President’s Message – July 2022

The Books for Friends grand opening and our third Pop-Up Used Book Sale were very successful this past weekend! We sold record amounts of books, introduced the community to our outstanding new used bookstore in the Alameda Free Library, and … Read More

President’s Message – June 2022

In the May newsletter I reported on attempts to ban or censor books in public and school libraries – a total of 729 books were banned in 2021. Most of these efforts are focused on books read by teens, so … Read More

President’s Message – May 2022

We are witnessing censorship in many parts of the country. In Llano County, Texas, elected officials removed books because they disagreed with the ideas, closed library board meetings to the public, dissolved the library board, replacing them with political appointees, … Read More

President’s Message – April 2022

March was a fantastic month for FAL. The March pop-up used book sale, featuring mysteries, sci-fi, and adventure, had lines of buyers ready to shop as the doors opened. Almost everyone seemed to find a good book to buy and … Read More

President’s Message – March 2022

Fingers crossed for our grand opening of the Books for Friends store this month! We think we will meet this date now that COVID cases are low in our community and we have worked out the kinks in opening a … Read More

President’s Message – February 2022

I want to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal donors for their contributions. We are grateful that the FAL community shares our love of and vision for public libraries. We are also grateful that the FAL community shares … Read More

President’s Message – January 2022

I hope this holiday season was a brief respite for you to safely enjoy friends and family after many postponed get-togethers. Unfortunately, we are still facing COVID variants. Yet we are grateful for so much. While I hesitate to mention … Read More

President’s Message – November 2021

As this is the last newsletter for 2021, I want to look back on the past year and give a sneak peek at 2022. Without the ability to hold in-person events, we organized very successful Friends @ Home art docent … Read More

President’s Message – October 2021

The most frequent questions Board members receive are “When is the next book sale?”, “When will you accept book donations?”, and “When can I go to a Live @ the Library concert?” The pandemic put a halt to these well-loved … Read More

President’s Message – September 2021

The LA Times recounts the vision of Katia Padilla who grew up in Mexico and loved to read, but books were too expensive. She dreamed, “I had a library all for myself.” She now lives in Chula Vista and has … Read More

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