About the Friends


Friends of the Arroyo Grande Library

Our mission:  To preserve and enhance the library’s place as a source of information by enriching its resources and making its services better known to the community.

FOTAGL is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization registered with the California Secretary of State.  Our Tax ID is 77-0324053.  We are an all-volunteer organization with many opportunities to lend a hand, from the once every other month Book Sales, to the person with a unique skill set to offer (graphic design, merchandising, fund raising), we can use your help!

What do the Friends of the Library Do?

  1. We shelve books
  2. We mend books
  3. We purchase books, DVD’s and supplies
  4. We provide computers and printers for public use
  5. We fund adult and children’s programs
  6. We purchase furniture and fixtures
  7. We process donated materials for sale and use the proceeds for the library
  8. We sell appropriate books on the internet and use proceeds for the library

Notable contributions:

  • Teen Lounge
  • Leather furniture in lounge
  • Patron computers
  • Kids computers
  • Adult lounge furniture

During 2018, the Book Nook earned a total of $7,797.24!!    That was a $495 increase over 2017.   Internet Sales in 2018 also outdid 2017,  totaling an amazing $15,476.63!!   And our bi-monthly book sales earned over $17,000, also outdoing our 2017 earnings.  

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Our 2019 elected officers are:

President:     Kersti Lasiewski

1st Vice President     Sandra Mason

2nd Vice President     Louise Clark

Secretary     Kim Elston

Treasurer     Donna Kimber

And the results are in.  All the above officers have been elected unanimously.  Congratulation!


We are thrilled that so many of you in the community show your support of the Library by becoming a member of the Friends.  We currently have 367 adult members including 120 life members.  We have an additional 78 teens.

If your membership has lapsed or you wish to join, it is not too late!  You may print and fill out the membership application found here membership.   Include a check made out to Friends of the Arroyo Grande Library and:

  • Bring in to the Arroyo Grande library help desk
  • Mail your application and check together to:

Friends of the Arroyo Grande Library
800 West Branch Street
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

You can also pick up a membership form the next time you visit the Library.  Leave the completed form and your payment with staff at the HELP desk.  We would love to have you as a member!

Another successful AG Harvest Festival!

Once again FOTAGL sponsored a booth at the 2019 AG Harvest Festival.  We offered young supporters a chance to balance a book on their heads and navigate through a short obstacle course.  All winners received a coupon for a free book at our upcoming book sale (90 were given out), book marks and a snack.  Thanks to our awesome volunteers:  Donna H, Peggy H, Deah and Rose, Kent and Kim.  We so appreciated your help in promoting FOTAGL.

Donna H & Peggy H at AG Harvest Festival
Kim E & Kent U @ AG Harvest Festival
FOTAGL Booth @ AG Harvest Festival











Arroyo Grande Library
800 W. Branch
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Phone:(805) 473-7161
To contact the Friends, email: info@fotagl.org



Membership in FOTAGL is another way you can provide support to our Library. Membership renews yearly each January. We just completed another successful membership drive.  April is the last month you will receive your newsletter if you have not renewed your membership for 2017.  To join or renew, you may print and fill out the membership application found here.  We miss you!


The Friends of the AG Library is an all-volunteer organization with many opportunities to lend a hand, from the Book Sale Team, to persons with unique skills to offer (such as graphic design, merchandising, fund raising, internet book sales), we can use your help! Use the Contact link to let us know you are interested.