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

February 2024
Look for us on Facebook under Diamond Bar Friends of the Library and Diamond Bar Friends of the Library Bookstore

 

Save the Date for the 2024 Wine Soiree!

Mark your calendars for the 30th Annual Wine Soiree on Sunday, October 6, 2024 for our second year at the Diamond Bar Library.

READ TOGETHER DIAMOND BAR 2024

The RTDB Friends’ committee and the Diamond Bar Library are planning a month of literary festivities around the 2024 book picks to take place from April 3 to April 27. You will discover many interesting activities for adults, teens, and children at the Diamond Bar Library here: https://lacountylibrary.org/location/diamond-bar-library/

The closing event will be Saturday, April 27 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. where we will present awards to the three teen authors of “How a Book Changed My Life Student Essay Contest”. For more information on the essay contest, go here. 

At the closing event, author Jessica Kim will speak about how she became an author, and her inspiration for Stand Up, Yumi Chung!  This will be an inspiring afternoon so mark your calendars and join us.

For more information on Read Together Diamond Bar, click here: RTDB

The RTDB 2024 book selections:

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner will be the adult book selection. Zauner’s candid coming-of-age story speaks of growing apart from, and then back together with her Korean identity, and of forging her own path in the wake of devastating loss. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up Asian American, straining to meet her mother’s expectations, moving across the country, and returning home to reckon with grief.

The teen book is Family Style by Thien Pham. This is a moving young adult graphic memoir about a Vietnamese immigrant boy’s search for belonging in America.

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim is a heartfelt story all about family and self-discovery for ages nine to twelve. As an aspiring comedian, Yumi fears there isn’t enough room on stage for her own experiences and stories to shine—because when all is said and done, comedy is really just another form of storytelling.

Ramen for Everyone by Patricia Tanumihardja is an adorable picture book for young children. Hiro loves ramen. Every Sunday, Hiro’s dad makes delicious, perfect ramen for dinner using a recipe passed down from his dad. Hiro then proceeds to discover that every person’s perfect bowl of ramen is unique.

RTDB 2024 Essay Contest

Student Essay Contest “How a Book Changed My Life”


The How a Book Changed My Life student essay contest is sponsored by the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library and is an integral part of the annual Read Together Diamond Bar program. There are 3 $300 cash prizes available.

If you’re a book lover, you’ve likely read something, fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary, that has left its mark on you. Now’s your chance to express your appreciation to the author with an essay in the form of a letter. In this letter, you’ll describe how the author’s work has altered your worldview or personal life. Who knows -the author may even read it! Don’t miss out on the opportunity. Winners will be announced on Saturday, April 27 2024.

Rules:
* Open to students ages 13-18
* Entries must be 1,000 words or less
* Must be mailed or dropped off at Diamond Bar Library
* All entries become the property of LA County Library
* This completed form must accompany all essay submissions

All entries are due Saturday, April 6, 2024. Applications are available at the Diamond Bar Library or for download here

 

Four Seasons Book Discussion

As part of Read Together Diamond Bar, the Friends will host a book discussion of Crying in H Mart at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 13, 2004 at the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room.  All are invited to attend.


Diamond Bar Library welcomes new Children’s Librarian

 

Jennifer Gutierrez, Children’s Librarian

Diamond Bar Library welcomes new children’s librarian, Jennifer Gutierrez! Jennifer started her career with LA County Library in 2008. In the last 15 years, she has joyously served communities from Baldwin Park to Claremont, working in everything from customer service, all-ages programming, community engagement, school partnerships and class visits, and collection development. You may have seen Jennifer popping up at libraries, parks, schools, and community events to conduct outreach and provide STEAM programming as part of the Library’s MākMō team, a specialized mobile makerspace unit. She is thrilled and honored to join the Diamond Bar Library as the new Children’s Librarian, and looks forward to introducing exciting, innovative programs and services to the community.

Join us for our first Brushes N’ Vino Paint Party!

On Sunday, May 19 from 1-4 PM we are holding a Brushes N’ Vino Paint Party at the Heritage Park Community Center! For $50 you get 2 glasses of wine, a commemorative wine glass, and your painting on canvas. Tickets are available at the Friends’ bookstore inside the Diamond Bar Library or by calling Susan Pantages at 951-318-3340 or Rosette Clippinger at 909-525-8828. Event for adults only.

Friends of the Library Bookstore News

by Rosette Clippinger, Bookstore Manager

Month of February sale: *CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks are 2 for $1 (50 cents each)

Come check out our expanded $2-a-bag book section! You can fill up a bag of books for just $2.

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


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

Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Library Bookstore

Upcoming Events

  • Read Together Diamond Bar: April 3-27 at the Diamond Bar Library
  • “How a Book Changed My Life” Student Essay Contest entries are due April 6 at the Diamond Bar Library
  • Four Seasons Book Discussion: Saturday, April 13 at 11 AM inside the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room
  • Read Together Diamond Bar Author Event and Essay Contest Winners Presentation: Saturday, April 27 from 2:00-3:30 PM inside the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room
  • Brushes N’ Vino Paint Party: Sunday, May 19 from 1-4 PM at the Heritage Park Community Center
  • 30th Annual Wine Soiree & Benefit Auction: Sunday, October 6 from 4-7 at the Diamond Bar Library

Make a Donation via credit card.