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 September 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 reopened our bookstore within the Diamond Bar Library on August 2nd and hope you will all support our efforts by stopping buy and browse our selections.

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 Selected Works of Mahatma Ghandi, 6 volumes published in 1994 byNavajivan Ahmedabad in India, are one example. All six books show light wear but are tightly bound and mark free. $60.00 plus $5.13 shipping by USPS Media Mail to US addresses. Contact us to pick up in Diamond Bar with free shipping at

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: Penderwicks (Series) by Jeanne Birdsall: The story is humorous, delightful, and witty in an Austen- and Alcott-like vein.  Jeanne Birdsall is the National Book Award-winning author.  Her books remind us of our own beloved childhood favorites.  Ages: 8-12.

·  From Nancy Lyons:  The last three books I read are all about resistance to the Nazi’s during WW2.  All Three are fiction based on real events…. Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel, The Lost Girls of Paris, and The Woman with the Blue Star both by Pam Jenoff.  All interesting reads.

·   From the Diamond Bar “Between the Wines” book group:  They are reading The Five Wounds, a novel by Kirstin Valdez Quade.  Quade is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize.

·  From Kathleen Newe:  I am enjoying a new series from Jesse Montgomery.  The Widows is her debut novel, set in 1924 it tells the story of Lily Ross.  When Lily learns that her husband, Daniel, the town’s widely respected sheriff, has been killed in an apparent accident, she vows to seek the truth about his death.  The good news is that there are three books now in the series, the bad news is that I have already finished them.  I am hoping for a fourth book to find out how the people in 1920’s Appalachian region of Ohio are doing.

·  Can’t get enough of COVID?  Another great read this month is Michael Lewis’ The Premonition.  As John Williams, New York Times Book Review said, “I would read an 800-page history of the stapler if he wrote it.”

·   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 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, Virginia Pranik
*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
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BasicallyBOOKS (Golden Springs location) has permanently closed.

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