Many thanks to those who supported our National Friends of the Library Week fundraiser at Jersey Mike's in the Packinghouse District. With your help, we raised $583.00 for the library's programs, infrastructure needs, and purchase of new books.
Our next fundraiser is on November 20th at Corner Bakery Cafe in Orange Street Plaza. Print or download a digital copy of the flyer at this link:
Please present the flyer with your order between 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, and 15% of your purchase will be donated to the Friends.
We are deeply grateful to Jersey Mike's & Corner Bakery for hosting fundraisers to support the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library.
Mark your calendar...
the Holiday Book Sale is December 6-8th! It's a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping
while supporting the library!
Choose from a wide selection of books for every interest.
Hours: Friday: 10:15 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday: 10:15 am - 4:15 pm*
Sunday: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Prices start at $3.00 and drop by $1.00 each day.
*Every child that visits Santa between 1:00-3:00 on Saturday will receive a coupon for a free children's book of their choice in the Friends bookstore.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dia de Los Muertos Event
On November 2nd, the library hosted a community event in honor of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with activities in Smiley Park and the Contemporary Club. More than 300 people attended.
There were children's activities and crafts in Smiley Park, and the first 200 guests enjoyed a free taco lunch. In the Contemporary Club, the public viewed altars created by 14 community groups, including the Friends.
Maria Carrillo, Associate Archivist at the library, presented on Mexican-American history in Redlands, and the St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico of Redlands performed.
Pictured below: Friends of the Library board members Sharon Regalado (l) and Katherine Gifford (r) stand with the Friends' altar, dedicated to the memory and special contributions of volunteers & supporters.