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About the Friends

May 2023

The Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN 94-2939460). The Friends support our local library by enhancing programs for adults, teens and children of all ages and backgrounds in our community.

We are extremely proud of the achievements below (and many more!)


  • We are extremely proud of the achievements below (and many more!)

  • We ensure financial support to the library for the Adult Meals Program. The program provides about 45 meals every day to those in need in our community.

  • We raised nearly $15,000 during the Coastside Gives 2022 campaign for permanent shade awnings and additional outdoor furniture to ensure that the library provides a safe, welcoming outdoor place to gather throughout the year. Some of the furniture is now in place in the Childrens Garden at the library!

  • We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Coastside Community School Backpack Drive by donating childrens books and financial support.

  • We have started an eBay bookstore for unusual, rare, or collectible books that have been donated. Go to for more information.

  • We have Sidewalk Book Sales at the library on the 3rd Saturday of the month. These are a major source of revenue for us. And check out our Book Cart and Bookshelves anytime the library is open for gently-used fiction and non-fiction! 

If you would like to know more about the Friends, please contact our president at


Click here for our current by-laws, updated in 2020.

The Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library join San Mateo County Libraries in our dedication to being a positive force for our communities and standing up for equity, inclusion and social justice. To our communities of color, we stand with you.


Board of Directors

Paul Gater – President

Deb Kessler - Vice President, Director of Membership

Patti Landry  - Treasurer

Laura Wilson - Secretary

Sandy Gleichmann - Member-at-Large

Carolyn Belknap - Member-at-Large for Communications

John Claussen - Member-at-Large

Carol Price - Member-at-Large

Wendi Shafir - Member-at-Large and Head of Book Sales

For more information, click here to visit the Half Moon Bay Library website.

Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library,

620 Correas Street,

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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