November - December  |   2018

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

I was traveling again in September...this time to Oregon to visit our daughter in Portland. As always when traveling, I try to get into some of the local libraries to see what they have to offer. She lives in walking distance of the North Portland Library - the current building was built with Carnegie Corp. funds in 1913, although library services existed in this area since 1909. It's a lovely building; in 1996 the voters of Multnomah County passed a $28Million General Obligation bond to improve technology at all County Libraries and to renovate deteriorating buildings such as North Portland. Below is a photo of the outside of the building on a very busy street.
The inside of the building, although renovated to accommodate an elevator to the second floor and other ADA access throughout, was newly designed to reflect the historic nature of the building - as you can see from this interior shot. I just love the lighting! It was interesting to note that they have just instituted a MakerSpace program for teens...that seems to be a growing trend across the country.

If you've visited the Library recently, you may have noticed a change in opening hours for the Atascadero Library (along with Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo). The new hours are -- Monday through Thursday, 10am-6pm and Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm. This change starts on Monday, November 5 th . .. Read More

Be Transformed by the Art of Janice Pluma 
Submitted by Eileen O'Grady

"Journey" by Janice Pluma 

Our next art exhibit, beginning in December,  will feature the work of  Janice Pluma, a local artist who specializes in abstract acrylics. Pluma trained as a graphic artist at Cal Poly and founded Warpaint Graphics, a successful graphic design business. Five years ago she returned to her original dream and began to paint full-time.
Pluma loves to use found objects in her work. With her abstract style she captures life's many transformative experiences.
Please join us for a reception on Thursday, December 6, at 5 p.m. to meet Janice Pluma and enjoy her art. Light refreshments will be served

Contact for more information regarding events or submissions. 

Submitted by Alice Rew & Sharon Turner

Hello from Alice's Bookstore,
The 3
rd Tuesday of the month Pop-up Sales are the BOMB!  We are having so much fun with this new event. Here's the deal - each month on the 3 rd Tuesday we close the store for an hour, stock up the shelves and then re-open at 3pm for the sale. AND EVERYTHING IS JUST .25 CENTS! Our sale in October brought in $128.50 and we sold 514 items. That means we can bring lots of new things from our store room for you to check out as you start your holiday shopping. The 3 rd  Tuesday Sale also includes a healthy assortment of 'coffee table' type books as well.
In the month of October we also welcomed 2 new volunteers, Patti Garcia and Roseanne Millward. Welcome ladies and we hope to see you manning the bookstore in the coming weeks. As they join the ranks of bookstore volunteers we are always happy to add to our numbers. Please see the Volunteer Information Form for more information and to sign up to volunteer! Just complete and leave with a store volunteer or someone at the Library circulation desk. Remember, for each shift you work you can choose a book for your own!
We look forward to seeing you in Alice's Bookstore soon. Happy Holidays to you all.
Warmest regards,
Alice & Sharon

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

2019 DWOS Dancers
SAVE THE DATE!! Tickets for "Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars" will be on sale January 14th online only   
Tickets will be $85 per person and include Opolo wine, Central Coast Brewing beer, a silent auction, Pacific Harvest catered buffet dinner and the most stellar show of the year! The 2019 show theme is "Atascadero Time Machine: Back to the 80's" professionally scripted and directed by Molly Comin. The event will showcase fabulous dance routines, costumes, vocals and theatrics. Due to the popularity of this highly acclaimed community event, Friends of the Atascadero Library are hosting the dinner show three nights: March 21, March 22 and March 23, 2019 at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. Special thanks to Leigh Livick for managing the Friends of Atascadero Library website and Eventbrite ticket sales! 

Friends of the Atascadero Library Board approved the participating non-profits and their community star dancers...

Submitted by Jackie Kinsey
Regional Librarian, North County

"Welcome Charlie!"
 Charlene "Charlie" Arthur, new Teen
& Adult Services Librarian at Atascadero Library 
Hello, my name is Charlene "Charlie" Arthur. I am the
Teen and Adult Services Librarian at t he  Atascadero Public Library. I was born and raised in the Federated States of Micronesia, island of Pohnpei. I grew up in the service industry, where I helped out with the family business (the Village Hotel) that my Grandparents built and ran for around 50 years. I have an MLS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where I also worked in the campus library for the past 5 years. Three interesting things about me is that I am the eldest of 7 daughters, I love seafood, and I am a Harry Potter fan.
Charlie will be taking a lead part of our  A-Town Create Space team working to gather information from local teens. During the next 6-8 months we will be hosting more creative programs to find out what the teens want to do in their space at the library. This past summer we offered programs relating to flight with drones, origami, virtual reality, and a variety of Maker kits. This fall we will offer these programs and more as Charlie begins to develop relationships and gather helpful information from the teens.

Library Changing Hours
On November 5, 2018 the 3 large branches of the San Luis Obispo Library system will be slightly changing hours. Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Libraries will close at 6:00pm Monday through Thursday, instead of 7:00pm. Friday and Saturday hours will be the same 10am-5pm. Full-time staff will have one schedule of 9am-6pm and will use the time to plan new programs and develop more services for everyone. We understand that any schedule change affects our patrons, and we always want to stay open as much as possible; 6:00-7:00pm was the slowest hour, so that was the natural choice for closure. Accommodations will be arranged with organizations that have after hours reservations to use the 2
nd floor room(s).

Native American Heritage Month San Luis Obispo Libraries
San Luis Obispo Libraries are celebrating Native American Heritage Month in November with special displays and programs. Join us in the Atascadero branch to learn about the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native Americans with the below program.

Chumash Interactive Circle with Yak Tityu Tityu Yak Tilhini, November 28, 3:30

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Chumash songs and stories! For all ages.

Programs for Youth

Teen Crafts with Sara McGrath
Saturday, November 10 at 11:00
Ages 10-17 A-Town Create Space!

Painting for Teens
Wednesday, November 14 at 3:30
Ages 10-17 A-Town Create Space!

Prince and Princess Tea Party
Saturday, December 8 at 10:30
Ages 4-10 Registration Required

Manga Art for Teens with Irene Flores
Wednesday, December 12 at 3:30
Ages 10-17 A-Town Create Space!

Ongoing Children's Programs

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

Family Movie: 

The Emoji Movie

1st Saturday, November 3, 2:00PM

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

Lego Club Monthly 
(Ages 5-12-registration required)

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

Board and Card Games-International Games Week
November 6-10th

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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Become a Friend! 
Or, Renew Your Membership Today! 

The FOAL Board is proposing a revision to the membership form that will simplify  membership categories and reflect current patterns of enrollment.
  • Individual levels remain at $12 a year
  • Family levels increase to $25 a year
  • Business and Sustaining levels will be eliminated
  • Benefactor levels remain at $100 a year
  • Life levels remain at $1000 a year
We have not included advertising at the end of the newsletter this year, but we are open to the idea of making it available for marketing and will work with interested businesses and groups who want to use the newsletter as a publicity tool.   Contact person for advertising is Grenda Ernst,


Rita Robinson
Nancy Green
Calvin Fernandes
Madeline Rothman
Richard & Cheryl Strahl
David & Janet Grummitt
Barbara Spry
Sandy Edmundson
Clem Salvadori


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. 

Interested? Contact our President, Linda Zirk at


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

If you have a question about your membership status, making a donation, or becoming a sponsor, please contact 

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