Diamond Bar Friends of the Library


February 1, 2013

Vol winners FOL Jan 2013

(l to r) Los Angeles County Librarian Margaret Todd; Deputy Dickie Simmons representing Supervisor Don Knabe; Mayor Jack Tanaka; Friends' President Rosette Clippinger; Volunteers of the Year Madhu Papudesi, Tony Torng and Eileen Ansari; Councilmember Ron Everett; Community Library Manager Jesse Lanz.
Photo by Kathleen Newe

A Message from our new president, Ruth Low

Imagine working on a project for decades. Imagine a group of volunteers, strangers at first, but then connecting together by a common love of books, reading, and the library. There are fundraisers, community service and reaching out. Then, one year, the dream comes true!
Diamond Bar's new library was officially opened in July 2012.
What's next? Dream big, again.
The DBFOL want to reach out to the community and give back even more. We need to fill the shelves of our new library with books, media, and resource materials. We hope to inspire young people, we hope to take readers to distant lands, and we hope that learning never stops. We want our library to be a place where dreams are born and realized. We want our library to be a center of lifelong learning. We invite your participation.
Our 20th annual Wine Soiree is just around the corner. This is our only fundraiser for the year. Help us make this Soiree the BEST! With the proceeds from this event we fund the library's programs for the entire year. We buy books and periodicals for the library, and we also fund community activities that support literacy. We need your help to get it done.
In addition to supporting the Wine Soiree you can also help us by shopping at our bookstore, Basically BOOKS. Every dollar spent there goes to the library. We've opened up a new store right inside the new Diamond Bar Library. Your membership and participation with the Friends make a difference. Join our circle, have fun with us, do good and give back to our community.
Keep reading and dreaming¡K..
Ruth Low, President

20th Annual Wine Soirée COMING APRIL 21!

Where were you on Sunday, March 20, 1994? Were you at the first annual Wine Soirée to benefit the Diamond Bar Library? We would like to hear from you with any memories of the first or any of the early Wine Soirées by emailing us at BasicallyBooks@aol.com. Over the past nineteen years, the Wine Soirée has become ¡§the social event of the year in Diamond Bar¡¨ and has raised over $750,000 directly benefiting the Diamond Bar Library. Countless books and other materials have been purchased, many interesting and informative children, teen and adult programs have been sponsored. Larger purchases include the outdoor electronic sign, furniture for the library, self-checkout stations and the $80,000 donated last year to the new library construction
The Friends of Diamond Bar Library 20th Wine Soirée will be held at Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Diamond Bar Center. The co-chairs, Nancy Lyons, Rick Rogers and Tony Torng promise the Soirée will be a festive and enjoyable afternoon with all proceeds directly benefiting the Diamond Bar Library.
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. We could not do this without the help of the community.
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 past restaurant food hosts include Aljibani Halal Market, Boca ni Taco, Chili's Grill and Bar, Chipotle, Claro's Italian Restaurant, Diamond Bar Golf Course Catering, Diamond Palace, Graber Olive House,, Intiraymi Restaurant, It's A Grind, Julie's Café, Kyala Sushi & Japanese Cuisine, Mandarin Taste Restaurant, Mother's Market & Kitchen, Round Table Pizza, and The Whole Enchilada.
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. A unique souvenir wine glass and program are included with each ticket. Tickets and program information are available by calling 909 861-2002.

Welcome to the Friends' 2013/2014 Executive Board

At the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner a new Friends of the Diamond Bar Library Executive Board was installed for 2013/2014. Incoming president Ruth Low thanked outgoing president Rosette Clippinger and her board their outstanding two years of service to the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library. Rosette and her team did an exceptional job. The last year was very exciting with the opening of the new Diamond Bar Library and also the opening of the second location for our non-profit bookstore, Basically BOOKS, the only chain store in Diamond Bar!
The new board includes President Ruth Low; Vice Presidents Paula Block, Mary Hackett, Glendy Chiang, Rachel Kirk and Marsha Hawkins; Treasurer Ping Liu; Recording Secretary Chris Ko; Corresponding Secretary Bob Block. Also starting a new term are committee chairs: 2013 Wine Soirée Chairs Nancy Lyons, Rick Rogers and Tony Torng; Parlimentarian Roger Kirk; Publicity Kathleen Newe; Finance/Endowment Jim Hackett; Historian Camille Jones and School Liaison Kiran Kumar. Also joining the board for 2013 is Gordon Van De Water as Member at Large. Friends of the Diamond Bar Library board meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month at the Windmill Room at Diamond Bar City Hall at 8:30 a.m. These meetings are open to the public and there is a time for public comments. It is suggested that you confirm the date and time before attending by calling 909 861-2002.

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 Diamond Bar Library, 21800 Copley Drive (across from the AQMD Building).
The famous Basically BOOKS Saturday Sidewalk Sales will be held at the 23447 Golden Springs Drive store on February 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 23, both from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. You will find many interesting books at rock-bottom prices.
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 February 26 discussion will feature The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiana. For more information, please call Alice Moffitt at 909 396-9954 or email to BasicallyBOOKS@aol.com.

Resources for the Classroom Days at Basically BOOKS

The Friends of the Diamond Bar Library recognizes how important teachers are to fostering literacy in our community. We will be offering special times and events on the second Tuesday of each month at both Basically BOOKS locations for teachers to expand their classroom libraries. Books and education videos will be offered at special discounts for teachers at all levels. "Resources for the Classroom" Days will be held on Tuesday, February 12 and Tuesday, March 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. We invite all teachers to join us for these special teacher appreciation afternoons. Teachers can sign up at either Basically BOOKS location or email to Basically BOOKS@aol.com to receive more information.
Basically BOOKS non-profit bookstores are located at 23447 Golden Springs Road (near the intersection of Golden Springs and Diamond Bar Boulevard) and the new bookstore at the Diamond Bar Library, 21800 Copley Drive (across from the AQMD Building).


An overflow gathering of volunteers and others was at the Diamond Bar Golf Course on Friday evening, January 11, 2013. In addition to the dozens of volunteers, there were also a number of dignitaries who heaped accolades on those who give hundreds of hours of their time each year to service the two bookstores now in Diamond Bar. The receipts from these stores go to benefit the Diamond Bar Library.
Mary Hackett, the Bookstore manager, who keeps things humming at both locations, announced this year's Volunteer of the Year Lucille Daymon. Lucille not only volunteers at both locations, but is also the individual who maintains the ¡§Romance¡¨ section in the bookstores. Thanks to the residents of Diamond Bar, we never lack book donations with romance novels outnumbering the genres of mystery and science fiction. All volunteers were given handsome name badges.
Outgoing president of the Friends of the Library Rosette Clippinger welcomed her successor, Ruth Low. The honorees this year for the Jack and Kathleen Newe Volunteer of the Year award were Eileen Ansari and Tony Torng. The Jack and Eileen Tillery Business Volunteer of the Year was Madhu Papudesi of Round Table Pizza, a long-time supporter of the Friends. Many people, often behind the scenes, but important to the successful operation of the bookstores, were introduced. There are far too many to list here, but a few must be named for the time-consuming effort they so generously provide the Friends. In no special order these were Jesse Lanz (librarian),Eileen Tillery (provider of wine)Rae Duncan (now gone to Atlanta), Ils Boykin (deceased), Kathleen Newe (publicity), Sherm Griffone and Marcia Hawkins (Spelling Bee), and Jack Tanaka and Ron Everett, City Council members who are always supportive of the efforts of the Friends.

Winter Quarterly Mixer, January 17, 2013 Gordon J. Van De Water

Valley Vista Services hosted this meeting organized by the Regional Chamber of Commerce of the San Gabriel Valley. There was much cordiality and some networking activity going on during this evening event. For instance, I overheard one young man say that he would start work on a business plan for another fellow. A stunning selection of Mexican cuisine was provided by a local restaurant, and I heard only positive comments on its quality.

Many of us were treated to a short bus tour of the Valley Vista Services facility in the City of Industry. It is a seventeen acre site filled with activity well into the early morning hours, the shift ending at 2 A.M. We saw many garbage trucks that now run on cleaner fuel, and perhaps a hundred trucks waiting to head out to duty the following morning to pick up more waste in the areas served by Valley Vista Services. Of particular interest, was the grinding into pulp the thousands of Christmas trees recently gathered from surrounding communities.

A number of representatives from the Friends of the Library were in attendance. Kathleen Newe brought flyers advertising the 20th Annual Wine Soirée and Benefit Auction which will take place at the Diamond Bar Center on Sunday, April 21 from 4 ¡V 7 P.M. Of course the President of the Friends, Ruth Low, was there and also a past president Rick Rogers. Immediate past president Rosette Clippinger and husband Richard mingled with the crowd, and also there were Betts and Sherm Griffone, as well as Nancy Lyons, and Bob and Paula Block. Among those representing the Diamond Bar City Council were Mayor Jack Tanaka and his wife, and Council Member Ron Everett. Former mayor John Forbing was on hand also chatting with many. We all enjoyed the presence of some beautiful young ladies ¡V the queen and princesses of Diamond Bar. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet acquaintances, old and new.

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/
Basically BOOKS at The Village shopping center: 909 396-9954
Basically BOKS at the new Diamond Bar Library: 909 612-0276

Friends of the Diamond Bar Library Board meetings are usually held on the fourth Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the Windmill Room at the Diamond Bar Library. The public is invited to attend.

Date-2013 Time Activity Location Remarks
Saturday, February 16 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Blow-out Sidewalk Sale Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs More interesting books for sale at rock-bottom prices
Tuesday, February 26 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiana (Suggested by Alice Moffitt)
Saturday, March 16
(note date change)
Preliminary IVRSB Spelling Bee Contact Sherm Griffone at 909 627-3790 for more information.
Saturday, March 23 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Sidewalk Sale Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs More interesting books for sale at rock-bottom prices.
Saturday, March 23
(note date change)
1 p.m. Finals IVRSB Spelling Bee Mt. SAC Clarke Theater Open to the public. Call 909 627-3790 for more information.
Tuesday, March 26 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (Suggested by Jesse Lanz)
Sunday, April 21 4:00 p.m. 20th Annual Wine Soirée Diamond Bar Center The social event of the season with all proceeds benefiting Diamond Bar Library
Tuesday, April 30 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS The Lotus Eater by Tatjana Soli (Suggested by Rachel Kirk)