Dear Members and Partners,

The Annual Dinner Meeting was a great success! It was so nice to see everyone in person and being together again. Thank you so much to the committee members Sharon Murphy, Darlene Traxler, Margaret Quigley, Elizabeth Leahy and Leslie Ziff. “Stitching Together Our Library Community” was a fitting theme!

I can barely contain my completely ecstatic heart as I type this!! Assembly Member Chris Holden’s office successfully advocated an award to the City of Sierra Madre Public Library in the amount of $10,000,000!!!! Thank you so much to Mayor Gene Goss for spear heading this amazing grant and to the City Council for all your efforts. Of course, a big “Thank You” to the Library Board Trustees, Friends, Partners and all of the people that have supported the Library all of these years!

The Library Parking Improvement Project to provide angled parking on Sierra Madre Blvd and additional ADA improvements such as the Staff Entrance and Handicapped parking in front of the Library will begin on Tuesday, July 5. The Library will remain open during the parking project with construction hours of approximately 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The driveway between Sierra Madre Blvd and the back lot is expected to be closed but the driveway from Mariposa Avenue to the parking lot will remain open for the duration of the project. There will always be a front pathway to the Main Entrance from Sierra Madre Blvd although it may move around as construction progresses.

Our 50th Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit, “The Golden Jubilee of the Friends” event, will take place in the Paddock at Santa Anita Racetrack. Thank you so much to Leslie Ziff, Pete Siberell, Susan Gallagher and Vicky Ryan for your endless hours putting this amazing event together.

Hot off the presses, Martha Troedson just reported that the Best Used Book Internet sales were $1,415 for the period of April 1-June 30. Great work!! The next Book Sale is tentatively scheduled for August 5 and 6.

Lastly, I am very honored and looking forward to serving as the President of the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library. A special thanks to Margaret Quigley for serving as our President and being that person we can always count on. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for any of our events, please reach out to me at 626-202-8502.

Julie Bencosme

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