Friends of the Library
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
Linda Parker, President
Georgia Chonko, Vice President
Linda Faulkner, Treasurer
Joyce Harper, Secretary
Shop Coordinator: Judy Tisdale
Directors: Penny Boggeln, Wayne Brown, Elmer Cameron, Sharon Fry, Dottie Heller, Carol Pennington
The Friends Board of Directors meet the second Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Escondido Public Library. Meetings are open to the public.
To contact the Friends of the Library, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
The Friends of the Library will begin accepting donations on Monday, August 2, 2021. Donations will be accepted Monday-Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; due to space limitations, only two boxes of donations per person will be accepted at this time.
The Library, and the Friends of the Library gladly accept donations in accordance with the guidelines below. The Friends of the Escondido Public Library is an approved, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization. Please note that donated items may be added to the Library's collection or given to the Friends shop for sale. Donated materials become the property of the Escondido Public Library or the Friends of the Escondido Public Library.
100% of the funds raised by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library go to support reading and cultural 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 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
- Cassette Tapes
- Vinyl or other records
Please bring all donations to the Main Library Monday-Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; due to space limitations, only two boxes of donations per person will be accepted at this time.
- Are you donating a few items?
Please visit the library during open hours and drop your donations through the Donations slot (next to inside book return slots).
- Are you donating a box or more of items?
Please come to the Library’s back delivery entrance on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Kalmia Street during open hours and ring the bell. Staff will assist you in bringing the items into the library. We are sorry, but boxes or containers cannot be returned to the donor.
All donations are tax deductible. Please request a receipt from Library staff for your records.