Welcome to the Friends of the Sun City Library!
The Friends are dedicated to the support of the Riverside County library serving the City of Menifee, CA, with a 2010 population of more than 81,000. We are a nonprofit corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We were incorporated in 1981, but the volunteer organization supporting the library dates to the 1960s as the Sun City Library Association which acquired and installed the shelving for the first library in a storefront of 1100 square feet.
Over the years, we have supported the expansion of the library to 3000 square feet, then 4000 square feet and provided many hundreds of hours of volunteer service in support of the library staff. In the early 1990s, we supported the organization of the Sun City Library Foundation which raised more than $150,000 to furnish the new library of 6700 square feet in a former bank building purchased by Riverside County. As the Menifee Valley area surrounding Sun City continued to grow, it became obvious that the library, too, needed to continue to grow. In 2006, the Friends initiated an effort for expansion.
County Supervisor Jeff Stone recognized the need and in April, 2007, the Board of Supervisors authorized expenditure of $2.5 million, later increased to $4 million, by the Economic Development Agency for renovation and expansion. See the New Library and Dedication pages for more information.
The Friends principal fund raising activity is an ongoing used book sale at the library, proceeds of which are used to purchase new materials and for library programs as requested by library staff. See the Books for Sale and Library Programs pages. Since 2000, we have provided more than $310,000 for library materials and programs in addition to $30,000 for equipment for the new library.
We have four general membership meetings a year, on the third Tuesday of January, March, May and October at 1:30 p.m. in the library Community Room. Meeting programs include readings by local area authors and topics of community interest.