Cerritos City Council honors the Friends of the Cerritos Library
The Cerritos City Council honored the Friends of the Cerritos Library for National Friends of the Library Week in 2021. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are Friends President Shiva Bhatt and Vice President/Membership Janice Dawson; in the back row (left to right) are Mayor Pro Tem Chuong Vo, Friends Board Member Padmini Prabhakar, Councilmember Frank Aurelio Yokoyama, Mayor Grace Hu and Councilmember Bruce W. Barrows.
The Friends of the Cerritos Library was commended for its dedication to supporting the Cerritos Library through volunteer service and funding for programs such as the Summer Reading Program, art and writing contests for students and library celebrations for staff and patrons.
Friends History: Organized in 1972, the Friends of the City of Cerritos Public Library, Inc., was established with the purpose of promoting the use of the Library and its many services through donations and various projects.
The Friends were instrumental in making the Cerritos Library the first public library in the United States to be dedicated to the nation’s First Ladies of the White House. Portraits, personal items, autographed books, the Franklin Mint collection of First Ladies’ coins and quotations from Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalind Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush make up this special collection. Materials will be added to this collection throughout the years.
The Friends of the Cerritos Library understands the critical importance of a well-funded library and makes significant contributions to the Cerritos Library by organizing successful book sales, staffing the Friends of the Cerritos Library book store, presenting the Homework Help program and helping to promote library services. The members of the Friends of the Cerritos Library set an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.
The Friends have made many generous and helpful donations to the Cerritos Library. In 2018, the Friends contributed $15,000 to support the Cerritos Library’s purchase and implementation of a replacement radio frequency identification (RFID) system. In 2013, the Friends donated $30,224 to the Cerritos Library for the purchase of 48 new computers for use by the public.