Descanso Branch Library - 9545 River Dr. (619)445-5279
Library Hours       Closed Sunday and Monday.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9:00-6:00, Thursday: 12:00-8:00,
Friday: 9:00-5:00       Saturday 9:00-4:00
Main Library Catalog - use this link to request books.



Site Menu:

Check our Book Room Facebook site,
created by Tony Meyer

And our Garden Facebook site,
created by Tony Meyer

Donate to the Friends through
Amazon Smile. Don't forget to use this link instead of the regular link when you order.

We are also listed with Many online shops are associated with Igive.

Always remember to start your shopping at one of these handy sites!

Please have a joyful Christmas holiday!

Save the dates:

December 10 at 2:00



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A Special Program: MOUNTAIN LIONS 101!
December 15 at 6:00


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Check out our new group: Mystery Book Club - December 7 @ 10:00


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Use our Paypal link to join or renew your membership. Find more information on our membership page. If you didn't receive a membership form in the mail, you can find one here.

What the Friends do for the library:
  • We raise funds to purchase materials in addition to those funded by the county library system.
  • We pay for for special programs and events.
  • We volunteer for library activities.
Friends of the Descanso Library is registered as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible. 

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Saturday Service at the Library:

Every Saturday: Book Concierge Service with Christine Buckmaster

  • Drop off requests if you’re in a hurry

  • Learn how to use SDCL catalog, Circuit,

  • Link to your request items!

  • Learn how to keep an online log of books you’ve read

EBOOK HELP Drop in for one-on-one help with e-books, Saturdays 10:00am-12pm with Christine Buckmaster beginning April 9th, 2016

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More Dates to Save:

Senior Luncheon Provided by Mountain Health every Third Wednesday at noon. $3 for ages 60 and up
$6 for ages under 60. Call Descanso Library (445-5279) to sign up by the previous Tuesday (events).

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Backcountry Veterans' Group @ 6:00 on first Thursday, – Open to all Veterans, Military personnel and Gold Star Mothers

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Friends Book Sale
Every Wed and Sat from 10 am to 1 pm

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Use the Link to the main library catalog at the top of each page to request library materials.

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Library Garden in Spring
The Library Garden in Spring - photo by Tony Meyer

One of our first projects was to raise funds to assist with the construction of our new library building in 1997. So far this year, we have completed the following activities.

We raise funds to purchase items the library needs.

Friends' volunteers man our book store, which provides a steady income.
We hold an annual yard sale to provide extra funds.
We sponsor fundraising events.
Individual members donate money in the form of annual membership fees, scholarship donations, and general donations in our Leavs of Knowledge Tree Project.
Members also donate time and materials.

Please support our Activities. Join the Friends.

Donate money to one of our programs.
Purchase books at our book store.
Donate your time as a volunteer.
Attend the monthly board meeting. We volunteer for library activities Individuals lead and assist with children's programs.
We provide library support.
We lead and assist with adult programs and crafts.
We donate our time and energy for many tasks.
Volunteers provide landscaping and maintenance of our library garden.
Volunteers collect, sort and organize our book store donations.
Volunteers collect, sort, price for our annual yard sale. The book store donates items for the sale.
Our history committee collects and records Descanso and library history. This year the commitee wrote and published the Hulburd Grove magazine.
Members lead tours and provide hours of behind-the-scene preparations.
Our scholarship committee advertises the annual Mollie Jean Featheringill scholarship for local seniors. It spends many hours reading essays, interviewing applicants and selecting recipients. We awarded two deserving high school grads, Ms Makiah Salzano & Mr. Joseph Goodrich, a $1,000.00 Scholarship each.

We provide funds for special programs:

So far this year, we have purchased:
More than a dozen magazine subscriptions
Children's books
Bottled water, snacks, food and paper goods for library activities
Art and craft supplies
Supplies and prizes for our library’s summer reading program.  (This year our library had over 165 patrons complete the program, a record breaker!)
Plants and materials for our library garden and maintained our beautiful and restful Descanso Library Garden.

We also:

Supported exciting new and existing programs in our branch, including Yoga, Essential oils education, Veterans group activities, and Senior luncheons.
Held a highly successful Ice Cream Social this summer.
Conducted for the first time a Chili “Fest” Cook off; with over 10 participants cooking and fun for all.
Advocated for issues affecting all of our Descanso residents; fire safety, privacy, and financial security

What do we do? A lot!
But we want to do much more, with your help.