Friends of Library host ninth luncheon
Monday, 04 March 2013 by Matthew Girard
The Lord Conference Center at the Parker Academic Center on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor was full of book lovers on Saturday as the Friends of the Lena Armstrong Public Library hosted its Ninth Annual Book and Author Luncheon.
Local authors Ginger Cucolo, Mary Margaret Quadlander and Col. Jack Oliver (Ret.) were on hand to meet with fans and sign autographs, while the lunch portion of the event was used to help raise funds for Belton's community library.
Last year the luncheon brought in about 90 people, but this year's event brought in almost 150 people.
"We were real excited this year because we had three local authors with deep roots in the local community," said President of the Friends of the Lena Armstrong Public Library Mike Anderson.
Along with the authors getting the opportunity to sell their books, the luncheon helps the Friends of the Library fund its projects through the year.
"This is our big fund raiser to try and help the library do different things," Anderson said. "We give out free books to children, we bought furniture for the library and we sponsor a writer's guild and poetry group."
Quadlander said being recognized for her work was special to her.
"It's always wonderful to be invited somewhere because of what you've done," Quadlander said. "Getting to see all these people that have supported me and it's a great thing for the library."
After lunch was served the group also presented the Posthumous Friend of Friends Award honoring George Dulaney.
The day ended with each author presenting their insights into their books and answering questions.
The books featured at this year's luncheon were "Dog Tags" by Cucolo, "Grace Jones of Salado" by Quadlander and "Full Circle" by Col. Jack Oliver (Ret.).
For more information about the Lena Armstrong Public Library, call (254) 933-5832.