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Friends in Action

 

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Friends donations provide half of the 25 Hot-Off-The-Press books each month; they stay on these shelves 6 - 9 months - - when not in reader's hands.

 

Bookbinding
Bookbinding Workshop, July, 2017
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March, 2015: New puppets for Children's area stage
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Certificate
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Sept 19, 2014: Sorters were joined by Rosalba Gonzalez, Field Representative for State Senator Fran Pavley. Ms Gonzalez presented the Friends of the Library with the Senator's Volunteer of the Month Certificate

 


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Librarians added over 300 new books with funds from the Friends
(March, 2014)

 

ceiling projector
Friends donated a ceiling projector for movies and presentations in the meeting room (June, 2013)

 

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Chairs for comfortable reading donated by the Friends (May, 2013)

 

"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment. The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state. The great artist is thus a solitary figure. He has, as Frost said, a lover's quarrel with the world. "
         - - John F. Kennedy

 

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Continued from Home page: A summary of volunteer activities of Friends of the Library and programs funded by the Friends.


5/11 - Bookstore shelves now full with new donations, most saved for BIG Book Sale.

5/9 - Three HOTP;  More good choices for you.

5/9 - Yoga for Well Being: breathe, stretch, relax.

5/8 - Many relax with Coloring for Adults.

5/8 - Volunteers sort new donations, refill Bookstore shelves, save most for June BIG Book Sale.

5/4 - Book and media donations sorted, Bookstore restocked including all new Non-fiction; remainder stored for next BIG Book Sale.

5//2 - Four HOTP;   fun, interesting, controversial ideas

5/2 - Yoga for Well Being: breathe, stretch, relax.

5/1 - Volunteers sorted donations, restocked Bookstore shelves, including all new Coffee Table books, Children's videos, and new arrivals. Saved most for next BIG Book Sale.

March, 2018

The Friends continued usual activities: staffing the bookstore, sorting donations to refill bookstore shelves or store for future sales, updating this website, and gathering for the monthly Open Board Meeting. We also sponsored Hot Off the Press Books, Yoga classes, and Coloring for Adults. The yearly Volunteer Brunch was held in appreciation of those who volunteered in 2017. Volunteers gave over 415 hours in April.

4//27 - Two HOTP to keep us busy.

4/27 - Book and media donations sorted, shelves refilled in Bookstore, remainer stored for BIG Book Sale.

4/25 - Yoga for Well Being: breathe, stretch, relax.

4/24 - Beautiful donations sorted, Bookstore stock updated, most stored for next BIG Book Sale.

4/21 - Two HOTP, more coming soon.

4/20 - Volunteers sort new book and media donations, restock Bookstore and store extras for June BIG Book Sale.

4/18 - Two HOTP, popular authors.

4/18 - Board Meets to discuss added shelving and other plans; West Vallley Regional Manager explains some LAPL procedures.

4/18 - Yoga for Well Being: breathe, stretch, relax.

4/17 - We honor our 2017 Voluteers with a special Brunch. Photos

4/16 - Three more HOTP, always something new to read.

4/13 - Three HOTP, interesting reading.

4/13 - Donations sorted, empty spaces in Bookstore filled, with all new Humor and Short Stories; most saved for next BIG Book Sale.

4/11 - Yoga for Well Being: breathe, stretch, relax.

4/11 - Two HOTP, always more to read

4/10 - Volunteers organize new book and media donations. Bookstore shelves refilled including all new Cookbooks, Religion, and Biography; most stored for next BIG Book Sale.

4/9 - More good reading, four HOTP.

4/6 - New donations sorted. All new Romance, Classics and Jewish Heritage in Bookstore; surplus saved for BIG Book Sale.

4/4 - Yoga for Well Being: breathe, stretch, relax.

4/4 - Another HOTP, another good book.

4/3 - Book and media donations sorted. Most saved for June BIG Book Sale. Bookstore has all new DVD's, more audio books, new coffee table books, and new YA and chapter books.

4/2 - Coloring for adults: relax and de-stress.

4/2 - Two HOTP to start the week.

March, 2018

Our BIG Book Sale was a success - many have have new book and media items to enjoy, money raiseo supports library programs and other needs. Patrons enjoyed Black Comedies by the Masters, Coloring for Adults, Yoga, and a Frida Kahlo - Tree of Hope program. Page Turners' Book Club reorganization continues. New HOTP books were welcomed and are checked out rapidly. Volunteers continue to staff the Bookstore daily and sort new donations twice weekly giving over 840 hours in March, including 286 hours for the BIG Book Sale.

February, 2018

February programs included a Valentine Love Song concert, Coloring for Adults, Yoga for Well Being and children enjoyed an African Stories program. Our book club, Page Turners, is working to attract new members. The HOTP program continues to provide popular books for our branch. The Boookstore was open daily; book and media donations were sorted tgwice weekly, used to restock the Bookstore or saved for the March BIG Book Sale. Volunteers gave over 370 hours in February.

January, 2018

Continuing programs included Coloring for Adults, HOT Off The Press Books, and Page Turners' Book Club. The Bookstore was open daily, staffed by voluneers. Volunteers met twice weekly to sort new donations, restock the Bookstore, and box extras to store for the March BIG Book Sale. The Board met with our new President to add new committee chairs and plan for the new year. Volunteers gave 499 hours this month.

December, 2017

Our BIG Book Sale was a success with thousands of items finding new homes. Volunteers set up the books and media, staffed the sale, and cleaned up afterwards. The Bookstore was open daily, HOTP books continued to arrive and fly off the shelf. Patrons enjoyed Coloring for Adults and Page Turners' Book Club members met to discuss the current book and plan for the new year. Beautiful book and media donations from the community continued to come in, get sorted, and either fill Bookstore shelves or be stored for the March BIG Book Sale. Volunteers gave 625 hours this month.

November, 2017

Volunteers staffed the Bookstore daily and sorted donations twice weeky. Dontions were used to restock the bookstore and were stored for the December BIG Book Sale. Yoga for Well Being met weekly and Coloring for Adults and Page Turner's Book club each met early in the month. Friends sponsored a Lunch to appreciate volunteers and Library staff . A Theramin music program was presented. The Annual General Membership Meeting included elections of new Board members and presentation of the Friend of the Year Award as well as regular business. Hot-Off-The-Press books continued to provide current popular books for patrons. Volunteers gave over 360 hours this month.

October, 2017

Continuing activities inlclude: staffing the Bookstore daily, sorting donations to refill Bookstore shelves or store for December BIG Book Sale twice weekly, a weekly Yoga for Well Being class, and a monthly Coloring for Adults program. Teens enjoyed an Azetec stories program. The Board met to review previous activities and plan for the future. Hot-Off-The-Press books continued to arrive and fly off the shelf. Volunteers gave over 460 hours this month.

September, 2017

The BIG Book Sale was a success, tables and carts emptied as books and media went to new owners. HOTP books continued to arrive and Page Turners' book club met. Many enjoyed the weekly Yoga for Well Being classes and the monthly Coloring for Adults. The Book Store was open daily and sorters managed donations twice weekly as they came in. Volunteers gave over 620 hours this month.

August, 2017

Many, many beautiful donations were sorted. Most were boxed and stored to make next month's BIG Book Sale a success and the rest used as they came in to keep the Bookstore shelves refreshed. The Board met to review and plan -- to discuss how we could help meet Library needs. HOTP books continued. This month's programs included Page Turners' book club, Coloring for Adults, and Yoga for Wellness. Volunteers gave about 535 hours this month.

July, 2017

Programs for adults this month included a Bookbinding workshop, Yoga, and Coloring for Adults. Teens enjoyed a Summer Reading Club Calligraphy program. Page Turners book club met and many HOTP books were added to the collection. Volunteers sorted new donations twice weekly, replenishing Bookstore shelves and storing extras for the September BIG Book Sale. The Bookstore was open daily, staffed by helpful volunteers. In all, volunteers donated over 515 hours this month.

June 2017

Our BIG Book Sale was a success. Volunteers set up for the sale, worked during the sale, and cleaned up afterward -- a major effort by all. The Friends continued HOTP, Coloring for Adults, and Page Turners' Book Club. The Used Bookstore, staffed with volunteers, was open daily. The Board met for review and planning. The Firends sponsored a LGBTQ Heritage Month film, and a Martial Arts presentation and Anime program for teens. We sorted book and media donations twice-weekly, restocking Bookstore shelves and storing extras for the June or September BIG Book Sales. Our volunteers gave over 550 hours in June.

May, 2017

The May Newsletter was distributed and enjoyed by members. Continuing programs included HOTP and Coloring for Adults. Page Turners' Book Club met for an interesting discussion. The Bookstore was open daily, staffed by helpful volunteers. We sorted book and media donations twice-weekly, restocking Bookstore shelves and storing the surplus for the BIG Book Sale. Our volunteers gave about 430 hours in May.

April, 2017

Volunteers kept the Bookstore open daily and sorted book and media donations twice-weekly, restocking Bookstore shelves and storing the surplus for the June BIG Book Sale. Patrons enjoyed HOTP books and relaxed with Coloring For Adults. The Board met to review procedures and activities, and plan for the future. The two book clubs met to enjoy discussing this month's selections. A breakfast honored our Volunteers who gave over 370 hours in April.



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Book and media donations, ready to be sorted (7/7/2017)

March, 2017

Many, many volunteers worked making the BIG Book Sale successful. Then it was back to twice-weekly sorting much-appreciated donations to keep the Bookstore shelves full and store extras for the June BIG Book Sale. Patrons enjoyed HOTP books and relaxed with Coloring For Adults. The two book clubs met and enjoyed discussing this month's selections. Volunteers gave over 580 hours in March.

February, 2017

Book and media donations were sorted, placed on Bookstore shelves, or stored for March BIG Book Sale. Bookstore stock was totally replaced, section by section, and volunteers enjoyed some good sales. Book clubs - Cover-to-Cover and Page Turners - met to discuss their current reading and choose future books. Patrons relaxed with Coloring for Adults. The Board met to review past activities and make plans for the future. HOTP selections continued to arrive. Volunteers gave over 375 hours this month.

January, 2017

Beautiful book and media donations continued to come in, be sorted and used to restock Bookstore or saved for the March BIG Book Sale. The Bookstore was staffed during library hours and sold over 1500 items. Cover-to-Cover and Page Turners' book clubs met for literary discussions and planning future readings. The Board heard reports from officers and our Librarian, and discussed future ativities. HOTP selections continued to arrive, and a special Shakespeare coloring program for adults was held. Volunteers gave over 425 hours this month.

December, 2016

Page Turners and Cover-2-Cover book clubs met. We sorted book and media donations, set up for, staffed and cleaned up after the BIG Book Sale, and staffed and restocked the Bookstore regularly. Continuing regular programs, HOTP books were added and Coloring for Adults met. Children enjoyed a Holidays Around the World program and teens gathered for an anime drawing program. Library supplies were provided as requested. Volunteers gave 570 hours this month.

November, 2016

Volunteering almost 400 hours this month, we sorted book and media donations; the Bookstore was staffed and restocked regularly. Many of the donations were stored for the next Book Sale. Continuing regular programs, HOTP books were added, book clubs, and Coloring for Adults met. The Persian movie program continued. Kids enjoyed creating Dream Catchers for Native American Month.

October, 2016

Regular programs continued: HOTP books were added, the Bookstore was staffed, Coloring for Adults relieved stress, new book and media donations were sorted and used to restock Bookstore or stored for December's BIG Book Sale, and Cover-2-Cover book club met. A special brunch to honor library staff and volunteers was held. The Annual Membership meeting reviewed the past year, made plans for the future, and introduced the "Friends of the Year" for 2016. There was a program to introduce Lynda.com, a free resource from LAPL. Volunteers gave 540 hours in October.

September, 2016

Volunteers gave more than 720 hours this month: Sorting, shelving, and storing book and media donations; updating records and this website; setting up, staffing, and cleaning up after the BIG Book Sale; and attending the Board meeting and book club meetings. HOTP books continued, and a September Update Newsletter was sent.

August, 2016

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         2 new tables replace broken ones

Much-appreciated donations - books and media - were sorted, readied for sale, or stored for the Septmeber 9-10 BIG Book sale. Teens enjoyed spray tattoos and t-shirt supplies. Children had a music program with Stephanie Park. Summer Reading Club programs ended with a concert for all.The Used Bookstore was staffed and restocked regularly. Funding continued for HOTP and Feel Good Yoga; two new tables were provided for the Meeting Room. The Friends' Page Turners book club met for a lively discussion and formed a second book club -- Cover-2-Cover. The August Newsletter was sent, and this website was updated often. Volunteers gave over 450 hours this month.

July, 2016

We continued to restock (twice weekly) and staff (daily) the Used Bookstore. Book and media donations were sorted, readied for sale or stored for the next BIG Book sale. Summer Reading Club programs sponsored included "The Great Race Reader" for children and a Book Art / Bookbinding program for adults. Funding continued for HOTP and Feel Good Yoga. The Friends' book club discussed Christina Stead's The Man Who Loved Children, the Board met to review and plan, and this website was updated often. Volunteers gave over 550 hours this month.


June, 2016

June's very successful BIG Booksale and the Bookstore sales continued to generate funds for library needs. Continuing programs include: Hot Off The Press, Yoga, and Coloring for Adults. Teens enjoyed a Bibimbap food program, and a henna program; Adults, a LGBTQIA program; and children - a Mad Science: Fire & Ice program.
Volunteers gave over 675 hours, staffing the Bookstore, setting up, staffing and cleaning up after the BIG Book Sale, planning for the future, and maintaining this website.

May, 2016

Volunteering 510 hours, we kept the Bookstore open and sorted much-appreciated donations of books and media, restocking the bookstore and storing the surplus for the next BIG Book Sale. We provided special programs such as Coloring for Adults and Hula 'Ohana celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. HOTP books were added to the collection. Teen and children's programs received support as needed. Supplies and furniture such as bookends and meeting room tables were provided. The Board met to plan and review past actions and the website was updated regularly.

 

.....Summary of previous activities on our Supporting the Library page
and the Years in Review page


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