Friends of the Ramona Library (FORL)

October 2023 Newsletter

President's Message

The Friends of the Ramona Library are excited to announce two author talks in the month of October. On Thursday, October 19 at 2:00 PM, punster, Union-Tribune columnist and language specialist Richard Lederer will offer "A Treasury of Halloween Humor." Before this program of history, lore, jokes, puns, and funny verse about Halloween, sign his books. See the flyer below for details.

On Friday, October 20 at 5:00 PM, author Lisa Belkin will talk about her latest book, Genealogy of a Murder. According to Ms. Belkin's website, "this book is a multigenerational tale of three families whose paths collide one summer night in 1960 with the murder of a police officer." The book examines the immigrant experience, working class struggles, prison reform, medical experiments, politics and war, the nature/​nurture debate, epigenetics, the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, and the history of motorcycle racing. The book also has a local connection!

Both events will take place in the Community Room of the Ramona Library.

The Open Bookstore is now equipped to accept charge and debit cards. Our new phone number is (442) 358-9173.

Maxine McNamara


Friends of the Ramona Library

Open Bookstore Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:30 – 3:30 PM

Tuesday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

Friends of the Ramona Library Board 2023

Maxine McNamara, President

Patsy Heald, Vice President, Membership

Gloria Keesee, Treasurer

Flo Firth, Secretary, Book Store Manager

Karla Brustad, Director

Dante Consentino, Director

Joan Gansert, Director

Princess Norman, Director

Stacey Riordan, Director

Nick Soroka, Director

Ramona Valencia, Director

Jane Vidal, Director

For up-to-date information about these and additional upcoming events at the Ramona Library, plus details about features and facilities, please visit

Community Resources

Looking for food assistance for humans and/or pets? Emergency Information? How to contact your Government representatives? See the Ramona Chamber of Commerce's Community Resources page at

Library and Government Resources

Trouble Accessing your SDCL account? See staff for help!

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free! Libby is the newer library reading app by OverDrive

Check out passes for CA State Parks! Save $$$!

California Resources You Should Know About

Affordable Connectivity Program Internet Bill Savings

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