Foundation Information

Why support the Foundation?

Consider this an opportunity to support major library capital projects and aid in enhancement and expansion of the library’s information technology assets. To remain current in an ever-changing age takes regular updating of material and equipment. As a Foundation donor, you help benefit a vital resource in our community, one dedicated to lifelong learning and available to all.

Foundation Board and Committee Members 2017

  • President – Elizabeth Oates
  • Vice President – David Lee
  • Treasurer – Duncan Johnson
  • Taxes – Floyd Allen
  • Investment  Chairperson – Ray Kawase
  • Program Chair – Joan Mears
  • Trustee – Ellen Ballard
  • Trustee Liaison – Michael Carrillo
  • Recording Secretary – Babette Carlson
  • Library Director – Judy Booth
  • Friends – Naomi Zohman & Virginia Nelson
  • Administrative Assistant – Marisela Salazar

Hospitality Committee 

  • Ellen Ballard
  • Elaine Kim
  • Corliss Martin

Accomplishments of the Foundation

1994

Library Board established the Fullerton Public Library Foundation.

1996

First major FPL fundraiser, “90 Years of Adventure, The Magic Continues” held at Wilshire Court, netted $42,000; purchased Bastanchury land parcel for $250,000; launched campaign to raise $150,000 to match anonymous donation for same amount; Hae Sun Paik piano recital netted $5,100.

1997

Southwest Fiesta, May 4th, held at Villa del Sol, netted $9600; American Girl Doll Tea Party sponsored by the Children’s Services staff held in the Children’s Library.

1998

Shall We Dance fundraiser held at Spring Field Banquet Center, netted $46,345.

1999

FPLF met the goal of $300,000 for Children’s Library Expansion Project; presented deed for Bastanchury property to City of Fullerton.

2000

FPLF established endowment fund; reception held to unveil donor wall with names of first 120 donors over $1000.

2001

Inaugural Lecture Series held at the Main Library.

2002

Spring Lecture Series; “Night Blooming Jazzmen” at Hunt Branch celebration.

2003

Spring Lecture Series; applied for and received $30,000 Phelps Foundation matching grant in support of the library’s electronic resources.

2004

Spring Lecture Series; took part in Scenario Planning Study with Trustees and Friends of Fullerton Library; began “Dig Deep 4 Book$” campaign.

2005

Completed “Dig Deep 4 Book$” campaign raising $54,045 including a $5000 Phelps Foundation grant.

2006

First author’s luncheon featuring A. Scott Berg noted Pulitzer prize winning author.

2007

Funded the Launer History Room’s digital format conversion.

2008

 Supplemented Library Budget shortfall by donating $25,670 to cover reduction in PLF Grant funding from the State Library.

2009

Hosted Lisa See author luncheon. Began campaign to raise $500,000 to cover fixtures, furnishings & equipment for library expansion & renovation project.

2010

Hosted Lady Luck Loves the Library Held Hard Hat Tours of the Library project, to familiarize donors with the project.

2011

Hosted T. Jefferson Parker luncheon. Presented Fullerton Public Library with a check for $500,000. Hosted “Sneak Peek” event to introduce donors to the new library.

2012

 Hosted author luncheon with speaker Fred Weintraub.

2013

Donor reception held in Community Room.

Hosted fundraiser Downton Abbey tea party.Hosted author lunch with speaker and chef Zov Karamardian

2014

 Donor recognition reception held in the Community Room.

Hosted luncheon with local author Michael S. Oates.

2015

Celebrated National Library Worker Day by hosting a staff lunch/dinner appreciation day for library employees.

Presented the event “Let’s Play Ball,” where author and historian, Chris Epting, entertained and informed on the early history of baseball.  He recounted stories of today’s baseball legends, including their participation at ball parks in Orange County.

2016

Fundraiser held,  Jazz In The Afternoon,   presenting the Ron Kobayashi Trio; a nationally recognized musical ensemble.

In celebration of 100 year anniversary of our National Park Service FPLF Presented author Chris Epting, author of Teddy Roosevelt in California, who discussed the history-making meeting between naturalist John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt which lead to the conservation of our national parks.S

Hosted breakfast for Library Staff Development Day I.

2017

 Hosted breakfast for Library Staff Development Day II.

Authors and Academics Series –  hosted Fullerton author Michael S. Oates and Cal State Fullerton Professor and modern historian Dr. Steve Neufeld. They presented a discussion on kidnapping for ransom.

Maintain an ongoing exhibit of the work of local artist on display box on the library’s first floor.

Honor wall reception for Ginger Britt.

Provided funding for supplemental tables and chairs for Young Adult Center.

The Library Foundation continues to sponsor Fullerton Reads on an annual basis.

Past support of Library website maintenance.

Funded technical upgrades for library self-check kiosks and security gates

Contributed funding for upgrade of computer equipment and program support for Staff Media Center

Donated toward the new Honor Wall Plaque