The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity created to provide access for private capital to
enhance the City of Fort Worth’s delivery of library services for the benefit of the community. Contributions from
Library Foundation donors ensure that these programs and services remain free to all the residents of Fort Worth.


The Library Foundation was founded in 1993 to address the physical needs of the Central Library. Following the initial successful campaign, Foundation leadership continued to raise money to supplement public funding of the library system. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $9 million for building renovations, programming for children, teens, and adults, and technology enhancements for library services. As the population of Fort Worth grows, the need for private funding to supplement public funding continues.


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The mission of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation is to benefit both the Fort Worth Library and the Fort Worth community by providing resources that support educational programming, buildings, and infrastructure improvements.


Libraries are a part of America’s tapestry and essential to the life of our community. Promoting early learning to lifelong learning, providing resources for job training and life skills, encouraging families through interaction, gathering our neighbors together for entertaining- libraries change, even transform lives.

During our 22 years, the Foundation has been honored to support the following programs and initiatives:


The Foundation is grateful for the dedication of its staff and volunteer Board of Directors, who lead the way to make the Foundation’s work possible.

Fort Worth Public Library Foundation 20th Anniversary Cigar Smoker Kickoff Party photographed Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 at Sundance Square. Photography by Bruce E. Maxwell.

Leslie Oliver
President and CEO

Kate Park
Director of Operations

Paula Tyler, Ph.D.
Youth Programming Coordinator

Carol Lattimore
College Application Consultant

Tomaneka Smith
Donor Relations Specialist

Olivia Upham
Marketing Specialist

Board Officers

Bond Malone
PlainsCapital Bank

Jennifer Henderson

Angela Hainsworth
TPG Global

S. Martin McDonald
Frost Bank

Kitty Miller
Assistant Treasurer
Kapp & Miller

Board Of Directors

Judy Alton, community volunteer

Hayden Blackburn, Tech Fort Worth

Vianei Lopez Braun, Decker Jones

Becky Bullard, community volunteer

Seth Burt, Kelly, Hart & Hallman

Tia Cole, The Cole Lab

Barbara Cordray, community volunteer

Dr. Linda Garcia, ACH Child and Family Service

Darien George, Mackenzie Eason

Julia W. Huseman, Securities & Exchange Commission

Walter Littlejohn, The Fort Worth Club

Varun Mallipaddi, Frost Bank

Rosalinda Martinez, Tarrant County College

John McKenzie, Raymond James

Carley Moore, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Karen S. Precella, Haynes & Boone, LLC

Michael H. Price, community volunteer

Mario Resa, Resa Group

Jacob D. Smith, Luther King Capital Management

Thomas Turner, community volunteer

Elena Yorio, community volunteer


William M. Booker, Delores Buckalew, Judith Carrier, Tim Carter, Will A. Courtney Sr., Elizabeth Doane, John Freese, Petra Grimes, Mike Haney, Doug Harman, Nancy Knight, Linda Scroggie, Ann Simms, and Priscilla Veeder.