SOPPL / Advocacy receives $5,000 matching challenge grant from EveryLibrary

March 4, 2014

Save Our Pomona Public Library / Advocacy
SOPPL / Advocacy
Box 2701
Pomona, CA 91769
(909) 622-7911

Re: SOPPL / Advocacy receives $5,000 matching challenge grant from EveryLibrary

SOPPL / Advocacy is pleased to announce the award of a $5,000 matching challenge grant from EveryLibrary. EveryLibrary will match every dollar Save Our Pomona Public Library / Advocacy (SOPPL / Advocacy) raises. When completed, this fund raising campaign will raise a combined total of $10,000 in support of a November 4, 2014 ballot measure to provide sustainable funding for the Pomona Public Library.

Marian Higgins, SOPPL / Advocacy coordinator, says, “We’re very excited to receive this matching grant from EveryLibrary. The grant provides an opportunity for our local donors to double their contributions early in the campaign. These early funds in turn will allow us to hit the ground running when the Pomona Library sustainable funding ballot measure is ready for voter consideration.”

“Pomona needs a library that is open enough hours to serve everyone. From education to small business support to the arts, the Pomona library is a hub for the community,” says John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary. “We’re supporting Save our Pomona Library / Advocacy as they campaign to restore funding for the library. I’ve stood outside your library on a Friday with kids looking for homework help. We want our donation to be matched by the community in Pomona to make sure this doesn’t have to happen again after November.”

SOPPL / Advocacy is an independent, volunteer, 501 (c) (4) organization dedicated to seeking sustainable public funding for the Pomona Public Library.

EveryLibrary is the first and only national organization dedicated to supporting local library initiatives at the ballot box. We provide technical assistance and consulting to libraries from pre-filing through the run of the campaign and raise funds nationally to support local Vote Yes at election time. More about their work can be found at

John Chrastka
(708) 819-0352

Marian Higgins
SOPPL / Advocacy
(909) 622-7911

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St. Patrick’s Day Bash

SOPPL / Advocacy (the Green People) presents:
St. Patrick’s Day Bash
Saturday, March 22
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Pomona Ebell Museum of History
585 East Holt Ave. Pomona
Baked Potato Bar Green Beer
Party Time!
Download the Bash Flyer

Purchase Tickets Here:

Single Tickets: $25 ea.
Number of Tickets?
- OR - Table for 8 people: $200

IMPORTANT: Print your receipt and bring it to the bash. It will be your ticket.
In case you forget, we will have a record of your purchase at the door.

Via PayPal, we accept:

Or to buy tickets by check or cash, contact:
Marian Higgins

Sustainable News – 1.13.2013

Patricia Hernandez: My Pomona Public Library Story

2014_01_newsI was first introduced to the Library after I moved to Pomona in 1990. As a single parent with three children under the age of five, we quickly became fans of the Saturday afternoon story hour and the library’s audio visual department.

As my children grew up, the library became our “go to” place for homework help. With advent of the World Wide Web, we used the library’s computer lab, courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The shelf of college catalogs in the children’s room became a source of inspiration for my children. I credit the Library as part of the village that helped me get all three children into college.

Today the library serves as my personal study place, where I go to read paper copies of magazines.

- Patricia Hernandez

Please tell us your Pomona Public Library story.

 Only 295 Days To Go

With 295 days until the November 4, 2014 election, why is the SOPPL / Advocacy team working so hard? Simply put, there is a lot to do.

In 2012 Measure X which would have provided sustainable funding for our library garnered 61% of the vote.  Pretty good, but not good enough. To be enacted Measure X needed 67% of the vote. In 2012 we had only a few months for voter education, fund raising, and active campaigning. We learned a lot.

One thing we learned is that a few months is not enough time to do everything that a successful campaign with a 67% target must do. We didn’t get our message to enough people, we didn’t get everyone who supports the Pomona Public Library to the polls and, frankly, we didn’t raise enough money to do everything we would have liked to do.

So we have already begun our efforts for the November 2014 election. We now have a Facebook page  and a Twitter account as well a growing list of supporters. We try to be part of every community event we can. We tell the library’s story from our 2nd Saturday Art Walk table in Thomas Plaza to community watch meetings. We would be happy to speak or have a table at your group’s event.

There is a lot to do and you are part of it. If you would like to help, please contact SOPPL / Advocacy via our website or by email.

- Duane Smith

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A Saturday To Remember

Thanks to all who helped make our November 16th fundraiser such a success! We sold more than 60 tickets, and appreciate all of you who showed up in support of SOPPL/ Advocacy’s quest to obtain sustained funding for Pomona’s remarkable library.

It truly was an exhilarating day for those who attended the Foundation’s David Ono Heart Mountain presentation in the morning, and then came Wine Tasting with us in late afternoon. The conversation definitely lived up to our expectations, and the wine was pretty good too!

The Heart Mountain documentary is one of the best on any topic I have seen, and Mr. Ono did a great job of providing local context. Guest panelists included Patti Hirahawa, whose great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were interned at Heart Mountain and made several thousand photos of the camp; and Mike Hachimonji, who was interned there as a teenager. Mr. Hachimonji was initially processed through the Pomona Assembly Center at the Fairgrounds, and then transported on to Heart Mountain Internment Camp. His experience mirrored that of most Japanese-American Pomonans during WWII.

Also part of this event were readings by PUSD students of letters to Mrs. Lavina Pendley, a popular and compassionate school librarian, from former students both at the Pomona Assembly Center and Heart Mountain Internment Camp. These letters are archived in Pomona Public Library’s Special Collections, amongst a great deal of other primary sources. It was particularly moving to watch the way 70 year old correspondence resonated with today’s teens who were reading it.

I know I’m repeating myself, but what other local library has archived first person accounts of people who lived through one of our most turbulent, controversial periods in history? How better to make history come alive for students and all citizens?

Together We Read has done a remarkable job this year of incorporating local first-hand accounts, archived in PPL’s Special Collections, into their programs. They furthered SOPPL/ Advocacy’s argument Pomona’s library is a unique treasure, worthy of support.

Thanks again to all who participated and made last Saturday a great and glorious day!

Marian Higgins