River Friends of the Library

Joining the Friends

River Friends logoThe River Friends of the Library is a tax-exempt IRS 501(c)(3) organization. We are an all-volunteer group dedicated to augmenting library programs and services. The River Friends supports the Guerneville Regional Library as well as its satellite branches – Forestville and Occidental and all the West County Russian River communities that surround them.

Your membership in the River Friends contributes to your local community and supports your local library. Your volunteer efforts also give you the chance to meet with others of similar interest, use some of your skills for our book and bake sales and other projects, and just feel good about being needed!

To join the River Friends of the Library, please visit our website at: riverfriendsofthelibrary.org/membership. Or download our application here.

River Friends Board

The River Friends of the Library Board consists of its elected officers and committee chairs. We meet bi-monthly usually on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m.

Elected Officers:

  • Terry Gwiazdowski, President
  • Damien Olsen, Vice-President
  • Anita Elam, Treasurer
  • Elisa Baker, Secretary

2024 Board meetings:
agendas and minutes

Committee Chairs:

  • Art Chair – currently vacant
  • Book and Bake Sale – Linda Swan
  • Events – (new committee – currently vacant)
  • Membership – Gina Dallara
  • Newsletter – Terry Gwiazdowski
  • Publicity – currently vacant
  • Readers Theatre – Damien Olsen
  • Young Writers Contest – currently vacant

Committees and Events

The Art Committee coordinates and works with library staff at Guerneville library to emphasize artistic expression in our community’s youth and to arrange display of art produced.

The Book and Bake Sale Committee:

The Book and Bake Sale Committee has been reconstituted! We are again holding book cleanings and are preparing for our Summer Book and Bake Sale, which will take place Saturday/Sunday, June 1-2.

Book Donations:

We gratefully accept donations of used books, CDs, and DVDs, as well as sheet music, puzzles, and other items.

We cannot accept soiled, musty, moldy, or otherwise damaged items. Unless they are within 5 years of publication date, we also cannot accept textbooks, encyclopedias, computer guides, legal, health and medical books. We also no longer accept VHS and cassettes.

If you have a large number of materials you wish to donate (more than a couple of bags), please call the Guerneville library during open hours and they will give us your contact information so we can arrange pickup.

The Events Committee is responsible for planning, overseeing and running all other events the River Friends of the Library holds other than our book and bake sales. These can be community events such as our very popular Halloween Open House or fundraising events such as the Give Back Tuesday dinner and raffle event.

The Membership Committee is responsible for keeping lists of current and past members thereby ensuring that we have a vibrant and responsive membership.

The Newsletter Committee is responsible for producing our quarterly newsletter and sending it to the membership as well as making copies available for the patrons of the library.

Current Newsletter: November, 2023

The Publicity Committee is responsible for publicizing our book and bake sales and other events with the local media as well as on social media. The committee chair also maintains our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter account.

The Readers Theatre Committee is responsible for setting up and running the Readers Theatre programs.

The Young Writers Contest Committee coordinates and works with library staff at Guerneville library to encourage creative writing in our community’s youth and to arrange the ceremony for contest winners, their families, and the public.

For more information or to volunteer for any of these committees or events, please email riverfriendsofthelibrary@gmail.com