Winter 2022 Newsletter
President’s Message

The Celebration Continues!
We're starting off 2022 by celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Rocklin Friends of the Library as a nonprofit! The original 13 Friends of the Library, (who were celebrated last November at the Wall of Recognition), started the campaign for a new library. We are forever grateful for all of those who had a hand in keeping the library at the forefront of our Rocklin community.  
The Friends are in the planning stages of a celebration event on November 8, 2022. When the grant approval for the new Fifth Street Rocklin Library was received 40 years ago, the Friends celebrated the grant by having a pie social event!  At the celebration, Duke Davis, author of the Rocklin history book, gave the book to the Friends to publish and sell for their first meaningful fundraiser. A book and some pie - what a wonderful way to kick things off! Mark your calendar and save some room for pie on November 8th.
I would like to take a moment to thank all of the Friends who helped us make it through 2021! 

Although there were many, I would like to recognize the following:

Gloria Beverage, Book Sales Chairwoman, is dedicated to the overseeing the books you entrust to us through donation. From supporting the members who keep the Little Free Libraries stocked, to organizing two book sales this last year, to keeping the book store organized and well supplied, her commitment is gratefully appreciated. 

Michele Vass, Vice President, is committed to keeping the presence of the Friends alive in the community. She is there when various organizations call for books at Christmas time and back-to-school events. She stays connected to what is happening with the Rocklin library and staff, and makes sure our programs stay intact. Michele definitely has made a difference over the past few years. 

Finally, to all who come out to support the Friends and their activities…YOU ARE ALL APPRECIATED!!
Looking forward to a healthier 2022!
Getta Dolinsek
Thanks for the Donations!

The Friends were asked to help gather new books for The Placer County Action Network's "Kidz Community Program" Christmas party, and boy did our community rise to the occasion!

Over 300 new books were collected for kids from
kindergarten to twelfth grade!

Thank for you providing a book to under resourced children in our community. Y'all are the best!
Carmack's Corner
Tony Carmack, Senior Librarian

We are excited about the return of the Rocklin Book Club!  In our last session—February 2020—we read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, which seems so long ago; in my mind’s eye, I remember the enthusiastic discussions we’d had.  Fast-forward to January 2022, and Jana lead the group with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, also a work of historical fiction set in Europe.  Sessions will continue to be held on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m.  Future titles include a nice mix of historical and realistic fiction and biography:
            The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead | February 10
            The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes | March 10
            I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai |April 14
            There There by Tommy Orange | May 12
            Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi | June 9

Let us know if you are interested so we can get you on the email list for updates and future sessions.
Placer County Library Administration Update
by Sophie Bruno, Assistant Director of Library Services

Best wishes to all of you as 2022 begins! The start of a new year is often a time for reflection on what has past and anticipation of what is to come, and that is certainly true for our Placer County Libraries. Assuredly, last December’s storms closed the year out with a bang and didn’t leave much time to pause, but the Library team was ready at a moment’s notice to assist with County recovery efforts for those affected in our Foothill communities. At the request of Placer’s Office of Emergency Services, our three Mid-Placer locations – Auburn, Colfax, and Foresthill – extended their open hours to provide additional opportunities for residents to charge their devices. In addition, the Placer Food Bank utilized the Colfax Library to assist in distribution of non-perishable food to residents in need as a result of the storm’s impact. The Library team is thankful for the tireless work of first responders and roads crews during and after the storm, and staff are happy to assist whenever possible. We remain committed to the Library’s mission to connect people and strengthen community.
As we look ahead, I am pleased to provide an update on two current projects affecting library service in the future. First is a Library Services Study, which was initiated by the CEO’s office to gather information and data from residents and stakeholders regarding optimal service delivery in all Placer County Library locations. This comprehensive look into our libraries will help inform County leadership on what improvements can be made for sustainable library service moving forward. Your input is needed, and I would like to personally invite any and all of our Rocklin Library Friends to attend the upcoming Town Hall this Monday, January 24, at 6PM via Zoom. Share your experience regarding library service in Rocklin and throughout Placer County. Head over for more information and to register and receive the Zoom link. If you can’t attend, don’t worry; the Study consultant’s full report, including the feedback they collect from the Town Hall, will be presented to the Board of Supervisors in April. 
Finally, I am happy to share the latest update on the installation of Automated Materials Handling (AMH) in our Rocklin Library. As a refresher for those who don’t remember or don’t know, AMH is an automated system used to process library returns. When you return your library books in the book drop, AMH will scan and sort your materials – and will help our hardworking library team get those books back to our shelves quickly and free staff time to assist customers. We anticipate that our Rocklin AMH project will begin in February, and we look forward to its full implementation for our Rocklin Library customers in March!
We need you!

If you've been wanting to get involved with the Friends but don't know where to start, we need help in the following ways:

Updating the website: We use GoDaddy and their editor is pretty easy to use. Helping us with minor updates from time to time would be all this task requires.

Facebook Content Curator: We would love to put your creativity to work and expand our reach into the Rocklin Community. We have over 1,000 followers and would like regular posts and engagement.

Boxes for our eBay store: Do you have an Amazon box collection? We'd like to take them off your hands! We're looking for A1, A3, 1AD boxes that measure 10X7X3, 10X7X6 and 14X10X3. If you have something comparable that will work.

Newsletter: This very fine publication that you are currently reading is looking for a new editor. Is that you? We publish once a quarter and use Constant Contact.

Email us at if you'd like to help.
We are accepting material donations!

The Friends are accepting books, CDs, and DVDs for our used book sales. Email us to schedule a time to drop off your donation -