PFL Began in 1961

The Peninsula Friends of the Library is an all volunteer membership organization founded in 1961 to enhance the services and programs of our Peninsula libraries. Membership fees and funds raised through book sales, The Library Shop at Peninsula Center Library, and other fundraising events are used to provide ongoing support for many library services and programs including:

  • Summer Reading Program
  • Sunday Hours at the Peninsula Center Library
  • Internet access at all three libraries
  • Volunteer Recognition program
  • Library Update newsletter
  • Special purchases of items for the library collections, furnishings, and equipment

The Friends typically accept gifts of books for the book sales and of cash. Donations to the Friends of the Library are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax ID is #95-3275918.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Peninsula Friends of the Library is to raise funds to support the Palos Verdes Library District and to build community awareness and enthusiasm for PVLD services, programs and needs.


American libraries have always depended upon strong citizen initiative and support and  in 1937 The American Library Association recognized this need and formed a Friends Committee to assist in the organization of such groups. Our Peninsula Friends of the Library was founded in 1961 along with more than 500 Friends groups in the U.S. and Canada.

Early Friends meetings were held at the art gallery at Malaga Cove Library. In August 1961 the Friends asked the library trustees to include funds in their 1961-1962 budget for the purchase of a second library site (which became Peninsula Center Library). Miraleste Library opened in 1971.

Over the years Peninsula Friends of the Library have continued the necessary support of our library district which relies on funding from property taxes (presently about 88%). In 1985 the Peninsula Friends of the Library pledged to raise $100,000 a year for the following 5 years to fund the capital investment required to go from card catalog to automation.

Currently Peninsula Friends of the Library provides nearly $300,000 to our district each year. Programs funded by Peninsula Friends of the Library include Sunday hours at Peninsula Center Library, the Summer Reading program, initial support of The Annex, Internet Access, the volunteer program, and more. Money is raised through book sales, the Library Shop, memberships, gifts, memorials, and grants.

PFL Bylaws as Approved in Dec. 2011

The Board of the Peninsula Friends of the Library appointed an ad hoc committee in August, 2011, to revise and modernize PFL’s bylaws.  The bylaws were last revised in 2007.  The committee met and submitted two drafts for discussion at regularly scheduled PFL Board meetings on September 1, 2011 and October 6, 2011.  The Board approved the version at its meeting of October 6, 2011.  They were approved at the December 8, 2011 general membership meeting.

Click on PFL Bylaws 2011 to read the new bylaws in their entirety.

Board of Directors

Marion Martelli, President

Nancy Mahr, Vice President-Governance

Ron DeFrees, Secretary

Alan Kennan, Treasurer

Richard B. Lohrer, Chair-Investment Committee

Janet Baszile, Director

Mark Boujikian, Director

Christine Chui, Director

Jane Jones, Director, Past-President

Kaaren Lee, Director, Membership Chair

James Lin, Director

Lloyd Mistele, Director

Bill Roberts, Director

Gail Tierney, Director

Development Staff

Loretta Patterson, Director of Development

Aradyne “Charlie” Trujillo, Development Coordinator

Diana Morgan, Data Specialist

Volunteering for PFL

There are countless ways for you to volunteer at the Palos Verdes Library District’s three branches. We always welcome anyone who would like to make a difference.

The Friends always need help sorting and marking books for the book sales, cashiering at the book sales, researching and packing books for the Internet book sales, boxing books for The Books for Troops program, and there are many opportunities for working behind the scenes in the sale of the books, our largest source of revenue.

Volunteers are also always needed in the Peninsula Friends of the Library Shop, the Annex, helping out at special events, computer entry, running errands, etc. If you have specialized talents you’d like to put to use on behalf of your library, like website design, promotion, publicity and marketing, photography, graphics and illustration, writing, and record keeping, we promise to set you up so you can make a difference.

If you would like to see descriptions of the Library District volunteer opportunities or would like to apply online to donate your time, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page. Call Volunteer Services Coordinator Dori Medina at (310) 377-9584, ext. 276 or e-mail her at

Income to support the Friends activities come from membership dues, book sales, the Library Shop at Peninsula Center, contributions and donations. This year the Friends established a Library Endowment Fund and have initiated a Planned Giving/Estate Planning program to support long-term needs of the PVLD. Please contact us to discuss the opportunities these programs can provide your in you tax and estate planning. In addition to their normal activities, the Peninsula Friends of the Library will be the lead organization in raising funds for the Palos Verdes Library District’s Capital Improvement programs for the District’s branch libraries. Join the Peninsula Friends of the Library and support our outstanding Library District!