The Friends of Pomona Public Library was founded in 1955 in order to promote the continuation of the library as endowed by Andrew Carnegie. He saw that libraries are an integral part of a community’s growth and well-being.
The Friends of Pomona Library is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) service organization which assists the library in its efforts to meet the needs and interests of the community. Organized in 1955, the Friends is dedicated to:
- Maintaining an active association of persons interested in books and the library resources
- Focusing public attention on library services, facilities, and needs
- Stimulating gifts of books, special collections, endowments, and bequests
- Sponsoring discussion groups
- Showcasing local talent
- Providing entertainment, education, and information events
- Encouraging free access to READING for everyone
The Friends of Pomona Public Library contributes yearly to library programs and services not budgeted by city funds. Every area of the library has benefited from numerous Friends’ donations:
- The Friends provides the main financial support for the library’s annual six-week youth and adult summer reading programs.
- The Friends provides for special programs, i.e. Laura Ingalls Wilder Sociable, author programs, Creative Arts Workshop for youth, youth participation, and more.
- The Friends provides for library needs for equipment, book shelves, furniture, display cases as requested by the Library administration.
- The Friends works closely with the library staff to meet the needs of the community.
- The Friends of Pomona Public Library is dedicated to enriching the community and library’s programs through membership dues and donations, monthly book sales, bookstore sales in the library, on-line book sales through Amazon, and various fundraising events.