Semi-Annual Book Sale


Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17, 2017

  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10:15am to 4:15pm
  • Sunday 1:15pm to 4:15pm

Thursday:  Friends of the Library (FOL) members only admitted 10:15am to 11:15am and receive $1.00 discount off each book.

Prices start at $4.00/book Thursday, $3.00 Friday, $2.00 Saturday, $1.00 Sunday

Francisco Jiménez, PhD – The Migrant Experience: A Personal Story


The Redlands Adult Literacy Program invites you to hear Author Francisco Jiménez, Phd The Migrant Experience:  A Personal Story.  Author and educator, Francisco emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico, to California, and worked alongside his parents in the fields of California.  He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature literature from Columbia University.  He is an award-winning author, who wrote The Circuit:  Stories from the Life of A Migrant Child, which was read by over 125 learners and tutors in the Redlands Adult Literacy Program.  The book emphasized the importance of education and family.  We hope that you will join us in welcoming Dr. Jiménez.

Thursday, September 7th at 6:00pm
Doors open at 5:30pm
Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka St., Redlands, CA

RSVP required, call 909.798.7565 or register online at

Tarzan Book Sale (Dress Rehearsal)


A.K.Smiley Public Library is holding a book sale on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on the library lawn across from the Redlands Bowl.  This special sale occurs during dress rehearsal for the Bowl’s performance of the musical Tarzan. Stop by on your way to the Bowl and we’ll give our best Tarzan yell… when you buy a book!

Buy-a-Book for the Library!

Honoring those we love never goes out of style and this time of year there are multiple opportunities to do just that.  Mother’s Day, graduations, Father’s Day, weddings, and even Memorial Day offer the chance to remember that loved one or friend in a special way.  Why not honor them by donating a book to the library in their name?

The Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library sponsor a Buy-a Book program which makes this possible.  All you need to do is to fill out a “Yes! I want to buy a book for my library” form indicating the name of the person or persons you wish to honor, the type of book such as adult fiction or nonfiction, reference or children’s, the amount of your donation, and your contact information. The forms are available at the library at the circulation desk and downstairs in the Friends bookstore.   Drop the form off with your donation to the library circulation desk or mail it to Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine Street, Redlands, CA  92373.

The library staff will do the rest.  Upon receipt of the donation, you will receive a confirmation letter. When the book or books have been processed and are ready to circulate, a postcard will be sent to you with the specific titles of each book.   Each book will have a commemorative bookplate indicating the name of the person honored.  It is a wonderful way to honor that special person while helping to provide books for the community to enjoy for years to come.

Do you have a Heart for Adult Literacy?


$40 purchases an initial set of learner materials.
$100 purchases tutor training materials, one year of learner materials, and supports literacy workshops.
Donations in excess of $100 help expand and sustain adult literacy resources and services.

Your Donations Took Root:

Three Adult Literacy Book Clubs were formed.

Learners attended the Adult Literacy Leadership Institute.

Seven learners participated in the Southern California Writer to Writer Program.

One learner received an award.

Learners found jobs, advanced their employment, helped their children and grandchildren with homework, improved their communication skills, and met their individual educational goals.

Your Donations are Needed to Seed:

  • The literacy book collection, including biographies and job skills workbooks.
  • Literacy workshops for learners and tutors.
  • The local match required for state grants.


Friends of A. K. Smiley Public Library (a 501.c.3 organization)
Memo Reference: Adult Literacy
Please call 909.798.7565, ext. 4138
Or email:

All donations count you as a Supporter of Adult Literacy

Lincoln Shrine Activities Feb. 4


Saturday, February 4th will be an exciting day at the Lincoln Shrine, located across the park behind the A.K. Smiley Public Library.  In addition to the regularly scheduled monthly book sale at the Library, there will also be a Friends of the Library sponsored book sale at the Shrine.  The Shrine is also featuring its 45th Annual Open House Event.

The Friends will be holding a sale of Civil War and Lincoln-related books at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine on February 4th from 10:30am to 3:00pm.  Come early for the best selection, and stay for the festivities!

Visit the Lincoln Memorial Shrine on Saturday, February 4 from 11:00am to 3:00pm for the annual Lincoln Shrine Open House. For the 45th year, the Shrine celebrates the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War with a day of music, reenactor presentations, and activities for the whole family. Renowned Lincoln presenter Robert Broski will be on hand to greet visitors, along with the 7th Michigan Cavalry on horseback and the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, whose cannon demonstrations are a highlight every year.

Given the success of the 2016 festivities, the Open House will once again be coupled with the annual Lincoln Pilgrimage, a program hosted by the Grayback District of California Inland Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America since 1940. Mark your calendar because this grand Lincolnpalooza is a can’t miss event!

Blockbuster Blowout Sale Jan.21, 2017


WHO: Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library

WHAT: Blockbuster Bag Sale

WHERE: In the Assembly Room

WHEN: Saturday, January 21 from 10:30-4:30 pm.
10:30-11:30 for members of the Friends only.
11:30- 4:30 pm open to all

PHOTO: Friends of the Library Bookstore Manager Ellen Schollenberger and a few of the reasons why the Friends is having an inventory “Blockbuster Bag Sale” in the Assembly Room on January 21, 2017.


It is inventory clearance time for the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library. To that end the Friends will hold a “Blockbuster Bag Sale” on Saturday, January 21 in the Assembly Room. This is the perfect time to treat yourself to some good reads at an unbelievable price.

Bring a bag or pick one up in the Assembly Room and fill it with your choice of books, CDs, DVDs and more. The cost per filled bag is $1.00 for members of the Friends and $2.00 per bag for nonmembers.  This is a prime opportunity to help the Friends make room for new donations at the bookstore while enriching your own private library at a bargain price.

There will be fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Also available will be a variety of other media including VHS, DVDs, CDs and vinyl. Commuters can take advantage of the large selection of “books on tape.”

Don’t miss out on this unprecedented sale. The date is Saturday, January 21 in the Assembly Room. The hours are 10:30 am- 4:30 pm. The first hour from 10:30 am– 11:30 am is reserved for members of the Friends only. Not a member? Join at the door for $10 per year or $25 annually for a family membership. Members and nonmembers of the Friends are invited to shop from 11:30 am- 4:30 pm. Come and take advantage of one of the best sales of the year.

All sales help to provide materials and programs for the library.

Provident Bank’s Community Partnership Program


Marina Guadarrama, vice president of Provident Bank’s Redlands branch, recently presented Friends’ Treasurer Bob Garcia with a Community Partnership Program donation of $3,566 to the Friends of the AK Smiley Public Library.

Provident’s annual Community Partnership Program donations are available to eligible nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations.  If you’re a Provident Bank customer, you can ask bank personnel to link your account to the Friends of the Library. The result is an annual donation, based on your account type.The interest returns on your personal accounts is not affected.  Curious about the program? Call 909-793-2992.

Join Us! Redlands Magazine at the library

Redlands Magazine

Redlands Magazine will be capturing a photographic slice of the A.K.Smiley Public Library community for the magazine’s Fall 2016 issue.

We invite readers, volunteers and library personnel to join us in the Assembly Room to have individual portraits taken with a favorite book, ebook (tablet) or whatever you are reading now.

2:30pm to 4:00pm Tuesday August 23, 2016.

To participate:  We’ll ask for your permission for publication, name, what you enjoy about the library and what you are reading.  Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian with authority to grant permission for publication.  Who knows… you might be on the cover!

What’s on your summer reading list?

If you’re like so many of us among the Friends, not only are you a voracious reader, but you’re also always on the lookout for your next good book.  In furtherance of that goal, and because I’m curious, I asked Mayor Paul Foster what he plans to read this summer.

“I just returned from vacation where I was able to begin reading a book that was a gift from my son. It is a biography of George Armstrong Custer entitled Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles.  It has been hard to put down.  It’s a very interesting read about one of our nation’s most colorful military leaders.  Dynamic, charismatic and inspirational to those he lead, yet rash, egocentric, and insecure”