Mission Statement

The mission of the Friends of the Atascadero Library is to support, promote and expand the library's resources and programs. 

  October - November   |   2017

In This Issue...

President's Message
Linda Zirk 

FOAL Membership News 

Library Art Programs
Eileen O'Grady

Dancing with Our Stars
Jeannie Malik

Librarian's Message
Jackie Kinsey

Book Store News
Sharon Turner
President Linda Zirk

The weather has certainly been a focus of the news over the last 6 weeks or so.   Here's a headline from the American Library Association:
Libraries are an essential service in helping communities recover from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria!
The ALA reports that most library systems in Texas and Florida suffered only minor damage (mostly from water seepage) and were able to be back in service once power was restored.  Looking at the destruction on the Caribbean Islands - especially Puerto Rico - there will be a lot of rebuilding to be done everywhere and to all types of government buildings.  People rely on local libraries to charge devices, access the Internet, and use the Wi-Fi, as well as using physical materials and keeping cool in the air conditioning.  There may be a way we can help via donating books (yes - some of the books that you donate to our Bookstore) and I'll be monitoring this situation and asking my Friends of the Library colleagues in the County as well as our County Librarian if there is something we can do to help.  Stay tuned ...
I recently attended a meeting of fellow Friends group Presidents, and we found out that there is a Books Behind Bars program run by the County Librarians which has provided books and book club discussions to both the men and women in the County Jail.  I'll work with Alice and Sharon to make sure that any paperbacks left over from the next Book Sale (more info on that elsewhere in the Newsletter) are donated to this County program.  It seems that Zane Grey  (and any western themed book) is a big favorite, of both the men and the women!  If you have some of these hiding on your bookshelves, and would like to donate them, please let me know ( linda.folatascadero@yahoo.com) and I'll make arrangements to pick them up and deliver them to the County.
Talking of Book Clubs - Did you know that there are Books In A Box collections available for books clubs?  If you belong to a Book Club - anywhere in the County -- check out the titles here:  http://www.blackgold.org/polaris/custom/bclist.aspx
Our Library Staff will be happy to walk  you through the process of reserving a set of books for your group.
FOAL (Friends of the Atascadero Library) recently gifted the Atascadero Library $20,000 which will be used to buy new children's and reference books, DVDs, pay for programs, and provide new ancillary equipment needed by the Library staff. This is just one of the many donations we make throughout the year to enhance our Atascadero Library...through generous donations from members of the community either by donating books to our Bookstore, or in monetary form (your annual memberships, buying books at Alice's Bookstore, supporting our DWOS event). Thank you for making this happen!

Linda Zirk
President, Friends of the Atascadero Library


Our membership year runs from July 1 st t hrough June 31st.  If you have not renewed your 2017-2018 membership, please do so as soon as possible.  You may  renew on-line by clicking the button below or at the  FOAL website .  You may send your renewal to PO Box 561, Atascadero, CA. 93423 or you may bring it to the book store at the library or the library circulation desk.    Members who have Life status do not need to renew their membership! 

Membership dues enable FOAL to make substantial contributions to library programs and  materials through out the year and the library depends on our support in its service to the community. 

We welcome the following New Members to Fri ends of the Atascadero Library:
Connie Bolin; Tom and Dorine Jamason; Liberty Romig

And thank our Renewing Members:
Ginger Klevesahl; Diane Lund; Sandra Edmunson; Joan Helgren; Karen Flynn; Gail and Jerry Dowell; Linda Bareis; Sharon Turner; Darlene Bowman; Julie West

During this time of year we give thanks to you! Together we have achieved so much. Thank you for being a member of the Friends of the Atascadero Library and your continued support of our mission to support, promote and expand the library's resources and programs. 


  If you have a question about your membership status, send your question to our email at linda.folatascadero@yahoo.com. 

Submitted by  Eileen O'Grady

The Illusion of Color and Form: The Art of Linda Wargo 
at the Atascadero Library in October and November

The Atascadero Library will display the luminous oil paintings of Linda Wargo, beginning October 10 and continuing through November 30.  Wargo has exhibited her artwork nationally and throughout California.  Painting, she says, is her way of processing a changing, illusory world.

                          On Thursday, October 12, the community i s invited to a reception at the library from 5:30-7 p.m. to meet Linda Wargo and enjoy her work.  Light refreshments will be served.

Contact emogrady9@gmail.com for more information regarding events or submissions.

Time to get your Spook On!

Be sure to bring the kids and grandkids (and the not
so young) downtown on Tuesday October 31st between  4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to enjoy the SAFE TRICK OR TREAT ON ENTRADA, sponsored by the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, with a children's costume contest  at 6:30 p.m. sponsored by the Elks Lodge. 
Be sure to find the Friends of Atascadero Library booth  -- we'll be looking for the best little goblins and witches and other costumed kids and handing out the best Halloween Candy.
See you there!
Contributed By- Jeannie Malik
VP Friends of the Atascadero Librar
DWOS Event Chair
The stage is all set for another successful Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars event benefiting six community non-profits in addition to the event host Friends of the Atascadero Library! The community stars are learning their dance routines and the 2018 selected organizations are actively fundraising for their missions. Check out the dedicated DWOS website- www.AtascaderoDWOS.org to view the dancer photos, organization information and to vote online for your favorite dancer(s). Votes are only $10 until March 20th, after which they will increase to $20 per vote through the final event night March 24th. Vote early and often, no limit on the amount you can donate to your favorite dancer and organization. Many thanks to our dedicated webmaster Tom Thompson for his many hours updating and maintaining the website!
Artistic Director Frank Sanchez is busy scripting the show and choreographing numerous vignettes to be weaved in between the community star dancer performances. Many of our community stars from the past will be performing as "All Stars" in the vignettes. Our DWOS family is growing by leaps and bounds! Frank has themed the show "Dancing on Broadway".  The Broadway theme offers an endless array of possibilities, sure to entertain and please the audience. Professional Choreographer Christina Troxel is continuing to support Frank as his assistant. Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin is confirmed as Emcee. Mary Kay Mills will again be in charge of costumes. Costumes were beyond amazing in the 2017 show! Brian Reeves will continue as the professional music editor. Brian's wife Joy Bonner will DJ the event. John Webster will be stage manager and Brent Keast will continue as technical director. Bill Gaines Audio will provide professional lighting and Scott Sebby will operate the lighting system. Cheryl Strahl will support the event as professional photographer and Christina Bearce will continue her long history of support as professional videographer. This teamwork and wonderful collaboration of efforts is sure to result in another fabulous show!
Would you like to receive premium seats at the show? Become an event sponsor! Sponsors receive numerous perks, including mega advertising of their business and stage front seating. Sponsorship funds also double as votes for your favorite dancer(s). Sponsorship checks are made payable directly to the non-profit organization receiving the support. See full list of sponsorship perks on the DWOS website, www.AtascaderoDWOS.org  Please contact me if you're interested in sponsoring. Email: jeannie@gregmalikregroup.com  If you're interested in donating a silent auction item, please email Silent Auction Chair Linda Zirk: Linda.folatascadero@yahoo.com
And, lastly, please attend the annual Colony Days parade Saturday October 21st at 10 am. Cheer for the 2018 Community Stars, Professional Choreographers and their community organizations benefiting from their participation. Bill O'Neil will be chauffeuring Frank and me in his iconic 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible, Buick's 50th Anniversary limited production car--with only 1500 produced.
Friends of the Atascadero Library will offer DWOS event tickets for dinner shows March 22, 23, and 24th  online only starting Monday January 15, 2018 at www.AtascaderoDWOS.org  Thank you Leigh Livick for managing the EventBrite ticket sale platform!
Thank you for your continued support of FOAL and DWOS.  
Jeannie Malik
Event Coordinator- Atascadero's Dancing with our Stars  


Submitted by Jackie Kinsey
Regional Librarian, North County

Summer reading programs were concluded with Adults at 29 signing up and 10 completed. Juvenile & teens with 767 signing up and 405 completed. With FOAL's funding support we were able to provide 13 additional programs to the community this summer!
One of the biggest attractions was our eclipse program presented by the Central Coast Astronomical Society. The parking lots were full with cars and about 150 people from several local towns, eager to see some part of the eclipse. The ones to stick around were rewarded around 10:15 a.m. as the clouds thinned enough for us to see a grey eclipse, but it was there!
ART SMART is the next theme for the SLO County Libraries in September through December 2017.  Youth programs FOAL are sponsoring this Fall include, Ballet for ages 3-12, Fused Glass, Pumpkin Decorating, Art and Manga for teens, and a Prince and Princess Tea Party. Adult programs include 2 Acrylic Painting classes, fused glass workshop and a re-energizing drum circle workshop.

Go to this link to go right to the E-calendar and Atascadero's events.

Below are photos of 3 creative programs FOAL sponsors for our community:
Clockwise from left: Notebooks decorated with Washi Tape; Fused Glass workshop for Teens; Lego Club theme was vehicles

The library renews and updates our magazine and newspaper subscriptions every year. We evaluate what is checked out, what we see is most used and what is often requested. FOAL gift funds help enhance this collection. This year funds will go to subscriptions for Atlantic Monthly, Better Homes & Gardens, Car and Driver, Christianity Today, Cycle World, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Men's Health, Mother Earth News, National Geographic Traveler, Popular Science, Rachel Ray Everyday, Smithsonian, Time, This Old House, Thomas and Friends, Yoga Journal, and Wall Street Journal totaling about $830. Thank you!

1919- 2019 CENTENNIAL: Library committees are being formed to organize special events for the 100 year anniversary of the County of SLO Libraries!  More to come on these events later in 2018.

Watch and read your email for monthly editions of the Library News!  September kicked off our electronic newsletter going to over 3,000 card holders throughout the county. 

Please check our Events Calendar at www.slolibrary.org for other upcoming event.
Hope to see you at the library!


Jackie Kinsey,  North County Regional and Atascadero Librarian

For more information, call the Atascadero Library at (805) 461-6161 
or visit us online at http://www.slolibrary.org 


Start your holiday shopping engines! We are having a book sale Saturday November 18th! 
C ollector sets, special editions, children's books, puzzles, aprons & book bags are priced as marked. 
  Become a FOAL member and always shop early!
             Hardbacks  3/$2           Large paperbacks 3/$2          CDs 3/$1

               DVDs 2/$2                Magazines 5/$1           Cookbooks 3/$2

                History/Biographies  4/$2            Small Paperbacks 4/$1 

@ 8:45 a.m.
Public @ 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Bookstore located inside library building at 6555 Capistrano Ave.  friendsoftheatascaderolibrary.org


John Lehman

Thank you to the many people who have joined FOAL, sponsored or participated in events and helped FOAL continue to deliver programs to Library patrons!


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President--Linda Zirk

Vice President--Jeannie Malik

Recording Secretary- Carol Gobler

Corresponding Secretary--Sharon Turner

Treasurer--Shirley Summers

Members-- Carol Collins, Grenda Ernst, Liz Helgerson, Christina Lefevre Latner, Leigh Livick, Jeanne Nealy, Jim Patterson, Linda Persons, Marguerite Kelly-Pulley, Alice Rew

Webmaster--Tom Thompson  heytwt@hotmail.com

Newsletter/Social Media Coordinator--Christina Lefevre Latner friendsoftheatascaderolibrary@gmail.com 


Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 561, 
 Atascadero, CA  93423