Friends of the Library

Friends of the Fullerton College Library

Mission

The mission of this volunteer non-profit organization established in 1994 is to foster understanding and appreciation of Fullerton College and its Library, as well as to provide occasions for members of the community to discover the cultural resources provided by the Library and the College.

Bookstore

Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30am to 11:30am

Stop by and check it out! For further information, please leave a message at the Store at 714-992-7154.

Grant & Donation Supported Projects

Banned Books Essay Contest

During the fall semester, the FC Library promoted an essay contest called the 2016 Fullerton College First Ever Banned Books Essay Contest to celebrate and promote Banned Books Week. Banned Books week is an annual awareness campaign spearheaded by the American Library Association that celebrates the freedom to read. Throughout human history, and across many countries and cultures, many books have been banned, confiscated, censored, destroyed in bonfires, had content edited out, challenged in schools, and many authors and their readers have been fined, imprisoned, threatened, assaulted and even executed for their association with banned books that some authorities and governments did not agree with. As such, Fullerton College students took up the challenge to pick up a banned book, read it, and then write an essay about it for the chance to win cash prizes generously provided by the Friends of the Fullerton College Library.

FC Library Centennial Pictorial History

FULLERTON COLLEGE: A PICTORIAL HISTORY is a project of the Fullerton College Library that utilizes its archival resources to produce an overview of the college’s hundred year history through images. The images were culled from the library’s collection of photos, Torch yearbooks, The Hornet student newspaper, catalogs, miscellaneous publications, and ephemera as well as some outside sources.

Fullerton College Leisure Reading Group

The Friends of the Fullerton College Library generously donates funds to the FC Leisure Reading Book Group to support its mission of promoting leisure reading.

The Friends funds have purchased books for all the group attendees including, One Plus One by Jojo Moyes, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

 

Donate

The Friends group solicits bequests, gifts and raises monies for the purchase of library materials, equipment and other outlay needs as identified by the Library staff.

Become a Friend

The Friends group regularly assists and supports the Library in serving students, faculty and the community.

In Memory of John Simon

Photograph of John SimonFullerton College Library recognizes the years of service of John Simon who worked as a vital member of the Friends of the Library. The library lost a great friend on Oct. 28, 2017 when John passed away after a lengthy illness. Students might recognize John as the man who set up the Friends of the Library Silent Auction. Through John’s silent auction, the Friends of the Library were able to increase their book sale earnings, which they use to provide financial support for some of the library programs. As the Friend’s president, John gave his enthusiastic support to library activities such as the Shakespeare Chili Eating Challenge at WorldFest, the Spanish Reading Group, and the FC Leisure Reading Book Group as well as the library’s various contests including the Card Catalog Contest, the Book Marker Design Contest, and the Banned Book Essay Contest.

John Simon was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 18th, 1930 during the Great Depression. He was proud of his military service as an artilleryman in the 45th division in Korea during “the forgotten war.” Just one month before he passed away in the early morning of October 28th, 2017, he was fortunate to fly out of Chicago and be treated to a veterans honor flight in Washington D.C.

Although John became a permanent resident of Anaheim at age 24, where he purchased his first and only home for $12,750, he always loved and missed Chicago, especially taking the streetcar to Wrigley Field to see The Chicago Cubs… who usually lost.

John worked hard in the electronics field for many years to support his family, but he actually found his dream job after early retirement from Ericsson industries. John experienced tremendous joy and satisfaction working for the Anaheim Public Library. He later expanded his library experience by becoming a Friends of the Fullerton College Library member and also served as the group’s president.

To his delight, John had the opportunity to take his granddaughter across half the country in a railroad roomette car to Chicago in June 2016. They were able to go to Wrigley Field and see the Cubs again…. and lose again…. He was, therefore, tremendously pleased in November 2016, to see his beloved Cubs achieve top honors in the World Series over the Cleveland Indians, something that hadn’t happened in 108 years.

It certainly gave him the strength to help him fight the mesothelioma with which he had recently been diagnosed. Throughout his treatment, John remained upbeat and positive and that indomitable attitude was an inspiration to all who knew him. Despite personal tragedies, including the loss of loved ones, he never allowed his trials to bring him down. He continued to organize the Fullerton College Friends of the Library Silent Auction as long as he could and greeted everyone with a warm smile. John Simon was a great supporter of libraries and education who will be missed at Fullerton College Library.

Speaker Series

Past Speakers

Firoozeh Dumas – Author of Funny in Farsi

Leon Leyson – Member of Schindler’s List and Co-Author The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible…on Schindler’s List

Rueben Martínez – Bookstore Owner and MacArthur Fellow

 

Rigoberta Menchú – Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Zoe Ann Nicholson – Author of Hungry Heart

Rusty Schwieckart – NASA Astronaut

Events

Gustavo Arellano Book Fair

Fullerton Barnes & Noble Bookstore fundraiser.  November 14-15, 2009.

Mendez Panel Discussion

The Legal Case that Ended School Segregation in Orange County: A Mendez Panel Discussion Fullerton College Campus Theater March 22, 2007 12:00 p.m.

Overdue the Friends of the Library Newsletter

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