The GPL Friends Foundation partners wit the City of Glendora to support the Library’s mission of enriching the community by connecting people to the world of information and imagination.
Each year during the City’s budget cycle, the Library Board of Trustees together with Library staff identifies projects, materials, services and/or programs which meet Glendora’s need for quality services, but are beyond the reach of limited tax dollars. These grants are then submitted to the Foundation which reviews each grant and determines whether to fund it.
Youth Service Funding:
Battle of the Books– Annual trivia program for teens grades 6-12, the Battle encourages recreational reading and team building.
Bookmark Contest – The annual Bookmark Contest encourages the imagination and artistic creativity of Glendora’s students in grades K-12 and brings it to the Library. Artwork is displayed in the Children’s Room throughout the Spring and Summer months with Winners chosen from each grade level.
Children’s Programs – Year-round programs to children and students from infants through elementary school. These programs encourage reading, introduce children and families to the Library programs and services. Programming includes Gingerbread House decorating, year-round craft programs, Book Parties, Winter Reading Challenge, Science Programs, Movies, Earth Day programs and special programming throughout the year.
Pre-School & Early Literacy Outreach – Outreach services are provided to expectant parents monthly at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, teen parents as part of the Books for Babies program and monthly preschool outreach to the City of Glendora Preschools.
Young Adult/Teen Programs – Ongoing programming for teens and young adults in grades 5-12, including the pair of Youth Advisory Boards for middle school and high school students. Students in these groups learn what it is to provide service to the community, learn how to be a part of a Board and begin to take ownership of parts of the Library programs and services that they assist with.
Adult Service Funding:
Adult Lifelong learning and cultural programs – Book discussion groups, programs in partnership with local colleges and universities and cultural programs such as Opera Talks
Adult and Youth Service Funding:
Summer Reading Challenge – An opportunity for readers of all ages to expand their reading during the summer. The GPL Friends Foundation provides funds for each youth participant to receive a free book upon registration and all participants reading incentives throughout the summer. Programs and events are scheduled for all age groups, from infants to adults. The Summer Reading Challenge helps to make reading a daily habit for many of the young students, maintain or improve their reading skills during the summer months when they are not in school.
eLibrary – Online programming resources such as Hoopla, Flipster, Reference USA, Homework Help and Cloud Library. Click here for access to these wonderful resources.
Mobile Virtual Reality Experience – The exciting world of VR (Virtual Reality) brought to the Glendora Community. Virtual Reality is the next generation of education, learning and training. It lets users explore different realities and alternate their experiences.
Adult Literacy Funding:
Glendora READS! – Tutors work one-to-one with adults 16 and older to improve reading, writing and spelling skills to achieve academic and life goals. The program recruits and evaluates clients, trains community volunteers and provides personalized tutoring using research-based curricula. All services and materials are at no cost to the learner. The program builds hope and confidence in individual learners, helps them identify as readers and empowers them with the necessary skills to lead a full, independent life