Friends in Action

 

HOTP sign
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, 2016
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puppets
March, 2015: New puppets for Children's area stage
puppets

puppets


 

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

 


book stack
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)

 

lounge chairs
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.

4/14 - Eleven HOTP, so much good reading waiting for you!

4/14 - Volunteers sort book and media donations, fill empty Bookstore shelves, store surplus for June BIG Book Sale.

4/11 - Donations sorted. All new stock in: Religion, Jewish heritage, Large paperbacks, Sci-fi, Classics, and Romance in the Bookstore; remainder saved for next BIG Book Sale.

4/11 - Another HOTP to be enjoyed.

4/7 - New donations sorted, Bookstore restocked, excess boxed for BIG Book Sale in June.

4/6 - Five HOTP, even more good reading.

4/4 - Volunteers prepare for future sales, sort donations to restock Bookstore and store surplus for the next BIG Book Sale

4/3 - Three HOTP, good reading!

4/3 - Coloring for Adults helps us relax and unwind.

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.

3/31 - Book and media donations sorted, empty spaces in Bookstore filled, remainder stored for BIG Book Sale.

3/30 - Three more HOTP to add to your reading enjoyment.

3/28 - Thirteen HOTP!! Time to read and read and read.

3/28 - Donations used to refill Bookstore shelves, remainder stored for June BIG Book Sale.

3/24 - Volunteers sort new donations, fill empty spaces on Bookstore shelves, box surplus to store for next BIG Book Sale.

3/21 - New donations sorted, Bookstore restocked, much stored for next BIG Book Sale.

3/17 - Starting a new cycle, new donations sorted, Bookstore shelves replenished, extra stored for June's BIG Book Sale.

3/14 - Three HOTP to make the days more pleasant.

3/13 - Volunteers clean up after Big Book sale, start preparations for June's sale.

3/13 - Page Turners' Book club meets to discuss Etgar Keret's The Seven Good Years

3/11 - BIG Book Sale - Most stock is sold, many happy new owners.

3/10 - BIG Book Sale - Hundreds of books and media fly out the door.

3/9 - BIG Book Sale setup completed, ready for customers.

3/8 - Preparations for BIG Book Sale begin, room set up, some stock readied.

3/6 - Patrons release stress, enjoy Coloring for Adults.

3/3 - Volunteers sort new donations, restock Bookstore, save extras for upcoming BIG Book Sale.

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.

2/28 - Book and media donations sorted, Bookstore shelves refilled including all new Music and Art, and Travel. Remainder stored for March 10-11 BIG Book Sale.

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

2 tables
         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.


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Donations
Book and media donations, ready to be sorted (7/19/2016)


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.

April, 2016

Volunteering more than 370 hours this month, we sorted much-appreciated donations, kept the Bookstore refreshed and staffed, stored thousands of books and media items for the June 10-11 BIG Book Sale, and kept this website updated. Adults enjoyed "Coloring for Adults" a special film for Women's Heritage Month, an Arnie Weiss program, and a Persian film. Page Turners' Book Club had a lively discussion. HOTP books were added to the collection. We also provided funds for various library supplies.

March, 2016

It was a busy month for the Friends with members volunteering more than 614 hours. For adults there were continuing programs such as Feel Good Yoga and Coloring for Adults along with two special films for Women's Heritage Month. Teens enjoyed an Anime program. Volunteers sorted donations twice weekly to restock the Bookstore and prepare for this month's very successful BIG Book Sale. The Bookstore was open daily, staffed by the Friends, many of whom also helped setup, staff, and clean up after the BIG Book Sale. HOTP books continued to be added to the collection. Page Turner's book club met for their monthly discussion and the Board met to review and plan. The Friends continued to provide funds for various library supplies.

February, 2016

Programs for adults such as Feel Good Yoga and HOTP continued. Books, DVDs, and general supplies for the library were purchased. Volunteers sorted donations, restocked the Bookstore, and saved the surplus for future BIG Book Sales. Page Turners' Book Club met for a lively discussion. Activity records were updated, most members have renewed their membership for the year. Volunteers spent over 340 hours in support of the Library.

January, 2016

The new year continued our work funding special programs such as Feel Good Yoga and HOTP. Donations were sorted, used to constantly refresh the Bookstore, and the excess saved for future BIG Book Sales. The Board met to review and plan, records were updated. Membership renewal forms were mailed and many already returned. Volunteers spent over 230 hours in support of the Library.

December, 2015

The BIG Book Sale was successful: There were many happy readers/viewers/listeners and funds were raised to support library operations and programs. New donations were sorted, the Bookstore refreshed and the surplus stored for the March BIG Book Sale. The Friends provided some special treats for library staff and decorations for the season. Page Turners' Book Club members enjoyed a lively discussion. The Friends-sponsored HOTP books continued to fly off the shelves and children enjoyed a magic show and a seasonal program. Volunteers spent over 630 hours in these support activities.

November, 2015

The Annual Membership Meeting reviewed activities for the year, made future plans, and chose new Board members. Volunteers sorted book and media donations to continually refresh the Used Bookstore and to store for the next BIG Book Sale. A very successful special Cook Book Sale was held. Page Turners' Book Club members enjoyed a lively discussion. The Friends-sponsored HOTP books continued and children enjoyed a Native American program. Volunteers spent over 370 hours in support activities.

 

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


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