Friends of the Almaden Library (FAL)
Almaden Branch Library
6445 Camden Ave.
San Jose, CA 95120-2823
Library Phone: (408) 808-3040

The Friends of the Almaden Library supports the Almaden Branch Library by raising funds for special programs and materials as needed by the librarians and also spreading the word to the area residents about how and why the library needs extra funding above that available from the city budget.

The new Almaden Library and Community Center opened on May 13, 2006, the first building in San Jose where both functions were in the same building.  The Friends requests donations of gently used books and audio/video materials and sells them to raise money for the library.  Since the new library opened, the Friends have held two used book sales each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.  There is also a display of books and media items in the Lobby Sale Area, near The Oasis Cafe, for sale at all times that the building is open.  Sales here are on the honor system at the same low rates as during the large book sales.  Customers shop here so frequently that annual profits from this Lobby Sale Area are now exceeding those at the two large book sales.

Listed below are the dates of upcoming book sales and meetings.  Below that, are links to a membership application form, articles, newsletters, minutes, and some book sale photographs for you to enjoy.


*** Dates of 2014 Book Sales and Meetings ***

            Spring 2014 Sale                 Activity
  Wednesday, March 19,   2:00 - 4:00 PM   Pre-Sale Meeting -- Friends' Sorting Workroom
  Saturday, May 3,   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Book Sale -- Community Room
  Tuesday, May 20,   2:00 - 4:00 PM   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting -- Friends' Sorting Workroom
            Fall 2014 Sale                 Activity
  Tuesday, September 9,   2:00 - 4:00 PM   Pre-Sale Meeting -- Friends' Sorting Workroom
  Saturday, November 1,   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Book Sale -- Community Room
  Tuesday, November 18,   2:00 - 4:00 PM   Post-Sale Meeting -- Friends' Sorting Workroom


*** How to Join the Almaden Friends ***

Everyone interested in supporting the Almaden Branch Library is welcome to join our Friends group.
Membership privileges:  subscription to our newsletter which is sent out several times each year, sorting book and audiovisual donations to get them ready for the lobby book sale area and our book sales, helping at our book sales, fellowship, and fun.  Pick up a blue membership application in the lobby book sale area or in the library.  Fill out the form and give it to a librarian or a library staff member.
You can also find the form online at the Membership Application page.
Please fill out this form and either give it to a librarian or library staff member or else mail it to:
          Friends of the Almaden Library
          6445 Camden Avenue
          San Jose, CA 95120-2823.
There are no dues required for membership; however, we welcome donations with a check made out to Friends of the Almaden Library. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, and donations are deductible on federal and state income taxes to the full extent of the law.

*** Significant Occasions ***

Date   Function
2013  
January, 2013   January 2013 Newsletter
February 27, 2013   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
April 6, 2013   Spring Book Sale  -- [Proceeds = $4,381.50]
May 8, 2013   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes
May, 2013   May 2013 Newsletter
September 18, 2013   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
September 23, 2013   Holiday Mini-Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $774.40]
October, 2013   October 2013 Newsletter
November 2, 2013   Fall Book Sale  -- [Proceeds = $4,683.00]

2012
 
March 7, 2012   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
March, 2012   March 2012 Newsletter
April 21, 2012   Spring Book Sale  -- [Proceeds = $3,251.45]
June, 2012   June 2012 Newsletter
September 19, 2012   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
October, 2012   October 2012 Newsletter
November 5, 2012   Fall Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $4755.75 + 50% matching funds (max $1250.) = $6005.75]
November 21, 2012   Post-Sale Meeting Minutes

2011
 
March 1, 2011   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
April, 2011   April 2011 Newsletter
April 16, 2011   Spring Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $2,717.75]
May 3, 2011   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes
June, 2011   June 2011 Newsletter
August 3, 2011   Special Cookbook Sale -- [Proceeds = $748.50]
September, 2011   September 2011 Newsletter
September 21, 2011   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
November 5, 2011   Fall Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $4052.00]
November 16, 2011   Post-Sale Meeting Minutes
December, 2011   December 2011 Newsletter

2010
 
February, 2010   February 2010 Newsletter
February 23, 2010   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
April 17, 2010   Spring Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $3,127.80]
May 25, 2010   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes
July, 2010   July 2010 Newsletter
September 16, 2010   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
October, 2010   October 2010 Newsletter
November 6, 2010   Fall Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $3,141.00]
November 9, 2010   Post-Sale Meeting Minutes

2009
 
March 3, 2009   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
April 18, 2009   Spring Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $2,539.xx + 50% matching funds (max $1200.)= $3,739.xx]
May 5, 2009   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes
May, 2009   Brownie Troop 60147 donating $250 from cookie sale to Almaden Branch Library
September 24, 2009   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
November 7, 2009   Fall Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $3,088.75]
November 17, 2009   Post-Sale Meeting Minutes

2008
 
March 4, 2008   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
March, 2008   March 2008 Newsletter
April 19, 2008   Spring Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $2,623.xx + 50% matching funds ($1600.)= $4,223.xx]
May 6, 2008   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes
September 16, 2008   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2008   Fall Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $3,321.00 (a new record: highest ever!)]
November 18, 2008   Post-Sale Meeting Minutes

2007
 
March 6, 2007   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
April 21, 2007   Spring Book Sale [Proceeds = $2,729.50 + 50% matching funds = $4,500.00]
April, 2007   April 2007 Newsletter
May 8, 2007   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes
September 26, 2007   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
November 3, 2007   Fall Book Sale -- [Proceeds = $3,124.75 (highest ever)]
November 20, 2007   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes
December, 2007   December 2007 Newsletter

2006
 
May 13, 2006   Grand Opening of the Almaden Library/Community Center
May 30, 2006   Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary
June 10, 2006   Spring Book Sale, Joint Almaden & Vineland Friends [Proceeds = $2,760.xx]
August 11, 2006   August 2006 Newsletter
September 5, 2006   Pre-Sale Meeting Minutes
October 21, 2006   Fall Book Sale, first in new Almaden Branch Library [Proceeds = $3,030.25]
October 30, 2006   October 2006 Newsletter
November 14, 2006   Post-Sale and Annual Meeting Minutes


*** Officers:   Sept. 1, 2013 through Aug. 31, 2014 ***

President/Membership Chairman Linda Spencer Linda@spencer40.com
Vice President Nancy Koppel NJKoppel@aol.com
Treasurer Paty Sayre dapsayre@gmail.com
Secretary Joan Wagner joanwagner4434@comcast.net


*** Governing Documents ***

Articles of Incorporation
Bylaws as amended on Feb 23, 2010



*** San Jose All Friends ***

Members from Friends of the Library groups from the main King Library and the San Jose branch libraries are working together as the San Jose All Friends to discuss our operations and to help one another in common goals.  The All Friends Web site includes book sale dates for various branches, which branches have extra books to share and which need more donations, as well as helpful aids in becoming 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations.  The San Jose All Friends Web site is at:   SJAllFriends.com



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