Who We Are

Mission

The mission of the Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library is to:

  • Promote the library’s value to our community
  • To encourage its use
  • Support the library by contributing much-needed funds toward a variety of programs

History

In 1983, a group of volunteers banded together with the mission to raise funds for a free-standing library. This was to become the Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library, which is still going strong 36 years later.

At this time the library served double-duty as the high school and community library. Members of the group were determined to have a dedicated, independent library in Dripping Springs. In June 1998, their hard work paid off and the library opened in its current location.

That same year the Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library, Inc. incorporated as a 501( c ) ( 3) nonprofit charitable organization. Its mission: to promote the library’s value, encourage its use and help sustain its vibrant role in the community.

Today, in response to the dynamic growth of the City of Dripping Springs and the surrounding area, our group of members continues to expand. We raise money and volunteer for the library, supporting its varied events and projects.

Board

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Martha Brown

President, first term expires 2022

Martha is a long-time resident of the area and has worked at Premier Family Physicians for much of that time. She served on the Dripping Springs Planning Commission and brings a solid understanding of the community’s history and people to the Board.

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Cindy Heath

Vice President, first term expires 2022

Cindy likes to say she grew up in the library. She has been the owner of three used bookstores and believes in the power of reading to change lives. With many years of experience as a business owner, she brings marketing knowledge to our outreach efforts.

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Bill O’Donnell

Treasurer, first term expires 2021

Bill is a retired electrical engineer and has an MBA and degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. He has been directly responsible for budgetary management of $10 million projects. With his extensive business background, he helps us stay focused.

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Alyssa Weinstein

Secretary, second term expires 2022

Alyssa is a graduate of Dripping Springs High School and is now attending the University of Texas at Austin as a journalism major. She works as a reporter for the Dripping Springs Century News and has worked at media outlets including The Daily Texan, Austin Monthly and KXAN News.

 
 
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Peter Durkin

Board Member at Large

Peter brings a new presence and fresh ideas to the mix. His long career in the nonprofit field provides insight and stability. He heads our Nominations Committee, so if you or someone you can recommend is interested in volunteering, he’s your man.

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Teresa Carbajal Ravet

Board Member at Large

Teresa’s background and interests are in multi-lingual communication and cultural diversity. She possesses remarkable social media technical skills which have propelled the Friends headlong into new areas of engagement.

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Marcia Atilano

Board Member at Large

Marcia is integral to the close working relationship between the Friends and the library. Her insights assure the Friends’ resources effectively boost the library’s varied programs. She is a valuable asset and a welcome participant in our discussions.

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Jane Robinson

Board Member at Large, term expires March 2021

Jane arrived in central Texas over thirty years ago. With a graduate degree in library science, she inspired children as a preschool librarian and is a valued addition to the board. She and her husband, John, also volunteer with the Helping Hands Food Pantry here in Dripping Springs.

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Maria Kohout

Board Member at Large, first term expires 2023

Maria moved to Dripping Springs from Arizona, where she volunteered at the Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek for ten years. Of course, she loves to read, as well as cook. She and her husband enjoy visiting the Hill Country Wineries, walking, and hiking in Texas State Parks.

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John Hoag

Past President

John is a retired CPA. His interests include jazz piano, photography, native plants, and writing poetry. He became involved with the Friends in early 2011 as newsletter editor, thinking this would allow him to sneak in an occasional poem. Little did he know…

Become a Friend of the Dripping Springs Community Library

Together we help create a stronger library for all to enjoy and benefit from. Becoming a Friend means you share a passion for our library and its programs.