Diamond Bar Friends of the Library


November 1, 2019

YOU ARE INVITED TO A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY Saturday, November 16, 11 am to 2 pm Basically BOOKS is 20 years old!
Saturday, November 16, 11 am to 2 pm
Basically BOOKS is 20 years old!
Please join us for refreshments, cake, face painting and more!

Basically BOOKS, our non-profit bookstores in Diamond Bar, is celebrating our 20th anniversary serving the people of Diamond Bar and the surrounding areas. Come and celebrate with us with complementary refreshments, cake, face painting and more. Join the fun on Saturday, November 16 from 11 am to 2 pm at Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Drive, 23447 Golden Springs Drive. Please see flyer attached.

The Friends of the Library opened our first book store in November 1999 - just in time for the millennium celebration of Y2K. Maya Lalvani, Jane Morf and Kathleen Newe attended a Friends' Exchange earlier in 1999 and heard a presentation of Friends’ non-profit book stores. Right then they decided to make it happen along with the help of all the Friends of the Library. Maya Lalvani was our Friends' President and she searched for a location, contacting our Diamond Bar City Councilmember Wen Chang. Wen was instrumental in securing our first store where we stayed until December 2006.

Basically BOOKS was successful from the beginning, quickly attracting both volunteers and customers. Jan Morf volunteered as our first store manager, setting up procedures that we still use today. Along with many eager volunteers, Jane and her husband, Woody, made an empty space into an inviting and welcoming haven for book lovers. Jane and Woody moved away and turned the store over to Nancy Holdstock - another great manager who managed the store until September 2005.

Then we were very fortunate to find Mary Hackett who was our manager until December 2013. Mary had the distinction of opening the Diamond Bar Library location so she managed both stores - making Basically BOOKS the only chain store in Diamond Bar!

Mary and her husband Jim, moved away in December 2013 (why do the good ones move away?)--, again, we were blessed to find Peggy Murphy who manages our book store into the future. Peggy manages over 50 volunteers in two stores, keeping the stores open approximately 80 hours a week - a herculean volunteer job!

We have been in four locations over 20 years with wonderful managers and volunteers who cheerfully staff our store, offering a happy community place in town. Basically BOOKS raises a huge amount of money with all proceeds going directly to the Diamond Bar Library collections and programs. It is also appositive community resource for so many as a warm gathering place. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has made Basically BOOKS such a resounding and continuing success! Please come and celebrate with us on Saturday, November 16 from 11 am to 2 pm.



Over 100 essays were submitted for the annual "How a Book Changed My Life" essay contest. The essay needed to be 1,000 words or less and explained how a book changed the life of the applicant. All of the essays were thoughtful with great insight into the thoughts of these high school students. Each year we are overwhelmed with the ideas and perceptions of the entries. From these many worthy entries, we were able to choose the three winners. Three $300 scholarships were presented to the following students on Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m. during the special afternoon with An Na, author of A Step from Heaven.

Fatima Sharafat, 15, attends Jurupa Hills High School and her essay was about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Andrea Ng, 17, attends Walnut High School and her essay was about Overshare: Love, Laughs, Sexuality and Secrets by Rose Ellen Dix & Rosie Spaughton.

Emily Carrillo, 17, attends Garey High School and her essay was about I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

The essays are on display at the Diamond Bar Library for the month of November. Stop by and enjoy these wonderful essays. Special thanks to the American Association of University Women, Diamond Bar group for reading all the essays and helping to choose the winners. Congratulations for the three winners and all the students who submitted an essay. We enjoyed reading each and every one.

Caption for photo: Essay contest winners, Andrea Ng, Emily Carrillo, Andrea Ng and Fatima Sharafat with Community Library Manager Pui-Ching Ho,RTDB Chairs Julia Gomez and Rachel Kirk and Essay Contest Chair Dana Cox


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. Visit us on November 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the great bargains you will find at our monthly sidewalk sale. There will not be a sidewalk sale in December but both stores will be open for the regular hours.

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.

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.


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, November 16 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Twentieth Anniversary Celebration for Basically BOOKS Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Celebrate with us for 20 years of Basically BOOKS in Diamond Bar!
Saturday, November 16 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Last Sidewalk Sale for 2019 Basically BOOKS on Golden Springs Great time to pick up Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.
Sunday, April 26, 2020 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 meetings will be usually held on the second Saturday of the month.

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