Diamond Bar Friends of the Library


June 1, 2019

In Memorium

It is with great sadness that we note the recent passing of our friend Sherm Griffone. Sherm was a major presence in the Friends for many years. He (and his wife Betts) were active Board members, regularly volunteered at BasicallyBOOKS, and participated in every event the Friends organized. In many cases Sherm and Betts were the organizers, as well as the crew chiefs, the worker bees and the cleanup crew. In particular, Sherm was a mainstay of the Wine Soiree in its early years and was the sole Chairman of the 11th Soiree in 2004.

Sherm then conceived the idea of creating a local Spelling Bee, enlisted the Friends to provide support, and started what eventually became the Inland Valley Regional Spelling Bee. The IVRB operated for several years and provided thousands of local schoolchildren, representing schools from as far west as the 605 freeway and east to the 15, with the opportunity to compete in a professional, regional Spelling Bee. Each year the winner of the IVRB would proceed to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Throughout this period Sherm was the inspiration and guiding spirit for those many community volunteers who worked each year to make the IVRB a success.

In later years, despite declining health, Sherm was a regular attendee at various community charity events. He was a big man with a big heart, a ready laugh, and a lot of friends. Our sincere condolences to Betts and their family. He will be missed.

Our tradition is to dedicate a book to be entered in the Diamond Bar Library permanent collection in recognition of our members' passing. Because of Sherm's interest in history, we are choosing a non-fiction history book in his memory that will shortly be placed in the permanent collection.

LA County Library Celebrates Its Recent Win of the 2019 Library of the Year Award at All Its Locations on June 26

LA County Library Invites the Public to Join the Let's Celebrate! event at Local Libraries

WHAT: LA County Library has been named the Gale/Library Journal 2019 Library of the Year. To commemorate this significant achievement, the Library is inviting local community members to join the Let's Celebrate! event with special programs and refreshments at all its libraries on June 26, 2019. Time may vary for each library location.

Diamond Bar Library will offer game, art activities, photo booth, enjoy free refreshments*, and share with us the reason why you love your library. *Refreshments at Diamond Bar Library are sponsored by Diamond Bar Friends of the Library.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm WHERE: Diamond Bar Library: 21800 Copley Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765


LA County Library has been named 2019 Library of the Year by educational publishing company Gale and trade publication Library Journal. This prestigious award honors the library system nationwide that most profoundly demonstrates service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing community-specific programs, and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries.

To commemorate this significant achievement, LA County Library is inviting local community members to join a celebration at all its locations on June 26, 2019, with special programming and refreshments. Customers are encouraged to participate at their local community library.

This is the third honor LA County Library has received in the past 12 months from Library Journal following its awards for 2019 Librarian of the Year and the 2018 Marketer of the Year. LA County Library is the first organization ever to win both Library of the Year and Librarian of the Year in the same calendar year. These awards are in addition to other recent national recognitions, including being named a finalist for the Institute of Museum and Library Services 2019 National Medal. LA County Library strives to provide services for everyone within Los Angeles County and is honored to be recognized as Gale/Library Journal's 2019 Library of the Year.

About LA County Library

Founded in 1912, LA County Library is one of the largest and most innovative library systems in the US. It offers free public resources including books, music, multimedia materials, computer and internet access, and educational and recreational services to 3.4 million residents across 3,000 square miles through its 87 libraries and mobile fleet of 18 vehicles, including 3 Bookmobiles, 10 MākMō maker mobiles, and 5 Reading Machines. LA County Library is dedicated to reducing barriers and increasing access to and equity of public services for all. To learn more, visit LACountyLibrary.org and follow @LACountyLibrary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Pui-Ching Ho

Phone: 909.861.4978

Email: pcho@library.lacounty.go


Basically BOOKS, the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library's two non-profit bookstores, are friendly places serving the community as a resource for school, work and pleasure reading at exceptionally low prices.

Thanks to our generous donors, we have hundreds of high quality books and other media for sale. We have a large and interesting selection of foreign language books including Chinese and Korean. Stop by and check it out.

Besides our regular store hours we have monthly buck-a-bag sidewalk sales held on the third Saturday of each month. There are even more great bargains to be found at the monthly sales. Visit us on June 15, July 20 and August 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. are the upcoming sidewalk sales for the next few months.

Both Basically BOOKS locations are having a food drive to feed homeless people in our communities. You can bring your donations to either book store during our regular hours. Some needed items are cup of noodles, top ramen, pudding cups, fruit cups, tuna & crackers, granola bars, cereal bars, Jell-O cups and a can opener. Thank you in advance for any donations you can make.

Bookstore Manager Peggy Murphy is actively looking for new volunteers to staff both locations at 23447 Golden Springs Road (near the intersection of Golden Springs and Diamond Bar Boulevard) and the 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. Gift certificates are available and make great birthday or special occasion gifts.


Membership news

Welcome to our new Friends of the Library family: Phyllis Drakeford, Nancy Aguilera, and Karin Lunsford. Your membership supports our Diamond Bar Library. Many of the summer programs the community enjoys are due to your support through our membership. Consider becoming a lifetime member!

You can pick up membership envelopes at our Basically Books Bookstores, at the Diamond Bar Library or become a member through our website. Become a Friend! And stay a Friend of the Diamond Bar Library!

Visit our website www.dblibraryfriends.org

Thank you all for your continuing support.



There will be several exciting milestones coming this fall for the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library.

One Thursday, September 26 we will again host our annual Librarian Appreciation Luncheon. For many years we have invited our Diamond Bar librarians, the Walnut USD and Pomona USD principals and librarians to a catered lunch to meet each other and exchange ideas.

Read Together Diamond Bar, our month-long celebration of reading and community, will be a featured topic during the luncheon. Many interesting and fun activities for children, teens and adults are being planned by our librarians. Please continue to check the Diamond Bar Library website at LACountyLibrary.org for updates of activities that are being planned throughout October.

Our featured books this October will be Roy Choi's L.A. Son: My Life My City My Food for adults;A Step from Heaven by An Na for Teens and young adults, and Drawn Together by Minh Lê and Dan Santat for children. Copies are available at the Diamond Bar Library.

Our yearly student essay contest deadline is Saturday, October 5. All students age13-18 is encouraged to enter "How a Book Changed My Life" and compete for three $300 scholarships sponsored by Diamond Bar Friends of the Library.

Check out: https: 4la.com/1TMW88 for essay flyer/application.

Then, on Saturday, November 16 we are planning the 20th anniversary celebration for our non-profit book stores. Basically BOOKS was opened twenty years ago this November and we are inviting everyone in the community to celebrate with us.

As you can see, we have a lot going on and we want you and your family to be a part of it. Please continue to check this monthly e-newsletter or the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library website at www.dblibraryfriends.com as the planning continues.

Diamond Bar Friends of Library website: www.dblibraryfriends.com

Diamond Bar Library website: LACountyLibrary.org

Basically BOOKS
23447 Golden Springs Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Diamond Bar Library and Basically BOOKS
21800 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Diamond Bar Center
1600 Grand Avenue
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Date 2019 Time Activity Location Remarks
Saturday, June 15 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. June Sidewalk Sale Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Once-a-month opportunity to get great books and great bargains
Saturday, July 20 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. June Sidewalk Sale Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Once-a-month opportunity to get great books and great bargains
Saturday, August 24 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. August Sidewalk Sale Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Once-a-month opportunity to get great books and great bargains
Thursday, September 26   Annual Librarian Appreciation Luncheon    
Tuesday, October 1 All month Read Together Diamond Bar Read Together Diamond Bar is a month-long celebration of community and literacy. There are many exciting, educational and fun events planned. Check out LACountyLibrary.org for continuing updates.  
Saturday, October 5   How a Book Changed My Life Student Essay Contest deadline Diamond Bar Library  
Saturday, October 26 2:00 p.m. Closing event for RTDB 2019 Diamond Bar Library Winners will be announced during special event with An Na, author of A Step from Heaven
Saturday, November 16   Basically BOOKS 20thAnniversary Celebration Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Help us celebrate the 20thanniversary of our non-profit bookstore
Sunday, April 26 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 27th annual Wine Soirée Diamond Bar Center The best party in Diamond Bar!

The Diamond Bar Friends of the Library monthly board meeting is open to the public. The next meeting will be July 13, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. The meetings will be usually held on the second Saturday of the month.