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 and we welcome new members and volunteers. Please contact us to participate!

News and Events

Diamond Bar Friends of the Library
23535 Palomino Drive #232
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

For immediate release January 2022
For more information call:  Kathleen Newe 909 629-2711
Look for us on Facebook under Diamond Bar Friends of the Library and Diamond Bar Friends of the Library bookstore

29th Annual Wine Soirée and Benefit Auction

***UPDATE: Due to a recent rise in COVID19 cases, we made the difficult decision to postpone the event to 2023.  We know everyone is disappointed but we hope next year’s event will be even better.***

Planning is in full swing for our exciting 29th annual Wine Soirée on Sunday, April 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Chairs Dana Cox, Nancy Lyons and Tony Torng are planning an exciting afternoon of community involvement with a souvenir wine glass, delicious food, wine tasting along with interesting and desirable silent, book and live auctions.  There will also be a great raffle with many exciting prizes.  There will be music and entertainment around the theme SIP, SIP AND AWAY!  The Wine Soirée will be held at the Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, Diamond Bar, CA.  Ticket price is $65—no one under 21 can be admitted.  For more information and to donate items for our silent and live auctions, please email to

Over the last 28 years, the Wine Soirée has earned the reputation as “the best party in town.” So mark your new 2022 calendars with that special date of April 10 and join the fun—all in support of literacy and our own Diamond Bar Library.

Friends of the Library Bookstore News

January 2022

The Friends of the Library Bookstore is a volunteer operated bookstore located in the Diamond Bar Library. In addition to a good selection of used books, we also offer a wide variety of puzzles, CDs, DVDs, cards, audio books, used purses, free craft books (a gift to our patrons for supporting the store).  We are unable currently to have a Buck-A-Bag sale, but there is a $2.00 a bag shelf in the store. The volunteers will provide you with a bag for your shopping pleasure in that section.

The music section has been updated with sheet music, books on composers, music theory, performing arts and Jazz.

There are books that are bundled in specific genres that make great gifts or for your reading pleasure.  We always have books from a specific author on sale.  January is John Grisham and James Patterson.

The bookstore is taking book donations.  Unfortunately, we do not accept outdated textbooks, computer books, encyclopedias, magazines, National Geographics, torn, yellow, water damaged books due to limited storage.

We are looking for book donations of current fiction and nonfiction books with a copyright date of 2019, 2020, 2021 to refresh our inventory.

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

Bookstore hours are:

Monday        11 am – 5 pm
Tuesday         1 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday   11 am – 4 pm
Thursday       11 am– 5 pm
Friday            11 am – 5 pm



·       Have you found a special book during your visits to our bookstore?
·       How long have you been going to our bookstore?
·       Do you belong to a book group?  What are you reading in your group?
·       How is that going for you during the pandemic?
·       Tell us your experiences at our bookstore through the last 20 years.

  • From Librarian Pui-Ching Ho: Eyes that kiss in the corners
    by Joanna Ho. A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers but by drawing from the strength of the powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment.
  • From Kathleen Newe:  I just discovered a new crime series by award-winning crime novelist Abir Mukherjee featuring police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant “Surrender-Not” Ramerjee set in 1920’s Calcutta.  The Shadows of Men is the fifth in the series.  I can’t wait to go back and start with the first book, A Rising Man.
  • From the Diamond Bar “Between the Wines” book group:  The January selection is The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer, and the February book is Ali by Jonathan Eig.  Even if you don’t below to the book group, you might enjoy their selections as they do pick good, interesting books for discussion.

·   Don’t forget that if you can’t find books at the Diamond Bar Library or the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library bookstore, you can order from Amazon through AmazonSmile and name Diamond Bar Friends of the Library as your charity of choice.  We then get a very small percentage of each sale.

By Membership/Annual Giving Chair Elaine Mickle

Welcome to our newest Lifetime member of the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library, Hong Zhao!

You can become a lifetime friend with a onetime donation made to Friends of the Library in the amount of $250 or more.  Lifetime Friends names are displayed in the library. In addition, lifetime friends are recognized in our newsletters and in our annual Wine Soirée program.

All donations directly benefit the Diamond Bar Library to purchase reading and media materials as well as support reading programs for the community.  Through the annual Wine Soirée fundraising event, our non-profit bookstore and our annual Giving Program in 2021, Friends of the Library gave an estimated $29,000 to enlarge our community library reading and media collection—benefiting children, teens and adults.

The Friends have transitioned from a membership program to an annual giving program. Our new annual giving levels are as follows:

Bonsai level: $15 or under
Elderberry level: $16 – $25 donation
Cherry level: $26 – $50 donation
Willow level: $51 – $100 donation
Oak level: $101 – $250 donation
Sycamore level: $251 – $499 Sycamore donation
Cottonwood level: $500+ donation
Redwood level: $1,000+

Gingko level (meaning long life): A donation of $250 or greater qualifies the donor as a Lifetime Friend of the Library. Lifetime friends receive recognition in our annual Wine Soiree program and in our Friends of the Library colorful book display at the Diamond Bar Library.

2022 Annual Giving so far:

  • Nancy Aguilera, * Barbara Armstrong, * Bob & Paula Block, Donna Brooks, Alan Camblin, Arthur & Gloria Coleman, * Glendy Chang, Junion Klai Chun, * John Forbing, * Michael Furumoto DDS Inc, Margaret Gonzalez, * Helen Hall, Donna Heinecke, William & Janet Herrick, * Helen Lin, * Stan Liu, *Nancy Lyons, Claudia Maidenburg, * Elaine Mickle, Orien Pagan,

    * Susan & John Pantages, * Maria Pinuelas, * Georgine Randall, Sonja Reed, * Steve & Patricia Savage, Fred & Sharron Tanzer, * Wanda Tanaka, Yolanda Taranto, Phil Tran, *Steve & Susan Webb, * Michael & Susanne Wilkinson,

    Susan Wright, Marlene & Gil Yanow, Barbara Whittsett., *Hong Zhao

    * indicates Gingko Lifetime Friends

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

2021 Annual Giving Program Donors

  • Bonsai tree friends: Patricia Lasko, Yolanda Taranto
  • Elderberry tree friends: Alan Camblin, Arthur & Gloria Coleman, William & Janet Herrick, Mary Kernodle, Loretta Nelson, Alvin Newman, Orien Pagan, Virginia Pranik
  • Cherry tree friends: Margie Gonzalez, Donna Heinecke, Janet Herrick, Sonja Reed, Fred & Sharron Tanzer, Barbara Whitsett, Marlene & Gil Yanow
  • Willow tree friends: Nancy Aguilera, Wei-Liang Lu, Georgine Randall
  • Oak tree friend: Helen Hall, Bonnie & Richard Kirchner,
  • New Gingko tree lifetime friends: Barbara Armstrong, Angela Brunson, Shery Fan, Stan LiuGingko Lifetime friends who have donated to the 2021 Annual Giving Program:
  • Kiran Kumar, Helen Lin, Stan Liu, Ruth Low, Nancy Lyons, Elaine Mickle, Kathleen Newe, Susan & John Pantages, Rick Rogers, Larry Smith, Wanda Tanaka, Tony & Liling Torng, Steve & Susan Webb

Through your donation, you become a Friend of the Diamond Bar Library.

Mail donations to: 

 Diamond Bar Friends of the Library
23535 Palomino Drive #232
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Become a friend today and stay a friend tomorrow
Donate here:

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 will be usually held on the second Saturday of the month starting at 8:30 a.m. (only on Zoom right now)

Date Event Notes
Ongoing Reopening of Diamond Bar Friends non-profit bookstore at the Diamond Bar Library We are now open five days a week with an all-volunteer staff.
Sunday, April 10, 2022 CANCELLED: Annual Wine Soirée and Benefit Auction Diamond Bar Center

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