Diamond Bar Friends of the Library


April 2, 2012

Anti-Bullying and Anti-Cyberbullying Programs at the Diamond Bar Library

This spring the Diamond Bar Library is very proud to be piloting an anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying program for teens and tweens. Though the issue of bullying has garnered much media attention lately, it continues to be a prevalent problem with one in two young people reporting digital aggression personally, and three in four saying it is a serious problem for people their age (AP-MTV, 2011). The Diamond Bar Library anti-bullying initiative will use library programs and materials to give teens information about bullying and cyberbullying that will help them recognize, report, and deal with in-person and online aggression, as well as help build a sense of confidence and competence when dealing with bullies. The program kicked off with two talks, one for teens and one for parents, by cyberbullying expert Dr. Elizabeth Brewer. Events will also include teen self-defense classes with instructors from Red Dragon Karate in Diamond Bar, art activities, musical activities, and book discussions, all of which are designed to give teens and tweens the knowledge and confidence they need to stand up for themselves or other victims of bullying. This program, which will continue through the end of May, might eventually serve as a model for similar programs at other County Libraries. We are proud that the Diamond Bar Library has taken a leadership role in this important and timely issue. This anti-bullying project is generously supported by the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library, as well as by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

New Library Building Update

Construction continues to be going well in the library space on the ground floor of the new combined City Hall and Library Building at 21810 Copley Drive. At this time, the drywall has been completed and walls are beginning to be painted. The ceiling, which will feature recessed, circular graphics with whimsical sky motifs in the Children's and Teen Areas of the library, is nearing completion. The art tile mural, originally installed in the current Diamond Bar Library in 1977 and removed earlier this year, is being painstakingly restored by an art conservator, and is scheduled for installation in the new Diamond Bar Friends of the Library Reading Garden later this month. Furniture and shelving have been ordered, with delivery expected in May. We look forward to seeing the Diamond Bar Library moved into its new, larger, beautiful space, with an opening expected sometime in late summer.


Students from the Walnut Unified School district won the three top spots in the recent Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library. Directer Sherm Griffone declared seventh-grader Justin Chuang, 12, of Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, as the first place winner. He spelled the final word of the bee "mordacious," defined as "biting or given to biting." Justin will travel to Washington, D.C. in a few months to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The second place winner was William Widjaja, a13-year-old eighth grader from Suzanne Middle School in Walnut. The third place winner was 10-year-old Jordin Wang, a fifth-grade student at Collegewood Elementary School in Walnut.

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. With the new library and bookstore opening soon, we are looking to build our team of volunteers to staff Basically BOOKS. 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 April 25 selection is The Women by TC.. Boyle. The May 22 book will be The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell. 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 include Aljibani Halal Market, Boca ni Taco, Chili's Grill and Bar, Chipotle, Claro's Italian Restaurant, D'Antonio's Ristorante, Diamond Bar Golf Course Catering, Diamond Palace, Graber Olive House, House of Bread, It's A Grind, Julie's Café, Kyala Sushi & Japanese Cuisine, Mandarin Taste Restaurant, Mother's Market & Kitchen, Round Table Pizza, The Meat House 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, Tuesday, April 24 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS The Women by T.C. Boyle
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