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 No. 232
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

February 2023

For immediate release
For more information call: Kathleen Newe 909-629-2711
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CELEBRATE AT THE Diamond Bar Library

Friends of the Diamond Bar Library Invite you to the 29th annual Wine Soirée

Our famous Wine Soirée is coming back! Please see the invitation below and mark your calendars for Sunday, August 6, 2023 from 4 to  7 pm.  Since 1994 the Friends have supported the Diamond Library  with this unique fund raiser.  It has also been a great event for the community to gather for a very afternoon and also support literacy.  Join us to celebrate at the Diamond Bar Library and enjoy an afternoon of community celebration of literacy with music, silent, live and book auctions, and raffle.  With each ticket, you will receive a souvenir wine glass.   Tickets are not yet available.  Please check our website in the future for when tickets will be available.

Sunday, August 6, 2023
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

(Note location change)



All proceeds directly benefit the Diamond Bar Library
Tickets are $75 each
Must be age 21 or older to attend
Reserve early—tickets are limited                              

To purchase tickets or for more information  visit or call 909 629-2711


WELCOME TO THE 2023/2024

The Friends are very fortunate to have a wonderful, dynamic officers and board for the coming two years.  Under the leadership of our new president, Julia Gomez, we are busy planning literary activities such as Read Together Diamond Bar and the Four Seasons Book Group along with events to support the Diamond Bar Library such as our Friends’ Book Store in the Library and the 29th annual Wine Soirée.  Several events such as a Holiday Craft Fair are also in the works.

President Julia Gomez Vice President Rosette Clippenger
Treasurer Ruth Low Secretary Nancy Lyons
Parlimentarian Dana Cox Past President Susan Pantages
Corresponding Secretary Bob Block

Paula Block

Membership Susanne Potter
Bookstore Elaine Mickle Finance/Endowment Jim Hackett
Publicity Kathleen Newe Safety Dennis Giardina
Community Events Janice Giardina Read Together DB Rachel Kirk
School/Luncheon MaryKay Nichols Digital Media Teresa Wang
Audit Review Glendy Chiang Graphics/Promotion Betty Martinez
Director Pati Kubo Director Roger Kirk
Director Camille Jones Director Gordon VanDeWater
Diamond Bar Librarian Cynthia Yu

Thank you letter from Wendelin Van Draanen after her presentation at the Diamond Bar Library for Read Together Diamond Bar in November 2022.

Four Seasons Book Group for Winter 2023
Saturday, April 22, 2023 11 a.m.

The Friends of the Diamond Bar Library invite everyone to read A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman for the Spring Four Seasons Book Group. We will meet in the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room on Saturday, April 22 at 11 discuss this interesting book.

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet, a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People think him bitter, and he thinks himself surrounded by idiots.

Ove’s well-ordered, solitary world gets a shake-up one November morning with the appearance of new neighbors—a chatty young couple and their two boisterous daughters—who announce their arrival by accidentally flattening Ove’s mailbox with their U-Haul.  What follows is a heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unlikely friendships, and a community’s unexpected reassessment of the one person they thought they had all figured out.

A word-of-mouth bestseller that has caused a sensation around the world, Fredrik Backman’s irresistible novel about the angry old man next door is an uplifting exploration of the unreliability of first impressions and a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared with other people.

All are welcome and encouraged to join us on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. in the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room. Refreshments will be served.


Poster above celebrates our Diamond Bar Library bookmark winners.  Congratulations to all!

Friends of the Library Bookstore News

by Elaine Mickle, Bookstore Manager

Month of March sales

  • DVDs are 50 cents each
  • Specific author books are on sale: David Baldacci, Tom Clancy, Michael Connelly, James Grisham, James Patterson
    Paperbacks are 50 cents, Hardcovers & softcovers are $1 each.

Look for the free Opportunity Basket in the Bookstore. Each customer is entitled for one free ticket per transaction. Friends’ board member MaryKay Nichols makes these beautiful baskets.


Each book and item sold in the bookstore supports the Diamond Bar Library to enlarge their reading and media collections. Improving literacy in our community one book at a time.

“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

Look for the Diamond Bar Leo’s used eyeglass collection box at the Friends’ bookcase in the Diamond Bar Library. We are glad to support the Diamond Bar Leo group in this very worthwhile project. Shown in the photo are President Arwen Lin, Rowen Lin and Wenny Yu.



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, Interim Community Library Manager

The Little Book of Joy by Dalai Lama XIV

This picture book is beautiful and inspirational! Nobel Peace Prize winners His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu shared their childhood stories and wisdom to show young readers that joy is everywhere, even during the most difficult of times.

From: Janet Ramirez-Manchan, Teen Services Librarian

The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this lively retelling of Pride and Prejudice as a modern day rom-comZahra Kha is trying to forge her own path in love, but her Bangladeshi mother is intent on saving the family from their financial woes by arranging an advantageous match for her. The problem is that her intended match leaves her cold and she already has a love interest in mind. She works out an arrangement with the aloof target of her mother’s meddling to pretend to go along with the match to escape the relentless matchmaking. Soon, Zahra is getting what she wants and dating the person of her choosing but she soon realizes that maybe her mother’s choice was right all along.

From:  Kathleen Newe

Trespasses by Louise Kennedy

This is a story about Northern Ireland during the Troubles when a young woman is caught between allegiance to community and a dangerous passion. Trespasses is a heart-pounding,  heart-heartrending drama of thwarted love and irreconcilable loyalties, in a place where what you come from seems to count more than what you do, or whom you cherish.

From:  Nancy Lyons

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Hedy Lamarr was a stunning beauty, and she also possessed a stunning mind.  Fleeing World War II, she escaped to Hollywood and became a famous movie star. She was also a scientist and knew a few secrets about the enemy.  She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis…if anyone would listen to her.

Whether you are interested in Old Hollywood or World War II, there is much to learn and enjoy here.

From: Reading Between the Lines Book Group

Karen Gerloff reported that the group had quite a discussion about Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan.  Karen said, “If you missed book club and did not read this book, I would suggest that you go ahead and read it.  It is a mind bender, and you will learn a lot about bees.

Our book club will meet on February 27 to discuss Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.   A page turner that looks into the lives of three happy couples and how their lives are changed forever after a neighborhood weekend barbeque.   Moriarty’s characters are well drawn, and her talent is in closely observing the lives of very ordinary people.  A Goodreads Choice for Best Fiction and New York Times bestseller.”  Chosen by Annel Ortega.

From: Diamond Bar-Walnut AAUW Book Group

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

This was the January pick for our group and lead to a very lively and interesting discussion ranging from lost mothers to elephant lore. The love of a daughter for her mother transcends even death in the novel “Leaving Time” by Jodi Picoult. Psychic Serenity Jones believes she has lost the ability to communicate with spirits when thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf comes to her for help in locating her mother, Alice Metcalf. Alice had disappeared the same day another woman was killed on the grounds of the New England Elephant Sanctuary. Jenna can’t believe her mother would have abandoned her willingly. Her hunch turns out to be right as she, Serenity and Virgil Stanhope, one of the cops who originally investigated the incident at the sanctuary, work together to unwind the mystery of Jenna’s past. The plot of the novel takes the reader through a variety of twists and turns in Jenna’s search for answers.

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.
April 22, 2023
11 a.m.
Four Seasons Book Group
Spring meetingA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Diamond Bar Library
Windmill Room
Saturday, July 22,2023 11 a.m. Four Seasons Book Group
Summer meeting
Diamond Bar Library
Windmill Room
Sunday, August 6, 2023 29th annual Wine Soirée

Celebrate at the Diamond Bar Library!

Diamond Bar Library
Tickets $75
4 to 7 pm
October 2023 READ TOGETHER DIAMOND BAR Our month-long celebration of community and reading. What book would you like to read together?
November 4
9 am to 3 pm
Friends’ Holiday Craft Fair Diamond Bar Library
Windmill Room

Make a Donation via credit card.