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Friends of the
beverly hills public library

The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Library's tradition of service to the community. The Beverly Hills Public Library has won many awards and repeated national recognition.

Friends raises funds and sponsors activities that supplement, enhance, and enrich the Library's collections and programs. 

Friends’ membership fees, book-store revenues and donations provide many of the Library's best-loved and most needed resources.

Please join us. We can't do it without you. 

The Enchanted Woods room for children of all ages.

The Enchanted Woods room for children of all ages.

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ABOUT US

Friends of the Beverly Hills Library was organized in 1959 to promote the first bond issue that built the library. Since its beginnings, Friends has played a significant role in the development of the Library. Friends’ activities and programs receive enthusiastic local participation and attract attendees from all over the Los Angeles area.

Friends is a vital organization, growing and responding to the demands of the community. We are ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things.

Toddler Reading Group

Toddler Reading Group

Among the most recent programs funded by Friends are:

  • A free annual Summer Reading Club that keeps thousands of local kids engaged and excited about reading between school terms
  • Year-round Storytime programs for babies, toddlers, and families
  • Regular deliveries of Library materials to the homebound
  • The Teen Zone that gives local teenagers a place to do homework and joint projects and enjoy books, games, and companionship year-round
  • A valuable collection of fairy tales and extraordinary selection of collectible books and artwork for young children housed in the charming Enchanted Woods room
  • A Book Club for Adults, which has built an enthusiastic following from throughout the Los Angeles area
  • The Friends Bookstore located in the Library’s lobby and staffed by volunteers, boasts a large, fast-changing inventory of new books, used books, collectibles, and out-of-print books in all genres from fiction to cookbooks
Charlotte Rae and her son, Larry Strauss, in conversation at our May Open Meeting

Charlotte Rae and her son, Larry Strauss, in conversation at our May Open Meeting

Enchanted Woods Entrance, Right
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donations

For your convenience you may make your donation to the Friends by clicking below.

Click here for a printable copy of this form.

Enclose your check (payable to Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library) and mail to:

The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library Donations
444 N. Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210-4877

I want to support the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library at the following level:

  • Circle of Friends                      $1,000 and above
  • Benefactor                               $500
  • Sponsor                                   $250
  • Family                                      $100
  • Individual                                 $50

Contributions are tax deductible.

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TRIBUTES & Endowments

Commemorate a special occasion, pay tribute to someone or honor someone's memory by making a contribution to the Friends Tribute Fund. Donors and honorees receive prompt, discreet acknowledgements. 

The Friends of the Library accepts donations to the "Harris Fund- Visually Handicapped" for library materials geared to the visually handicapped. Checks made payable to "Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library" should note "Harris Fund - Visually Handicapped" on the memo line. 

For gifts of $35 or more for a book acknowledgement in the subject area of your choice and inscribed with your honoree's name. You and the designated recipient will be informed of the specific title after purchase. 

To make your tax-deductible contribution, print the
Tribute Fund form, enclose your check, and mail to: 
The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library
Tribute Fund
444 N. Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210-4877

Flight of Imagination 

Flight of Imagination 

Volunteer Holiday Luncheon at Beverly Hills City Hall

Volunteer Holiday Luncheon at Beverly Hills City Hall

The Friends oversee an Endowment Fund that benefits collections and programs within the Library. All funds are invested in safe and secure monetary institutions that generate interest to be used for future library needs. The donor may request the funds be utilized in a specific area or leave the decision to the Friends Board of Directors. 

Endowments have benefited music collections, fine arts lectures, children’s art and the computer lab. The Enchanted Woods collection was also made possible by an endowment. 

If you have any questions, please call the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library direct phone line at (310) 288-2286 Many gifts of this nature are tax deductible, please check with your tax advisor for verification. 

Your donation is greatly appreciated.

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calendar

$1 Book Sale!
May 18 through May 21st
August 24th through August 27th
November 16 through November 19th  

Book Sale

½ Price Sale in the Bookstore

December 8th through December 22nd

 

Palarz Book Group

Monthly

The 1st Tuesday at 10:15am
The 2nd Wednesday at 10:15am
The 3rd Thursday at 1pm

Annual membership in Friends admits a reader to all meetings or $5 per session is requested. 

No sign-up is necessary.

Readers may attend any day,
 

JULY 2017
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW
by AMOR TOWL
ES
Tuesday, July 11, 10:15 am
Wednesday, July 12, 10:15 am
Thursday, July 20, 1 pm

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017
COMMONWEALTH
by ANN PATCHETT

Tuesday, September 5, 10:15 am
Wednesday, September 13, 10:15 am
Special Thursday, September 14, 1 pm
(change due to Jewish New Year)

OCTOBER 2017
NEWS OF THE WORLD
by PAULETTE JILES

Tuesday, October 3, 10:15 am
Wednesday, October 11, 10:15 am
Thursday, October 19, 1 pm

NOVEMBER 2017
HOMEGOING
by YAA GYASI

Tuesday, November 7, 10:15 am
Wednesday, November 8, 10:15 am
Thursday, November 16, 1 pm


The book group is on hiatus for August.

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FRIENDS BOOKSTORE

$1 Book Sale!
August 24th through August 27th
November 16 through November 19th  

Ursula manning the store

Ursula manning the store

½ Price Sale in the Bookstore

December 8th through December 22nd

The Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library welcomes your book donations. Friends Book Shop revenues support some of the Library's best-loved programs.
 

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We accept:

  • Hardcover books in good condition (not condensed, damaged in any way or w/excessive writing)
  • Paperbacks in good condition (not warped)
  • Children’s books (especially award winners)
  • Reference books (only current editions, please.)
  • DVDs, and CDs (operable and in their original casings)
  • Magazines that are no older than 3 months old
Book Store

Book Store

We do not accept:

  • Periodicals or magazines
  • Directories or phone books
  • Activity books, Tax or Government Documents

The Friends Book Shop is located off the Library lobby.  Open: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm - Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Queries for the store should call 310.288.2209, for volunteering 310.288.2286 and for book donations 310.288.2271

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Board of directors

Officers

Kristin Jameson
President
Tillie Borys
1st Vice President
Lee Saltz
2nd Vice President               
Lori Goldman
3rd Vice President
Jeannette Manelbaum
3rd Vice President
Nam Kim
Treasurer                
Michele Gabai
Recording Secretary
Joyce Ziman
Corresponding Secretary

Past Presidents

Monique Maas Gibbons
Lori Goldman
Ann Golenternek
Betty Harris
Barbara Linder
Jean Rosenblatt
Barbara Sadoff
Charlotte Skura

Directors

Fran Behrstock
Carol Epstein
Martha Galvan
Debra Gordon
Helene Harris
Rosanne Keynan
Ursula Levi
Virginia Maas
Karyn Newman
Eileen Olsen
Karen Richman
Launa Romoff
Karen Rushfield
Victoria Wilson

President Monique Gibbons

Summer is here, and I am writing my first letter to you as President of the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library.  The Friends first and foremost have a passion for their local library.  That is why we do what we do.  We volunteer our time, energy, and resources.  We provide events and fundraising to supplement our library.  We do this because we know the value of our library.  We know what a library is capable of doing in a community and we see firsthand how powerful that is. 

Last month was a very busy month for the Friends.  At our annual general meeting in May, Charlotte Rae and her son read from her recently published autobiography, “The Facts of My Life.”  Autographed copies of the book were available at the evening wine and appetizer event.

The summer reading program at the library is in full swing.  Over 2000 children have signed up for the program so far this year and more continue to sign up each day.

On July 19th, the library will be hosting Midsummer Night’s Mystery, an evening event with four mystery writers discussing their books and their inspirations. 

I am very much looking forward to my term as President and thank you for your continued commitment and financial support of the Friends.  We look forward to seeing you at the library.

Sincerely,

Kristin Jameson
President of the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library