About

        
The Friends of the Sun City Library is a California 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 mid-1960s as the Sun City Library Association, which acquired and installed the shelving for the first library in an 1100 square feet storefront. 

        Our purpose, as stated in our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, is to focus public attention on library service, facilities and needs and to stimulate gifts of books, magazines, desirable collections, endowments and bequests.

        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 library staff.  In the early 1990s, we supported the organization of the Sun City Library Foundation, which raised more than $135,000 to furnish the new 6700 square feet library 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 grow.  In June, 2006, the Friends initiated an effort for expansion of the library.

        County Supervisor Jeff Stone recognized the need, and in April, 2007, the Board of Supervisors authorized expenditure of $2.5 million by the Economic Development Agency for renovation and expansion.  The authorized expenditure subsequently was increased to $4,044,200 to provide a completely new building which was formally dedicated on February 4, 2010.

        The Friends principal fund raising activity is an ongoing used book sale at the library, proceeds of which are used to purchase new materials as requested by library staff.  Since 2000, we have provided more than $325,000 for library materials and have provided a special gift of more than $30,000 for equipment in the expanded facility.

        General Meetings are held on the third Tuesdays of January, March, May and October at 1:30, and feature local 
authors and topics of local interest.  Prospective members and guests are always welcome.