June - July   |   2019

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

FOAL President, Linda Zirk

It has been a privilege to serve as President of the Friends of the Atascadero Library Board of Directors for the past 4 years. It is now time for a changing of the guard, and hopefully you -- our members -- will turn out on
Saturday, June 29th for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Election of Officers for the coming year. More information on the AGM program, which will highlight local author - Eldonna Edwards, can be found in the newsletter. Don't miss this important event. This will also mark our 5 th anniversary of Opening the Doors to the new Library!

I will be staying on the Board, with my focus shifting to help Alice Rew and Sharon Turner with the Bookstore. We have recently attracted some new volunteers, which we hope will help to keep the bookstore open everyday between 10am and 5pm. Drop in and say "hi!" to our bookstore volunteers when you next visit the Library - there's probably a book on the shelf that will pique your interest!

Library staff members are ramping up for the Summer Reading Program - all ages can participate, and I'm pretty sure prizes are involved. Look for more information about the 100 th Birthday Celebration of the SLO County Library. And did you know that our Library provides Passport Services? Staff is always available to help you with new or renewals.

I'm currently writing this article and watching the rain and wind outside my window. It's amazing that it's the end of May and we're still getting rain...hopefully the bright, sunny and hot days of summer are just around the corner and that you enjoy every moment!

Linda Zirk
President, Friends of Atascadero Library

Summer in Pastels: The Pastel Artists of the Central Coast
Submitted by Eileen O'Grady

Beginning June 3rd, and continuing through August 30th, the Atascadero Library will exhibit the art of Carolyn Braun, Susan Clark, Linda Smith, Shelley Snow, Ginger Toomer, and Priscilla White. These artists, members of the Pastel Artists of the Central Coast, create their paintings using a powdered pigment that is rolled into sticks.

Everyone is invited to meet these artists and enjoy their work at a library reception at 5 p.m.  on Thursday, June 6th. Light refreshments will be served.
Contact for more information regarding events or submissions. 

Saturday, June 29, 2019 |  2:00-4:00p.m.  
Atascadero Library Polin Community Room

FOAL Member Attendance requested for a healthy organization. This is your opportunity to elect officers for the upcoming year. Be the first to hear about exciting upcoming events!
Enjoy cake and refreshments and listen to the motivational words of author Eldonna EdwardsEldonna Edwards is a writing instructor, keynote speaker, former creative journaling facilitator, author of three books & an award-winning documentary (see flyer below for more information).

The voice in her best-selling debut novel This I Know comes straight from the heart. This I Know, won the hearts and minds of readers everywhere and was a Delilah Book Club selection. In her second novel, Clover Blue (June 2019) Eldonna once again explores themes of otherness and belonging, and the true definition of home. 

Ms. Edwards is also the subject of the award-winning documentary Perfect Strangers that follows one kidney patient and one potential kidney donor in their search for a possible match. Her memoir Lost In Transplantation also chronicles this life-changing decision.

Each person that attends will receive a ticket to enter a drawing to win an autographed copy of one of her books. FOAL members that attend will receive two tickets!

Submitted by Grenda Ernst


If you are not a Life member, your FOAL membership expires July 1, 2019. You can renew on-line  or you can obtain a membership form from the library, at Alice's Bookstore or the circulation desk. Completed forms may be left at the Bookstore or the circulation desk. Membership categories are: 
                • Individual     $12
                • Family          $25
                • Benefactor $100
Life members do not need to renew their membership on an annual basis.

Each renewing (and new!) member will receive a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win a book by local author, Eldonna Edwards, who will be the featured speaker at the FOAL annual meeting on June 29.

Helen Davie

Thank you to the many individuals who have joined FOAL, sponsored programs, newsletters and events, donated or purchased books, volunteered their time, or made monetary gifts. Your support of the Friends of the Atascadero Library has enriched our community by enhancing the library's programs and services.

John Lehman
Helen Davie

If you you would like to become a new member or renew your membership, have a question about your membership status, making a donation, volunteering, or becoming a sponsor, please contact 

Submitted by Jeannie Malik, DWOS Producer with Friends of the Atascadero Library

Community Star Tom Butler (Atascadero Greyhound Foundation) and choreographer Kara Frenzel won Saturday's People's Choice and raised the most overall funds at $49,000 for LIGHTHOUSE Drug Education Program.
Thanks to all who collaborated in making our 10th annual Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars, "Atascadero Time Machine: Back to the 80's!" an enormous success.  Artistic Director Molly Comin knocked it out of the park! 

The three-night event raised over $211,000 (prior to expenses) with $173,000 benefitting Atascadero Library, Atascadero Greyhound Foundation, Atascadero Kiwanis, Atascadero Printery Foundation, El Camino Homeless Organization, Atascadero AAUW and Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation.

Last June the non-profits were invited to raise funds for their own causes from the highly successful FOAL/DWOS fundraising platform. It was a wonderful effort making a positive difference in our community. 
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Submitted by Sharon Turner

Hello and Happy Spring!
We are enjoying a very busy spring, leading into summer here in the Bookstore. It is hard to believe that within a few days our schools will be out for the summer. How the time flies!
We have just cleaned up from our latest '3rd Tuesday Pop-up' sale and we had nothing but happy customers. As a reminder, from 3-5:30pm on Pop-Up Tuesdays, everything is just a quarterKathy DeCou is always the trooper who helps and between the two of us we liberated nearly 400 books this month! Also, we continue to have the Book Bag special of 10 items of your choice plus the cool canvas bag for just $10.
This March and April we welcomed 3 new volunteers in the bookstore. Thanks to Cherie, Geraldine and Laurie for the many smiles brought and shifts worked in our store. We are always happy to welcome new folks and by the time you read this we will have brought another volunteer on board! Welcome John! We are still looking for volunteers! Other than sales in the store we could use help sorting books and making donations to local non-profits of our excess riches. Please feel free to pick up a Volunteer Interest form from either a store volunteer or anyone at the Reference Desk in the Library. This will garner you a personal call from Sharon to answer any questions you have and get you started on a really great adventure the bookstore.
The Bookstore has recently updated its policy for accepting book donations.
We hope this will help keep you abreast of what kind of donations we need. Read more.

Contributed by Linda Zirk

Carl and Jeanne met in 1988 in Atascadero - Carl a long-time resident of the city and Jeanne having moved to the city in 1985. Their first meeting came when Carl was taking a group of students to Europe. The group included Jeanne's son, Kevin and Carl's son Todd - both 16 years old. Carl taught at Atascadero High School for 31 years, and Jeanne taught at Monterey Road Elementary for 19 years.
Between them they have 4 sons and one daughter, with 5 granddaughters ages 10-24, and one great-grandson who just turned 1 year old! They love to travel to visit their kids and grandkids, and there is always a family reunion somewhere relaxing - the Dominican Republic is a favorite location. Read More.

Submitted by Jackie Kinsey
Regional Librarian, North County

Celebrate our 100th Anniversary by joining a reading program this Summer!

Library lovers of all ages can sign up and read books to earn prizes this summer. 

Children and teens participate by reading for 5 days (20 minutes a day) or reading 5 books to earn a "Library 100th Anniversary" bag full of goodies. Take the challenge and read 5 more books to earn a free book to keep, provided by the Foundation for SLO Public Libraries.

To celebrate our 100th Anniversary free events will be happening every day at one of your County of SLO Libraries. Check our online calendar for details:

Summer Adventures are Short & Sweet

So is the summer reading program for adults! Challenge yourself to read something new, while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the library, too!

Adults who read ten 100-page books win a swag bag of goodies while supplies last. Enter your completed signup sheet by July 31st to any County of SLO library branch for a grand prize drawing. Grand prizes include a bi-plane ride with Banner Airways in Pismo Beach, a zip line tour with Margarita Adventures in Santa Margarita, or a Staycation gift basket with local entertainment options. Winners of a grand prize will be notified in early August.

Adult Summer Reading is about coming together to create, explore, learn, and celebrate our SLO community at the library. Short & Sweet summer reading and all library events are free and open to the public. For more information ask a Librarian.
Programs for Teens

Teen Silver Earring Workshop: Learn to make beautiful silver earrings  Saturday, June 15 at

11:00; Ages 13 and up 

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream: Make delicious ice cream  Saturday, June 22 at 11:00; Ages 10-17

Teen Journal Making: Create a journal to keep  Saturday, June 29 at 11:00; Ages 10-17

Teen Watercolor Painting: Watercolor instruction and a painting to keep  Saturday, July 13 at 11:00; Ages 10-17 

Teen Zen Gardens: Create your own Zen Garden  Saturday, July 20 at 11:00; Ages 10-17

Intro to Leather Working  Friday, July 26 at 3:00; Ages 10-17

Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

Conservation Ambassadors: Live animal program!  Thursday, June 13 at 11:00;  All ages 

Dino O'Dell: Out of this World: Stories and Songs from Space  Thursday, June 20 at 11:00; All ages 

Roaming Reptiles: Learn about snakes, lizards, tarantulas, and more  Thursday, June 27 at 11:00; All ages 

Wild Child Bubble Show: Learn the science of bubbles while being wildly entertained   Thursday, July 11 at 11:00; All ages 

Chris Lopez Magic Show: This award-winning magician is a crowd favorite   Thursday, July 18 at 11:00; All ages 

Mad Science of LA: Science comes to life with interactive shows and experiments  Thursday, July 25 at 11:00; All ages

Ongoing Youth Programs

Youth Storytimes at 10:30 am. 
Preschool : Mondays & Wednesdays;  Toddler Time : Fridays.

Youth Craft Club   Wednesday, June 5 at 3:30; Ages 6-12 
( Registration Required)

Lego Club   Saturday, June 8 at 2:00; Ages 5-12 
( Registration Required)
Family Movie  1st Saturdays at 2:00 

PAWS to Read: Read to Daisy the dog!   1st and 3rd Thursday 3:30 

Adult Programs 

Centennial movie: The Hoodlum   Tuesday, June  11 at 12:00 All ages 

Hearst Program: 1930s Fashion   Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 All ages 

Hearst Program: Marion Davies   Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 All ages 

History & Folksongs of the American Labor Movement with Adam Miller   Monday, August 26 at 1:00 Ages 6 and up

On-Going Adult Programs 

Book Discussion Groups  
Join either, or both, of the two library book groups!
Gems in the Stacks which meets the 1st TUE of the month at 11:00 AM
and Mixed Minds Book Group which meets the 3rd THU of the month at 2:30PM

See you at the Library!

Jackie Kinsey
Atascadero Regional Librarian

Please visit the online calendar at  for dates and times of other programs at all of the County of SLO Libraries.

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