January - February  |   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

Happy New Year - the Board of FOAL wish you all the best for 2019! Perhaps you will be traveling to new and exciting locations across the globe. Or maybe, there will be a new person, a new job, a new project waiting for you. Enjoy every moment as these things enter your life.
My husband is a Rotarian, and a recent copy of their monthly magazine was devoted to "The Art of Reading." The articles ranged from understanding Shakespeare, to reading the night sky, to "reading" poker hands! But ultimately concluded that reading is a gateway to literacy, and literacy leads to better understanding the world around us. If you are reading this Newsletter, then you have an interest in reading and libraries and literacy.
I know many of you belong to Book Clubs, and several of those Book Clubs will be reading the Cuesta Book Of The Year - "Black Dove: mama, mi'jo and me" by Ana Castillo. Ms. Castillo will be at Cuesta College to discuss her journey as a writer, and this book in particular, on March 5th from 5pm-7pmMore details can be found here.

Another event not to miss is our annual Dancing With Our Stars in March! You'll find more details about that in this Newsletter. One way you can help FOAL raise Atascadero Library awareness in North County is to vote for one of our Community Celebrity Stars - Heather Moreno, and Terrie Banish. They are both hard at work rehearsing with their professional choreographers. Votes are $10 each, and we have a donation jar in our Bookstore at the Library, if you would like to drop by and support them. You can also vote for Terrie or Heather by visiting the event website where PayPal can be accessed by clicking on their names.
My last piece of information is about a fundraising event for Terrie at Black Hand Cellars in Cambria on February 23rd, from 5pm-8pm. More details about that event will be on our website soon. Just another way to have a fun evening and raise money for Terrie.
Linda Zirk
President, Friends of Atascadero Library

The Art of Janice Pluma 
Submitted by Eileen O'Grady

"Intangible" by Janice Pluma 

The continuing art exhibit for January  features the work of  Janice Pluma, a local artist who specializes in abstract acrylics.  
Pluma loves to use found objects in her work. With her abstract style she captures life's many transformative experiences.
The exhibition continues through February 2019 during normal library hours. 

Contact for more information regarding events or submissions. 

Submitted By Jeannie Malik, 
Vice President FOAL & DWOS Event Producer

2019 DWOS Dancers
TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 14th!! Tickets for "Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars" go on sale January 14th online at:

Friends of the Atascadero Library are hosting three dinner shows on March 21, 22 and 23rd at the Pavilion on the Lake. Thank you, Leigh Livick, for managing the EventBrite ticket sales. Leigh has been part of DWOS since its inaugural event in 2010. Click here to buy tickets.
Tickets for Atascadero's DWOS include Opolo Vineyards wine, Central Coast Brewing beer, silent auction, Pacific Harvest catered buffet dinner, dessert and the stellar show of the year! The show theme is "Atascadero Time Machine: Back to the 80's!" professionally written and directed by Molly Comin. The event will showcase entertaining dance routines, fabulous costumes, vocals and theatrics.  

Director Molly Comin will be diligently working with more than 40 dancers over the next few months that will perform in 80's themed vignettes featured in between the community star dance routines. Many of the vignette dancers are professionals blended with DWOS past community stars, affectionately referred to as "All Stars." Once a star, always a star in my book! Returning DWOS past Community Stars dancing in vignettes are- Jennifer Adams, Jodi Bloom, Angela Cisneros, Brenda May, Janet K. Mc Lennan, Heather Moreno, Vicky Morse, Susan Poteet and John Webster. 

Submitted by Alice Rew & Sharon Turner

Happy New Year to all of our fabulous, fun customers and great supporters! We had so many new friends and volunteers in 2018 and look forward to the same fun as 2019 begins.
Our "December Super Sale" has been changed into an "Ongoing Super Sale"! This sale began in December and included a new FOAL canvas book bag and 10 items of the shopper's choice. We heard many great comments and questions about how long this sale was running which prompted us to continue offering the sale throughout the year.

For the months of January and February our 3 rd  Tuesday book sales have been  cancelled. We hope to restart special sales again in March. 
It has been a fun way to get great bargains, see friends and support our Library. 

Another thing to look for in the coming months is a shelf or two featuring vintage, first edition, and just plain cool books, that we haven't normally offered, at really reasonable prices.

Again we thank you for your support and wish you a happy and prosperous 2019!

Warmest regards,
Alice & Sharon

Submitted by Jackie Kinsey
Regional Librarian, North County

Welcome Our New Staff!
 Charlene "Charlie" Arthur, new Teen
& Adult Services Librarian at Atascadero Library 
Charlie (Charlene) Arthur, Adult & Teen Services Librarian, comes to us from a small island in Indonesia. She received her Masters of Library Science from the Univ. of Hawaii where she also worked at several departments in the campus library. 

Sally LaPorte, Children's Services Librarian, comes to us from Denver, CO. There she was the librarian at a K-8 grade private school.

Cindy Kackert, Part-time Library Associate, moved to the Central Coast after recently retiring from work in the LA area.

Derek Hood, Part-time Library Associate, lives on the Central Coast with his family, also works at a fitness gym and has been a summer performer as a magician for us in the past.

New Chromebooks & Hotspot Available

The Chromebooks and Hotspots have arrived!  FOAL recently gave a grant of $10,000 to purchase additional Chromebooks and Hotspots.    There are 8 new ones!  Come on in and try one out.

                                                                     Teen Programs

Manga Art for Teens with Irene Flores
Wednesday, January 23 at 3:30
Ages 10-17 A-Town Create Space!

Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Friday, January 18, 2:30PM
Bring your ideas on what you would like to see in the Library and stay for the raffle and pizza!  Sign up required beforehand.  Board meets every third FRI of the month. 
Ages 13-17

Children's Programs

Storytimes 10:30AM
Preschool:Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Toddler Times: Fridays

Family Movie

Hotel Transylvania 3

1st Saturdays, February 2, 2:00PM

PAWS to Read 
1st and 3rd Thursday 3:30PM
School age.

Atascadero Zoo
Wednesday, January 16 at 3:30PM 
Learn about animals and meet some animal ambassadors  
All ages.

Craft Club 
1st Wednesdays 3:30PM 
(Ages 6-12-registration required)

Adult Programs 

"What's App?" for Adults
Tuesday, January 22 at 11AM
Phone app for beginners.  Have any questions about the apps on your phone and how to use them?  Well come on down to the library and we'll walk you through them.   

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
and Mixed Minds Book Group which meets the
3rd THU of the month.

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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Besides membership there are many other ways to support the library you love! Volunteering in our bookstore, become a sponsor of our upcoming Dancing With Our Stars event, or donating to FOAL, are just a few of the ways you can help. 


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
Margery and Douglas Conner
Phillippe Soenen
Christopher Neary

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