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Thursday, January 24 at 5:30 PM

Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center

30280 Cougar Bend

Bulverde, TX 78163


  • Business Meeting
  • Dinner (Lasagna, Salad, Dessert)
  • Presentation by Bev Lemes and Susan Herr on Library Expansion

During the business meeting, there will be a vote on the bylaws which have been updated for the name change and some other minor changes.  The proposed bylaws are posted here.  Changes are highlighted in red.

There will be an election of two (2) board members.  Below are their bios.

Deborah Halsted:  Deborah Halsted, MLS, MA, is a retired librarian. She spent most of her career at the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, where she worked closely with the Library's Friends of the Library on outreach projects targeted to the local community. The focus of this outreach was bringing health information to consumers, especially in the under-served Hispanic and Asian Communities at a level and in a language they could understand. She also worked with the Friends on planning semi-annual galas to raise funding for outreach programs and mass mailing to potential donors.  Deborah also spent three years at Houston Public Library as the Program Coordinator working with committees to plan activities for programs such as the Summer Reading Program, Asian, Hispanic and Black History months. She also worked with committees to plan programs associated with ALA sponsored exhibits including King Arthur and Frontiers.   Deborah was active in both the Medical Library Association and the Texas Library Association. For TLA she served on the Program Committee for the annual meeting and as a mentor for the TALL Texans Institute (four-day program mentoring up and coming Texas librarian leaders). 

Deborah and her husband relocated to the Canyon Lake area upon retirement, living on the north-side of the lake near 306 and 281. She would like to become active in the local community and the Library seems to be a perfect fit as a retired librarian.

Susanne Kratz: Suzanne and her husband Tim moved to Spring Branch from Universal City 17 years ago. She worked for USAA for 28 years before retiring last summer.  In her position as Director of Claims Litigation, she led a team of claims professionals and attorneys to resolve litigated claims. She's interested in serving on the FOL Board to be more involved as the role of the board evolves due to the growth of our community and the expansion of our library. She currently serves on the social and Architectural Review Committees for Lantana Ridge subdivision.   In August, she had the opportunity to travel to Paris and Normandy, France.  Now retired, she hopes to travel even more.  She also enjoyed visiting the wineries in Fredericksburg where she picked grapes for the first time during the harvest.  Tim and Suzanne were delighted to welcome their first grandchild, Kamilla, in 2018, who resides in Austin with their son, Brian and his wife, Holly. Their other son Daniel and wife Samantha live in Houston.


You must be a member to vote at the annual meeting.  If you have not already done so, please renew or join today.  The membership chair will have a table set up at the annual meeting and you can join at that time.  If you can’t remember if you paid for 2019, check with Gene Carnicom at or the Linda Quintero at

You may also pay with cash or check at the library or via credit card (fees apply) here.  Forms are at the circulation desk or on the website.


Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can plan dinner.  Send RSVPs to



A Friend of the Bulverde Area Rural Library District is a person who shares a common desire to perpetuate the growth and to promote the interest and the welfare of the Mammen Family Public Library as a cultural and educational asset to the area by supporting fund raising, activities and events sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 


Our Mission:

The purposes of this corporation are:

- to promote public use of the Mammen Family Public Library;

- to develop appreciation of its value as a cultural and educational asset to the community;

- to supplement library services and materials beyond the library’s normal operating budget,

- and to encourage the extension and improvement of its services.

The corporation also supplements the library’s mission to provide an environment that inspires a life-long love of learning with programs and activities that make available educational and cultural opportunities not normally accessible to members of the community.

Friends Board

Friends of the Library Board


Clare Helminiak--President
Kathy Balasko--Vice President
Sarah Sick and Anne-Marie Kimbell-- Secretary (Shared position)
Linda Quintero--Treasurer
Susan Shapiro-- Committee Chair

Friends Committee Chairs and Volunteers

Book Nook

- Karen Schmalz/Maria Kellar/Linda Quintero/Mary Pettit

Book and Author Luncheon

- Peggy Hamm/Karen Schmalz


Butterfly Garden

- Clare Helminiak/Gene Carnicom



- Debbie Neubauer


- Donna Harris


- Karen Schmalz



Great Decisions

- Debbie Soelberg



- Nancee Vincent


- Pat Haecker


- Gene Carnicom

Member Outreach

- Karen Walker

One Book/One Community

- Donna Harris


- Linda Quintero

Veterans Day

- Steve Stevenson