Winter Newsletter 2017

President's Message
by Michele Vass

Hello Friends!  Thank you for helping to make 2017 a memorable year for our Rocklin Library and our organization. We've had such a busy year; it just feels right to end it in celebration!  November 8th marked our 35th year as a non-profit organization benefiting the Rocklin branch of the Placer County Library System. A lot has changed in Rocklin since 1982, but one thing that hasn't is the broad support our library has in the community!

The Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon cutting for us at the library in honor of our milestone anniversary! We were pleased to have Deputy California State Librarian Narinder Sufi make the trip from Sacramento for our event. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley presented the Friends with a certificate from the State Assembly in recognition of our work in the community. Mayor Scott Yuill, Vice-Mayor Ken Broadway, Councilmember Jill Gayaldo, and Councilmember Joe Patterson were also in attendance to present a resolution to the Friends from the City. Placer County was represented by long time library supporter, Supervisor Jim Holmes, Library Director Mary George, Assistant Director Eve Nyren, and Rocklin Branch Manager Sophie Bruno.

Special recognition was given to former Councilmembers, Ken Yorde, Peter Hill, and Jerry Mitchell for their leadership many years ago that resulted in the beautiful library we have today.

The Friends were also pleased to present a check for $20,000 to the Placer County Library System for the purchase of eBooks!

We continued our partnership with the Rocklin Police Department and held a "Spooky Story Time at the Station" for Halloween. Over 50 children were in attendance, with many arriving in costume. Members of the police family read stories to the kids, handed out treat bags, and talked about Trick or Treat safety! Our final event of the year is the upcoming "Santa Story Time at the Station" on December 11th @ 4:00pm. These events have proven a need in our community for educational, free, fun, and safe entertainment for the youngest residents of our city.

Our bookstore continues to be our biggest fundraiser of the year. Our faithful volunteers sort through thousands of donated books making sure that they are in just the right condition for our wonderful patrons. We have been blessed with a team that now allows us to sell our more rare finds on eBay! The bookstore is also now listed on Yelp to attract folks looking for a used bookstore. Please give us a review if you have a moment to spare.

I am pleased to report that in 2017 the Rocklin Friends were able to give over $27,000 back to our community by investing in our library! There are some fun events and opportunities coming in 2018! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and website for more information.

Finally I would like to thank and recognize our 2017 Board: Vice President Mary Ann Sjobert, Treasurer Rita Peterson, and Secretaries Alice Pennington and Pat Moore. It was a pleasure working with you ladies on behalf of our library and our community.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership

I f you haven't received your renewal notice you will shortly.  This year, we have changed some of our membership levels. We appreciate the support you give and wanted to give something back for your membership.  The membership levels are as follows:

Supporter - $10
Early access to surplus book sales and a discounted rate on purchases

Booster - $25
Early access to surplus book sales and a discounted rate on purchases
Voucher for one free book from our bookstore

Sponsor - $50
Early access to surplus book sales and a discounted rate on purchases
Voucher for one free book from our book store
Invitation to a member only event

Patron or Corporate Sponsor - 100 +
Early access to surplus book sales and a discounted rate on purchases
Voucher for two free books from our book store
Invitation to a member only event
A book will be purchased in your honor for the Rocklin Library
Named listed on the Rocklin Friends of the Library Website as recognition for your donation

When completing your membership form don't forget that you can donate in honor or memory of someone. You can also give the gift of membership to someone for the holiday or special occassion.  Simply provide that person's name, e-mail or address on the membership form and they will receive a card letting them know that you have given them a gift of membership.  

Membership forms can be found in our bookstore or at our website at

The Rocklin Friends are thankful for everyone who supports us throughout the year.  We could not complete our mission without your support.

Library Heros - Rocklin City Council
by Getta Dolinsek

It has been said that you can't judge a book by its cover. You also can't judge a library's value to its community simply by its books. The Rocklin City Council members have supported the Rocklin Friends of the Library (RFOL) over the years because of their knowledge that libraries build healthy communities.

In February 1943 the Rocklin Branch opened for six hours per week in the lower floor of the City Hall Building. The library was moved across the road in 1965, and the hours were increased to 24 a week. The library facility located on Fifth Street in Johnson-Springview Park was built and dedicated in April 1985 through the combined funding efforts of the Friends of the Rocklin Library, the City of Rocklin, the County of Placer, and the California State Library. Clark Dominguez and George Wofford were City Council members on the Joint Powers Authority for this library, as well as Sandra Davies, City Clerk and RFOL member. At that time the library received an award for cooperation between Federal funds administered by the State Library and contributions by the City, County, and Community (RFOL). Rocklin City put $125,000 toward building the County building and maintaining the landscaping.

In 1995 Rocklin City Council budgeted $40,000 for the library expansion and challenged the Board of Supervisors to match. Former Mayor Kathy Lund served as RFOL president while serving on the City Council. Former Council member George Magnuson hosted several New Orleans fundraising dinners to benefit the library. Former Council member Peter Hill served as the 1995 expansion chairman.

During 2009/2010 the Rocklin City Council stepped up to expand the library for the growing city. Rocklin purchased the library on Granite Drive with redevelopment funds. Through the partnership of the Rocklin Friends, the Rocklin City Council, and Placer County, the current Rocklin Library on Granite Drive opened in January 2011. The City of Rocklin continues to maintain the landscaping.

Even today the Rocklin City Council members are always in attendance at special activities that promote reading and community service. Because of their continuing support of our local Rocklin Library and their knowledge that libraries build healthy communities, we are proud to name the Rocklin City Council members "Library Heroes."

Book Store Book Lovers Support Library 
by Gloria Beverage Bookstore Coordinator
Our bookstore continues to generate funds for the library collection. To date, we have collected more than $8,140 through sales in our store, at our surplus book sales and, starting last month, through our eBay store. 

Thanks to the efforts of one of our newest volunteers, Audrey Eng, with the support of longtime volunteer Eve Wise, we can now offer some of our "treasured" books to collectors and book lovers outside of our community.

In order to attain our $10,000 fundraising goal for 2017, we need your continued support.

Here's how you can help:

* Shop at our final Surplus Sale of the year on Dec. 2 in the Community Room. Members can fill a bag for $2 during the preview sale from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill a bag for $5. Individual books can be purchased for $2 for hardbacks or $1 for paperbacks.

* Check out our used book store on the right at the front entrance to the library. Adult and children's books (unless marked) are $3 for hardbacks and $2 for paperbacks. DVDs and audio tapes are also offered as well as a selection of book group recommendations. Holiday books will go on sale next month. Watch for special sales throughout the month.

* Visit our eBay store where you will find some very unique books.  Our store can be found at Tell all your book lover friends and visit often as our inventory changes frequently.

Thanks to generous donors, we offer a wide range of genre - from fiction, romance and mystery to inspiration, biography, history, cookbooks and business.

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.

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

We welcome book donations to keep our inventory fresh. Drop them in the slot just inside the library's front entrance.

We can also use some willing hands to help set up and pack up the surplus sales. If you can give us a couple of hours, please send an email to Gloria Beverage at

2018 New Board and Meeting Changes

We have decided to go back to monthly meetings, but have included evening meetings. Our meeting schedule is as follows:

Jan 9 - 10 am
Feb 13 - 10 am
March 13 - 10 am
April 10 -  5 pm
May 8 - 5pm
June 12   -10 am
July/Aug - No meeting
Sept 11 -  5 pm
Oct 9 - 10 am
Nov 13 - 10 am
Dec 11 - 10 am

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

New Board Members

President - Jill Gayaldo
Vice President - Michele Vass
Co-Secretaries - Alice Pennington and Getta Dolinsek
Treasurer - Sue Kenyon

 2018 Surplus Book Sales

Feb 3
Apr 7
June 2
Sept 8
Nov 3

Members only from 9-10 am
$2 Bag 

               Open to the Public   10am-2pm 
   $5 Bag
              You can become a member at


Non-fiction books, Children's Books
New fiction (hardback and paperback books)
DVD and books on tape 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.

Rocklin Library - 624-3133
4890 Granite Drive., Rocklin, CA