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 August 2021
For more information call:  Kathleen Newe 909 629-2711
Look for us on Facebook under Diamond Bar Friends of the Library and Basically Books

Note From the President

The Friends of the Library are happy to be returning to our bookstore within the Diamond Bar Library on August 2nd and hope you will all support our efforts by stopping buy and browsing our selections.

Unfortunately we felt it necessary to cancel our much anticipated Pop-Up book and purse sale on July 11 due to extreme heat but hope to schedule again later in the year. As a service, non-profit organization we continue to use funds contributed through fundraisers to be of support to our Diamond Bar Library.  In July we were able to purchase 12 new, and much needed wall clocks that have now been installed.

Thank you, as always, for supporting the Diamond Bar Friends, the Diamond Bar Library and literacy programs in our city.

Susan Pantages


**Reopening of the Basically Books Library bookstore at 21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar**

Effective Monday, August 2nd, our library bookstore hours at 21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar are:

Mondays:          11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesdays:          12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesdays:    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursdays:         12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fridays:              11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturdays:         Closed (Library closed)

However, we are not currently able to accept donations due to lack of space and volunteers to process these donations.  Please save them for the future or find another home for these treasured books.

If you would like to be a part of our bookstore volunteer team in the future, please email bookstore manager Mary Hackett at


Our Basically BOOKS manager, Mary Hackett, is always looking for interesting books for you.  Some are also collectible books that you might not find anywhere else.

Where can you find these treasures?  Mary has some great books for sale on eBay.  The book, Portrait of Eva Peron by Tomas de Elia and Juan Pablo Queiroz, and Reclaiming History: The Assassination Of John F. Kennedy by Vincen Bugliosiare are fine examples of these books. As always, all proceeds of our book sales go directly to support the Diamond Bar Library.

Go to
At the far right of the search field, click on the word Advanced.
Next, click on “By Seller” on the left of the screen. Check the box “Only Show Items From”, and type BasicallyBOOKS91765 in the box beside the word “include”, then hit the Search key.


·       Have you found a special book during your visits to Basically BOOKS?

·       How long have you been going to Basically BOOKS?

·       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 Basically BOOKS through the last 20 years.

·  From Librarian Pui-Ching Ho:  A million dots by Sven Volkerh: This picture book creates a sense of wonder in mathematics.  Sven Volkerh has taken the concept of doubling to new levels using stunning visualization design.  Ages: 4-12.

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

By Membership/Annual Giving Chair Elaine Mickle

Your donations support the Diamond Bar Library and the services they provide during the pandemic. The Diamond Bar Library continues to be resource for our community.  Although closed to onsite patrons, the library continues to provide virtual educational programs and provides curbside pickup for book loans.

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 display at the Diamond Bar Library.

Annual giving for 2021:

*Bonsai tree friends: Margie Gonzalez, Patricia Lasko
Elderberry tree friends:  Alan Camblin, Mary Kernodle, Alvin Newman, Loretta Nelson
*Cherry tree friends: Donna Heinecke, Janet Herrick, Marlene & Gil Yanow
*Willow tree friends: Nancy Aguilera, Wei-Liang Lu
*Oak tree friends: Bonnie & Richard Kirchner
*Lifetime Gingko friends: Barbara Armstrong, Kiran Kumar, Helen Lin, 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:


BasicallyBOOKS is closed, but stay tuned!

Our bookstore at 23447 Golden Springs Drive has closed. Watch for us to reopen at a new location in Diamond Bar (to be announced). We look forward to again welcoming our customers at that time. Please follow our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information:

Make a Donation via credit card.