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Maple Hill receives $1,000 for library books

NEWS                                                                                    Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   880 S. Lemon Avenue
April 22, 2015                                                                       Walnut, CA 91789


Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204

Maple Hill receives $1,000 for library books

DIAMOND BAR, CA-- Maple Hill Elementary’s Library Media Center will be getting lots of new books thanks to a generous donation from the Diamond Bar Friends of the Library.

Board members from the non-profit presented a check for $1,000 to fund titles from the school’s “wish list” on April 17.

“We have established a new book fund that we are implementing for public schools in Diamond Bar,” announced President Chris Ko. Maple Hill received the first gift from the organization.

The wonderful new library that opened in late February was created from two connecting portables with fiction and non-fiction spaces.

“Just being able to continually add books to the collections is phenomenal and we appreciate this donation so much,” said Principal Nancy Stingley. ”It gives our students the incentive to read and nourishes their mind.”

A grassroots campaign funded new carpet, paint, furniture, ceiling tiles, and shelving for the library.

“It was all a school effort with lots of support from our parents and community,’ said Principal Nancy Stingley. The renovation wasn’t part of the school modernization plan.

Maple Hill 82-year-old grandfather and artist Cor Grieve painted vivid murals making the library a one-of-a kind reading sanctuary.  He’s added 10 paintings around the campus in the past two years.

Lions, zebras, and giraffes roam in the African Savanna depicted in the non-fiction room.

Across the library, fictional characters from Clifford, Arthur, Winnie the Pooh, Little Red Ridding Hood, and Harry Potter books decorate the walls.

“We wanted to make sure that when we did the library that it would be a fun place for students to come - and such a lively place they wouldn’t want to leave,” Stingley said. “That was our goal and I think we achieved that!”

“They don’t want to leave!” confirmed Tuyet Van Nguyen, the school librarian.

“It’s really a great place,” Diamond Bar Mayor Pro Tem and Friends’ Board Member Nancy Lyons commented during the tour.


Diamond Bar Friends of the Library President Chris Ko presented $1,000 for the Maple Hill library. 

Diamond Bar Friends of the Library presented a $1,000 donation for books in the new Maple Hill library on April 17. Shown: Maple Hill students, Principal Nancy Stingley, librarian Tuyet Van Nguyen, volunteer Julienne Nguyen, and DB Friends of the Library Board Members Rosette Clippinger, Paula Block, Leslie Bellegia, Janice Giardina, Tong Torng, Nancy Lyons, and Chris Ko.  

Diamond Bar Friends of the Library presented a $1,000 donation for new library books at Maple Hill Elementary. Shown: President Chris Ko, Principal Nancy Stingley and students.