A New Year – A New Focus

I want to thank Marian Higgins and Kathy Adkins for their hard work and dedicated service in seeking sustainable funding for our Pomona Public Library. For over two and a half years they have led us. They kept us focused. They made it fun. I hope I can lead our team by consensus as Marian did.  I am extremely pleased that both Marian and Kathy plan to continue active involvement with SOPPL / Advocacy. I am also pleased that Helen Mosier has agreed to be our new treasure.

So what is next in SOPPL / Advocacy’s quest for appropriate funding for the Pomona Public Library?  At our December team meeting we decided that we would focus on the City’s fiscal year 2015/16 planning to make sure our library got its fair share.

Our next opportunity to show public commitment to improved library funding is this coming Monday evening at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers. This meeting will be a budget workshop for the council and we want to make sure the library is high on the list for increased funding. Come to the meeting if you can. There will be occasion for public input and just our presence will make a point.

Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015.


It’s a new year for SOPPL / Advocacy

Happy New Year! Hope all of you had a joyful holiday season.

While we suffered a serious setback in the 2014 election, Save Our Pomona Public Library Advocacy Group has decided to continue on with our fight to preserve and strengthen our beloved library, but there will be some changes.

I’m stepping down as Coordinator, and Kathy Adkins will no longer serve as Treasurer. Duane Smith is stepping up as the Coordinator, and Helen Mosier has volunteered to be SOPPL’s new Treasurer. By unanimous consent, SOPPL’s leadership team supports these changes. Kathy and I are pleased to leave these two positions in such capable hands. Kathy and I plan to remain actively involved in SOPPL, but this appears to be a great time to transition to fresh leadership.

Thanks to all who have supported SOPPL in the past, and hope you will continue to do so from this point on. I’m going to let Duane speak to the changes in direction our leadership team envisions for moving forward.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015!

Marian Higgins

Support the PPL Foundation

“The mission of the Pomona Public Library Foundation is to promote private donation to enhance and enrich the Pomona Public Library’s  resources and services. The FoFoundation Logoundation believes a strong public library is the base upon which the community builds its future.” While SOPPL / Advocacy continues to consider how best to find sustainable funding for our library, we ask that you consider a generous donation to the Pomona Public Library Foundation.

PPL falls short

We lost. Only 48.7% of Pomona voters voted for measure PPL. With all precincts now reporting, PPL received 5,205 yes votes and 5,480 no votes. The final numbers may change a little over the next couple of days but PPL fell far short of the required two thirds of the vote.

The SOPPL / Advocacy team thanks everyone who supported measure PPL and our effort to bring sustainable funding to our beloved Pomona Public Library. We plan to continue to advocate for our Pomona Public Library. The form that advocacy will take will be developed over the next several weeks.