting more than 227,227 customers, circulating 438,874 books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and more. And with hundreds of events and programs annually focused on literacy, computer skills, arts and crafts, and storytelling, it’s no surprise that membership also continues to grow; more than 31,000 Keller residents now have a Keller Public Library card.
The Friends of the Keller Library is a registered non-profit organization consisting of dedicated individuals who care about our community and the future of our children and grandchildren. Our mission is to support the Keller Library in its efforts to provide access to information for life-long learning. To do this, we raise funds for the Keller Library, mainly, through our bookstore.
Monthly meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, usually at the Library.
Please stop by and check us out. Buy some books or donate some of your own for future resale. You will find bargains in every category.
Another way you can help us in our efforts is to become a volunteer. We need people to staff our store for two hours at a time- either 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
Also, consider becoming a member to show your support of the Friends and the community. You can be an active member (volunteer) or an inactive member. The choice is up to you. Click here to become a Friend of the Library.
Members of the Friends work all year to raise money. Although the bookstore is our main source of income, we do receive additional funds from membership dues, donations, grants and fund-raising events. The money is used to purchase items and programs for the library - things that would not be possible otherwise. We especially focus on children, providing materials and financial support for programs throughout the year.