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

Save the Date! We are holding a gently used purse and book sale on Saturday, October 22nd inside the Diamond Bar City Hall Windmill Room from 9 AM to 3 PM.

We will be collecting purses starting June 1st, 2022.

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

May 1, 2022

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




The first meeting of the Four Seasons Book Group will be held at the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. We are very excited to start this quarterly book group as we had planned it before COVID hit and it has been on hold all this time.

The book we will be discussing is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amar Towles.

Even if you have not read the book, come join us for the discussion. Copies of the book are available from the Diamond Bar Library. You do not have to be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend. All are welcome.

Our Fall Four Seasons Book Group meeting will be in October, and we will be discussing Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen. Wild Bird is the annual selection for Read Together Diamond Bar.


Perhaps you could go through your closets and see if you have any “gently used” purses that you would like to see going to a new home. There are receptacles in the Diamond Bar Library waiting to receive them. They will be offered for sale at the Gently Used Purse Sale on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Diamond Bar Library Windmill Room. Of course, all the proceeds from the sale go directly to the Diamond Bar Library for materials, programs, DVDs, etc. This is always a fun day checking out the purses, purchasing them and knowing that it all goes to help our community library.


Friends of the Library Bookstore News
May 2022

by Elaine Mickle, Bookstore Manager

(Located in the Diamond Bar Library)

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.

The bookstore volunteers say thank you to all who have donated gently used books for others to enjoy. Donations assist us in keeping our inventory refreshed for the community to enjoy.

Year to date summary of books sold Jan 2022 through April 2022

  • January: 578
  • February: 849
  • March: 747
  • April: 1020
  • YTD Most popular items sold: Children’s books. Our May author sale this month is Robert Ludlum and Patricia Cornwell. Hardbacks/ $ 1.00 / Paperbacks 2 for a $1.00

The winner of our Thank You to our Patrons gift basket is Lakni Hettiaratchi.

Bookstore hours are:

Monday        11 am – 5 pm
Tuesday         11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday   11 am – 5 pm
Thursday       11 am to 5 pm
Friday            11 am – 5 pm
Saturday         11 am – 5 pm

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

Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Library Bookstore


This essay contest is offered annually in conjunction with Read Together Diamond and is offered for students ages 13 to 18. It should be approximately 1,000 words and there will be prizes for the top three essays. The deadline for submissions is November 1 and the students will be notified by November 10. Look for more information on the essay contest applications in the coming months.


Read Together Diamond Bar is held each year in the Fall to celebrate reading and community. We are inviting everyone in the community to read the same book and then offer activities for every age. The Bad Seed by Jory John and Pete Oswald is suggested for children to read.

The adult and teen selection, Wild Bird, is from the award-winning author of The Running Dream and Flipped comes a remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp.

3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.

The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive.

“I read Wild Bird in one long mesmerized gulp. Wren will break your heart—and then mend it.” —Nancy Werlin, National Book Award finalist for The Rules of Survival

“Van Draanen’s Wren is real and relatable, and readers will root for her.” —VOYA, starred review

Source: Publisher

The author, Wendelin Van Draanen was born on January 6, 1965, in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of chemists who emigrated from Holland. She worked as a math teacher and then as a computer science teacher before becoming an author. Wendelin Van Draanen began her writing career with a screenplay and soon switched to adult novels and then children’s books. She is best known for her Sammy Keyes series of novels, which she started writing in 1997, featuring a teenage detective named Samantha Keyes. Her popular Sammy Keyes series had been nominated four times for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children’s Mystery and won with “Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief”. Her Shredderman series also yielded a Christopher Medal for Secret Identity. She has also authored several novels such as: How I Survived Being a Girl and Flipped.


“I find television very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”  ……Groucho Marx

  • Taraneh Saba, one of our Friends of the Diamond Bar Library, recently authored an exciting true-life story of Covenant Books have published it so look for this new book.

Soraya was a thirteen-year-old runaway from her foster home when she met KC, a human trafficker who took her under his wings and pretended to love her, only to force her into prostitution. Soraya endured much abuse in the banks of her clients and KC, who would severely beat her every time she tried to leave that life. After five years of torturous life, when Soraya turned eighteen, she finally left KC. That is when he tracked her down and shot her five times in the chest at close range. Soraya, however, survived and testified at KC’s trial. The book also describes Soraya’s life after the trial and her tenuous relationship with her mother, who had been in prison while Soraya was growing up.

  • From Pui-Ching Ho, Community Library Manager

Moo by Sharon Creech

Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow. Ages: 8-12

  • From Janet Ramirez-Manchan, Teen Librarian

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

Hunter and Luna are star-crossed lovers who must rely on each other to solve the mystery of the ominous crack that is slowly spreading through their town’s streets and figure out what it has to do with their families’ secrets and the magic of the moon. This story blends Chinese mythology with a modern day love story.

  • From the Diamond Bar “Between the Wines” book group: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amar Towles is the June selection. Lead by Karen Gerloff, this was another winner for the group.
  • From Kathleen Newe: After ten days in The Netherlands you would think I would be tired of Europe. But the first book I picked up on my return was Cara Black’s Murder at the Porte de Versailles. Following Aimée Leduc vicariously around Paris is a terrific way to experience the City of Lights. As Booklist’s review said, “Whether read as a crime story with roots in international politics or as the latest chapter in a fascinating family drama, this is a deeply satisfying and entertaining novel.”
  • From Dana Cox: I am reading a vintage Ross Thomas novel, The Cold War Swap. This is an Edger Award novel in the genre of John La Carré that is recently back in print. Very well written and an enjoyable book to read on a long flight home.


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



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

Thank You 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.


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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. (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 six days a week with an all-volunteer staff.
Saturday, June 18

11 a.m.

First meeting of the Four Seasons Book Club Diamond Bar Library

Windmill Room

Coming in the Fall Read Together Diamond Bar


Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gently Used Purse Sale Windmill Room
Sunday, April 23, 2023 Annual Wine Soirée is coming back Diamond Bar Center


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