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November Oncor vegetation management efforts.

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COVID-19 Updates and Information.

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UPPD statements on fatal shooting.

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Boo! Halloween safety tips from UPPD.

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Let’s lock UP to reduce crime and protect property! (Part II)

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October 2021 UPdate.

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Wednesday, October 27 at 10:45 a.m. - Preschool STEAM and Stories.

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Thursday, October 28 at 10:45 a.m. - Toddler Story Time in Goar Park.

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Saturday, October 30 at 1:30 p.m. - Halloween Crafts & Spooky Fun @ UP Public Library.

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Saturday, October 30 at 3 p.m. - UP @ the Library Family Time.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - City Council Meeting

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - City Council Meeting

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Friends of the Public Library at University Park
The First Chapters of the University Park Public Library

In 1987 a group of Cub Scouts banded together under the leadership of Den Mother Diane Galloway to raise $20,000 towards funding a University Park library. Community supporters founded a Friends group which received its tax-exempt, non-profit status in 1989 and elected Winnie Hamlin as its first President.

In 1997 the City of University Park challenged the Friends to raise $300,000 in six months to prove there was community support for a library. The Friends were successful—securing a $100,000 donation from Merrill Lynch and $1,000 each from 200 residents, known as the Pioneer 200.

In 2000 longtime Friends’ members Mary and Albert Huddleston gave the Friends 5000 square feet of office space in a Snider Plaza bank building for an incredible lease rate of $1 per year. With donated books, makeshift shelving, and an enthusiastic volunteer staff, the University Park Book Bank celebrated its grand opening on June 7, 2001.

In 2002 the Friends hired Lee Shuey, MLS as its first Director and in 2005 formally changed the library’s name to University Park Public Library. The Friends continued to operate the Library with annual grants from the City of University Park and generous contributions from UP residents, La Fiesta de las Seis Banderas, and other charitable organizations including the Summerlee, Hoblitzelle and Harry W. Bass, Jr. foundations. The Library currently has three full-time professional librarians and is open to patrons 44 hours per week.

In 2011 the City of University Park and the Friends entered into a Partnership Agreement with the City operating the Library as a City department. In early 2013 the Library opened the doors of its permanent home in a five-story building in The Plaza at Preston Center. Since 2013, the Friends has donated over $1,600,000 in support of the library’s programming, operations and technology. The Friends will continue their fundraising efforts to further enhance our Library. 

We encourage all UP residents to join the Friends in support of your community library!

Click here to visit the Friends of the University Park Public Library website. 
The Friends of the University Park Public Library has re-popped Second Chapter Bookstore in a new space at 6916 Snider Plaza, next to East Hampton Sandwich Co. and Short Stop. The store will be in operation through December 18 with hours of operation on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Second Chapter will sell gently used, donated books, with proceeds benefiting the University Park Public Library.  

During a year that saw many cancelled events and altered plans, Second Chapter Bookstore became a staple in our community, allowing patrons, neighbors, and volunteers to come together and share a love of books. We are thrilled to continue what we started with this new “chapter”!

This reopening would not have been possible without our dedicated board members, city officials, and community members who generously donated their time, resources, and expertise to make this a reality. We look forward to welcoming you to our new space and sharing our love of books and reading!

If you are interested in donating new or gently used books to Second Chapter Bookstore, we are taking drop-off donations at University Park Peek Service Center located at 4420 Worcola St, 75206: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. 

For more information on donating, email us at bookamasser@gmail.com
For more information visit us at: https://uplibraryfriends.org/books or on Instagram @FriendsofUPPL