Diamond Bar Friends of the Library

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March 1, 2014

SAVE THE DATE FOR 21th Wine Soirée—April 27

"Friends of the Library and City of Diamond Bar: Growing Up Together"

Many exiting and desirable prizes are being donated for this year's Wine Soirée to benefit the Diamond Bar Library. One exciting prize in the live auction will be a two-night stay at Cass Vineyard in beautiful Paso Robles along with a day of tasting chauffeured in their 1947 Chrysler Windsor Limo with gourmet lunch and barrel tasting for four at CASS Winery. Chairs Nancy Lyons, Rick Rogers and Tony Torng announce that the annual Friends of the Diamond Bar Library Wine Soirée will be held at Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Diamond Bar Center We have much to celebrate in 2014 and our Soirée theme reflects that with "Friends of the Library and City of Diamond Bar: Growing Up Together." In 2014 Diamond Bar will celebrate the 21th anniversary of the Wine Soirée started in March 1994 and the 25th birthday of the City of Diamond Bar with incorporation in April 1989.

Come, bring your friends and neighbors, and join this festive and exciting afternoon with delicious food from local restaurants, great selection of wine to taste, music, and exciting book, silent and live auctions. Following is a partial list of restaurant food hosts who will be offering tastings of their delicious foods including Aljibani Halal Market, Buca di BEPPO Italian Restaurant, Chili's Grill and Bar, Claro's Italian Restaurant, Coco's Bakery, Diamond Bar Golf Course, Diamond Palace, Graber Olive House, Got Taco Party, It's A Grind, Julie's Café, Mandarin Taste Restaurant, Mother's Market & Kitchen, Round Table Pizza, and The Whole Enchilada. Please stop by their restaurants, enjoy their delicious food and thank them for their support of the Diamond Bar Library and literacy in our community.

With your help the Friends have given over $30,000 in 2013 for much-needed materials, programs, books, magazines, etc. that would not have been possible without the Wine Soirée and our non-profit bookstores, Basically BOOKS. With the support of the community through the Wine Soirée, the Friends in 2012 donated $80,000 to partner with the County of Los Angeles and the City of Diamond Bar to make our new library a wonderful addition to Diamond Bar. We could not do this without the help of the community. By participating in the 21th 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.

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.

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 Peggy Murphy 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).

All proceeds from both Basically BOOKS directly benefit the Diamond Bar Library. For more information, please call bookstore manager Peggy Murphy 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. Little Brother by Cory Doctrow will be discussed on Tuesday, March 25. For more information, please call Debbi Scurto or Nancy Holdstock 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. 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).

READ TOGETHER DIAMOND BAR RETURNS!

The winning book for Read Together Diamond Bar 2014 is True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman. In 1997 Mark Salzman, bestselling author of Iron & Silk and Lying Awake, paid a reluctant visit to a writing class at Los Angeles' Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for violent teenage offenders, many of them charged with murder. What he found so moved and astonished him that he began to teach there regularly. In voices of indelible emotional presence, the boys write about what led them to crime and about the lives that stretch ahead of them behind bars. We see them coming to terms with their crime-ridden pasts and searching for a reason to believe in their future selves. Many exciting events are being planned around this book throughout the City of Diamond Bar for Read Together Diamond Bar in October 2014.

Whether it is called a city-wide book club or a state-wide reading campaign, communities of all shapes and sizes are adopting the concept originated in 1998 by the Washington Center for the Book: people coming together through the reading and discussion of a common book. There are now statewide, citywide, countywide reading programs all over the world.

This will be a community-wide project open to individuals, companies and other organizations with many opportunities to participate. We encourage you to be part of this exciting community project. For more information on participation, please call 909 629-2711.

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-2014 Time Activity Location Remarks
Tuesday, March 25 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Tuesday, April 22 7 p.m. Book Discussion Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs To be determined
Sunday, April 27 4 p.m. 21th Annual Wine Soirée Diamond Bar Center A great time with all proceeds going directly to the Diamond Bar Library
October Read Together Diamond Bar Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Many exciting events planned around the book True Notebooks by Mark Salzman