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

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

Wine Tasting Event November 16, 2013


SOPPL / Advocacy
265 E Jefferson Ave
Pomona, CA 91767-3923
(909) 622-7911

Re: Wine Tasting Event November 16, 2013

Save Our Pomona Public Library / Advocacy will hold a Wine Tasting event on November 16, 4:30 PM, at the home of Marian Higgins, 265 East Jefferson Ave., Pomona.

The event will benefit Save Our Pomona Public Library / Advocacy and its work to ensure sustainable funding for the Pomona Public Library.

Educating participant’s palettes, Elie Joseph, former owner of Winestyles in Claremont, will present a selection of fine wines and provide analysis. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The cost of the event is $25.00 per person.

Marian Higgins, SOPPL / Advocacy Coordinator, said, “This event will formally kick off our campaign to secure voter approval of a library funding measure in November, 2014. The event has two goals. First, we want to build supporter enthusiasm and, second, we want to begin raising funds for the upcoming campaign. Without sufficient funds, no amount of supporter enthusiasm will allow us to reach the required two thirds vote in November of 2014.”

Email or call 909 622-7911 for more information.

SOPPL / Advocacy is an independent, volunteer, 501 (c) (4) organization engaged in political advocacy for the Pomona Public Library.

Alice Gomez | | 909 621-7723 or
Duane Smith | | 909 717-8381

Download this news release as a PDF

Keynote Speeches Video Clips 9.13.2012

For those that couldn’t make it to the Fund-Raising Event at the Pomona Public Library earlier this month or for those in attendance that would like to view clips of the great keynote speeches given by Jose Aponte and David Kipen, we have posted them on YouTube!

More videos available on SOPPL’s YouTube channel.