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About the Friends

 December 2022

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!)


  • During the first months of the COVID pandemic, we contributed $20,000 to the library for WiFi hot spots distributed throughout the Coastside to those in need.  We also sponsored the Adult Meals Program at the library when it started in September 2020 - 8,000 meals were provided through the end of June 2021.


  • We restarted support of the Adult Meals Program in September 2022.  The program is currently providing about 45 meals every day.


  • 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. 


  • This year we donated books to our students for the Summer Learning challenge and gave 750 books to the Coastside Community School Backpack Drive.


  • Book Sales are a major source of revenue for the Friends.  Look for us at the library on the 3rd Saturday of the month. 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


(Click on boardmember names for direct email)

Paul Gater – President

Deb Kessler - Vice President, Director of Membership

Dave Schorr  - Treasurer

Laura Wilson - Secretary

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

Sandy Gleichmann - Member-at-Large

Carolyn Belknap - Member-at-Large for Communications and Social Media

John Claussen - Member-at-Large

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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