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A special notice. Beginning April 3, 2019, we will stop updating this site and focus on the Friends' new website at https://friendsoftherblibrary.org/. Please go there. We welcome your comments as we try to provide information about our RB Library faster and in more useful formats.

Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library

Welcome To Our Website

The Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library was established to:

  • Focus attention on library services, children's and other programs and facilities and to provide financial support to them;
  • To encourage donations of books, desirable collections, endowments and bequests;
  • To provide special educational displays and demonstrations in the Library;
  • To conduct fund-raising activities in order to support these objectives.

Here are some of our accomplishements and activities:

  • As of mid-2018, approximately 540 community members have joined the Friends.
  • Since 200l, the RB Friends of the Library has provided over $407,183 for the benefit of RB Branch Library.
  • Approximately 80 volunteers (at any one time) have raised these funds, primarily through the sale of donated books.
  • These volunteers donate more than 6,500 hours annually.
  • Used books, CDs, and DVDs are sold daily in the Jerry Peterson Book Shop inside the library nearly every hour the Library is open.
  • Book sales at the Library were previously held semiannually. As of 2017, quarterly bag sales have replaced the larger sales due to space limitations for inventory storage.
  • An active program of sales on Amazon has brought in $991 in the first half of 2018, with June netting $313, the most ever for a single month. The highest priced book we ever sold went for $250.
  • Monthly jazz and chamber music concerts by top San Diego and Orange County musicians are a public service of the Friends in additions to our donations.
  • The Friends support nearly all library programs for all ages in full or in part. These include children’s activities such as yoga, story time, and music, as well as programs and prizes for the Summer Reading Program. Adult programs which the Friends donations support include Oasis programs and other speakers.
  • The Friends augment the City’s budget books, CDs and DVDs for all ages.
  • Our donations provide the leased collection of popular current items.
  • The Friends support building improvements, such as the acoustical panels in the Community Room and the upstairs corridor, hangers for art exhibits, and new chairs for the Community Room and Seminar Rooms coming in the Fall of 2018.
  • The Friends advocate for a strong library (maintaining library hours, STEM and other programs, security, staff) for our community by attending City Council budget meetings and writing to our District 5 City Council member as needed.

May 2018 President’s Report

Judy Levine


Judy Levine, PresidentRecently, I was thrilled to have the privilege of handing Trish Jenkins, our branch manager, a check for $26,400 on behalf of the Friends of the Library. She forwarded the check to the San Diego Public Library Foundation (SDPLF). The funds came from Bookshop sales, bag sales, and Amazon sales, plus memberships and income from investments. Making our donation in a lump sum at the start of the SD Fiscal Year allows staff to plan ahead.

With matching funds from San Diego, the money we raised will provide:

  • Many programs for all ages in RB (If there were no money from the FOL that means almost no programs)
  • The leased collection of books and DVDs (that can’t be borrowed by other branches)
  • Additional books, DVDs, and CDs beyond the City’s budget
  • NEW CHAIRS for Community Room and Seminar Rooms are on order

The Foundation responded to us saying: “The Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library’s continued dedication enriches the library experience for the many children and adults who visit city libraries …. The (SDPLF) is so fortunate to work with dedicated Friends groups like yours.”

In addition, the Friends will pay for refreshments and program supplies separately.

Thank you to the many Friends who helped raise these funds (names are not listed because there are too many): ·

  • All those who sort in the Workroom ·
  • All those who assist customers in the Bookshop ·
  • The three who list special books on Amazon, then wrap, and mail them when they sell ·
  • Board members who do the organizing and work hours upon hours in sales ·
  • All who have joined the Friends, including the growing number at $50 and $100 levels ·
  • Our Finance Chair who (successfully) watches our investments like a hawk

Now we are looking to diversify our fundraising. Our new Fundraising Chair, Laurie Davidson, has an article of her own below. I urge you to consider volunteering for this new committee to help develop the framework for the future. The need will grow in the future, not diminish.

Help Shape Our New Fundraising Efforts

The Board of FOL is undertaking an exciting new initiative to broaden our fundraising base. We are very proud of the current level of support to our branch, but we feel called upon to do more! In light of dwindling support from the city of San Diego, pressing current needs and innovative dreams for the future, our goal is to develop a wider variety of opportunities for patrons of our wonderful library to offer their financial support.

What we need now, in this first phase of this initiative, are several good people who are interested in helping to flesh out a plan and are willing to join the newly formed Fundraising Committee. Knowledge of the community of Rancho Bernardo, fundraising experience, event planning familiarity, Internet savvy—any or all of these strengths are welcome. However, what’s most important is enthusiasm for our outstanding library and its important role here.

If you’re interested, or have questions about this opportunity, please contact me, Laurie Davidson.

Join - Become a Member

The Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Members benefit and RB benefits. See how by clicking Join.

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer J. Adler, philosopher, educator, and author (1902-2001)