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Our 
Story

65 Years of Service

The small group of men and women that would form the Hermosa Beach Friends of the Library first met in 1959. They shared a commitment to supporting the Hermosa Beach Library and education and literacy in their small, growing beach town.

Over six decades, HBFoL has raised and donated more than $550,000 to the Hermosa Beach Library, while putting thousands of books in the hands of South Bay readers.

Our story is just beginning, and we honor those who led the way.

Broad Community Support

The funds we raise from our community, our partners, and our Bookstore sales support myriad reading, literacy, and educational programs throughout the community including:

Local Literacy Programs
Promoting literacy alongside our partners in the community

Community Development
Supporting literacy, education, culture and community in the South Bay!

Library Materials
Books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, and more!

Library Programs
Events, storytimes, competitions, and other programs for children and adults

Library Improvements
Computers, supplies, desks, and other library equipment and supplies

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Programs

Governance

We maintain public governance documents to ensure public transparency and compliance with the most rigorous standards of nonprofit management.

Past Presidents

1959, 60 - Helen Tracy*
1961 - Bea Bond
1962 - Mary Edgerton
1963 - Kay Pontius
1964, 87, 88, 89, 90, 96, 2001, 02, 03, 04 - Charlotte A. Malone*
1965, 68 - Lorraine Hales*
1966 - Beverly Corben
1967, 71, 77 - Patricia A. Gazin*
1969, 70 - Dorothy Olney*
1972 - Mary Tyson*
1973, 74, 2006, 07, 08 - Betty Ryan
1975, 2005 - Naoma Valdes
1976 - Evelyn Belasco*
1978 - Delma Peery*
1979, 80 - Clyde W. Malone, Jr.*
1981, 82 - Joan Greenwald
1983, 84 - Stephen Izant
1985, 86 - Curtney Harris
1991, 92 - John Hales*
1993, 94, 98, 99, 2000 - Al Valdes
1995, 97 - Tim Ferguson
2009, 10, 11 - Dorothy Yost
2012, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 - Howie Seeb*
2013 - Robert Luthhart
2019, 20, 21, 22 - George Ceman
2023 - Kira Baccari

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