Mission Statement

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

  November - December 

In This Issue...

President's Message
Linda Zirk 
Membership Drive
Grenda Ernst

Library Art Programs
Eileen O'Grady

Update from Vice President and
Dancing With Our Stars Chair
Jeannie Malik 

Upcoming Events...

    Past Board President and current board member, Grenda Ernst as the Grand Marshall
of this years Colony Days Parade, riding with Dancing with Our Stars
Director Frank Sanchez, as well as Judy Harris.
President Linda Zirk
November 2016 President's Message
We're entering the busy Holiday Season - it's sometimes difficult to find time to slow down and find some quiet time to read, listen to music, or even watch a movie.  Did you know our Library can provide some of that "quiet".  If you haven't checked out the collections recently, stop by and see what's available.  The Library Staff are more than willing to help you with any special requests you may have.
The summer season flew by, with great programs for all ages. Janice Peters was the winner of a Kindle Paperwhite during the 7th Annual Summer Reading Program - "Exercise Your Mind - READ".  A similar program was held for the children.  There were lots of activities for all ages during the summer - the family movies were a lot of fun. Check out the listings at the Library.
You'll see more information in the Library Programs article about the crafts and entertainment activities planned for everyone during the next couple of months.  The Friends Of The Atascadero Library are pleased to provide funds for all these activities - as well as the new books that are filling the shelves. 
We were well represented in the Colony Days Parade on October 15th - where we marched with our banners and presented the Community Stars taking part in the annual Dancing With Our Stars event.  Jeannie Malik has more details about that further on in this edition of the newsletter. This is such a successful event, that we were recently asked to make a presentation to a Rotary Club in Oakhurst, CA who plan to fund an expansion of their local Library.  They were very interested in learning how and why we started this event in 2010.
Don't forget to visit our Bookstore - there's always something to browse, and hopefully buy.  A one-day Sidewalk Sale in August sold many books that we had stored in our Book Sorting room, so thank you to the volunteers who helped with that event.  If you have a few hours in a month to spare - think about becoming a Bookstore volunteer.  A short orientation and on-line scheduling makes it very easy to help us.
We recently partnered with ECHO and RISE to provide reading materials for their clients.  ECHO has a lovely safe environment for the children they host to read on their own, or be read to by their parents.  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.  We accept magazine and book donations at the Bookstore for future sale.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season - we look forward to seeing you at the Library!
Linda Zirk, President, Friends of the Atascadero Library

Are you a regular user of the library? Do you use the library but not on a regular basis? Do  you attend library programs? Do you do none of these things, but do you appreci ate the library for its place as a handsome and important addition to Atascadero's growing downtown? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then we invite you to consider joining the Friends of the Atascadero Library (FOAL) or renewing your Friends membership.

Although the Friends' "big" work is done, the fundraising campaign to build our library, the the Friends continue to be an important part of the everyday operation of the library and are part of what makes the library such an attractive place for so many people. FOAL funds make it possible for the library to present outstanding children's programs throughout the year. FOAL also supports magazine and newspaper subscriptions, funds express books, DVDs and CDs, and underwrites gallery type receptions for local artists. And, we sponsor lectures and entertainments, on a variety of topics, for all ages. 

Our bookstore and Dancing With Our Stars are major sources of revenue for FOAL, but a vital, supportive FOAL membership is important to the health of the organization. You can join FOAL at any time; membership applications are available in the book store and are tax deductible. And if you bring this article with you when you join, you can select a hard cover ($3) or soft cover ($2) book in the book store. Or, join online now by clicking on the button above, then just bring in a copy of your online membership payment and get your free book the next time you stop in!


Every other month we change out the artwork hanging in the Library...but there is still time to view the October/November display of works by Cynthia Kevorkian, Marie Ramey, and Jane Russell. On October 5th we hosted a reception for these artists who were delighted to take the audience on a tour of their artwork and explain their techniques and inspiration for each piece.

Above is a photograph of Marie Ramey explaining one of her paintings. The young man in the photograph said later that he learned a lot about how the artists layered media during their artistic process.

Our artist for December and January will be Cheryl Strahl. Cheryl submitted many of her photographs during the past 2 years, and we are pleased to hang a complete portfolio of her work. A reception will be held in the Library on Thursday, December 8th at 5:30pm to honor Cheryl and take a tour of the exhibit with her.


Read on... Jeannie Malik,  VP Friends of the Atascadero Library and  Event Chair talks about exciting changes to this years event.

2016  Community Star Dancers
Good News!!  Friends of the Atascadero Library (FOAL) are hosting the 8th Annual Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars" for three full nights in 2017.  The decision to expand the event to three dinner shows was made to allow more folks in the community to be able to attend and enjoy the show.
Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars (DWOS) originated as a fundraiser for the benefit of completing construction of the new Atascadero Library. Now that the library is fully built and debts have been settled, FOAL feels it is time to give back to our generous community. Many community groups supported the library construction and ongoing fundraising. In May FOAL accepted applications from numerous local non-profits wanting to partner and fundraise for their organization's projects. 

I am pleased to announce the following six organizations will be joining FOAL/DWOS by providing a community star dancer, and fundraising on their dancer's behalf...Atascadero American Association of University Women (AAUW) (Sue & Pete Sly), Atascadero Greyhound Foundation (E.J. & Tobi Rossi), Atascadero Kiwanis Club (Angela Ramsey), Atascadero Land Preservation Society (Bruce Bonifas), Boys & Girls Club of North SLO County (Sarah Cardinale), and El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) (Aurora William).  FOAL will be represented by Community Star dancer, Susan Poteet, fundraising for Atascadero Library's updated technology, infusion of new books and programs. Community Star dancer Mark Glenesk will be recognized as "At Large" raising funds for all participating non-profits. The non-profits will receive 100% of funds raised on their behalf.  

This event would not exist without our professional choreographers donating their time and expertise. 2017 Choreographers are Chris Harmon, Brian Reeves, Eddie Rodriguez, Tracy Rossi, Laura Slania and Christina Troxel. Christina will also continue her role as Assistant to the Director.
We are very fortunate to have Artistic Director Frank Sanchez on board again this year. Frank raised the level of the bar for the past two shows and is well on his way to creating another unforgettable production themed, "Show Stoppers!" His sixty years of dance experience, attention to detail, and dedication to this event is nothing short of amazing! Frank will be including several professional dancers and past community stars for the vignettes that proceed the community star dance routines. This will definitely be a show not to be missed!
The community stars began their fundraising efforts Sept 1st. Each vote will be $5 until Tuesday March 22nd at 3 pm. After this time, votes will increase to $10 through the final night.  The dancer with the most votes will be awarded the coveted championship trophy at the final show.  So, vote early and often. Votes can be made online or by check. (Please note the dancer name in the memo section of your check.)
With the addition of community partners and history of quick sell-out, the DWOS production will be presented on 3 nights- March 23, 24 and 25th from 5:30-10:00 pm at the Pavilion on the Lake. Pacific Harvest Catering will cater dinner each night. FOAL will host a silent auction each night. Proceeds from the silent auction and ticket sales will be used to cover the event expenses; any additional revenue from the tickets and auction will be retained by FOAL, fulfilling our FOAL mission statement; To support, promote and expand the library's resources and programs.
My second piece of exciting news is the confirmation of Opolo Vineyards as our exclusive wine sponsor. Opolo Owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols have generously agreed to provide their fabulous wines for all 3 shows! They have supported this event as our exclusive wine sponsor since 2013. Please visit them at their tasting room at 7110 Vineyard Drive and join their wine club providing award winning wines, great parties, complimentary wine tastings and member discounts. We are so appreciative of this dedicated community partnership supporting Friends of the Atascadero's Library annual fundraiser.

Advertising of the 2017 DWOS event kicked off to a great start at the annual CAPS school fundraiser Saturday August 27th. Two premium seats at the 2017 Atascadero's DWOS event were auctioned off by Doug Filipponi for $800!!  The generous buyer, Aaron Mills, is guaranteed premium seats at the event!

Although we realize the continued success of the DWOS event and record sell-out of tickets could certainly substantiate increasing the ticket price, the DWOS committee has agreed to maintain the ticket price at $75 per person. This year tickets will be sold online only starting Monday January 16th at:  www.AtascaderoDWOS.org   thanks to our awesome webmaster Tom Thompson and FOAL Board members Leigh Livick and Sharon Turner.

On a final note, we are in search of event sponsors. Sponsors receive numerous perks, including mega advertising of their business and stage front seating. Sponsorship funds also double as votes for your favorite dancer(s). See full list of perks on the DWOS website. Please contact me if you're interested in sponsoring. Email: jeannie@gregmalikregroup.com  If you're interested in donating a silent auction item, please email Silent Auction Chair Linda Zirk: Linda.folatascadero@yahoo.com
Thank you for your continued support of FOAL and DWOS! 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 4:30-5:15pm  

The Atascadero Library is pleased to present, once again, a "first peek" performance of 3 of the Choirs from the  Central Coast Children Choir . Generously supported by a grant from Sally Knight, Live @ The Library will sponsor the free concert on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, from 4:30-5:15. After the concert, a "cookie reception" will be provided by the Friends of the Atascadero Library. Everyone is invited! We move the furniture and make plenty of room for guests in the Captains Corner area of the Library. The children will present some of the music they are preparing for their annual Christmas Concert in December, as well as other "Songs of the Season".
Founded in 1994, the Central Coast Children's Choir provides children in San Luis Obispo County with the extraordinary opportunity of experiencing the joy of singing in live choral performances while receiving a high-quality music education. Comprised of 100 boys and girls from 6 to 17 years of age from around the County, the singers are divided, according to age and experience, into 6 choirs. Each chorus works with a professional director and accompanist and all are under the artistic direction of Beth Klemm, (who also directs the music program at the Atascadero Fine Arts Academy). Many of the children recently performed in the Opera, La Boheme, at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo. 

More information regarding CCCC can be found at their website  www.centralcoastchildrenschoir.org.

Tom Zirk models apron
We have many items for gift giving during the Holiday Season.  In addition to some of the rare books we carry (as well as some of the more recent popular novels) we have 
jigsaw puzzles book bags aprons , and much more to offer. 
Stylus pens and  pencils make great stocking stuffers!
We also have a gift idea for that someone who is difficult to shop for!  FOAL's Gift Book Program is the ideal way to honor friends and family on those special occasions or, for any reason at all.  With a tax deductible gift of $25 a book will be added to the library collection.  If you desire a specific subject matter you may specify that.  A custom bookplate will be attached to each book with the name of the honoree. Stop by Alice's Bookstore and p ick up a coupon booklet to complete the gift donation and keep it handy for those last minute gifts!  Money and coupon can be returned to the Bookstore, to the Library Desk, or mailed to Friends of the Atascadero Library,  P.O. Box 561,  Atascadero,  CA  93423.

Plus, don't miss the Black Saturday Blowout at the Bookstore on November 26th! We've got books for everyone on your holiday list. See ad below for more information.

Come on down to the library and see what is happening this Fall and Winter!

For more information, call the Atascadero Library at (805)461-6161.

John Lehman




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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