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Hello Lakeside!

My name is Mary Elder and I am the Branch Manager of the Lakeside Branch Library.   I am so excited to get to know the Lakeside community and thrilled to be on the ground floor of opening our new library over the next two years!  I look forward to meeting you all as you come into the library.  In the meantime, here is a little bit about me:

My daughter and I moved here from Tucson, Arizona in June of this year, and we live in El Cajon.  I have been a public librarian for nearly four years and was an elementary school librarian for six years beforehand.  I received both my bachelor’s degree in English literature and my master’s degree in information resources and library science, from the University of Arizona.  I am a mom to two fabulous kids who are eighteen and twenty, and two incredible stepchildren who are fifteen and seventeen.  Although I have lived most of my life in Tucson, I have wanted to live in the San Diego area since my first visit at the age of 13.  Some of my favorite things to do are bake, read, go to the beach, head to the mountains, spend time with my Fiancé and our family, and geek out over Harry Potter, Disney, and all things Marvel.

The Lakeside community has already been so warm and welcoming, and I appreciate all of you.  If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, come on down to the library!


The Lakeside Friends of the Library thanks the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce for their support.



Board members Leslie Ward and Michael Evans-Layng represented the Lakeside Friends of the Library at the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce annual awards ceremony, held at the Barona Events Center on the evening of June 24th. The Lakeside Friends of the Library was one of two civic organizations the Chamber honored this year for their volunteerism and leadership in our community. The outgoing President of the Chamber, Lisa Grote, mentioned the coming of the new library and the central role the Friends have played in the project.

Along with a plaque from the Chamber, the Friends also received a certificate from Dianne Jacobs, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and Congressman Duncan Hunter. Michael said a few words of thanks to the Chamber for the honor and encouraged everyone to become members through the Friends’ new website at


Lakeside Friends of the Library would like to thank Kelsey Evans-Layng, the artist who created our Horse logo. To see more of Kelsey’s work, visit her website

In December 2017 the congregation of Rise City Church, here in Lakeside, collected a Christmas offering and gave Lakeside Friends of the Library $50,000 to help our vision. This donation raised up our fundraising efforts to over $100,000.

From Pastor Brandon Grant: ”one of the ways we want to give thanks and celebrate our Savior is by being a blessing to others”…”This is the heart behind  the gift you are receiving.”

From the Lakeside Friends of the Library we are so blessed and humbled by your donation which truly will bring new life and energy to an aging and dated facility and pushes forward a new library for our community.

Thank you.

Congratulations to the Barona Band of Indians for their 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service award.

The Lakeside Friends of the Library sent a letter of congratulations to them. Read the letter here.




Leilani Yambrovich attended the Montessori preschool in Lakeside, where Imelda (Amy) Guthrie, Library Tech I, would come weekly to read to the classes. I believe that this positive experience instilled a love for reading and the Library in my daughter. It created an inviting environment to explore more stories and see a friendly familiar face. This special relationship has developed into something she will carry with her for the rest of her life. I am so grateful every time I see her reading books to her stuffed animals and asking to visit Miss Amy. The Lakeside Library holds a special place in our hearts and our family.

Thank you for all that you do

Heather R. Yambrovich

Lakeside Friends of the Library

12428 Woodside Ave. , Lakeside, CA 92040

Phone: 619-631-5614 or

619-219-6709 (answered only during bookstore hours)