Spring 2021 Newsletter
President’s Message

According to Lao Tzu, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” The Rocklin Library has begun its "first step" towards returning to, what has felt like, a thousand-miles journey of receiving patrons inside on May 4th. Although there is limited in-branch services, the community will be allowed to go inside to browse the collection, access digital resources, get information, and pick-up take home activities for kids. Most importantly (with limited occupancy) please follow the guidelines of maintaining 6 feet distance, wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands frequently, following all staff and signage instructions, and please do not visit if feeling unwell. Please check the rocklinfriends.org website for current hours as they are subject to change. The community is glad for this first step!

We need your help as we continue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Rocklin Library on Granite Drive! On our website, you can help us by writing a memory to share from the past 10 years. Suggestions could be from being involved in the planning of the Granite Drive location to your children attending activities like the summer reading program, or an event you might have attended in the library. Other ideas could include a staff member who was memorable to you or a special time you spent with someone going to the library. You can simply click this link here. Any and all memories are welcomed and appreciated!  
Speaking of memory making, the Friends are planning a virtual event on the evening of Thursday, August 26. This group of individuals will be a blast from the past! Our Zoom event includes the dream team who successfully acquired and opened the Granite Drive location for our beautiful library: Supervisors Jim Holmes and Robert Weygandt, Former Rocklin Mayor Peter Hill, Placer County Library Director Mary George, Friends Past President and Library Advisory Board Member Francine Yorde, and Friends Past President and Literacy Advocate Carol Peterson. Zoom in and listen to how the library was established on Granite Drive! Information will be available soon on our Facebook page, website, and sent via email.
Other upcoming events include a book sale in June and Rocklin Reads in the fall. Look for more information in this newsletter.
So now that the library has taken its "first step" to welcoming people inside, hopefully Rocklin booklovers will slowly enjoy the library once again! If you can’t make it to the Rocklin Library, you can always visit one of our 10 Little Free Libraries spread throughout the city for your reading pleasure. Have a great summer!!

Getta Dolinsek
Covid Comfort Offered

The Rocklin Friends of the Library are now offering Covid Comfort bags. For a $10 donation, we can provide you with a bag of books (5 hardbacks or 10 paperbacks) in your desired genre. Currently, we can offer bags filled with fiction, non-fiction, gardening, science fiction, mystery, classics or biography. Just name your desired genre, pay via Venmo or at time of pick up. To purchase a bag of Covid Comfort or for more information, send an email to Gloria Beverage at rocklinfol@yahoo.com.
Kathie Nippert Recognized For Dedication To Rocklin Community

Kathie Nippert is literally everywhere there is something happening in Rocklin. She has been a longtime supporter of our Rocklin Library and a member of the Friends. She organized, emceed, and performed at our Rocklin Women in History event, “Ladies of the Passed” in 2019 held at Old St. Mary’s Church.

Kathie is a long-time member of the Rocklin Historical Society in which is an active volunteer and board member. She serves as one of the “Church Ladies” and assists with numerous events and weddings each year.

She has volunteered for the annual “Run Rocklin” event for many years.
Kathie was involved in the planning of our City’s 125th Anniversary celebration and appeared in promotional material. She also produced, directed, and performed in the Rocklin Historical Society’s “Voices of the Passed” in conjunction with the anniversary celebrations. It was such a hot ticket, the event sold out quickly!

Most recently our community was treated to Kathie reading “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” during Rocklin’s virtual tree lighting ceremony.

Kathie has helped to make our city what it is today. That sense of pride we have when we say we’re from Rocklin; that hometown feeling; that’s because of Kathie and our neighbors like her. She moved here and invested herself in Rocklin. She learned its history, immersed herself in many organizations, and then she shared Rocklin with everyone she met. Her passion for our community can be felt in everything she does.

Kathie has recently retired and is splitting her time between Rocklin and family around the country.
Book sale returns June 19

After nearly 15 months in quarantine, the Friends of the Rocklin Library are back in action.

We will be hosting a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 19 on the patio of Old St. Mary’s Chapel on Front Street in historic Rocklin. 
On sale will be fiction and non-fiction books, young adult and children’s books, CDs and DVDs and collectible comic books as well as jigsaw puzzles. Everything will be priced at $2 or less.  

After 1 p.m., book lovers will be able to fill a bag with books for $5. 
We ask that shoppers (and volunteers) follow all current health tier protocols on the day of the sale.

This is our biggest sale ever, which also means we will need volunteers to help throughout the day. Anyone willing to assist is asked to contact Gloria Beverage at info@rocklinfriends.org. 

And many thanks to the Rocklin Historical Society for their support and assistance in setting up this event. 

Proceeds from book sales are used by the Placer County Library staff to purchase adult and children’s books as well as add special materials to the library collection. Friends also host programs throughout the year, including the Birthday Club and Storytime at the Station.
Rocklin Reads focuses on Chinese,
Transcontinental Railroad

Rocklin Friends of the Library in partnership with the Rocklin Historical Society have selected two books for Rocklin Reads 2021. 

A series of family-friendly events, which will be held throughout October, will focus on telling the story of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and its impact on the Chinese and Rocklin.
“Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Built the Transcontinental Railroad” by Gordon H. Chang, a professor of history at Stanford University, is one of the selections which will appeal to adult readers. This non-fiction book is the definitive history of how Chinese laborers did monumental work under the most difficult circumstances imaginable on a project that would transform our country.

Families and young adults can read the historical fiction children’s novel, “Dragon’s Gate” by Laurence Yep. The Newberry Award winning novel features a young man named Otter, who travels from his home in China to spend his days drilling tunnels for the transcontinental railroad in California.

In addition to guest speakers and slide shows, other events being planned include a book discussion group, a scavenger hunt, tours of the Rocklin History Museum and a guided history walk of downtown Rocklin. 
Summer Reading Is Coming!

Sign yourself and your family up today at Beanstack! The Placer County Library staff have been hard at work preparing Summer Reading for all of our county residents. This year's theme is Tails and Tales, and the program runs from June 8 - July 31.
We need your used
children's books!

The Friends need donations of gently used children's books to fill our local Little Free Libraries.
During the pandemic, our Little Free Libraries have been used so frequently that we have run out of children's books to restock them with. Please email Michele Vass to arrange your donation today! - Michele@est2003.com

This Little Free Library is located at Willard Park and is curated by our Treasurer, Suzanne Kenyon.