Foundation History

The Foundation was created as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the mid-1990's. Our first project was to purchase the hardware and software necessary to bring SMILES (San Marino Interactive Library & Education System) to the community and to the schools. The response of the community was gratifying and contributions exceeded $250,000.

For the past 10 years, the Foundation has dedicated its efforts toward a $17 million capital campaign to build a new library. The City of San Marino will provide $5.5 million in funding for the project coupled with a generous gift of $4 million from the Donald Crowell family leaves $7.5 million being sought out by the Foundation. To date, there are nearly 1,000 donors to the Brand New Library Campaign and the list keeps growing.

Currently, there are 17 Directors of the Foundation, serving terms of 1 - 3 years. The public library's Board of Trustees and the Friends of the San Marino Public Library are represented as liaisons on the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Board of Directors:

  • Robert Sievers, President
  • Lora Smith, First Vice President
  • Chris Datwyler, Treasurer
  • Mary Payne, Co-Secretary
  • Lois Derry, Co-Secretary

  • Emile Bayle
  • Laureen Chang
  • Steve Domier
  • Barbara Hanna
  • John Harris
  • Brian Henderson
  • Diane Lam
  • Frank Mapel
  • Debra Sadun
  • Zehra Sun
  • Richard Ward


  • Carolyn Crain, Head City Librarian
  • Jacqui Groseth
  • Matthew Lin, Mayor, San Marino
  • Diana Nixon
  • Rary Simmons, Former Mayor
  • Robert Twist, City Council
  • Marina Wang, City Treasurer
  • Billie Youngblood-Knolle, Library Board of Trustees
News Archive
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Donor Wall of Honor Deadline Extended

June/03/2008 08:00 AM

Check Presented to City

June/11/2008 08:00 AM

September-October 2008 Limited Edition Bookmark Released

September/03/2008 01:00 AM

The Library Answers Your Gift Giving Questions

December/08/2008 12:00 AM

Bookmark Design Contest Returns

November/18/2008 08:00 AM


November/12/2007 10:20 AM


December/20/2007 11:00 AM

Online Newsletter Archive
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Fall 2007 Brand New Library Newsletter

November/10/2007 12:00 AM

Summer 2007 Brand New Library Newsletter

September/00/2007 12:00 AM

Spring 2008 Brand New Library Newsletter

April/11/2008 12:00 AM

Many thanks to our generous donors!
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