Winter Newsletter 2018

President's Message
    by Jill Gayaldo, President

Rocklin was recently named one of the best cities in the nation to raise a family. Anyone who lives here understands why.....we have excellent police and fire services, the most beautiful parks you could hope for, a top tier school system, and an active community that is engaged and volunteers in all types of community service programs.

Recently I had the opportunity to see our community at its best. We have 50+ families from Paradise, CA who are staying in our local hotels, having been evacuated from their homes due to the devastating fires. Most no longer have homes to return to and have lost everything. The loss of life is beyond comprehension. Our Rocklin Fire Fighters are there to stop what is now the most devastating fire in California, and our Rocklin Police Officers are there to serve as well. At the same time, Rocklin Police Officers, support staff, and volunteers quickly organized a donation drive and distribution location at the police station, providing toiletries, clothing, blankets, and gift cards to fill the immediate needs of those displaced. One of the more popular items distributed were books for children, to keep them active while living in a small hotel room and waiting for the opportunity to return to their homes and see what, if anything, can be saved. It was beyond heartwarming to see how grateful and gracious these families were under the most challenging circumstances.

One hundred years ago, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I hostilities ended. Veterans Day is celebrated every November 11th to honor the service of all US military veterans. In Rocklin, our American Legion Post 620 honors our local Veterans with a service held at the Rocklin Cemetery each year. Knowing that resources were spread very thin with the fire support and poor air quality could impact many, the American Legion cancelled their 100th anniversary event, knowing it was best for our community. thanks. I am incredibly thankful for our Veterans, our public safety officers, and our tremendous Rocklin community for their generosity, graciousness, and commitment to others. These challenges truly bring out the very best in our community, and I am so grateful for your generosity and kindness to others.

I hope that this holiday season brings joy and peace to you and yours. 
A Familiar New Branch Manager
by Tony Carmack, Branch Manager

Hello! Tony Carmack, here, the new Branch Manager of the Rocklin Library. I'm new to the position, but not to Rocklin. I started working in the Placer County Library in February 2013. It was great working with the Rocklin Friends those first years. I was so welcomed and felt at home in a place that cared about its community and the families in it. We made ice cream in ziplock bags, took pictures of stuffed animals going rogue in the library after hours, and had a train layout in the meeting room. We had a Party Palooza, Tea Time Storytime (with Miss Placer County!), and a Noon Year's Eve celebration. There was a ukulele orchestra, writing workshops, and chalk on the sidewalk. What fun we had! Thanks, Friends!

This is my 25th year working in libraries. I began in Medina County District Library (OH) as an associate in the reference section, then as an outreach assistant in Loudoun County Public Library (VA). At that time, I got my MLS (University of Maryland) and became a children's librarian in the Ashburn branch. When I found my way to the Golden State, I began in Rocklin, left to lead the Granite Bay and Auburn Libraries, and now I'm back! Like many library folk, I have a passion for reading, and I'm especially interested in children's books. I was honored to have served on both the Caldecott and Newbery award committees. I love to talk about juvenile books, whether with kids or adults, if you have some favorites, let's chat!

"It's an exciting time to be working in the Rocklin Library. There are so many new technologies, so much growth in our community, and with an amazingly talented staff and supportive Friends, we're going to have some fun and make a real difference!"

 Rocklin Reads Focuses on Uprooting of Japanese-Americans
by Gloria Beverage

Our first Rocklin Reads, which focused on the struggles of the Japanese-Americans during World War II, was well-received. Events held in October included two book group discussions and a panel discussion by four Japanese-Americans, who shared their personal stories. Our grand finale, An Afternoon with Kiyo Sato, featured the 95-year-old Sacramento author of Kiyo's Story.
Author Kiyo Sato

In addition to the Rocklin Library Book Group, a book club in Lincoln hosted by OLLI/Sierra College read the memoir written by Sato, a Sacramento woman whose family was interred at Poston, one of 10 internment camps built in 1942 to house Japanese-American families.

Panelists who participated in the Oct. 13 event at the Rocklin Event Center were  Loomis resident Fusae Miyamoto, who described life in the internment camps;  Fair Oaks resident, Deanna Tsukamoto, who shared memories of her father's service with the 442nd Regimental Battalion, which was composed of Japanese-Americans who volunteered to fight for America;  Susan Goto, whose family was sent to Gila, Arizona, who talked about President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066;  Stuart Kageta, a retired history teacher, who spoke of his father's efforts with the Japanese American Citizens League in seeking an apology from the U.S. government for their treatment of American citizens.  Whitney High School Broadcast students videotaped the program, and we hope to make the video available to the public.

An Afternoon with Kiyo Sato was held Oct. 23 at Old St. Mary's Chapel in partnership with the Rocklin Historical Society. At 18, Sato was the eldest of nine children born in the U.S. to Japanese American immigrants living on a thriving Sacramento farm when World War II broke out. Her memoir describes the trauma of being forced to leave the family farm with little more than the clothes on their backs and relocate to a camp in Poston, Ariz. It concludes with the family's return to Sacramento to rebuild their lives and farms.

Seating at both events was filled to capacity, including a group of seventh graders who planned to write a report on the programs. Sato received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her talk.

Due to the success of this event, the Rocklin Friends of the Library Events Committee is in the process of planning another "Rocklin Reads" event for October 2019.
Part II: Free Public Libraries - Accessible to All
by Getta Dolinsek

This article continues the story of the history of our Public Libraries.

Part II

In addition to membership libraries, Benjamin Franklin also played a role in the development of the first lending library. In 1790, Franklin donated a collection of books to a Massachusetts town that named itself after him. Though the town asked Franklin to donate a bell, he determined that "sense" was more important than "sound." Franklin residents voted for those donated books to be freely available for town members, creating the nation's first public library.

Public libraries began spreading in earnest in American towns and cities after the Civil War. These lending libraries are defined as board-governed and tax-funded instead of operated under a subscription model. Most importantly, they are open to all, do not charge for their services, and focus on serving the needs of the general public.

The first totally tax-supported library was established in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in 1833. While there were many other libraries that met new public-oriented milestones-like the Darby Free Library in Pennsylvania, which has been in continuous service since 1793-the first large public library was the Boston Public Library, founded in 1848. Boston Public Library opened in 1854 and all Massachusetts residents could borrow from its collection, which began with 16,000 volumes.

Reprinted with Permissions. Brady, Hillary and Franky Abbott. A History of US Public Libraries. Digital Public Library of America. September 2015.  

Boston Public Library bookplate. Courtesy of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Illinois Digital Heritage Hub.

Book Lovers Make a Difference
                     by Gloria Beverage

T hanks to the book lovers in this community, the Rocklin Friends of the Library has raised more than $10,600 through sales in our bookstore, our surplus book sales and our eBay store. That's $300 more than our total for 2017 ($10,308).

With two months to go, we could attain our goal of $12,000. You can help us by  shopping at our used book store just inside the library's front entrance. Adult and children's books (unless marked) are $3 for hardbacks and $2 for paperbacks. DVDs and audio tapes are also on sale as well as a selection of book group recommendations. Holiday books will be featured in December. You may also visit our eBay store.

We welcome book donations to keep our inventory fresh. Drop them in the slot just inside the library's front entrance. For a large donation, please send an email to to make arrangements for delivery.

Our Dream Team keeps the bookstore stocked as well as sets up and packs books at our quarterly book sales. However, our "players" sometimes get benched because of injuries or vacations, so we could use backup team members to help next year. Hours are minimal; the benefits are huge! If you're interested in joining the team, send an email to Gloria Beverage at

Proceeds from our sales are used by the Placer County library staff to purchase adult and children's books as well as special materials for the library collection. Friends also host programs throughout the year, including the Birthday Club and Story Time at the Station.

To become a member of the Friends of the Library (and obtain admission to the preview surplus sale), visit or pick up a membership form in our book store. Memberships start at $10.

Henry Shimozaki, husband of long-time member, Fran, passed away last month. Henry was always available for many Friends' projects around the library grounds and off, and he will be greatly missed by us all. We send our condolences to Fran and her entire family upon the loss of her dear husband. 

Upcoming 2018 Event

Story Time At the Station, This event is geared for K thru 3rd grade, but all are welcome. Story Time Special Santa Holiday Event will take place on Monday, December 17 at 4 PM.  This fun, ongoing event is held at the Rocklin Police Department at 4080 Rocklin Road in Rocklin on designated Mondays at 4 PM.
Upcoming 2019 Events

Love Your Library, February, Date TBD
Women in History, March Date TBD
Library Workers' Day, April Date TBD

Final 2018 Board Meeting and Year-End Party:
*Dec 11 AM 

2019 Board and Meeting Dates
  Our meeting schedule is as follows:

January 8 - 10 AM
February 12 - 10 AM
March 12 - 10 AM
April 9 - 10 AM
May 14 - 10 AM
June 11 - 10 AM
No Meetings in July and August
September 10 - 10 AM
October 8 - 10 AM
November 12 - 10 AM
December 10 - 10 AM

* Please note change in start time for the December meeting.

New Board Members for 2019
President - Michele Vass
Vice-President - Wendy Smith
Co-Secretaries - Alice Pennington and Getta Dolinsek
Treasurer - Suzanne Kenyon

All meetings will be held at the Community Room at the Rocklin Library

Non-fiction books, Children's Books
New fiction (hardback and paperback books)
DVDs and books on tape, and rare and antique books


The mission of Rocklin Friends of the Library is to generate support for the Rocklin Library and Placer County library services and to promote community interest in libraries, reading, and lifelong learning.

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