Volume 02 | February 2018
The Twain Monthly
A publication by the Shasta Library Foundation
In this issue:
  • Meet our vice president, Angela Cordell
  • You're invited to the new Children's Garden groundbreaking!
  • Get a peek at upcoming SLF events
  • Learn more about our 2019 trip to Morocco!
  • Recap of Silly Seuss Day
  • Community feedback
Thoughts from a Board Member
Vice President, Angela Cordell
I’ve been on the Shasta Library Foundation Board since 2014, but it was in October of 2017 that I knew why. Whenever someone who asked me why I joined the Foundation Board, I would tell them about how much time I spent at the library with my mom and three younger siblings - how frantically I would search for the  Curious George  books and be so disappointed when they were already checked out. And that was, and is, all true.
 
And then, in October of last year, the SLF hosted a 10-year anniversary celebration to commemorate the Redding Library’s opening. As board members, we led tours of ten different library programs. Each and every one was as impressive as the last. Downstairs, in the back corner, we walked into a large office with tables and chairs where Kayla Menne introduced us to the library’s Adult Literacy Program.
 
She started with a story about a grandmother who timidly came in and confessed that after raising her children, helping raise six grandchildren, working a job and living a full life, her secret was that she couldn’t read. Her goals were simple - read a menu on her own so she could order her own food instead of always “choosing” the server recommended specials and be able to read a book on the airplane while she flew to visit her family. And she did. With hard work and Kayla’s help, she was able to board a plane, carry a book onto the flight and enjoy her trip.
 
It sounds simple and easy, but the story brought me to tears and reminded me that I am so blessed to be able to read. It’s still a privilege and one most of us take for granted. I also don’t want anyone in my community to miss out on the freedom that privilege brings. So last fall, I found my new passion for libraries. Yes, they are a place to read but they’re also a place where people of any age can LEARN to read. I love libraries - I love our library.
Learn more about the Shasta Literacy Program here .
What Angela's reading:  The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
​You're invited to a groundbreaking for the Redding Library's future Outdoor Explore Children's Garden! 
The Shasta Public Libraries is pleased to start work to transform our existing, underutilized garden space into a nature-themed outdoor classroom for families. Thanks to generous grant support from First 5 Shasta, designers from Nature Explore, a non-profit collaborative, have drafted a plan that supports whole-child learning through natural elements in a beautiful, outdoor environment. 

The Outdoor Explore Children's Garden will include a water-play feature, dirt digging area, nature art space, sensory walkway, musical instruments, and more. 

Please join us for a brief ceremony with welcoming comments from Mayor Kristen Schreder. Council member Francie Sullivan, City Manager Barry Tippin​, and Community Services Director Kim Neimer will also be present. 

What: The Outdoor Explore Children's Garden Groundbreaking ​
When:  11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6
Where: Redding Library Children's Area, outside in the future Outdoor Explore Children's Garden 
Questions?   530-246-0146
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars!
Save the Date! September 8, 2018 - A Novel and Enchanted Affair
March 2019 - SLF Trip: "A Morocco Sahara Odyssey"
Experience Morocco with the Shasta Library Foundation!
The Shasta Library Foundation is proud to announce:
A Morocco Sahara Odyssey!

You're invited to attend our informational meeting for this exciting adventure at the Redding Library on Monday, March 12 at 6pm. RSVP for the meeting with Lynne at 530-255-5880.

Travel to Morocco enthralls even the most experienced adventurer, and we're excited to share it with you! On this exciting tour, we will visit Casablanca, Rabat, and Fez, spend nights in the Sahara, experience the High Atlas Mountains, and explore Marrakesh. Tradition infuses its labyrinthine medinas, overflowing with centuries-old customs and the colorful bounty of the Earth. Village oases seem to rise from the desert, mirage-like. And the mighty Sahara, a timeless sea of sand, stretches to the horizon.

In the intimacy of our small, 16 member group, we’ll meet locals, experience their traditions, and taste the secrets of their flavorful cuisine. We'll discover the beauty of mosques and sample regional specialties during Home-Hosted meals. And to get a true feel for the mighty Sahara that h as so decisively shaped this culture, we’ll camp in tents amidst its dunes for two unforgettable nights—and even explore by camel.

Our trip will be hosted by our good friend and frequent traveler with Overseas Adventure Travel, Lynne Wonacott . Instructions to register are located on our website here .

Trip Cost: $4,425 (flight from Sacramento included), with side trips available. This is a small group adventure beginning on March 31, 2019. Learn more about the itinerary of this program here.
Redding Library's Silly Seuss Day Recap!
Nearly 400 people got silly at the Redding Library's Silly Seuss Day last Saturday! Just one more reason why the library was voted "The Best Place in the North State for Children" by the Redding Record Searchlight.

Next up is Rev, Rumble and Roar on April 14th. Don't miss this annual big truck/vehicle event, which has all types of vehicles on display for kids to check out and climb aboard!

Check out all the library events here .
Nothing to Wine About!
Jean King and SLF board member Pam Hill with the Shasta Library Foundation's wine-themed basket, donated for the silent auction at this Saturday's Redding Rancheria Community Fund Dinner .

Many thanks to the Rancheria for it's support of the Shasta Libraries!
From the Director: Community Feedback
In these past few months since I've taken on the position of Executive Director, I’ve had many questions about the homeless and the library. The SLF Board of Directors has been taking a closer look at this, and at its recent meeting voted to fund an additional part-time guard for the Redding Library.

While we are paying attention to what you say, the reality is that in the past two years, there has been a 50% reduction in incidences at the library and the number of people using the library has increased. The library staff has been diligently working to monitor potential issues and under Police Chief Roger Moore, responses to calls for help have been much quicker. The library has just opened a cafe, boasts an imaginative CreateIt! space and is breaking ground on the Outdoor Explore Children's Garden. This is a very vibrant place to be and I am proud to be part of this community asset.

Instead of the negativity, please be part of the solution. Work with us to make a wonderful library even better. You can do so by volunteering, brainstorming with us, donating, and most of all, by simply using the library.

Please feel free to respond by contacting me at jean@shastalibraryfoundation.org.

-Jean King, Executive Director
"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read."
- Mark Twain