Friends of the Library

The Friends raise funds to augment the collections and you services of the Library and support the programs of the library.

Please call 909-798-7685 for any information you don’t find on the site, and click on hours for the Bookstore Hours.

Most of the money raised is from our bookstore and  the silent auction of quality books donated by a generous public.  So you can show your support of the library by patronizing our bookstore on the lower level of the library and participating in the silent auction of books in the main hall of the library

Also, come to our bag sale the first Saturday of every month where you can get a grocery bag of books for $4 for members and $5 for non-members.

The Friends, in conjunction with the Library, sponsor children’s programs, book clubs,  and the appearances of speakers and programs on cultural issues, history, and literature.

Membership

Annual dues are important toward the achievement of goals and help fund Library projects. Dues range from $5.00 to $1,000, but any amount is acceptable. You may pickup a membership envelope at the bookstore in the basement of the Library. The annual meeting of  members occurs in June of each year.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to work in the bookstore, to assist with the auctions, and to help shelve books. Volunteers also help with publicity, mailings, and with hospitality at meetings. Also, volunteers publish a newsletter for members four times a  year to keep them up to date.  Call the Bookstore at 798-7685 for more information on volunteering.

Literacy

 

An important program of The Friends of the Library is the Adult Literacy Program at A. K. Smiley Library. If you wish to volunteer, are 18 years and older, and would like to provide one-on-one professional and confidential help with reading and writing to an adult learner, 18 years and older, or would like to support adult literacy through a financial donation, please contact the Volunteer Literacy Coordinators at literacy@akspl.org or phone Smiley Library at 909.798.7565, ext. 4138 for further information.

Bookstore

The Friends Bookstore is found downstairs in the library.   It has over 14,000 gently used books on the shelves and offers them at very attractive prices including discounts for members of the Friends.  The bookstore also sells Friends and Smiley Library merchandise. On the first Saturday (and soon to be Sunday, too) the Bookstore conducts a Bag Sale, in which a grocery bag of books may be purchased for $4.00 by members and $5.00 by none-Members. All books have been donated by the people of Redlands and the surrounding area.  Click here or on the auction page. link above for hours  and prices.

Silent Auction

 

The Friends conduct a weekly Silent Auction in the main reading area of the Library.   50 selected books from those donated are chosen and displayed as well as 3 or 4 special old or rare books.  Each book has a clipboard with a bid sheet on it, where you may enter your bid IN WHOLE DOLLARS.  The Auction opens at 1pm on Tuesdeay and closes at 1pm on the following Tuesday (Old and Rare books are on auction for two weeks). Books are availableat the close of the auction or in the bookstore after 2:30 on Tuesdays.   For titles and dates Click here. auction.

Special Sales

The Friends conduct 4 Special Sales each year. In the Fall and Spring are the Semi-Annual Sales. They are a week long and the first day is for members only. Beyond that are a Holiday Book Sale around the holiday time in December and a one evening sale coordinated with the musical at the Redlands Bowl. The sales are of the more recent and better books which have been donated to the Friends.

Buy-A-Book

The purchase of books for the library is the chief objective of the Friends. Income from the bookstore, the sales, the auction, and donations are applied to that end. In addition, the Buy-A-Book program helps buy books and provides a way for community members to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one. When you Buy-A-Book, a nameplate is placed in the book with the name of the person you are honoring or memorializing. Forms for the program may be had at several of the help-desks in the library as well as in the Friends Bookstore.

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In reviewing the first 30 years of the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library, “extraordinary” is the only word appropriate to describe my feelings. Those original charter members were all community leaders and veterans of a variety of organizational participation. Their experience and enthusiasm lent spirit and results in forming the Friends organization in 1973. The Friends have supplemented the Smiley’s collections, benefited staff morale, made special selections and research available to the patrons, and ask for nothing in return

— Larry E. Burgess, Library Director

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