Mission Statement

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

January - February 

In This Issue...

President's Message
Linda Zirk 
Update from Vice President and
Dancing With Our Stars Chair
Jeannie Malik

Library Art Programs
Eileen O'Grady

Library Bookstore Update
Alice Rew & Sharon Turner

Librarian's Message
Jackie Kinsey

Membership News
Sharon Turner
Upcoming Events...

President Linda Zirk


Dear Friends,

The hectic Holiday Season is now a thing of the past!  The FOAL Board hopes you all had a wonderful time and will be starting the New Year refreshed and with, perhaps, a resolution to see what the Library can offer you this year!
We thank Board Member, Carol Gobler, for arranging a concert by the Central Coast Children's Choir.  This occurred just before Thanksgiving - and was warmly received by patrons and staff in the Library that day.  Our thanks, also, to Sweet Grace Cookie Co. for providing the wonderful cookies, and to our board members who provided warm apple cider and supervision.
We continue to provide ECHO and RISE with reading materials for their clients, especially magazines.  Both organizations love to receive magazines from us because this type of reading material is easy for their clients to read at leisure - and take with them if they need to.  Don't forget - we accept magazine and book donations at the Bookstore for future sale and distribution to local non-profit organizations.
You will find many items throughout this Newsletter about some of the wonderful events taking place at the Library during the next couple of months.  The "Experiment At Your Library" programs are innovative and we hope you and your family will be able to participate.  We had a successful Book Sale in the Library Lobby on "Black Saturday" and we are pleased to hold another one in February.
There are several County-wide services now available within the Library System.  Did you know you could use SLO Makerspace to work on projects, take classes and connect with local people and resources?  The SLO Library and SLO MakerSpace have formed a partnership to offer fee access to library cardholders to their location at 81 Higuera Street, #160 in SLO.  Just take your library card to check in - ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult - and the hours are Tues-Fro 4pm-7pm and Saturday 10am-1pm
Another service now provided to Library patrons is the Mi-Fi hotspot devices.  These devices can be borrowed from our Atascadero Library in the same way as other materials.  The devices can be borrowed for 7 days - overdue hotspots will have internet access deactivated after their due date.   Our Library staff will be more than happy to explain the process in more detail with you.
The Cuesta College 2017 Book Of The Year is "THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS".  This event will take place on Wednesday April 12, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm at Cuesta's Porforming Arts Center, SLO Campus.  Tickets will be available February 1, 2017.
We'd love to hear from you about the events and programs already slated for the beginning of 2017 - and especially if there are topics you would like the Library to consider for future programs.
Warmest Regards,

Linda Zirk, President, Friends of the Atascadero Library


Submitted by 
Vice President and DWOS Chair, 
Jeannie Malik

Community star Susan Poteet along with dance partner and choreographer Chris Harmon are representing Friends of the Atascadero Library_ raising money to benefit the Atascadero Library. They will be performing a West Coast Swing at the 2017 Atascadero's Dancing With Our Stars. Click here to donate  and 
Pull out your calendar! You'll want to save this date. Tickets for "Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars" go on sale January 16th online at:  www.AtascaderoDWOS.org  Tickets are $75 per person and include Opolo wine, Central Coast Brewing beer, silent auction, Pacific Harvest catered dinner and the stellar show of the year! The show theme is "Show Stoppers!" directed by Frank Sanchez.  The theme  allows Frank to weave in memorable moments from different forms of entertainment, such as music videos, television, Broadway stage, comic books, fairy tales, movie theme songs, radio shows, cartoons and more.   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 23rd, March 24th and March 25th.
Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars has evolved into a new twist for 2017! In addition to the event benefiting the Atascadero Library (Community Star Dancer Susan Poteet-pictured above), it will also benefit six additional non-profit organizations with supporting Community Star Dancers: Atascadero Land Preservation (Bruce Bonifas), Atascadero AAUW (Sue & Pete Sly), Boys and Girls Club of North SLO County (Sarah Cardinali), ECHO (Aurora William), Greyhound Foundation (E.J. & Tobi Rossi) and Atascadero Kiwanis (Angela Ramsey). Each non-profit organization is fundraising for a particular project to improve the quality of life and opportunities in Atascadero. Click here to read more about all the 2017 DWOS dancers and vote for them online with your donation!
Special thanks to our choreographers who donate their time and expertise teaching the community stars. The 2017 DWOS choreographers are Chris Harmon, Brian Reeves, Eddie Rodriguez, Tracy Rossi, Laura Slania and Christina Troxel, who also serves as Assistant to the Director.
This event wouldn't be a success without our dedicated sponsors. Opolo Vineyards is supplying their fabulous wines for every dinner show. Central Coast Brewing is supplying their top notch beer each evening. Professional lighting will be provided by Bill Gaines Audio in San Luis Obispo. DJ Jerry Craig will provide professional sound. Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin will Emcee and Christina Bearce of Highlight Media will create a memorable DVD from the event. You may order a DVD at the event for $20.
So, yes folks, we have a top notch, professional show that will be the talk of the town for years to come. If you are interested in sponsoring this event and receiving premium seating and mega advertising, please contact me by January 2nd at:  jeannie@gregmalikregroup.com  Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars always sells out, so please don't delay securing your seats!

To the right is a photograph of Cheryl discussing how the she as an artist layers media during her artistic process to a group of patrons at a reception held at the Library on Thursday, December 8th.

Submitted by
Eileen O'Grady

Did you know that the Atascadero Library offers rotating art exhibits in the adult area of the library? Every two months, exhibits change to feature a selected artist or a thematic display that includes the work of several artists.  All are welcome to attend bimonthly art receptions at the library to meet the artists.

The wonderful work of Atascadero photographer Cheryl Strahl is being exhibited through the end of January.  Strahl's award-winning images depict people and cultures from many countries around the world. A retired engineer, Strahl's passion has moved from software to photography. She finds inspiration in landscapes and people, and her work has been recognized locally and nationally. Come in and enjoy her "The People of the World" exhibit.

In February and March the library will host an exhibit that features the work of Atascadero High School students.  A reception is planned for Thursday, February 9, from 5:30-7 p.m.  All are invited to attend the reception at the library and meet the students whose art will be displayed.

Contact emogrady9@gmail.com for more information regarding events or submissions.


Submitted by 
Alice Rew & Sharon Turner

Our November Black Saturday book sale was a hit! Customers were lined up before we opened. Even with rainy weather folks were eager to pour over the offerings at the amazing 50% off our regular prices.  This was our second sale at our new location and was very well received by the community.
Look for our next sale Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 10:00 am - 4 pm. Come do your Valentine's Day shopping! Join the fun and support FOAL and our Library.

This last month we were also very fortunate to have had a very generous donation of new leather bound books published by Easton Press. Plus, a collection of the Folio Society, and  a number of other series of  high quality given to us . These make wonderful gifts for any occasion, or a nice treat for yourself.

Although totals are not in yet for December, so far we have recorded over $1300.00 already for the month. If only we could fully staff the bookstore with volunteers, just think of how much we could raise for new books and library programs!   Thanks so much to those who have given of their time to staff the store this past year, as well as donated books, and shopped. If you would like to volunteer, have books to  donate, or have questions, please contact Alice Rew at either (805)466-2230 or arew@charter.net.

With your continued support we can make 2017 a banner year!

Submitted by Jackie Kinsey
Regional Librarian, North County

Happy New Year! I hope your winter is occupied with good friends, good food and of course a good book! 2017 at the Atascadero Library will be as active as always with new material, programs and learning opportunities. January through April the County of San Luis Obispo Libraries will be promoting the theme "Experiment at Your Library." The event calendar for all the libraries is available at www.slolibrary.org. Through the generous support of FOAL, the Atascadero Library we will be hosting 15 programs related to this theme. Below is a list of programs for January and February. Please join us as often as you can!


Local art is displayed and changed regularly thanks to our Art Committee. And, outreach by Children's Librarian Leslie Weaver includes art from our local schools in the children's area.
Story times are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30am.
Spanish story time is held the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30.
Paddock Puppet Players perform every first Thursday at 10:30.
Family Movies are shown on the first Saturday of each month at 2:00.
Craft Club is held the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30.
Lego Club is held once a month for our youth. Check the calendar for dates.
Teen activities, Wii Dance parties or movies are shown one or more Fridays a month.
Book Discussions are held the first Tuesday at 11:00 and third Thursday at 2:30 of each month.
E-Resource Workshop: bring your electronic gadget and learn how to download books and music.  Wednesday, January 4, 5:00pm Space is limited. Registration required. Adult.
Movie: Lorax  Wednesday, January 18, 3:30 pm A ll ages.  
Overview of the Solar System  Thursday, January 19, 6:00 pm Adult.  
Introduction to Robotics  Saturday, January 21, 11:00 am Registration required.  Ages 10-17.  
Kindermusik Thursday, January 26, 10:30 am. Ages 1 and up.  
Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy  Friday, January 27, 2:00 pm  T een.  
Zoo to You Live Animal Show Wednesday, February 15, 3:30 pm All ages.  
Rock Geology Show Saturday, February 25, 10:30 am Ages 10 - Adult.

For more information, call the Atascadero Library at (805) 461-6161 
or visit us online at http://www.slolibrary.org 


Submitted by  
Sharon Turner
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Look for our New Year's wish for you and two surprises.

While FOAL membership continues to be strong but we would love to hear from you about what programs, classes, and services you would like to see in our Library.

Keep in touch and we hope to see you in 2017!


Thank you to the many people who have joined FOAL, sponsored or participated in events and helped FOAL continue to deliver programs to Library patrons!




President--Linda Zirk

Vice President--Jeannie Malik

Recording Secretary- Carol Gobler

Corresponding Secretary--Sharon Turner

Treasurer--Shirley Summers

Members-- Carol Collins, Grenda Ernst, Liz Helgerson, Christina Lefevre Latner, Leigh Livick, Jeanne Nealy, Jim Patterson, Linda Persons, Marguerite Kelly-Pulley, Alice Rew

Webmaster--Tom Thompson  heytwt@hotmail.com

Newsletter/Social Media Coordinator--Christina Lefevre Latner friendsoftheatascaderolibrary@gmail.com 


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