Friends of the Library


Who We Are

Volunteers, who feel that libraries are important, have become members of the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library. The group contributes volunteer hours, materials, and money to strengthen Library programs and services. Each year the Friends sponsor a gala wine tasting, noteworthy book sales, and a prestigious art fair.

The purpose of the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library is to promote community awareness of, support for, and utilization of the high quality programs, services, and facilities of the Sierra Madre Public Library as a lifelong center for learning. The Friends accept the obligation to raise funds so that the cost of the efforts, services, and necessary materials needed for optimal operation of the Library can be met.

To achieve their mission, the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will seek to:
Provide support for the Sierra Madre Public Library’s existing programs and services
Support additions to the Library’s collections, equipment purchases, and improvements and expansion of facilities
Encourage membership, participation, and involvement in the Friends by residents of the community served by the Library
Plan and implement fund-raising activities and events
Actively seek contributions/endowments/grants from individuals, organizations, foundations, and the public sector

Make a Donation Today!

Your contribution to the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will help preserve the community’s past and prepare it for the future. We are unable to process donations online but you can mail a check to: Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, Attention: Donations, P.O. Box 334, Sierra Madre, CA 91025. Please make your check payable to: Friends of the Sierra Madre Library. Donations are tax deductible.

The following is a list of some of the ways you can donate:

Mary Tumilty Endowment Fund — Established in 1991 on the occasion of Mary Tumilty’s retirement in recognition of her years of service as Director of Library Services. Funds generated are available for needs at the Library such as acquiring books, maps, computer software, CDs, audio books, programs used for educational purposes and other materials of permanent value and benefit to the Sierra Madre Public Library.

Sommer Library Scholarship Fund — Former Friends’ President John Sommer and his wife Cynthia Hicks established this fund in 1991 to help educate future Library and information professionals. To qualify, students must be accepted into a program that fulfills these goals.

Partners Program — Established in 2009, the Partners support the Library through an annual dues contribution at 3 levels of membership: Partner—$100 or more; Silver—$250 or more; and Gold—$500 or more. Funds generated will be used for select programs or projects that have been requested by the Director of Library Services. A recognition plaque honoring all of our Partners is on display in the main lobby of the Library.

You can also designate any of the Library programs, services or equipment that you feel would benefit the most from your donation. Thank you for your support!

Be A Friend
Being a Friend of the Library is a worthwhile experience. The Friends develop and support programs and projects benefiting everyone in the community. Members receive a monthly newsletter and, through volunteering, an opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people.

Become A Member
Whatever your interests and wherever your talents lie, you’re sure to find your niche as a Friend of the Sierra Madre Library. Preserve the community’s past and prepare it for the future. 


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Become A Volunteer
Please consider volunteering for one of the Friends’ Committees or Fund Raising Events. Click here to fill out our online volunteer application today and let us know what your interests are. We will contact you in the near future.