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In these troubled times family and friends turn to each other for support and assurance of each others’ safety and well-being, and it is in this spirit we offer our hope that all of our members and their loved ones are coping well with the constraints the coronavirus has brought to our lives.

Although the original schedule of events and activities have been disrupted, your FOTL board members are hard at work on future events and ways to improve our communications with you as members and to the general public.

  • A new issue of the quarterly newsletter will be released in late May.
  • Work is continuing and will be completed soon on creating a new website with advanced features and new ways to connect virtually with our members.
  • Information will be coming soon on the slate of candidates for the board of directors election for the 2020-2021 term.

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the many online resources at HBPL, you can access them at HBPL Digital Guides

We thank you for your continuing support of FOTL volunteers’ efforts on behalf of the Huntington Beach Public Library, and we look forward to the day when the library will be open once again, and we can all enjoy its many benefits.

FOTL Board of Directors

FOTL Executive Board Acts to Resolve Election Dilemma

Temporary Installation of Slate of Nominees

Action Prompted by COVID-19 Restrictions


By a majority vote of the executive board of directors, a temporary suspension of FOTL’s bylaws governing the election of officers has been approved to fill upcoming vacancies as terms of the existing board members end June 30. As a result of the action taken in a Zoom board meeting on May 26, the nominating committee’s slate of candidates will assume temporarily their respective positions as officers on July 1.

The bylaw in question is Article IV, Sections 2 and 3 calling for a general meeting in May of the membership to elect a new board from a slate of nominees presented by the nominating committee. Such a meeting could not be held in light of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

This action follows the nominating committee’s careful research of California laws governing nonprofit organizations as well as applicable sections of Robert’s Rules of Order covering  temporary suspension of bylaws. Both President Dorothy Boesch and 1st Vice-President Dina Chavez stressed the temporary nature of this action and that a general membership meeting will be convened at the earliest possible date for the purpose of conducting a formal election of the slate of officers for the 2020-2021 term






Our greatest wish for all of our members and their families and friends, as well as the community at large, is that all are well and following measures to keep themselves and others safe in the face of the current pandemic. Like all of you, we look forward to a return to some semblance of order to our lives.

While we await the lifting of restrictions on our activities and the gradual re-opening of the library, our board members and volunteers continue to work on short-range projects to keep you entertained and well-informed on our activities.

Zoom Author Events:

Mark your calendars now for a free online author event with acclaimed author Aimee Liu who will be discussing her new book "Glorious Boy"  on  Thursday, July 16th at 4pm. 

Visit our Programs & Special Events page to register.


By early June we will be releasing the latest edition of our newsletter. And a committee of volunteers continues work on the updating and re-design of our FOTL website which we know you will find more easily navigable, informative, and interesting.


Don’t forget to take advantage of the many online resources at HBPL that you can access at: 

HBPL Digital Guides


Thank you for your continuing support of FOTL’s efforts on behalf of the Huntington Beach Public Library. Stay safe and well.


--FOTL Board of Directors

 Letter to Members on Newsletter Correction

We would like to correct a statement in our current newsletter concerning an article on Love at First Bite. It stated that this caterer had been selected to be our caterer for our upcoming events. The board had voted to try a number of caterers which Love at First Bite was the first to be chosen.

We look forward to being at the library again and having our luncheons and authors. We also wanted to recognize Margo Ferris who has been our dedicated caterer for 30 years and we are grateful to her for her all the wonderful meals she has done for the FOTL and her support of the library.


From the HB Library:

Beginning Friday, March 13, the library will be taking the following preventative measures to help provide a safe environment for our patrons and staff. 

According to guidance from the City of Huntington Beach, the Orange County Health Care Agency, and the Center for Disease Control, for the next 30 days: 

·         All library programs, including storytimes, homework help, and the makerspace, will be suspended.

·         Volunteers are instructed not to report for duty.

·         Please DO NOT DONATE books and materials.  

·        . 

The Central Huntington Beach library and all  branches are remain closed to public use.


We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated on any developments. The safety of our patrons, staff, and community is our top priority. We encourage you to visit HBReady.com for current information from the city.  


Please be aware that the Friends of the Library gift shop and used book store will be closed until further notice.   All FOTL programs during this time, including our planned field trip to the Getty Villa, will be postponed. These actions are part of the City of Huntington Beach's response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. 





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