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 May 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

Virtual Wine Soirée Event 2021—Heard It Through the Grapevine

            Now that we all have had a year to practice learning ZOOM (whether we want to or not!), the Friends of the Diamond Bar Library is excited to invite you to our first ever Virtual Wine Soirée, “Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Of course, we will miss seeing you all at our 28th annual Wine Soirée that would have been held on Sunday, April 26 and hope to be able to do that again in 2022.  In fact, we already have Sunday, April 10, 2022 scheduled at the Diamond Bar Center.

Please join us with your family and friends on Sunday, May 16 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m (Link will be live at 3:45pm.) Our special guest speaker will be Ted Plemons from Cass Winery in Paso Robles, California.

Every ticket purchased will include an entry into our opportunity drawing and a link to join the virtual event a week prior. Additional opportunity drawing tickets are also available for purchase. The deadline to purchase event tickets is Tuesday, May 11th.

You can raise a glass of your favorite beverage from your home while listening to an interesting wine talk.  As always, all proceeds from the Virtual Wine Soirée will benefit the Diamond Bar Library.

The Wine Soirée has always been famous for our auctions—and this year will be no exception! There will be exciting Silent, Wine and Book Auctions with many fabulous prizes. Our Opportunity Drawings will also be a fun-filled part of the 2021 Soirée.

Some of our great auction items include:

-A special dinner for ten in a beautiful patio setting
-Gift Card Tree
-A Hacienda Country Club Golf package for three including a cart, drinks, and lunch
-A high-performance driving experience including coaching in a luxury sports card at a local speedway.
Dance the Night Away:  Wine basket filled with a bottle of Dancin Pinot Noir and Dancin Chardonnay along with wine glasses and more.  ($109 Value)
To Your Health:  Wellness Basket containing a Sharper Image deep tissue massager, Thigh toner, $100 spa gift card, lotions and more. ($272 Value)
Touch of Italy:  Italian-themed basket including Pasta Pot, gourmet sauces, pasta blow, $50 Buca di Beppo gift card and more.  ($145 Value)
For Your Favorite Sommelier:  Wine Basket including Waring Pro (professional cordless wine opener), two delicious wines of Gaita Tempranillo and Maxville Sauvignon Blanc. ($169 Value)
-Pamper Your Feet:  $175 gift certificate from tieks by Gavrieli so you can indulge in a stylish pair of ballet flats. ($175 Value)
Ole Ole! Celebrate: a Mexican fiesta with margarita glasses and mix, chips, salsa and $50 Rubio’s Catering gift card.  ($122 Value)
Rock a By Baby:  Basket includes Tiffany Building Block Bank ($150), Aveeno baby daily care gift set, newborn size Huggies, baby wipe warmer, baby wipes and much more ($280 Value)
Ring a Ding Ding:  Gorgeous ladies’ silver and 18k rhodium with 2 ct yellow sapphire/simulated stones. ($148 Value)
For your Favorite Lady:  Todd’s classy handbag/tote bag. ($600 Value)

Browse our auction items online (no purchase necessary!) starting May 8th, at 10 AM until Saturday, May 22nd 6 PM here: DBFOL Virtual Auction

The Diamond Bar Library is Opening Soon!

The Los Angeles County Library announced they will start reopening designated libraries.  Diamond Bar Library is one of the libraries that will reopen with select in-person services on April 19.

The following services are available for customers:

-Browse the collection and checkout items
-Public computer (up to one hour per customer)
-Holds Pickup
-Brief reference interactions to assist in finding materials or information
-Free Wi-Fi

BasicallyBOOKS is closing, but stay tuned!

Our bookstore BasicallyBOOKS closed at 23447 Golden Springs Drive effective 1/11/2021. When the COVID19 pandemic has passed, 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.


We are always sharing book ideas and thought you might like to see some of these.  Since March we have all probably doubled our reading and most have been enjoyable, educational or just fun.  Most of these books are available from the Diamond Bar Library and many can be found at BasicallyBOOKS.  You can’t beat the price:  the library is free and BasicallyBOOKS prices are rock-bottom.


·       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: There’s a skeleton inside you! By Idan Ben-Barak:  It is a hilarious and interactive picture book that looks inside our bodies to show what humans are made of.  Young readers get to learn about their bones, muscles, and nerves.  A great introduction to body systems for little kids.

·       Kathleen Newe suggests you check out Lightseekers by Femi Kayode.  The author’s first novel is set in Nigeria so it was interesting getting to know something about this African country along with enjoying a well-plotted story of intrigue and murder.

·       On April 26th, the Diamond Bar Between the Wines Book Group will be reading and discussing The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.  This is a powerful American epic.  Set during the Great Depression and The Dust Bowl and tells the story of Elsa Wolcott Martinelli.  It is a story of the battle between the haves and the have nots and the power of the human spirit to survive adversity.

·       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 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.

Barbara Armstrong is our newest lifetime friend who has made an annual donation of $250.00.  Thank you, Barbara! You are the first 2021 Friends of the Library Gingko level of Friend! Welcome!

Annual giving for 2021:

*Bonsai tree friends: Margie Gonzalez, Patricia Lasko
Elderberry tree friends:  Alan Camblin, Alvin Newman, Loretta Nelson
*Cherry tree friends: Janet Herrick, Marlene & Gil Yanow
*Oak tree friends: Bonnie & Richard Kirchner
*Lifetime Gingko friends: Kiran Kumar, Susan & John Pantages, Helen Lin

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 closing, but stay tuned!

Our bookstore BasicallyBOOKS closed at 23447 Golden Springs Drive effective 1/11/2021. When the COVID19 pandemic has passed, 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.

Make a Donation via credit card.