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Opportunities to Give Back at the Glendora Library

The Glendora Public Library is looking for books, donations and volunteers.

Looking for ways to give back to your community? y, 140 S. Glendora Avenue, is offering several opportunities to volunteer and donate in the coming weeks.

Volunteer

The Library is looking for enthusiastic community members to fill open volunteer positions in shelving, book care and children’s programming. Teens, ages 14 to 18, and adults are encouraged to look into these volunteer opportunities at the Glendora Public Library.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of three months for one to two hours per week. Volunteer hours are flexible and can be scheduled around classes, work or other commitments.

Pick up a volunteer application at the Library or download the application off the web site at www.glendoralibrary.org. If you have any questions regarding volunteering, call the Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Deering at (626) 852-4809.

Donate

The Friends Plaza Book Loft, located on the second level of the Library, is accepting gently used fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and magazines.

Donated items can be placed on the Donation Table in the upper lobby of the library. All donated items are tax deductible through the Glendora Public Library Friends Foundation, a 50l (c) (3) non-profit organization. 

Each month, there is a ‘Super 7 Day Sale’ on the main floor of the library (with all items 50 cents) as well as a 50 percent off on selected items in the Bookstore.

Proceeds from the Friends Plaza Book Loft support the Library’s adult literacy programs, youth and teen programs and provide funds for materials and library programs.

Food Drive

The Library will be celebrating National Library Month from April 2 to 30.  As part of this celebration, the Glendora Public Library will hold a food (non-perishable) and toiletry item drive in support of Shepherd’s Pantry.  The library will provide collection boxes on the main floor during the month of April where community members can donate their items. 

Items needed by Shepherd’s Pantry include canned goods such as vegetables, beans, tuna and fruit; jars  and packaged food such as rice, potatoes, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and jelly; and non-food items such as diapers, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste and clothing.

A complete list of recommended food items is available on the Shepherd’s Pantry website at www.shepherdspantry.com.

Steve Slakey March 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I have supported the library financially and with volunteer hours and will continue to do so. However, everyone in Glendora needs to know that this "Crown Jewel" is threatened by our city manager and some council members. Every time there are city cuts, the library takes the biggest hit and the police department, with several members making in excess of $100,000 take the smallest cut. Many of the special programs (JPL, Opera, adult reading, etc.), along with some long time staff, are being axed due to the most recent cuts. These cuts are supposedly triggered by loss of redevelopment funds. The city manager's salary partially comes from these funds. What cuts is he taking? This council has much to answer for. Get tot he budget meetings in April and voice your outrage.
Suzette Farmer March 22, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Please come to one of the city’s budget meetings April 4th and 5th. One is upstairs in Bidwell Forum at the library and one is at the Teen Center, and there will be free childcare and pizza! After years of cuts, the library is expected to take a 10% cut again, along with Community Services, while the other departments only have to take 2% cuts. We are losing two great librarians that this community needs and they don’t deserve to be cut like this. They both have been acknowledged by their managers and the city, their coworkers and community members as doing excellent work, yet they will lose their jobs at the end of June if we as a community accept these budget cuts. The library does a lot to support the education of our students, we are not just about free DVDs and wi-fi! Please come and show your support for the library and community services, which both add to the quality of life here in Glendora.
JJ March 22, 2012 at 03:42 AM
JJ Yes please attend these budget meetings so you can get the facts and not personal agendas. To suggest that the police should be asked to cut the same as a library is scary. I guess when was the last time a resident called the library to help stop a criminal? Let's find out that the PD was asked to reduce their budget by over $200,000 and the Library was asked to reduce by only $190,000 according to the report given to the Council at their meeting on 2/27/12. I guess the three people losing their jobs at the PD are less important than the 2 at the library? What about 6 people at the Redevelopment Office on Glendora Avenue that will lose their jobs in June? Remember what people write does not have to be fully accurate or even half right. The real culprit in this is Sacramento which cause the million problem for Glendora. Where anger against the Governor that is taking local tax dollars for his use? I vote for cops on the street over fre DVD's and wi-fi for a few any day.
Denise B. March 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Sounds like you have a personal agenda JJ, but in all fairness we all tend to have pet projects we like better than others. According to your statement, "the PD was asked to reduce their budget by over $200,000 and the Library was asked to reduce by only $190,000". If that is the case, then the library took the bigger hit. Think about it. In the meantime, I encourage both our former educators, BK and Steve, to explain why that is so in an easy to understand basic math lesson. You are right about Sacramento though. The Governor, John Perez and Darrell Steinberg should all consider a visit to their local library to pop in those math DVD's too. Sacramento has created a fine kettle of fish, a real stew, thanks to their fuzzy math of the past. When you hear, your grandchildren will be paying for this burden for a long time - GUESS WHAT, we are the grandchildren. The bills are due now and we get to pay for them with reduced services and higher taxes. So here we are.... I don't think you will be seeing a return of tax dollars to the local level anytime soon. The Governor has gone on record as saying the worst abuses of public funds were at the municipal level. Whether that is true or not, it is obvious he feels justified pulling the money back into the state coffers.
Denise B. March 23, 2012 at 04:45 PM
OK looks like Steve and BK have missed my challenge.... the answer is that the reason the library is taking a bigger hit is because they have a much smaller percentage of the pie. The largest expenditure for Glendora is public safety. Proportionately, even though the PD is taking a 200K hit, the library takes the bigger hit at 190K. If the library's budget is 400K then their reduction would be at close to 50%, where the 200K for the PD would be a much smaller percentage. I don't know the exact dollars for either department, but in other cities public safety is absorbing the majority of the budgets to the point it is crowding out all other services. Something to think about.
MellowMaverick March 23, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Sorry, Denise...I was kind of missing this thread and i also don't know very much about the Glendora budget. But as an ex-Librarian myself I can attest to the fact that in schools and communities alike, the libraries are always a big target at budget time. It's because they have no political power and many Council members or politicians just don't "get" how important it is to nourish the intellectual needs of the citizens. I do know that a $200,000 hit is a minor hit to the police department compared to a $190,000 hit by the library. Libraries have been underfunded for decades, yet through the creativity and dedication of the people who understand what they are all about, they survive...barely. The adult literacy program alone at the Glendora Library is a reason to value that facility. And that is only one of many programs they offer. The fall of every major civilization was expedited by those who tried to get rid of books and thinkers. (Check out history at the Library!). Nice for the city to have parks, trails and bike lanes to exercise bodies but minds deserve no less.
Denise B. March 23, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Come to the workshops BK. We need some intellectual perspectives on what services are worth making the effort to save.
MellowMaverick March 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I will not even remotely claim that I can offer any intellectual insight, but I'd be willing to come to the meetings :) When and where?
Denise B. March 23, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I think it was posted on Patch, but here is some information I pulled from the Glendora Community Network flyer that was sent to me: $1,000,000 estimated loss to our general fund from loss of Redevelopment Funds. City looking for input from community on proposed cuts to services. Learn where money is being spent, where service cuts are planned and how YOU will be affected by these cuts! Workshops will be held: April 4 - Teen Center, 241 W. Dawson St., 6pm April 5 - Bidwell Center, 140 S. Glendora Ave., 6pm
MellowMaverick March 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Thank you Denise. I should be able to attend the Apr. 4 meeting...I will be out of town on the 5th. I assume the teen center is the one across from the golf course.
Denise B. March 23, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It must be, I am glad you said that because I was thinking it was the rec hall at Finkbiner Park - I guess I mixed up Dalton with Dawson. I did hear they were going to have one in South Glendora and one in North Glendora so that must be it. They will have pizza as well.

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