Commemorative Brick Fundraiser Kicks Off

City Park with bench and commemorative engraved bricks
Example of Dorothy Fielder Park’s commemorative bricks. Donors may choose to have their bricks located here.

In celebration of Van Alstyne’s 150th birthday the Friends of the Van Alstyne Library proudly offers engraved commemorative bricks for placement in the future Eula Umphress and Robert Hynds Park (scheduled for spring of 2024) or in Dorothy Fielder Park.

Commemorative bricks are the perfect way to remember a loved one, provide a testimonial, or be a part of the City you call home.

Your tax-deductible purchase supports the Friends of the Library.

The donor may choose the park for brick installation. The initial campaign runs from October 12 2023 through January 31 .

8×4 Inch Brick – $100
8×8 Inch Brick – $250

Here is a flyer about the brick program (.PDF)

How to support the fundraiser:

Order your brick and pay online. (link opens in a new tab)


Complete the form and return it to the Library with your check. (.PDF form)

If you have any questions please reach out to Diane Windsor, President, at

Rendering of new park
Rendering of the future future Eula Umphress and Robert Hynds Park. Donors can also choose to locate their commemorative engraved bricks here


Promote your business and support the Library with the Van Alstyne Map Project

To participate in this special fundraising opportunity, orders must be submitted by October 15, 2023.

Placing an ad on the colorful Van Alstyne Map is a creative way of getting your business in front of new customers. New residents and visitors come to Van Alstyne every day – the map will show them exactly where your business is located. And, you’ll be helping support the Friends of the Van Alstyne Public Library. The map is available in both print and digital formats.
The revenue from ad fees will help support the Friends of the Van Alstyne Public Library.

For pricing, FAQs, contact information and to place your order online now, please visit (this link opens in new tab). The deadline is October 15!

Example of Illustrated Map

Example of Illustrated Map

January Friends Meeting Canceled

The weekly Friends meeting is being canceled due to inclement weather — our next meeting will just be our regularly scheduled February meeting on the 28th


Friends of the Van Alstyne Public Library meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm at the Library. You are welcome to join in our planning meetings at any time.

Friends of the Van Alstyne Public Library Logo


IN THE NEWS: KTEN News Boost Friends’ Summer 2021 Book Sale

Page of the KTEN website showing Friends of Library Headline

The Friends of the Van Alstyne Library thanks KTEN News for their story about our Book Sale in June 2021.

The story appeared on Sherman-Denison-Ardmore area newscasts and noted:

Right now, FOTL is selling donated books at the Van Alstyne Community Center. The organization has semi-annual fundraisers, and all proceeds go directly to the library.

“We try to provide money for the things the city budget doesn’t cover; one of the most popular is our kids program in the summer,” said FOTL member Kay Losh. “We’ve also helped to pay for some improvements to the library itself: New flooring, updates, painting, that kind of thing.”

The Friends appreciates KTEN’s help in spreading the word about our fundraiser.