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Friends of the Carl and Mary Welhausen Library

The Friends of the Carl and Mary Welhausen Library is formed for charitable and educational purposes under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and organized to: promote the interests and welfare of the Carl and Mary Welhausen Library and to assist in carrying out its mission and achieving its goals; and engage and volunteer in fundraising, programs, services, and other activities that will promote the visibility of the Library and increase public awareness of its mission, function, programs, activities, and needs; and raise, receive, invest and distribute funds in the public interest of the Library.
This group of individuals is dedicated to supporting, advocating for, and advancing human knowledge through library services. We believe in the library and consider it a treasure in the Yoakum community that everyone should take advantage of. As a "friend", you have the honor of helping build the library and serve your community.

Current Board Members are:
  • President Roberta Bittick
  • Vice-President Sherra Parten (volunteer coordinator)
  • Secretary Amanda Sykora (membership coordinator)
  • Treasurer Pat Jahn
  • Member Dorothy Mgebroff
  • Member Tracey Gearson
  • Member Sandra Steinmann
  • Library Director Gena Jiral/Liaison/Grant Preparer/Publicity Chair (non-board member)
Become a member today! Membership year runs from January through December!
The membership form is attached in the underlined link above.
  • $10.00 Individual Membership
  • $50 - $5,000 and up for Business Memberships/Organization and Sponsorships
Ways you may get involved in serving your community through the library:
  • Your membership dues help support the growth of the library for your use;
  • You have the ability to volunteer your time and skills for various library events;
  • Donate your gently used books, games, puzzles, and craft supplies for the annual book sale and the "everyday" for sale shelves;
  • You are able to purchase tickets to attend the annual Friends of the Library Spring luncheon, which is a community-based event held every spring during National Library Week. This reception includes a meal and speaker/presentation. This is not a fundraiser, but a way that the community can come together to learn about the library and what is offered. Any monies collected for this event are simply to defray the actual cost of having the event;
  • Consider a tax-deductible gift to your library for a memorial or any use; and
  • Remember the library in your estate planning.

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Recent Grants Received by the Friends of the Library:
$4,000 from TDECUCares Foundation
$1,000 from ConocoPhillips for 2024 Summer Programs
$3,470 from TDECU for the 2023 Summer Programs
$1,000 from ConocoPhillips for 2023 Summer Programs

$18,600 from the Kluck Foundation for additional shelving and book ends - 2023
$4,500 from HEB for the Traveling Dinosaur George Museum - 2022