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

January 2023

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


In early December 2022 volunteers for 2019, 2021 AND 2022 were recognized for their work and dedication to the goals of the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library.  Because of COVID we were not able to gather together to celebrate our many outstanding volunteers.  Below is the list of the people recognized for the last three years.  They are some of the dedicated people who staff our Friends of the Library Bookstore and organize and produce many Friends’ activities.  Stop by the Diamond Bar Library and look for the plaques found outside the bookstore with the names of Friends’ volunteers over many years.

1.      Henri Lee, 2022 Friends of the Library Bookstore Volunteer of the Year
2.     Mary Hackett, 2021 Friends of the Library Bookstore Volunteer of the Year
3.     Jim Hackett, 2021 Friends of the Library Bookstore Volunteer of the Year
4.     Helen Lin, 2022 Friends of the Library Volunteer of the Year
5.     Dr. Wei Li, 2021 Friends of the Library Volunteer of the Year
6.     Betty Martinez, 2021 Friends of the Library Volunteer of the Year
7.      Susan Pantages, 2020 Friends of the Library Volunteer of the Year
8.     Linda Headlee, 2019 Friends of the Library Volunteer of the Year
9.     Pantages & Associates, 2022 Friends of the Library Business of the Year
10.  Walnut Valley Unified School District, 2021 Friends of the Library Business of the Year
11.   Waste Management, 2020 Friends of the Library Business of the Year
12.   Valley Vista Services, 2019 Friends of the Library Business of the Year
13.   Paula Block, Outstanding Service for 8 years as Executive Board Secretary



Dana Cox, MaryKay Nichols, Elaine Mickle and Rosette Clippenger


Friends of the Library Bookstore News

by Elaine Mickle, Bookstore Manager

Thank you to all our customers who support our Friends of the Library Bookstore!

Congratulations to Danielle Alcala, the winner of our Holiday gift basket.

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




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
A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga

A Rover’s Story is a great combination of imagination and science that takes young readers on an unexpected and heartwarming journey. The story is told from the perspective of a fictional Mars Rover, Resilience and how he is created at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his missions in Mars.  Besides all the science facts, there’s an abundance of emotions in the story as Resilience explores the ideas of perseverance, friendship, loss and home! Ages 8-12.


From: Janet Ramirez-Manchan, Teen Services Librarian
Five Survice by Holly Jackson

New York Times bestseller Holly Jackson, author of A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, is back with a new nail-biting mystery. Red Kenny and five of her best friends are traveling in an RV when an apparent accident leaves them stranded. They quickly realize that their isolation was orchestrated by someone that wants one of them dead. Now they must try to solve the mystery before it’s too late. Will they survive the night? Is the killer out in the dark or among them?


Here are a few of the many interesting programs at the Diamond Bar Library this month:


*Bullet Journaling for the New Year

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Make 2023 your most intentional and mindful year yet! Learn about the benefits of bullet journaling and then design and craft your personalized bullet journal.  Minimal, decoratively hand-lettered, part-scrapbook, or filled with detailed illustrations, it’s up to you!  All supplies will be provided just bring your creativity.

Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. Registration open one week before this program. To sign up, see library staff, or register online at and filter by location or event.


*Goal Setting in a Jar

Pick up a take-home activity kit

Do you have goals you would like to achieve but don’t know where to start?  Learn simple steps for creating personal goals and create a goal setting jar so you can tackle them one at a time. For teens ages 13-17.


*Winter Reading Club

December 15, 2022 to January 15, 2023

Calling readers of all ages! Read for 400 minutes for a chance to win prizes, and help us reach our shared goal of one million minutes read!  Cozy up to your favorite books this winter!

Join the club at


*Basic Clothes Mending Techniques

Pick up a take-home kit

When your favorite shirt has a rip or hole, don’t toss it—mend it!  Repair your own clothes by learning how to sew a button, fix a hem, and mend a hole in a sock and shirt.  Available while supplies last. For Adults

Looking at the library offerings above you can truly see that there is something for everyone at the library.


*Congratulations to Cyclone Services in Diamond Bar on their 40th anniversary in serving Diamond Bar. Jon and Marla are assets to our community and are great supporters of the Diamond Bar Library and literacy.  Check out their colorful Free Little Library at Cyclone, 23545 Palomino Drive.

*County Librarian Skye Patrick offered a wonderful quote from poet T.S. Eliot:  “The very evidence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future”……T. S. Eliot

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



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