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Friends of the Library

Basically BOOKS

A non-profit used bookstore
Proceeds benefitting the
Diamond Bar Library

23447 Golden Springs Dr.
Diamond Bar
(909) 396-9954
21800 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar

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21800 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar
CA 91765

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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.

To support the Library, the Friends operate BasicallyBOOKS, a most unique bookstore at two locations: 23447 Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar, and at the Diamond Bar Library, 21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar. This store is staffed exclusively by volunteers and all of our gently used books are donated by generous individuals in our community. Please stop by BasicallyBOOKS, you will be surprised by what you will find, and you will be supporting your local library.

Each year in April, the Friends produce the popular Annual Wine Soirée and Benefit Auction, Diamond Bar's premier social event, to raise money for the library. From these proceeds, the Friends purchase books, periodicals, videos, and audio resources for the library, underwrite all children's summer reading programs, sponsor special programs for children, teens and adults, sponsor special programs that encourage literacy, and host Read Together Diamond Bar. Be sure to join us at this fun event!

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!

Friends News and Events

The United States Law Librarian of Congress Comes To Diamond Bar on October 18!

What's a "Digital Native"? Are you a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant?

David S. Mao, the 23rd Law Librarian of Congress, will be answering that question when he speaks about "Serving Digital Natives in Libraries Today." This fun and lively talk will be held at the AQMD Government Building on October 18, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Did you know that our students today are all "native speakers" of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet? How about the rest of us who were not born in the digital age? What if we are fascinated by and have adopted the digital lifestyle? Are we digital immigrants? What language do you speak?

Mr. Mao manages the operation and policy administration of the Law Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This library contains the world's largest collection of legal materials and serves as the leading research center for foreign, comparative, and international law. Please plan to join us for this informative and fun afternoon!

Mark your calendar for READ TOGETHER DIAMOND BAR!

Chairman Kathleen Newe invites the Community of Diamond Bar to "Read Together" this October because "the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony."

The book chosen for this year's Read is "True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall" by bestselling author Mark Salzman. This book is part memoir, part instructional, and all together touching as Mark Salzman recounts his time teaching students in a writing class at Los Angeles' Central Juvenile Hall, now home to young offenders charged with violent crimes. With voices of indelible emotional presence, these boys write about what led them to crime and about the lives that stretch ahead of them behind bars. We see them coming to terms with their crime-ridden pasts and searching for a reason to believe in their future selves.

Be sure to pick up a copy of this powerful book at the Diamond Bar Library and plan to join us for all the special events in October!

The Friends THANK YOU for supporting THE 21st WINE SOIREE and BENEFIT AUCTION

The 21st Annual Wine Soiree held on April 27, 2014 was a tremendous success thanks to the enthusiastic support from our community and readers everywhere. Over 350 guests enjoyed award winning wines from prestigious wine regions all over the world paired with delicious offerings from over 16 restaurants. Everyone also enjoyed bidding in the live and silent auctions as well as winning raffle prizes while learning a little bit of Diamond Bar history.

Thanks to your participation, all of the proceeds from this event will go to support the library. You make all these programs possible: the Children's Summer Reading Program, the monthly teen and adult special programs, magazines and newspaper subscriptions, new books and digital media, new videos and music. Your support is deeply appreciated. See you next year!

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