Yes, PPL is the letter designation the county assigned to our proposition. Sure, we asked for it but that’s what they assigned. So on November 4, be sure to vote yes on P(omona) P(ublic) L(ibrary).

Now that the campaign for our Library is moving to the next phase you will see and hear a lot more about our library and measure PPL. Here’s what you will read in your voter pamphlet when it comes out.

Please Vote YES on Measure PPL to provide ongoing funding for our beloved Pomona Public Library. Currently, the library is only open 29 hours per week with a part-time staff and cannot effectively serve our community. A YES vote for PPL will return the library to full service at 38 hours per week, minimum. It will include updating technology, increasing the number of books, adding more homework help and maintaining internet access.

Our Pomona Public Library is more than an information and education resource; it serves as a community center, discussion forum, and provides programs to all residents — from preschoolers to seniors. Our library can again support community educational needs including: early childhood literacy, homework assistance, adults pursuing educational and career goals, ESL, and teachers accessing professional materials for lesson planning. Our Special History Collections can again be used by scholars across the region and world. Free computer Internet access for education and research will be central to its mission.

Voting YES on Measure PPL guarantees that our library will be open more hours. Funds are restricted for library services only, are subject to citizen oversight, and will only be collected for 10 years. Since 1887, the Pomona Public Library has been at the heart of our community. Measure PPL will breathe new life into this essential resource and help us shape the future of Pomona.

We ask for your YES vote on Measure PPL.

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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