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Friends of the Belton Public Library
Belton, Texas

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Book & Author Luncheon
Silent Auction

Book & Author Luncheon

The 2021 Book and Author Luncheon was cancelled due to the current public health concerns. The good news is we will host the 2022 event on and will update this page as soon as the details are available.

The Friends' annual Book and Author Luncheon and Silent Auction began in 2005 and is a major literary event for the community. The Luncheon features three or four authors with local or Texas ties to give a short review of their books. The authors' books are also available for purchase at the Luncheon. The proceeds from the Luncheon ticket sales and the Silent Auction constitute the major source of funding for the Friends' activities in support of the library.

The Luncheon is held the fourth Saturday each February and ticket sales begin in late January. Then, you can print and mail an invitation and reservation form with the details of this year's Luncheon through the link on this page. If you would like to receive a mailed invitation, please contact Membership Coordinator and we will be happy to add you to our mailing list.

Tax deductible donation of items for the Silent Auction can be arranged by contacting the library or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator.


The 2020 Book and Author Luncheon was a big success with about 100 people attending. The Silent Auction raised over $1,600 for the Lena Armstrong Public Library. All the authors gave entertaining presentations about their work and their books. We were also pleased to have creative writing students and teachers from the Belton High School in attendance.

The 2020 authors and their books were:

Ann E. Smith
Ann E. Smith
Journey of the Pearl

Ann Smith was born and grew up in El Paso, Texas. She taught Earth Science in Baytown, TX, before moving to Yuma, AZ where she met her husband Ken in 1979. She taught for 23 years in Yuma, and retired from Kofa High School in 2001 to accept the grant writer's position for Yuma Union High School District. After moving to Placitas, New Mexico, in 2009 they moved to Temple in July, 2016. She has one daughter, who lives in Tacoma, WA.

Ann graduated from Baylor University in 1977 and earned a Master's Degree in Education for English as a Second Language from Northern Arizona University in 1997.

Ann has completed the 2nd book Quest of the Sapphire and is currently working on third book in the trilogy.

Sheri Wall
Sheri Wall
Maiden Mermaid - The Tale of Sirena

Sheri Wall is a lover of rhyme
who has lived in Texas for a really long time.
She would read to her sons and kids that she knew,
and they all enjoyed rhyming picture books too.
Then A Matter of Rhyme began as a dream
to help others learn with zippy rhyme schemes.
Sheri likes to stay active and be on the go,
either biking, or shopping, or seeing a show.
To find more lively books by this witty mom,
visit her website

Lynn Woolley
Lynn Woolley
Last Great Days of Radio

Lynn Woolley is a native Texan who was born and raised in Temple, Texas. At a very young age, he became intrigued with radio and made it a goal to pursue a career in broadcasting. His first job came at the age of 17, at KYLE-FM, a beautiful music station broadcasting from the top of the Kyle Hotel in downtown Temple. Since then, Lynn worked for some of Texas’ largest radio stations including WFAA and KRLD in Dallas – where he won a Dallas Press Club "Katie" Award for Best Documentary, and at KNOW and KVET in Austin where he anchored the morning news block. He hosted an eponymous current events talk show for more than two decades that was carried in Central Texas and West Texas. For 22 years, he was host of the Children's Miracle Network telethon, carried on KCEN-TV, supporting sick children at Scott & White. Lynn is an honor graduate of Temple (Junior) College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.