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The St. Helena Public Library is many things: a refuge, a community center, a learning space, a source of reliable and accurate information. Because of COVID-19, we’ve missed perusing the shelves for new releases, reading the paper while taking in the vineyard views, and hearing the laughter of kids during story time. But, during the closure, with the click of a mouse and our library cards, we were still able to get our library fix with free 24-hour access to thousands of books, movies and periodicals. As a matter of fact, digital circulation skyrocketed this year compared to last year.

Friends & Foundation raises funds to enrich the St. Helena Public Library. While the City of St. Helena covers the basic costs of running our library, Friends & Foundation funds programs, materials and part-time salaries. This year, we raised over $262,000, including a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor. We raise money through annul appeal letters, books sales, and our signature event, Bookmark Napa Valley. Due to the pandemic, we will not be able to host Bookmark Napa Valley in January 2021, so we are particularly grateful to our generous donors who helped us exceed this year’s fundraising goal.

We look forward to seeing you at the library again soon. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.


Linnea Pearson, Chair

John Heflebower, Vice-Chair Amanda Granados, Treasurer Jan Darter, Secretary

Ilse Chun Carol Gruetzner Annelise Lawson Leslie Moreland Jack Stuart Laura Symon Emeriti

Polly Keegan Dan Whitehurst Executive Director Maria Criscione Stel

PHYSICAL CHECKOUTS This year: 104,000 Last year: 135,785


This year: 20,000 Last year:


VISITS This year: 70,000 Last year: 98,276 PROGRAMS This year: 450 Last year: 685


“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

Walter Cronkite


Programs $12,043

Although the library closed in March, the eight months prior to that were filled with entertaining, educational and cultural programs, all free to our community. Jay Greene brought history lovers to the library to hear lectures on World War II, California architecture, the American West, and Francis Drake. International music lovers came to hear Brazilian American duo Monica Da Silva and Chad Alger perform music from Brazil, Spain and France. Local Latino winemakers poured their wines and discussed their paths to winemaking. The Merrie Old Christmas Carolers sang beloved holiday songs, and families decorated gingerbread houses. Locals came to show off their culinary skills at the Great Library Bake Off. Downton Abbey fans, dressed in period costume, enjoyed an evening of trivia with wine pairing. The library also hosted author talks and artist receptions, showed movies and entertained kids every week with Let’s Lego and story time. And when the shelter-in-place order began, story time became an online sensation!

Materials $54,130

Friends & Foundation support keeps our library’s collection up to date with new books for children and

adults, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and other digital resources in both English and Spanish. This year, the library purchased nearly 2,400 new books, digital books and DVDs.

Part-time staff $62,789

Programs, materials and the extensive services provided at our library would not be possible without the talented and dedicated staff. Their work and dedication make our library a vital, relevant resource to our community. Even during the COVID-19 closure, library staff was on hand to offer support through the new online chat feature or with a simple phone call. And when curbside pick-up became available in June, staff was there to make sure we all got our books!


Downton Abbey Trivia Wine Pairing Night The Merrie Old Christmas Carolers

Gingerbread House Decorating Librarians in the time of COVID-19

Every dollar you donate to Friends & Foundation helps make St. Helena Public

Library one of the best small libraries in America!


Thank you to our generous donors

In-kind donors $1,000 to $2,499

Meadowood Napa Valley Mark and Pam Smithers

Opus One Winery Spottswoode Winery

Mary Stuard

$100,000 Jack and Loraine Stuart

Anonymous John Watanabe and Cindy Pawlcyn

Gwen Warburton

$10,000 to $99,999 Richard and Sue Wollack

Napa Valley Vintners

$500 to $999

Martha Bothwell

$5,000 to $9,999 Ana Canales

Molly Chappellet Dominique and Gail Clavel

E & J Gallo Winery Jan Darter

Janet Myers Tim and Missy Doran

Phelps Foundation Kim and Jeff Farmer

Libby Shafer Barbara and Jim Fetherston

Bob and Evalyn Trinchero Freed Family Fund

Pat Friday

$2,500 to $4,999 David and Nancy Garden

Anonymous Pat and Julie Garvey

Dann and Susan Boeschen Granados Hillman LLP

Dolores Cakebread Lisa Hinz and Andreas Sakopoulos

The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation Susan and Tor Kenward Beverly Kinney and Tom Rinaldi

$1,000 to $2,499 Pam and Bruce Krell

Acres Home and Garden Live Talks Productions LLC

Bruce and Martha Atwater Richard Martin

Andy and Betty Beckstoffer John and Betsie Miklos

Betty Ann Carlin Dorothy Mondavi

The Crescent Porter Hale Foundation Tim Mondavi

Eleanor Coppola Barbara and Donald Niemann

David and Anita Cummings Marie Oliver

E. R. Sawyer Jewelers Jerri and John Patton

ETS Laboratories Jan Praiser

Jeff and Rebecca Feeney Nancy Rothman

Gary and Liz Fisch Meg and Manny Scrofani

Carol and Klaus Gruetzner Richard and Barbara Shurtz

Mark and Brenda Hadler Silver Oak Cellars

Ted and Laddie Hall John and Shary Simon

Dirk and Charlotte Hampson Bill Swanson

Sonja Hoel Perkins Nena Talcott

Erin and Shannon Lail Cary and John Thacher

Leslie and David Moreland Joan and Don Trauner

Morlet Family Vineyards Roger Trinchero

Peter and Anne Nissen Turley Family Fund

Shafer Vineyards Howard and Lyndal Walker

David Slaby James B Watson


$500 to $999

Martha Bothwell Ana Canales

Dominique and Gail Clavel Jan Darter

Tim and Missy Doran Kim and Jeff Farmer Barbara and Jim Fetherston

Freed Family Fund Pat Friday

David and Nancy Garden Pat and Julie Garvey Granados Hillman LLP Lisa Hinz and Andreas Sakopoulos

Susan and Tor Kenward Beverly Kinney and Tom Rinaldi

Bruce and Pam Krell Live Talks Productions LLC

Richard Martin John and Betsie Miklos

Dorothy Mondavi Tim Mondavi

Barbara and Donald Niemann Marie Oliver

John and Jerri Patton Jan Praisner Nancy Rothman Manny and Meg Scrofani Richard and Barbara Shurtz

Silver Oak Cellars John and Mary Simon

Bill Swanson Nina Talcott Thacher Family Fund Don and Joan Trauner

Roger Trinchero Turley Family Fund Howard and Lyndal Walker

James B. Watson Sally Wood

$250 to $499

Doug Barr and Clare Kirkconnell Bob and Linda Beckstrom

Barbara Bratt

Bruce and Rosemary Cakebread Lynmari Calabi

Richard and Arlene Corsetti Anne Cottrell and Doug Cutting

Les and Judy Denend Chuck and Ellen Haas Jim and Alexandra Haslip

Padget Kaiser Polly Keegan Dan Lynch

Della McNeill and Steve Borden Melinda Mendelson

Roger Meuter Napa Bookmine Holly and David Racker

Jamie and Ted Shuel Scott and Joann Ortega Snowden

Tim and Maria Stel Jodine and Bob Whisten Dan and Kathleen Whitehurst

Dave and Sherlyn Zumwalt

$1 to $249

Nancy Aaen Antonia Allegra Alpha Omega Winery

Anne Anderson Maxine Angell Peah and Allan Armstrong

Craig and Debra Austin Michael and Leslie Baggish Carroll and Christina Ballard

Andy and Roz Bartlett Stephanie Beaurain Claudia and Corey Beck

Craig Becker Norma Beltrami

Jean Bianchini Black Sears Estate Winery

Tiny Boak Jo Bollen

Trudy and Earl Bouligny John and Judy Boyle Craig and Nancy Branigan

Cynthia Brown Ron and Esther Brunswick


$1 to $249

Merwyn Burrous Delma Butler Paul and Nancy Caffo Jim and Linda Cottrell Steve and Kelly Carlin

William Casey Chadwick Family

Jeanne Chapman Ilse Chun Anne Marie Clifford Jeff and Laurie Conwell

Elizabeth Couse Nick and Marilyn Coy

Kelly Crane

Kendra Craven and David Lattin Judith Chrichton

Darcy Croshaw Dina Cross James

Richard Crus Celia Cummings

Dauna Currie Karen and Peter Dahl

Tom Davies Ken and Evelyn Deis

Judith Devolder Francis Dewavrin

Thomas DeWitt Sandie and Addie Dickson

Sheraton Downie Randy and Lori Dunn

Phoebe Ellsworth Cheryl Emmolo

David Ernst Marsha Evans Sue and Ed Fish Don and Dianne Fraser

Therese Frey Carol Frizzell Claudia Gambill DeWitt Garlock Nancy Gates Jay Greene Sylvia Griffiths Ardys Grindheim Susanna Groom Thomas and Anneliese Haas

Mariam Hansen Joanne Hatch Maria and Rene Haug John and Marianna Hawkins

$1 to $249

Auty and Adrian Hayne Mary Hegwood Helen and John Hendrick Denise Henquet-Sprengers

Lester and Uni Hoel Michael and Stephanie Honig

Scott and Wendy Hopgood Marjorie Hoyer-Smith

Alicia Hugg Cutting Janice and Marvin Humphrey

Linda Hutson Michele Barberi Hyde Rick and Elaine Jones

Anne Kaiser Guy Kay Maureen Kelly Carolyn Kelperis Duncan and Nancy Kelso

Ellen Kieval Mary King Thomas Kuntz Walter Kuntz Inger Laidley Alison Landers Skip Lane Karen Lane Thomas Latour Diana Lavignino Marianne Layne Whitney and Diane Le Blanc

Susan Leick Harold and Ivy Lewes James and Christine Hayne Lies

Heather Lindsey Sanda Manuila Paul and Lesa Martin

Joann Mattioda

Robert and Jennifer McCaffrey Pete McClory

Oleta McGrath Larry and Elayne Merla

Patricia Michael Anthony Micheli

Nancy Morrell John and Jennifer Muhlner

Marie Nola Ken and Debbie Novack

Oak Avenue Catering Polly Ogden Maureen Olen


$1 to $249

Olivo Family Charyl Olsen Robyn and Joe Orsini

Ariana Peju Eloise Pena

Jane Pepe and Jeff Adams Joy A. Peters Susan Pillsbury

Thomas Pollack and Eileen Tabios Oliver Ponce

John Ponte and Bonnie Long Holly and John Preston

Ann and Bill Putnam Ethel Ramos Jorge Rey-Prada

Jackie Rhodes Juan and Lidia Rios

Holly Rogers Lorraine Ruston

John Sales Ann Scarff Tera Scott Bill and Lonna Scott Nello Sevastopoulos

Ronald Sharples Suzanne Shepanek

$1 to $249

Cathy Small Laureen Smith

Carol Spencer Julie Spencer Mary Stephenson Tom Stockwell and Judith Rose

Diane Stremel Maureen Stubblefield

Louise Switzer Mike and Ann Thomas Rob and Harolyn Thompson

John and Bonnie Thoreen David Tillay Clay and Barbara Timon

Dolores Torrigino Marsa Tully Alonso Villa Cynthia Voth

Jane Wallace Olavi and Carolyn Weir

Mary Williams Ronald and Anita Wornick

John and Sandra York Ron and Karen Yost

Paula Young Barry and Alice Zacherle