Friends of the Granite Bay Library

The mission of the Friends of the Granite Bay Library is to be an advocate of our Library, raising funds and awareness, reflecting the needs of our community.

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Address: P.O. Box 2004
Granite Bay, CA 95746
County or Parish: Placer County
Primary NTEE: Education 
Sub NTEE: Libraries 
Executive Director: Debby Bedwell
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-791-2128
The Friends of the Granite Bay Library was formed in 1990, and received its tax exempt status in 1995. The first goal of the organization was to bring a library facility to the Granite Bay community. The existing Granite Bay Branch was a small rented storefront in a local shopping center. Working closely with the Placer County Library System, "The Friends" raised $50,000 to start the project. Land was purchased and an Architect was hired, and our new library opened on May 20, 1995. Over the years we have endeavored to engage the community in supporting the Granite Bay Library to foster a lifelong love of reading; providing an environment for learning, creating and developing literary skills.
The primary activity of the Friends of the Granite Bay Library is to support the library through fundraising and volunteerism. Fundraising requires a great deal of community support and many talented individuals. County funding of libraries has dropped dramatically. Our goal is to fill the gap between what the library needs and what the County provides.

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funds to purchase Library Materials - Books, magazines, DVDs, audio books, eBooks. Our target is to donate $10,000 per year to the Granite Bay Library to support the materials needs.
  2. Funding: Program - Funds to support Children's Programming by providing reading centered events and encouragement for lifelong reading.
  3. Volunteers - To help us make a difference requires individuals with diverse talents and skills. We are always looking for volunteers who are passionate about reading. We welcome new ideas and energy to our board.
  4. Board Members - We welcome creative and supportive volunteers willing to be: Board Members, Committee Chairs Committee Members, and Worker Bees.
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - Funds to cover our limited operating expenses.
The Friends of the GB Library have had an amazing year and we couldn't have done it without the community's generous support! Each year we focus on 5 fundraising activities with the proceeds going towards helping to supplement the purchase of books and provide additional reading and learning programs at the Granite Bay Library.

In 2017 we had Big Day of Giving in May, our Summer Book Sale in August, our popular Chili Cook-off in October, our Annual Fund Drive from November - January and our ongoing book donations and sales in the library lobby. At the end of each year the Library staff shares with us their "Wish List" which consists of books that are unique to our community and are in high demand covering a variety of interests. We strive to help fund as many of these requests as possible. This year we were excited to donate $20,000 to the Granite Bay Library.
In addition to helping purchase high demand books, we also use donated funds to help create special programs including our Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, the Young Author's Showcase, Read for the Record, and Author Showcases featuring local authors.

We greatly appreciate the community's ongoing support in making a positive difference to help promote literacy and the love of reading; we couldn't do it without YOU! Thank you for your interest and support of the Friends of the Granite Bay Library!

Debby Bedwell, President, Friends of the Granite Bay Library