Call for Volunteers

 If you have some time in your busy schedule, please consider becoming a volunteer for the Friends of the Redwood Libraries. This is definitely a satisfying, meaningful way to support your community. If you wish to spend two or three hours a week with knowledgeable, dedicated, caring people, this is the place! Call us at 269-1995 or email us at and someone will get back to you. We’ll help you find your niche, whether it’s sorting books, helping with quarterly book sales, training to work in the Serendipity Book Store, or perhaps finding another task that needs to be done, there’s something for you. 

We are always on the lookout for people to help with lifting boxes of books. Many of our volunteers are willing to do just about anything, but age is catching up with us. Yes, books are wonderful, but they’re also heavy! 

FRL Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Redwood Libraries will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Eureka Main Library at 1313 Third Street. Candidates for officers and board members will be elected. 

The Friends Community Service Award is given annually to a resident in recognition of their meaningful contribution to Humboldt County. This year the award will be presented to Eric and Viviana Hollenbeck to recognize their long-standing support of the community. Eric & Viviana Hollenbeck

Eric and Viviana Hollenbeck founded Blue Ox Millworks in 1973 and, over time, Eric became a master craftsman, creating custom architectural woodwork for historical homes here in Humboldt County and worldwide. Through the years, the Millworks has expanded to include youth programs with a radio station and a program for war veterans. Chosen because of the knowledge and skill of the craftspeople at the Millworks, the School for Veterans was selected to authentically reproduce the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln’s body in Illinois. The millworks is now known as the Blue Ox Millworks and Historical Park. 

Please join us for a memorable Annual Meeting.There will be drawings for door prizes, and light refreshments will be served afterward. 

Winter Book Sale Results


Winter Book Sale Results

February 2 & 3, 2018

Proceeds benefit the Redwood Libraries

The winter sale results from 2017 are also shown for comparison.
Thank you to everyone who made the sale happen.
         January 2017                                                February 2018
Books, etc.     $1724.25                              Books, etc.    $1780.67
Jam                 $25.00                                    Jam                 $55
Total Sales    $1749.25                               Total Sales     $1835.67
Donations     $56.62                                    Donations      $124.71
Membership  $318.00                                 Membership  $284
Grand Total   $2123.87                               Grand Total  $2244.38

Gifts to the Library

During the quarter ending December 31st, 2017, the Friends provided a total of $10,940 to the Library. $9,989 of this was for the purchase of books and other materials. In addition, we provided $635 for movie licensing fees to support the Based on the Book film series and $336 to the Library’s Hospitality Fund, which is used for professional and technical staff meetings. This brings our total gifts for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 to $15,241. Funds for these gifts come from book store and internet sales and from the proceeds from our regular book sales; from membership dues above the basic level; and from donations, including memorial donations; and from the sale of the 2018 Children’s Art Calendar. Thanks to all of our supporters for making these gifts possible. 

The 2018 Children’s Art Calendar is now available.

Art Calendar CoverThe 2018 Children’s Art Calendar is now available. It can be purchased in the Serendipity Book Store, upstairs in the Eureka Main Library. Cost is just $5. Thanks to the generous sponsors, all of the proceeds will go to the Library.

Artwork by thirteen children represent the cover and months and another twelve have been chosen for the honorable mention pages. Sixty more young artists have received gift certificates to the Serendipity Book Store. Besides receiving gift certificates, the twenty-five month and honorable mention children will have their artwork framed and displayed in the Hagopian Gallery during November and December. Both the gallery and the Serendipity Book Store are upstairs in the Eureka Main Library. 

Officers Elected

Officers and Directors for the Friends of the Redwood Libraries were elected at the Annual Meeting on May 20, 2017. 

Terms July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019

Marilyn Tucker, President 

Debbie Reis, Recording Secretary 

Calista Sullivan, Corresponding Secretary 

Donna Andersen, Director 

Lauren Gogan, Director 

Jim Cech, Director 

Abigail Ryan, Director 

Continuing Board Members; terms ending in 2018: 

Hilary Stephens, 1st Vice President 

Stephanie Hillman, 2nd Vice President 

Karen Palmer, Treasurer 

Yvonne Kassatkin, Director 

Kay Kirsten-Belschner, Director 

Marjorie Malcolm, Director

2017 Annual Meeting

Annual MeetingWe had another successful Annual Meeting on May 20. Officers were elected and Library Director, Vanessa Christman, updated us on the “State of the Library”.
Stephanie Hillman presented the Community Service Award to Scott Brown and Eureka Books. When asked how they would like the $2,000 gift to the library spent, Scott said they would like it to be used to purchase graphic novels.
Pamela Foster gave a fascinating presentation about her life growing up in Humboldt County. And, yes, she made Big Foot come alive for us!

Serendipity reaches $500,000 in sales!

Frances with booksFRL’s Serendipity Book Store has achieved $500,000 in sales! The Friends of the Redwood Libraries wish to thank our wonderful customers, members, volunteers, our generous community and the library for supporting the bookstore. Serendipity Book Store is located on the second floor of the Eureka branch library at 1313 Third St., Eureka, and is open during library hours, closing 30 minutes before the library closes.

Serendipity was founded in October, 1999, by the Friends under the guidance of treasured volunteer Frances Rapin and is staffed with a dedicated team of volunteers. New titles are added frequently, so stock is never predictable and always interesting. Check our Serendipity page for more information on hours and our donation policies.

The Friends’ mission is to support the Humboldt County Library system. Money generated by store sales supports book purchases, the biennial Authors Festival, and enrichment programs for children in the community. Please consider a volunteer position with the Friends of the Redwood Libraries!