Friends of San Pedro Public Library 

Carol Higgs

Membership Chair

What We Do for the Library​​​​

I’ve always loved reading and going to libraries, so why not volunteer at the library? That is exactly what I did in June 2013 and eventually I became the membership chair. I’ve always been detail-oriented and this is what’s needed for the job. Even though I’m usually not in constant contact with members, I do recognize their names and meet them when we have our annual Friends’ members dinners.

One of my favorite books is A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, which I read many years ago but have never forgotten. I really didn’t think I would like it when I started reading as it is an epistolary novel, but as I continued on I couldn’t put it down. You get a glimpse into Bess’s life  and how she became a “Modern Woman," changing many lives through this period of time.  

My favorite genre of books are mysteries. I love to delve into the story, following the clues and along the way trying to solve the case and then see if I was right. Perhaps in my next life I’ll come back as a detective.

Pat Colby, President

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The funds we raise are used to purchase materials and equipment for the library. We also finance programs for children, teens, and adults. We support book clubs, stamp clubs, and other shared interests in the community. We staff an onsite bookstore and host monthly book sales in the library's community room. ​​We host events with musicians and guest speakers, and our newsletter keeps members in-the-know.

Meet the Board

Pat graduated from UCLA and taught English in Kenya and Switzerland. She returned to the U.S. to earn two master's degrees, one in educational administration and the other in English. For the rest of her career, Pat worked as an English teacher for L.A. Unified.

We quote her as saying, "The Friends have a meaningful mission: book sales, fund raisers, book purchases, Internet connections, community events, support for programs for children, youth and adults, newsletter development and shared activities with one another and the library staff and patrons."

Pat's favorite books are Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao​.

The Board meets every last Tuesday of the month starting at 6:00 p.m. Along with the Senior Librarian, we discuss what we can do to spread the love of reading and to improve literacy. The meeting is open to the public so join us and be a part of your community. 

Photo, top row, left to right: Carol Higgs, Georgia Cordero, Pat Colby, Jan Wilcox, Jerry Gusha, Cecelia Moore, Chris Watanabe, Senior Librarian David Ellis. Bottom row: Theodora Sonnichisen, Dymphna Kanz, Jan Wilcox, Sandy Clayson, JoAnn Kostelas, and Selma Hunter.