Friends of the Library

Since 1962 the Friends of the Library have continued to be a positive force in the Monterey Park community by providing volunteers and financial support to the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.

Membership dues, donations, and proceeds from the sales of donated books in the Friends Bookstore allow the Friends to be an on-going benefactor for the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. The Friends have been able to provide financial support for many regularly scheduled library programs, for special holiday programs, and for many other informational events. These programs have served adults, youth, and young children in both large and small programs. Some presentations have been singular events while others have been on-going programs that proceeded for days or weeks. The Friends have contributed funding for literary, educational, technological and cultural events to serve the diverse needs of the Monterey Park community.   

Join the Friends


Applications for Friends membership are available at the Circulation Desk or the Friends Bookstore. Dues are $5 for a single person, $10 for a family, $3 for seniors, $25 for patron, $50 for sustaining, and $100 for benefactor. The application form also allows one to volunteer to help with Friends' activities.

Current Friends


The Friends Board usually meets in the library on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The board consists of:
  • Nancy Ishino-Gilmore - President
  • Rosalie Toltzman - Vice President
  • Lilian Kawaratani - Treasurer
  • Ellen Johannsen - Secretary
  • Lorraine Esparza - Bookstore Liaison
  • Tiffany Guan - Junior Friends President
Friends of the Library is a 501 (c) (3) non – profit organization.