The Diamond Bar Friends of the Library is a non-profit, all-volunteer community service group dedicated to supporting the Diamond Bar Library, improving literacy and encouraging the love of reading. The Friends are a California registered non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

We are a dynamic group of volunteers. We have projects and activities all year long, so please contact us to participate!

News and Events

Diamond Bar Friends of the Library
23535 Palomino Drive No. 232
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

September 2023

For immediate release
For more information call: Kathleen Newe 909-629-2711
Look for us on Facebook under Diamond Bar Friends of the Library

Thank You Wine Soiree Donors!

A special thank you goes to the following donors. We appreciate your generosity and couldn’t have done it without you!


Waste Management


City of Diamond Bar
Dana & Joe Cox
Dennis & Janice Giardina
Diamond Bar Senior Club
Dr. Ronald & Mary Kay Nichols

Dr. Tony & Liling Torng
John & Susan Pantages
Kathleen Newe
Larry Smith & Nancy Lyons
Massage Envy, Lee Salas
Minh’s Meats, Dave & Mimi Mercado, Q’s
American Best
Rick Rogers & Ruth Low
SoCal Gas Company
Valley Vista Services
Wells Fargo Advisors, Newport Beach


Andy Nishida & Rita Shiang
Bonnie & Richard Kirchner
Cass Winery
Diamond & Design, Homeira Ghassemi
Donovan & Betty Martinez
Jean Tong
Knott’s Berry Farm
Pacific Symphony
Ron Bithell
Rosette & Richard Clippinger
Tom & Karin Snook


Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
CrossFit Insurgent-Walnut
Daniel Hu
Dancin Vineyards
Dr. Mike & Tina Furumoto
Eberle Winery
Ed & Pearl Hilden
Glendy Chiang & Jim Mi
Great Wolf Lodge
Hacienda Golf Club
Jan & Stu Simon
John & Julia Gomez
Justin Vineyards & Winery
Nitin Patel
Paul Deibel
Roger & Rachel Kirk
Sam Hwang
Mercedes Benz
Santo Randazzo & Diana Hsueh
Steve & Susan Webb
Teresa Wang
Total Wine & More
Wilson Creek Winery


Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Autry Museum of the West
Barbara Armstrong
Beverly Pecar
Cedar Creek Inn
Costco-Chino Hills
Cyclone Postal-John & Marla Walker
David DeBerry
Elaine Mickle
Hollywood Wax Museum
Irvine Park
John Forbing
Joseph Filippi Vintage Co.
Kelly Tye
La Mirada Theatre
Los Angeles Angels
Lyon Air Museum
Massage Envy-Diamond Bar
Matt Borrelli
Niner Wine Estates
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Pacific Park
Palm Springs Air Museum
Pati Kubo & Steve Sixta
Penny Dunham (Wisp & Willow Salon)
Richard Nixon Library
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
Roberta Perlman OD
Ryan Pantages
San Diego Air & Space Museum
Santa Anita Park
Sketchers USA Inc.
Summit House Restaurant
The Broad
Tieks by Gavrieli
USS Midway Museum
vomFASS Claremont
Wei Li
Alexander Valley Vineyards
Gigi Ranjibari
Gil & Camille Jones
Ross Dress for Less

Special Thanks

Christle Chumney-Los Angeles County Library
Cyclone Services
Cynthia Yu-Los Angeles County Library
George Yu
Jesse Lanz-Los Angeles County Library
John Jewell
Larry Smith & Nancy Lyons
Miss Diamond Bar Court

Special thanks to all of our generous Wine donors!

Diamond Bar Friends of the Library 29th Annual Wine Soirée


Co-Chairs Kathleen Newe and Tony Torng, along with Friends’ President Julia Gomez and the entire Friends of the Diamond Bar Library board, thank everyone who helped make the 29th annual Wine Soirée such a resounding success. Every year we say, “This will be the best Soirée ever” and every year it becomes true. This year we can say, “This is the best Soirée in the Library ever.” Of course, we have never had the Soirée in the Diamond Bar Library, so it was true on so many levels! We were in uncharted territory: coming away from COVID and planning the Soirée in a much smaller venue. It all worked so well because of library lovers like you. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make the magic happen.

Thank you to Valley Vista Services for donating the wine glasses.

Thank you to Waste Management for donating aprons.

Our very talented food and beverage hosts fed us with generosity and style. Our guests were so appreciative of the spectacular assortment of food supplied by:

Basil & Co.
Domestic BBQ
Encore Teppan
Fusion 2 any 1
Happy Harbor Restaurant
Ni Ni Bakery
Round Table Pizza

Tony’s Barbecue
Sprouts Farmers Market
Stella Artois

Please remember to visit these very generous restaurants and thank them for their community spirit. You will enjoy every one of them!

Thank you to all our sponsors for their generosity and making our 2023 Soirée program so beautiful.

Thank you to all our generous donors. Our live, silent, and book auctions along with our great raffle shone because of your generosity. A special thanks goes to our talented live auctioneers Nancy Lyons and Larry Smith.

Thank you to Linda Headlee and the Miss Diamond Bar Court for working with us.

There are so many people to thank, so please know that the Friends are grateful to each and every one who purchased tickets, bid on prizes, and donated in one way or another. We couldn’t have done it without you.

*For a digital copy of the Wine Soiree program, click here: 29th Wine Soiree Program

*See more event pictures here (scroll down to the bottom of the page):


Bookstore Donation Guidelines

While we appreciate the generous donations given to us by community members, we request that you follow the below guidelines before donating to be considerate of our volunteers’ time spent sorting donations.

We are looking for new or gently used books in almost new to fair condition.

We don’t accept:

-Outdated (10+ years)  travel guides and non-fiction reference books
-Computer books and textbooks
-VHS and cassette tapes
-Magazines and encyclopedias
-Torn, yellow, bug-infested, and water damaged books

Book donations may be dropped off anytime during library business hours. For more information, go here: Diamond Bar Library


Chair Rachel Kirk announces that Read Together Diamond Bar will be back this October. Read Together Diamond Bar is based on the concept of One City, One Book where everyone in the community is suggested to read one book based on universal themes and then come together to discuss and participate with interesting book discussions and various activities in the library. We have recommendations for all ages:

For adults, The Late Show by Michael Connelly

For teens, Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

For young children, The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson

Check the Diamond Bar Library website for updates as available.

The final event for RTDB will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2 to 3 pm where the winners of the annual student Essay Writing Contest:  How a Book Changed My Life will be announced. Essay Contest applications are available at the Diamond Bar Library and all entries are due on Tuesday, October 31. Submissions can be mailed or dropped off at the Diamond Bar Library.

Crime fiction author Carl Vonderau ( will be the guest speaker on November 18. Mr. Vonderau’s new book Saving Myles will be published in August.

Friends of the Library Bookstore News

by Rosette Clippinger, Bookstore Manager

Look for the Opportunity Basket in the Bookstore made by Friends’ board member MaryKay Nichols. Each customer is entitled to one free ticket per transaction.



Each book and item sold in the bookstore supports the Diamond Bar Library to enlarge their reading and media collections.

“A true friend is like a good book; the inside is better than the cover”-Anonymous

Bookstore hours are:
Monday-Saturday  11 am – 5 pm

Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Library Bookstore



Do you have books that you are reading that you would like to share? We would love to hear from you for our upcoming e-newsletters.

From Cynthia Yu, Community Library Manager

A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat

This is a graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life. The story was humorous, heartwarming, and relatable. Middle grade graphic novel fans will surely love it! I’ve been a huge fan of Dan Santat’s for years and am very excited that he will visit Diamond Bar Library on Saturday, June 3, 2-3pm. Dan will talk about A First Time for Everything, answer questions, and have a signing line. Please visit for more information.

From: Janet Ramirez-Manchan, Teen Services Librarian

Rubi Ramos’s Recipe for Success by Jessica Parra 

This debut novel tells the story of seventeen-year-old Rubi Ramos, who is trying to juggle her grades, a budding romance, and her passion for baking, all while striving for the future her immigrant parents worked so hard for. Rubi finds herself falling short of their expectations when she is waitlisted for the university, they want her to attend. When she decides to lie to her parents and find a way off the waitlist, she must decide what she wants to do with her life. This joyful and heartwarming coming of age tale has been named a Most Anticipated YA by Goodreads.

to our library friends for their donations for the support of the 2022 Library Programs.

In 2021 over $29,000 was donated by the Friends to the Diamond Bar Library for needed programs and materials for adults, teens and children. For 2022 the Friends have promised at least $43,000 to the Diamond Bar Library.




Checks can also be made out to “Diamond Bar Friends of the Library” and mailed to: Diamond Bar Friends of the Library
23535 Palomino Drive #232   Diamond Bar, Ca. 91765

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

-Nelson Henderson

Diamond Bar Friends of Library website:  https.//

Diamond Bar Library website:

Diamond Bar Library
21800 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Diamond Bar Center
1600 Grand Avenue
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
The Diamond Bar Friends of the Library monthly board meeting is open to the public.

The meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month starting at 8:30 a.m. Some meetings will remain on zoom, and some will be held live at the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room.

Date Event Notes
Ongoing Diamond Bar Friends’ non-profit bookstore at the Diamond Bar Library We are now open six days a week with an all-volunteer staff.
October 2023 READ TOGETHER DIAMOND BAR Our month-long celebration of community and reading. What book would you like to read together?

Make a Donation via credit card.