Diamond Bar Friends of the Library


August 31, 2012

Ribbon Cutting

Diamond Bar City Council and Friends of the Diamond Bar Library presidents join Supervisor Don Knabe, County Librarian Margaret Todd and Congressman Ed Royce at the Grand Opening Gala for the new Diamond Bar Library, July 28, 2012.
Photo by Rae Duncan


Numerous dignitaries, members of the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library, and Diamond Bar residents all celebrated the grand opening of the new Diamond Bar Library at a festive Gala celebration on Saturday evening, July 28, 2012. This wonderful event also marked the unveiling of the Diamond Bar Library Endowment Fund which received enthusiastic support from all the guests.

In the words of Mayor Ling Ling Chang, the Gala was "all about the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library, their hard work and dedication, and the reality of the opening of the new library." Indeed, the Friends of the Library worked for over 20 years, raising money, support, and awareness of Diamond Bar's library. The Friends supported the library by providing for improvements, by funding programs, and by purchasing materials over the years. Their most recent support of the library was a gift of $80,000 for essential construction of the new library.

The celebratory evening began with guests enjoying champagne and hor d'ouevres. The Friends then thanked and acknowledged Honorary Co-Chair Supervisor Don Knabe, Honorary Co-Chair County Librarian Margaret Todd, Diamond Bar's Mayor Chang, Mayor Pro Tem Tanaka, and City Council member Carol Herrera, Diamond Bar's City Manager Jim DeStefano and Assistant City Manager David Doyle for their vision, leadership, and efforts in making the new library a reality. The Friends also remembered and raised a glass to passed-away members who loved and supported the library. The highlight of the evening was when long-time member Larry Smith explained the creation of the Diamond Bar Library Endowment Fund, and how it would provide a stable reliable source of funding for the library. "Now that we have a new library, let's insure that library will always be supported so that it can be the best that it can be" said Smith. This was followed by a ribbon cutting that led way to the new library where Diamond Bar High School's musicians played, wine was poured, and a delicious dinner provided by Catering by Greg was enjoyed by all. This event was an once-in-a-lifetime experience as food is generally not permitted inside the library. Everyone was in a celebratory mood as they toured the new library, admired the festive decorations, and the new Basically BOOKS bookstore. The Gala truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and a wonderful way to celebrate Diamond Bar's new library!

You are invited to Tech Trek Presentation, Wednesday, September 26

The Friends of the Diamond Bar Library and the Diamond Bar American Association of University Women invite you to a special Tech Trek presentation at the Windmill Room at the Diamond Bar Library. On Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. AAUW will recognize the three Diamond Bar middle school students who they selected to attend Tech Trek Science & Math Camp this summer at UC Irvine. The three winners are Leslie Sim from South Pointe Middle School who enjoys fencing and swimming; Grace Valencia from Lorbeer Middle School who volunteers with Autism Youth Sports League and enjoys art; and Valery Paredones from Chaparral Middle School who enjoys soccer, gymnastics and reading. They will share their experiences attending this interesting and educational summer camp. Refreshments will be served.

AAUW sponsors this competition each year where they select local students to get a preview of college life while learning that math and science can be fun. Tech Trek is a summer program for girls entering eighth grade. The girls live in the dorms at the UC Irvine campus for a fun-filled week. The winners attend classes taught by credentialed teachers featuring hand-on experiments and field trips. Women who are professionals in the fields of math, science, and technology are guest presenters. AAUW volunteers serve as camp directors, health aides and chaperones. Teachers nominate students to attend Tech Trek. The local Diamond Bar/Walnut Branch provides the funding for the students and makes the final selection of "campers" after the nominees submit an essay and undergo an interview.

The American Association of University Women is a national organization that supports equity for women and girls and encourages lifelong education. For information about the Diamond Bar/Walnut branch call 861-4822 or 860-7870. The Friends of the Diamond Bar Library is dedicated to literacy and education in our local area. For more information on the Friends call 909 525-8828.

The new Diamond Bar Library is located at 21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, California 91765. The telephone number at the library is 909 861-4978.

Looking for Volunteers at Basically BOOKS

Are you looking for a great volunteer experience in Diamond Bar? Basically BOOKS, the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library non-profit bookstore, is a friendly place serving the community as a resource for school, work and pleasure reading at exceptionally low prices. There are many special sales throughout the month so stop by both of our beautiful locations. Bookstore Manager Mary Hackett is actively looking for new volunteers to staff the present location at 23447 Golden Springs Road (near the intersection of Golden Springs and Diamond Bar Boulevard) and the new bookstore at the new Diamond Bar Library, 21800 Copley Drive (across from the AQMD Building).

All proceeds from both Basically BOOKS directly benefit the Diamond Bar Library. For more information, please call bookstore manager Mary Hackett at 909 396-9954 or email to BasicallyBOOKS@aol.com.

Book discussions are held on the last Tuesday of each month at Basically BOOKS at 23447 Golden Springs Drive. The next meeting will be September 25 at 7 p.m. 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.

For more information on Diamond Bar Library programs use the link: http://www.colapublib.org/libs/diamondbar/
For more information on Friends of Diamond Bar Library use the link: www.dblibraryfriends.org/

Date-2012 Time Activity Location Remarks
Tuesday, September 25 7 p.m. Book discussion Basically BOOKS 23447 Golden Springs Drive
Wednesday, September 26 7 p.m. Tech Trek Presentation 21800 Copley Drive Diamond Bar Co-sponsored by Friends of DB Library and Diamond Bar AAUW Windmill Room
October Read Together Diamond Bar The featured book is Zorro by Isabel Allende
Date-2013 Time Activity Location Remarks
Saturday, March 9 Preliminary IVRSB Spelling Bee Contact Sherm Griffone at 909 627-3790 for more information
Saturday, March 16 Finals IVRSB Spelling Bee