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Friends Invite You to “Wine Down With Friends”

(L- R) Susan Windham, Jan Wight, Melinda Branch, Lisa Stone and Cindy Croyle members of the Board of FDL toasting the “Wine Down with Friends” upcoming event.

    Friends of the Duarte Library (FDL) invite you and your friends to Wine Down with Friends on Wednesday, November 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at D’Aquino Italian Imports, 1850 Business Center Drive, Duarte. Food, wine and soft drinks will be served with a lot of fun included as well as a wonderful silent auction. “This will be one of the most remembered evenings in Duarte,” said Wendy Wright, vice president of FDL and chair of the event. Tickets will go on sale in early October for $20 per person. Keep your eye on the FDL website (www.friendsoftheduartelibrary.com) for more news and how and where you can purchase tickets.

    The event will be held at the beautiful corporate headquarters of D’Aquino Italian Imports a long time wholesale business in Duarte that most Duarteans know of very little. Gaetano D’Aquino brought his business to the newly opened Duarte Business Park in the 1970’s. It is indeed the most unusual corporate building in Duarte. Many celebrities and political figures have been visitors to the building and their pictures are widely displayed within the building. The wine room and bar make you believe you have somehow made a trip to Italy. “Wine Down with Friends” will be a memorable evening in Duarte and one that I am sure will be anticipated every year” said Jan Wight, president of FDL.





Duarte Library is Cutting Edge of All County Libraries


(L-R) FDL board members Joan Schmidt Clayton, Pat DeRose, Joanna Gee (Library Manager), and Steve Baker are shown displaying many of the genres the library has available for Kindles.

    Friends of the Duarte Library (FDL) have purchased ten Kindles for check out at the Duarte Library. Duarte Library is the first Los Angeles County Library to have this service available to its members. Duarte Library and FDL were recently recognized by Los Angeles County Library Volunteer Program Director James Allred “as being on the cutting edge of library services.” “The ten Kindles are FDL’s pilot program, and if this service provides interest to our service communities of Duarte and Bradbury we will invest additional funds in purchasing more Kindles,” said Jan Wight, president of FDL.

    Each of the ten Kindles holds one hundred classic books plus a significant amount of books in different genres: Biography & Memoirs, Young Adult, Teen Fiction, Cozy Mysteries, Literary Fiction, Mysteries, Popular Non-Fiction, Romance, Suspense & Thrillers, and Spanish Fiction & Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, and Self Improvement. Each of the ten Kindles are accompanied by a case and charger. The set may be checked out for three weeks at a time and all pieces of the set must be returned at the same time.

    FDL continues to purchase $500 worth of books monthly for all ages, subscribes to periodicals of interest to our service area and the latest DVD’s, while making the Kindles available as well to our communities of Duarte and Bradbury.