Diamond Bar Friends of the Library


February 2, 2012

Moving the Mural, Saturday, February 11, 2 PM

Since its current building opened in 1977, a tile mosaic mural has graced the entrance to the Diamond Bar Library. A project to remove, restore, and remount this historical mural in the Friends of the Library Reading Garden at the new Diamond Bar Library is already underway. On Saturday, February 11 at 2 PM meet conservator Amy Green, who will be restoring the mural while its space at the new library is made ready. Ms. Green will talk about what she does as an art conservator and share some other projects she has completed. Frank Matranga, the artist who created the mural, will join her as a special guest. Please join us for this special event and learn about this work of civic art that has been part of Diamond Bar for more than 35 years.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Pictured left to right: Councilmember Ron Everett, Rae Duncan, Opal McKinsey, Jerry Boykin, Ilse Boykin, Mayor Pro Tem Jack Tanaka, Rosette Clippinger

On January 22 the Friends celebrated our wonderful volunteers who make the Friends and Basically BOOKS such outstanding organizations. Basically BOOKS Manager Mary Hackett and Mayor Pro Tem Jack Tanaka announced the bookstore volunteer of the year as Opal McKinley. Opal is always there with a cheerful smile and a helpful nature to welcome people to Basically BOOKS.

President Rosette Clippinger announced the Jack and Eileen Tillery Business of the Year as Ilse and Jerry Boykin who have shared their financial and organization skills to the Friends for over 19 years in many different jobs. They are presently our treasurers and do an outstanding job. The award was presented by Eileen Tillery.
Rosette also announced the Jack and Kathleen Newe Volunteer of the Year as Rae Duncan, another long-time Friends member. Rae is an outstanding artist and has lent her talents to the Friends since for over 24 years. Kathleen Newe presented this annual award to Rae.

Library Manager Jesse Lanz and Mary Hackett presented each Basically BOOKS volunteer with a certificate and a new book added to the Diamond Bar Library collection with a bookplate in the volunteer's name. City and county officials also presented certificates of recognition to show the community's appreciation for the many hours the volunteers contributed.


Are you hungry and / or interested in helping the youth of the Inland Valley? Save the date and plan to dine at Applebee's Restaurant in San Dimas on Tuesday evening, February 28, 2012 between 5 and 9 pm. The Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee is holding a "Benefit Night at Applebee's" on that evening, and we really need your support. The IVRSB will receive 15% of your total bill as a donation from you and Applebee's when you present your server the coupon found below.

So what is the Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee or IVRSB? Each year the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library contracts with the Scripps National Spelling Bee to sponsor and stage a regional spelling bee for the Inland Valley Region. Basically, this is the East end of the San Gabriel Valley, and virtually all of the Pomona Valley. In this region, there are approximately 400 public, private, parochial, and other schools. These are the Intermediate, or Junior High schools, and the elementary schools; Eligible contestants are 14 years of age or younger, and in the 8th grade or below.

The IVRSB started in 2008, making 2012 our 5th annual Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee. It will
be held March 17th and 24th, on the Mt. SAC campus in Walnut. This year, there are 101 schools enrolled to participate in the IVRSB.

In order to stage this event, the IVRSB committee recruits schools, organizes and stages the regional contest (which is how we select the IVRSB spelling champion), then prepares that champion with an intense 2 month study and tutoring program, and finally sends (at the expense of the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library) the champion and a chaperone to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. The DBFOL pays for airfare, hotels, and per diem for both persons.


674 West Arrow Highway
San Dimas, California

You will need to present the coupon to your server when buying dinner, or drinks, or even Applebee's gift cards, to get your donation properly credited. Go to www.ivrsb.com where you can find the coupon, download and print it.

Basically BOOKS

Come and visit Basically BOOKS at 23447 Golden Springs Road (near the intersection of Golden Springs and Diamond Bar Boulevard) where you will find many featured sales throughout the month. Look for our special monthly sales where you will find even deeper discounts on many interesting books. Basically BOOKS is open six days a week. The expanded business hours are Monday 10 am to 5 pm; Tuesday 10 am to 7 pm; Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 5 pm; Friday 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. We are closed on Sunday.

All proceeds from Basically BOOKS directly benefit the Diamond Bar Library. During the past twelve years, Basically BOOKS has more often than not been the only bookstore in Diamond Bar and has served the community as a resource for school, work and pleasure reading at exceptionally low prices.

Donations and new volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please call bookstore manager Mary Hackett at 909 396-9954 or email to BasicallyBOOKS@aol.com.

Book discussions are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at Basically BOOKS. The February 29 selection is A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick The March 27 book will be The Immortal Life of Henrietta lacks by Rebecca Skloot. New members are always welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, please call Alice Moffitt at 909 396-9954 or email to BasicallyBOOKS @aol.com.

19th Annual Wine Soirée COMING IN APRIL!

The annual Friends of the Diamond Bar Library Wine Soirée will be held at Sunday, April 29, 2012 at the Diamond Bar Center. The Soirée is always a festive and enjoyable afternoon but this year will be even more exciting year as the new and improved Diamond Bar Library is scheduled to open soon after the Soirée and will also house Basically BOOKS. With the support of the community through the Wine Soirée, the Friends recently donated $80,000 to partner with the County of Los Angeles and the City of Diamond Bar to make this new library a wonderful addition to Diamond Bar. We could not do this without the help of the community. By participating in the 19th annual Wine Soirée, you have a great afternoon with old and new friends and know that all of the proceeds go directly to your local community library.

Come and join this festive and exciting afternoon with delicious food from local restaurants, great wine from the Jerry Mead New World International Wine Competition, music, and exciting book, silent and live auctions. Some of the great restaurant food hosts from past years include Aljibani Halal Market, Carbon Grill, Champs Elysees Bakery, Chili's Grill and Bar, Chipotle, Claro's Italian Restaurant, Diamond Bar Golf Course Catering, Diamond Palace, East 180, Graber Olive House, Happy Wok, It's A Grind, Mandarin Taste Restaurant, Round Table Pizza, and Slap Yo Daddy BBQ and The Whole Enchilada.

Due to budget cuts in libraries, the Friends have given over $50,000 in 2011 for much-needed materials, programs, books, magazines, etc. that would not have been possible without the Wine Soirée and our non-profit bookstore, Basically BOOKS.. Those attending this great event can feel good that all the fun they are having - the food and wines they taste, the auction items they win, the music they enjoy - all the proceeds from this will go to improve our quality of life and learning.

The annual Wine Soirée is an institution in Diamond Bar and is a great way to meet new and old friends and neighbors. Tickets are $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door. Advertisements are also available in our beautiful annual program. A unique souvenir wine glass and program are included with each ticket. Tickets and program information are available by calling 909 861-2002.

Date-2012 Time Activity Location Remarks
Saturday, February 11 2 p.m. Diamond Bar Library mural Diamond Bar Library Learn about the moving of this historic piece of civic art
Tuesday, February 29 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Monday, March 12 Rae Duncan's Wreath Exhibit opens Diamond Bar Library Exhibit runs to Saturday, March 31
Saturday, March 24 Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee Mt. San Antonio College
Tuesday, March 28 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS The Immortal Life of Henrietta lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Saturday, March 31 2-4 p.m. Rae Duncan's Wreath Making Demonstration Diamond Bar Library
Tuesday, April 24 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS The Women by T.C. Boyle
Tuesday, April 25 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS
Sunday, April 29 4-7 p.m. 19th Annual Wine Soirée Diamond Bar Center Another great event benefiting the Diamond Bar Library
Tuesday, May 22 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Tuesday, May 30 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS