Aug - Sept   |   2019

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

Newly elected FOAL
President, Jeanne Malik

The Friends of the Atascadero Library (FOAL) Board kicked off the summer with its annual general meeting and election of officers. I consider it an honor to lead the board through the upcoming year with the assistance of Vice President Jeanne Neely, Recording Secretary Carol Gobler, Corresponding Secretary Sharon Turner, Treasurer Shirley Summers and a wonderful contingent of "at large" board members rounding out our group. I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest board members, Jeanne Robbins and Dyann Shepard. They are an asset to the FOAL board with their spirits of volunteerism and genuine kind hearts.
The highlight of the annual general meeting was well-respected author Eldonna Edwards. She captivated the audience with her interesting personal story, including her remarkable midlife career change from Journaling Facilitator to writing instructor, keynote speaker and award-winning author of three books, This I Know, Clover Blue, and Lost in Transplantation. Each novel is written from her heart, sharing her experiences and delving into complex questions of one's meaning and purpose, and the overlapping consequences of choices made throughout our lives.
On the subject of well-respected authors, FOAL is excited to host New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa See on Thursday October 3rd at the Pavilion on the Lake! FOAL Board member and "Author in the Spotlight" organizer Leigh Livick has an article below with all the details. Who would have known someone of Lisa's prominence would agree to speak in our rural community? This is an event to ink on your calendar soon!
Remember to view the FOAL website, created by Leigh and Clare Livick, featuring many summer programs and events for all ages.
Warm Regards,
Jeannie Malik
President, Friends of the Atascadero Library

Submitted by Jeannie Malik, President FOAL & DWOS Event Producer with Friends of the Atascadero Library

Jeannie Malik, FOAL President and DWOS Event Producer, announced the following six organizations and Community Star dancers will be joining DWOS for the 2020 show: Atascadero Performing Arts Center Committee (Kate Auslen), Central Coast Dance Foundation - Artistry in Motion (Marcy Eberle), Friends of the Charles Paddock Zoo (Steve Robinson), North County Economic Foundation - Leadership North County (Dianna Vonderheide), Sheriff's Advisory Board - Atascadero Police K9 Foundation (Jerel and Holly Haley), Templeton Community Library Association(Melinda Reed). The program is rounded out by Michelle Harms and Sean Kennedy, dancing for the Friends of the Atascadero Library.

Each Community Star dancer will be paired with a professional choreographer who will teach the star a dance routine and partner with them during the show, with the exception of Michelle Harms, who is also the professional choreographer for her dance routine with Sean Kennedy. We are delighted that the gifted Molly Comin is returning for her second season as Artistic Director. She will be creating a production titled "Prime Time Atascadero: Season 11."  Read More 

Submitted by Sharon Turner

Hello and Happy Summer!

Summer is definitely here! Folks are enjoying the Mid-State Fair, vacations and lots of family and friends coming to visit for a spell. Now you know why, if you have stopped by, the bookstore has been closed some days- we are out enjoying the summer. Even with 3 great new volunteers it is a challenge to keep the store open for you each day of the week but when we are open you can count on finding great bargains. If you are interested, you can pick up a Volunteer Interest form in the store or at the Circulation Desk. 

Did you know that we have a section of vintage and first ed ition books? Amongst this collection is an alumni's 50 volume, numbered set of Harvard Classics published in 1909. These  gems are hand printed and in excellent condition and priced at $100 for the set. We also have a 1910 (?) edition of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility priced at $95. Volunteers can help you with these as well.

See you at the pop-up sale on the third Tuesday, 
3 - 5:30pm.

All the best,
Sharon & Alice

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


If you are not a Life member, your FOAL membership expired 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.

Sharon Tuner
MJ Basti
Gail and Jerry Dowell
Harriet Stowell
Janis Phillips

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
Grenda and Bill Ernst, in honor of Mia and Rory Perry
Nancy Green, in memory of Verna Kelley

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 Jackie Kinsey
Regional Librarian, North County

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries!

Specifically, July 1919. 2019 also marks the 100 th anniversary of the Atascadero Library's first building, which opened October 7, 1919!   Below are a few other SLO County Library anniversary dates.

1905-1955, the library in SLO was in the Carnegie building, now it is the SLO HistoricalCenter.
1919, the County of SLO Library
1919, the Atascadero library / 1988 moved to Morro Road location / 2014 moved to Capistrano location
1921, the Shandon library
1921, the Cambria library
1922, the Morro Bay library
1924, the Santa Margarita library
1940, the Los Osos library
2005, the Oceano library
You can read more about the San Luis County Library in a brief history compiled by Joseph Carotenuti, located on the display at the Atascadero Library. Also, on display in August will be historical photos of people and places of the SLO County Libraries.

                                                  Ongoing Youth Programs

Youth Storytimes at 10:30 am. 
Preschool : Mondays & Wednesdays;  Toddler Time : Fridays.
Family Movie  1st Saturdays at 2:00 

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

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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