Solana Beach Library to celebrate anniversary July 16

The Solana Beach Library

By Marlena Medford
Staff Writer

The Solana Beach Library was founded in 1925, which means it’s been around about as long as anyone can remember — but depending on who you ask, those memories about its size and location may vary. That’s because the library moved locations five times before finding its permanent and current home in 2001 on Stevens Avenue.

Above, the Solana Beach Library under construction in 2000.

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are now preparing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the library at 157 Stevens Ave. with an all-day celebration on Saturday, July 16, which will feature free children’s entertainment, an open house, a concert and refreshments.

“We’re hoping the community will come celebrate the resources they have right here in their front yard,” said Ann Welton, president of the Friends of the Solana Beach Library, a group that has been supporting the library since 1983. “This facility is a community treasure because it’s a place where people can come for knowledge, whether it’s in the form of books, DVDs, databases, classes or programs.”

The library, which is shared with Earl Warren Middle School, is the result of a joint effort between the city of Solana Beach, San Diego County, the State of California, the San Dieguito Union School District, and the Friends of the Solana Beach Library. The work has proven to be well worth it. Since opening in 2001, the current Solana Beach Library has tripled from 10,000 items per month to 30,000 per month. That success is thanks, in large part, to the ongoing support from the Friends of the Solana Beach Library, said branch manager Rebecca Lynn.
“Their support has been constant and wonderful, and we’re needing it more and more,” Lynn said. “They’ve really enhanced what we can offer here, and anytime they sponsor something, I know it’s going to be popular.”

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library raises money for programs via its used bookstore, which is located inside the library. The small store, which generates about $14,000 annually, is run entirely by volunteers. During the July 16 celebration, Welton said she hopes to pique the interest of a few more potential volunteers.

“I got involved with the Friends of the Solana Beach Library by just walking through the front door. After I learned that this was something I could do on a Saturday and still give back to my community, I was onboard.”

For more information about the Friends of the Solana Beach Library and its July 16 celebration, please visit friendsofsolanabeachlibrary.org.

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