The primary focus of the Friends of the Library are the programs at the Coronado Public Library. Each year, the Friends give the Library an Annual Budget and for 2017-2018, the budget is $63,500. This money is spent on Children’s Summer Reading Program and yearly children’s activities, the Library’s Summer Festival of cultural programs, Library Exhibits, concerts, computer database subscriptions, music CD collections, audio-book collections, new books, and more.
In addition to what is provided by this annual budget, the Friends of the Coronado Library have:
– purchased and refurbished the Ramos Martinez Painting at the back of the Library, costing $125,000.
-purchased a Steinway piano for the Winn Room, costing $38,000 and provides tuning and maintenance ,as required.
-provided the funding for the Photo Atlas and Digital Media Lab.
-provided the funding the Fall Concert Piano Series and for three Christmas Concerts each year.
-provided much of the funding for the Library’s Special Operations Book Collection.
Also, the Friends of the Library gives one to 3 scholarships of $1,500 in Memory of Wilf Seaman (the founder of the Friends) and Susan Stark ( a long time volunteer) to graduating Coronado High School Seniors. Since 2004, the Friends has spent $42,000 on these scholarships.
More recently, the Friends have begun the following outreach programs:
– donates $2,000 each year to United Through Reading, keeping deployed military parents connected to their children through personalized video book readings.
-purchased over $ 4,500 worth of book shelves and donated books to the San Pasqual Academy, the High School for Foster Children.
-donated money for textbooks for students who were Foster Children and are now going to college.
-donated $500 to Reading Legacies, a reading program for children, whose parents are in prison.
-donated $893 to the Monarch School for the Homeless, as part of a matching program to encourage Coronado Teens to read.
The Friends also receive thousands of books that can’t be sold at the Annual Book Sale or in the Book Store. Those books are donated to the San Diego Book Project, which is also a nonprofit organization. The San Diego Book Project distributes books to teachers, The Annual Homeless Veterans Stand-down, the military in Afghanistan, Orphanages in India, Peru, and Tijuana, a village in South Africa, and many other worthy organizations.