By: Kathy Loy | Photos by: Zeena Gregg Photography

A year after volunteering at her local library, Carmel Valley resident Cindy Renfrow realized she could make a greater impact by becoming an official “Friend of the Carmel Valley Library” – so she did.

The larger organization, called the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, is nearly 5,000 strong with individuals who volunteer to support the City Library System. The group makes substantial contributions to augment the library’s book budget and is an advocacy voice on library issues.

 “The money we raise goes to the library to pay for new books and other materials, music programs and activities for children of all ages.”
~Cindy Renfrow Friends of the Library

With the help of other volunteers at the Carmel Valley branch, Renfrow has made the book sale run more efficiently and helped to reduce the volume of books waiting to find a new home. “Between our regular sale, our quarterly bargain book sales and two antiquarian book sales, the FOTL (Friends of The Library) raised quite a lot of money last year. The money we raise goes to the library to pay for new books and other materials, music programs and activities for children of all ages.” Programs such as the summer reading and book club, Wednesday music program, family fun and craft time and Scientists & Engineers of Tomorrow have all benefited.

Renfrow said the most rewarding thing about being involved with the Friends of the Carmel Valley Branch Library is “seeing the delight on people’s faces when they find a treasure they’ve been looking for.” She said the Carmel Valley branch is always looking for new volunteers. There is a small membership fee to be a Friend of The Library, which includes insurance. More information and forms can be obtained at www.carmelvalleylibrary.org/friends.

The next bargain book sale will be held on Mar. 31 in the community room from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendees will be able to fill a bag with books for only $2.00. Now that’s a great deal!