About Us - Friends of the Descanso Library

Descanso Branch Library - 9545 River Dr. (619)445-5279
Library Hours Tues. - 12pm -7pm Wed. & Thurs. -10am - 6pm Fri. & Sat. - 10am - 5pm Hours

Sunday– Monday Closed

Here are some of the activities that we support with our funds, our time and our sponsorship:

Please help us keep these programs going!

We sponsor programs for children and adults (crafts and stories for children, special events and programs for adults)

Volunteers are always welcome. Please talk with Anna if you are interested.

We purchase library materials that are not covered by the county budget, such as magazines. Some residents donate specific magazines for use in the library. Please talk to Anna if you are subscribed to a magazine that you are willing to share with the library.

Grants and Donations

Please get in touch to discuss funding a special project in your will.

"Send a note"

Descanso History

Our history team develops programs, website articles, booklets and field trips to learn about local people, buildings and properties of interest. This group needs a chairperson. Please volunteer to work on the history committee.

We gather Descanso and library history. Please volunteer to tell your History about growing up in Descanso.

See our history section



We give one or more $1000.00 Molly Jean
Featheringill scholarships annually to graduating high school senior(s) living in the 91916 area code.

We give one or more $500.00 Shirley Somes scholarships annually to adults who are returning to school for training or additional college classes.
For information, email Cindy Unden at:

Scholarship info.

or see our scholarship pages at


Your donations are welcome! Please help us support our local graduating seniors.

Go to our Donations Page

Historical Photos

See our history section

These photos of historical Descanso sites make great gifts for a local history buff. (Photos donated by Don Russel.)
Do you have similar photos to donate?

What the Friends do for the library:

  • We raise funds to purchase materials
  • We pay for special programs and events.
  • We volunteer for library activities.





How we organize to accomplish our work:

Any Friends member may volunteer to be a board member by attending the board meetings (meet monthly on the second Friday of the month at 10:30 am) and working on one or more of our activities. Members are always welcome at the board meetings.

Board members discuss and vote on current issues and how to expend money for items requested by our library manager or needed by a committee to accomplish specific approved tasks. They join committees to support specific tasks. Committee chairpersons report back to the board as needed.

Bored? Looking for something to do? Want to make a difference in Descanso?

Volunteer for one of the Friends committees. To volunteer for any project, please get in touch with the contact person listed.

Become a member.

Volunteer to assist the library staff.

Request a subscription by email.

Suggest a way to bring our activities, projects and/or web site to attention of potential new members.

Submit an article of interest to local historians, readers, potential volunteers.

Provide financial support for library materials, equipment and programs.

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Friends of the Descanso Library is registered as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible. 

See our history section for articles about the library building and history of the Descanso branch.