Friends of the Ramona Library (FORL) Newsletter

October 2022

President's Message

Have you noticed visitors to the library taking pictures of the inside and the outside? They’re making sure that designs for a future Ramona Community Resource Center are compatible with the library building. According to the Ramona Sentinel, the Center will be between 12th and 13th Streets. The project is still in the planning stages with groundbreaking set for April 2023 and completion in summer 2024. Personally, I’m hoping that the planners will consider traffic on Main Street and make necessary adjustments!

Authors’ Day will take place on Saturday, January 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Our keynote speaker will be Angie Brenner who has written a book entitled, Seeking Beauty: Jim’s Gift: A book about James Hubbell. James Hubbell’s stained glass artwork in the Library lobby is titled “Laurel Passage,” and was commissioned by Friends of the Ramona Library. This fall, the FORL will be soliciting local authors to be part of this event. SAVE THE DATE!

Many thanks to the Ramona Journal  for sharing the FORL story in their latest issue! Charlene Pulsonetti did a great job of sharing my thoughts!

As of June 1, 2022, the Open Bookstore hours are:

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

Tuesday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Sunday: Closed


Maxine McNamara


Friends of the Ramona Library

Amazon Smile 

Amazon Smile is an easy way for FORL members to support our group. Amazon donates a small percentage of your purchase to a charity of your choice. One option is the Friends of the Ramona Library. You’d be surprised by how fast donations accumulate, and all it takes is a tap on the keyboard. Sign up at On your first visit, you'll be prompted to choose a charity. If you would like to change your existing choice to FORL, please see these instructions.

Friends of the Ramona Library Board 2022

Maxine McNamara, President

Patsy Heald, Vice President, Membership, Treasurer

Flo Firth, Secretary, Book Store Manager

Ramona Valencia, Hospitality

Karla Brustad, Director

Joan Gansert, Director

Dante Consentino, Director

Cheryl Storey, Director

Jane Vidal, Director

Michelle Sund, Director

Princess Norman, Director

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Community Resources

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

Library and Government Resources

Trouble Accessing your SDCL account? See staff for help!
eBooks & Audiobooks | Libby
Check out passes for CA State Parks!
San Diego Union Tribune online
California Resources You Should Know About
Affordable Connectivity Program Internet Bill Savings

The two designated Cool Zones in Ramona are the Ramona Community Library (Mon-Sat) and the Ramona Senior Center (Mon-Fri). During some heat waves, the Ramona Library will open on Sunday as a Cool Zone (with no library services); please call the library if you have questions at (760) 788-5270. To learn more about the Cool Zone program, other locations, a free fan program and transportation for qualified persons, visit the Cool Zone website.

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