Upcoming events

Please note the following events in your calendar:

Event: Your Voice, Your Library, Your Community
Date: 10am Sat., Oct. 22nd

Location: Temple City Library
Description: Join us in an open discussion with County Library Director Skye Patrick via live-streaming and share your thoughts on the future direction of your library. Light refreshments will be available. Free event.
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Event: Celebrate the Future Expansion of the Temple City Library
Date: 1pm Weds., Nov. 2nd

Location: Temple City Library
Description: Join us in thanking Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for his continued support of the County Public Library. Kathryn Barger, Chief Deputy, will be in attendance on his behalf. The Temple City Library will receive a 1,416 square foot expansion and renovations throughout the library. Complimentary refreshments. Please RSVP. Free event.
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Event: 92nd Annual Awards Gala to benefit the Friends of the Library
Date: 6pm Sat., Nov. 2nd

Location: Kanghhodong baekjeong (new Korean BBQ Restaurant at 5077 Rosemead Blvd.)
Description: Awards Gala and installation of Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce. This is a silent auction and fund raiser to benefit the Friends of the Temple City Library. The Friends greatly appreciates being the focus of this year’s fund raiser. Please RSVP. Ticket purchase required, $50 to $60 per person depending on RSVP date. (It’s a fund raiser!)
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Thanks for being a member of the Friends of the Temple City Library! This year the Summer Reading Program at Temple City Library was the top program in the County. Your membership and library patronage make this all possible.

Woman’s Club June-2016 Luncheon for our TC Library !

Yes, it’s this coming Thursday! Don’t forget to make reservations to the great Annual Lunch-Book Sale to meet other FOL patrons like yourself and to keep benefiting our wonderful Temple City Library . . .
Please call SHIRLEY MEADE 626-447-4050, this weekend, or at latest Monday afternoon (Can call Shirley as you read this!)
THURS., June 23rd; SOCIAL TIME @ 11:30 AM // LUNCH @ 12:00 PM…9704 Woodruff Ave.
Join us in saying a thank you to the Woman’s Club  + Temple City Historical Society !!


FOL June 2016 Luncheon Book Sale Flyer


Invite: Special Event at Historical Society

Dear Friends Members,

Our Hospitality Committee member Mary Hunt wishes to invite all members to attend the following event:

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Time: 2:30pm

Historical Hall
9704 Woodruff Ave.
Temple City, CA  91780

Event Description:
Please join the Historical Society for light refreshments followed by meeting and program. The program will feature the Ballet Folklorico Quetzal Dancers.

Alert: Bargain Book Sale at Pasadena Hill Ave

Today I was returning some of the kids’ books to the Pasadena Library Branch on Hill Ave and made a discovery. This week they are removing books from circulation and having a big book sale. The sale is going on right now. You may purchase 1 bag of books for $1. (That’s right, one dollar for a whole bag of books–whichever ones you choose!)

The librarian went on to say that the sale is really all the books you can carry for $1, as they are trying to move them out. The sale is inside. They have many tables covered with books. The address of the branch is:

55 South Hill Avenue Pasadena, CA 91106
Located on Hill between Colorado and Del Mar, across from PCC.
See link below for hours and map

If you haven’t visited this branch before, it’s kind of neat as it’s near Caltech so they tend to stock interesting technical and science books. The books in the sale, though, are primarily fiction and appear to still be in great condition. If you have time, you can help them out by visiting the sale and/or telling a friend. Remember to bring some bags!

Noteworthy News

Here’s a few updates of recent happenings related to the Friends. I especially draw your attention to the first item–a discussion of enlarging our library at the upcoming City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd:

Expanded Library Proposed (Tuesday May 3rd, 7:30pm, Council Chambers)
Working in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles, Temple City will be considering an enlarged and improved development of the existing library. City Council will be discussing this as Item 10 of their Agenda at their Regular Meeting on May 3, 2016 (Tuesday).

As FOL Members, I encourage you to attend, listen to the ideas presented, and voice your support. The meeting begins at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers at 5938 Kauffman. Item 10 comes midway through the meeting, but you might decide for the whole thing as they’re pretty interesting. (You can always bring a book!)

County Matching Grant Awarded to Friends of the Temple City Library
At the County-Wide Friends Exchange held this past weekend, the Temple City Friends were awarded a $1000 check for their $2000 program to launch a Beginning Reading Project in conjunction with local schools.

As part of the program, we’ll be re-stocking the Children’s Section of the Library with upgraded books and learning materials. The check was presented in front of Friends’ representatives and Librarians from all over the County.

Library Manager Jing Li, Treasurer Kathryn Bradley, Vice-President Sam Kho, and President Munir Bhatti were on hand to accept the awarded grant and to say thanks for the generosity of the LA County Library Foundation. Special thanks goes to Children’s Librarian Xuemin Zhong who crafted much of the proposal.

County-Wide Book Sale a Success
Our County-Wide Book Sale held on April 9 was a success! While not helping me finish my taxes, it did sell arm-loads of books and spur several people to join the Friends. Thanks for everyone who helped run the event, especially our hard-working and fun-loving volunteers. Please join me in thanking Edna Jukofsky, Emily Wisneski, Phil Mendel and our teen volunteers who helped with the sale. Way to go, team!

County-Wide Book Sale

Join us for the Annual County-Wide Book Sale. We’ll have over 20 boxes of books, movies, and audio on sale including many titles in English and Chinese.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm
Temple City Library (due to rain, likely indoors)
5939 Golden West Ave.
Temple City, CA 91780

In addition to our normal pricing, we’ll be offering quantity discounts at the sale as well as a special discount for Friends’ members. See you there!

Upcoming Meetings and Book Sale

Event: Friends Meet & Greet
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Temple City Library
Agenda: Come meet with President and Social Committee of the Friends.
Enjoy refreshments, and discuss growing orchids. Members may bring a guest.

Event: Friends Board Meeting
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
Agenda: Annual budget, County matching grant, New officers, Book sale
discount for members. This is a member-only event. Refreshments will be served.

Event: County-Wide Book Sale
Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: To be determined, but likely 10am to 4pm
Location: Front Portico of the Temple City Library
Description: We will have our usual books on sale plus many from back
stock that have never been viewed. There will be both normal and
high-value (rare) books for sale. Quantity discounts and member
discounts will be available.

HealthCare Partners Donates

On January 12, 2016, HealthCare Partners of Temple City presented the Friends of the Temple City Library with a $1000 donation! This is intended to support the Summer Reading Program, fund healthy cooking demonstrations, support the acquisition of health and nutrition books and DVDs, as well as to schedule relevant guest speakers related to health, nutrition, exercise and medical knowledge.


The Friends, Library, and representatives from HealthCare Partners of Temple City (located on Las Tunas) will work closely to ensure the monies are used in a way beneficial for the Library and the Community.We’re pleased to welcome HealthCare Partners as our newest organizational member and look forward to working with them in the coming year.

The difficult part of receiving the donation was trying to fold it small enough to transport to the bank. It was—both in the physical size of the check and its amount—one of the largest donations we’ve received! When you meet anyone from the Temple City office of HealthCare Partners, be sure to thank them for generously supporting the Friends, the Library, and the Community.

Friends at AmazonSmile

During the holidays, we received this note from Amazon:

“AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. You are receiving this letter because one or more Amazon customers have selected to support Friends of the Temple City Library when they shop at AmazonSmile.”

That’s right: you may now select the Friends of the Temple City Library under the AmazonSmile program! We’re already signed up. If you shop at http://smile.amazon.com 0.5% of the purchase price will be donated to the Friends.

When selecting your charity at AmazonSmile, click the search box and enter ‘Friends of the Temple City Library’. We should show up right away. Thanks thinking of us!

Upcoming Meeting

Update: the cooking demo (2pm @ library) will proceed as planned, but the board meeting is cancelled due to illness.

Please join us at the upcoming FOL Meeting:

Date: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Time: 1pm to 2pm (cancelled, but cooking demo will take place at 2pm)
Location: Temple City Library
Agenda: Board seats, County matching grant proposal, Plan thank yous

All members are invited to attend. In our second meeting of the year we’ll continue discussing seats on the Board. We have too many Vice-Presidents and not enough of the other officers. We’ll discuss recruitment for these positions. The Library would like us to discuss and consider their proposal for the County matching grant. In addition, we want to plan a thank you party for our outgoing Secretary and Treasurer board members who’ve done a great job over the years.

Immediately after the meeting–at 2pm–there will be a Healthy Asian Cooking Demo by Minnie Luong. Mrs. Luong is a professional chef and culinary educator. Refreshments will be served as part of the cooking demonstration. We invite all meeting attendees to stay for the cooking program.