Camellia Festival Book Sale

To coincide with the Camellia Festival, the Friends is holding a Book Sale from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, Feb 24th at the Temple City Library. The sale with be either on the porch or just inside the lobby, weather depending. Hope to see you there!


New Hours

Beginning July 1st, the Library has expanded hours:

Mon, Tues, Weds 10am to 8pm
Thurs & Fri 10am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm


Please note that it will closed, of course, for July 4th.

Library Marches in Camellia Festival

Librarians and Library Patrons pose at the 2017 Camellia Festival

The Library and enthusiastic young readers marched in the Camellia Festival on Saturday, Feb. 25th.  Participants wore T-shirts donated by the Friends of the Temple City Library.

Library on the move!

They were accompanied by storybook celebrities as well as the County of Los Angeles Public Library Maker Mobile (also known as the MakMo).

Storybook celebrities Thing 1 and Thing 2, Tigger and friends wave to the crowd.

The Friends would like to thank everyone who came out to support the Library. We can’t help but wonder: what are they making in that MakMo?

The new Maker Mobile or MakMo.

Temple City Chamber Generously Donates

Dear Members,

The Temple City Chamber of Commerce generously donated $1,000 to the Friends of the Temple City Library! The funds were raised at the Annual Gala of 2016 with the check presented on Feb. 13, 2017. Many thanks to the attendees of the Gala and the Chamber for making this possible.

Chamber presents one-thousand-dollar donation (photo by Phuong Mac)

The funds are earmarked for improvements and amenities at the newly refurbished & expanded Temple City Library.  Plans for this are still under development. Please join me in thanking the Chamber and the community.

Munir Bhatti, President
Friends of the Temple City Library

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.
Click here for more info

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.
Click here for more info

Event: 92nd Annual Awards Gala to benefit the Friends of the Library
Date: 6pm Sat., Nov. 5th

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!)
Click here for more info

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!