Who are the Friends of the Escondido Public Library?
The Friends of the Escondido Library are library lovers who formed this non-profit organization in 1970. There are over 300 Friends members.
Friends Board of Directors
Elmer Cameron, President
Marge Kelley, Vice President
Christel Luther, Treasurer
Mary Roy, Secretary
Directors: Linda Atkinson, Daisy Bowen, Linda Faulkner, Lee Graniero, Marlene Hoover, Gloria Chonko
Shop Coordinator: Eula Stephens (appointed by the Board)
The Friends Board of Directors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 9:30 AM in the Board Room at the Escondido Public Library. Meetings are open to the public.
What do the Friends of the Library do?
Friend volunteers operate the Friends Book Shop, selling books, audio books, magazines, videos, CDs, DVDs and more, largely donated by the public. The inventory in the book shop is constantly changing. Funds raised by the Friends of the Library help support the following programs of the Escondido Public Library:
- Purchase of books and equipment
- Free music concerts
- Programs for teens and children
- Second Tuesday Book Club
- Rincon Literario Book Club
The Friends also have items for sale on eBay. Take a look at what is currently available. In addition to the eBay auctions, the Friends of the Library periodically hold silent auctions in the Shop. Please see one of the Shop volunteers for more information.
Make a donation to help the Friends support these library services:
How do I become a Friend?
To become a Friend, please fill out a membership form.
Forms are available at the Friends Book Shop or by calling 760-839-4832.
Annual membership fees:
- Individual - $10
- Family - $15
- Business/Organization - $30
- Supporting - $35
- Lifetime membership - $125 (one-time)
Members receive a quarterly newsletter with information about the Escondido Public Library from library staff and the Friends Book Shop volunteers.
To volunteer at the Friends Book Shop, please see our Volunteer Opportunities page or call our Volunteer Coordinator: 760-839-4819
Friends Book Shop Donation Guidelines
100% of the funds raised by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library go to support reading and music programs for children, teens and adults, and to purchase books, DVDs and other materials for the circulating collections.
- Books in good condition (gently used)
- Books dated 1900 and earlier
- Magazines, not older than 12 months
- Videos (VHS)
- Audio books on tape & CD
- Books that are broken, falling apart, or have torn or missing pages
- Books that are musty, written-in, water damaged, or stained
- Magazines, older than 12 months
- Readers Digest Condensed Books
- Music Cassette Tapes
- Vinyl or other records
The Friends of the Escondido Public Library is run by volunteers and an approved 501 (c) (3) organization. Donated materials become the property of the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.