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December 2012 - January 2013






My friends frequently comment that they are so glad to live in Atascadero and that sentiment is certainly true of me as well.  Our community is beautiful but more than that, there is a spirit of giving and caring that describes the character of our community.  The Friends of the Library have been gratified, and at times, overwhelmed, by the positive response to our campaign to fund a new library.  And we are just one of the several organizations that benefit from the community’s care and attention.  Coats for Kids, El Camino Homeless Shelter, Loaves and Fishes, the Senior Nutrition Project, the North County Women’s Shelter, to name a few, all enjoy support from individuals and groups throughout the city.


And so, as we enter the holiday season, I am thankful for the opportunities that have been opened for me by FOL, opportunities to work with others both in FOL and in other groups, all of us doing our part to give back to Atascadero.  And I am very grateful for the support for our new library that has come from the public.  We are near the end of our campaign but as Eileen O’Grady describes in her message, this is a critical time for us and more than ever, we are relying on the community’s interest in having an expanded, up-to-date library facility.  Please read her message and give thought to how you can help us reach our goal.


As we approach the end of his term in office, this is a good time to thank Fifth District Supervisor Jim Patterson for his leadership role in moving the library project forward.  Without Jim’s assistance, we would not be where we are today.  And we will continue to have strong support at the county Supervisor level.  Incoming Fifth District Supervisor Debbie Arnold is a committed advocate for our capital campaign and has taken a pro-active role on our behalf.


Have a peaceful, happy holiday season.  See you at the library!


Grenda Ernst, President

Join or renew your membership now, or help open the doors to our new library by making the pledge or a donation.

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The Friends of the Library Kiosk 

and Collectible Book Sales

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Find affordable presents for the holidays, or special occasions, on the book sale shelves in the front lobby. You can buy "slightly read" books and magazines as well as CDs and some DVDs. Come and browse, we have many great books at a low price. The Kiosk is open whenever the library is open.

Numerous collectible books find their way to the Book House! Some of the special books that are for sale are shown on our website. Or, for more information contact Alice at (805)466-2230  or 

(put "sale books" on subject line).

Vote Now! 

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Our celebrity

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March 9, 2013 Atascadero: Dancing with Our Stars are eager for your votes. 

How to Vote

Votes now are $5 each; at the event on March 9, they are $10 each.

If you wish to vote, in the memo section of your check, write “Votes” and the name of the dancer(s) you have selected.  

Bring your check to the library—and tell the staff it is intended as votes.  Or mail it to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 9, Atascadero, CA 93423.

Celebrity Dancers

Kitty Arosteguy, owner of The Spa Central Coast & Haven Wine Bistro, and Tom Jones, PG&E Director of Government RelationsKitty Arosteguy 2


Jodi Bloom, owner of Bloom ‘n’ Grow Florist

 Jodi Larry

Deborah Bowers, Atascadero Unified School District Superintendent

 Dan Deborah

Don Idler, owner of Idler’s Appliances

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Janet K. McLennan, M.D, Allergist


Tony Nadratowski, Transportation Manager, Atascadero Sate Hospital

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Dan O’Grady, SLO County Planning Commissioner and Eileen O’Grady, Friends of the Library

VP and Fundraising Coordinator

Eileens Favorite 

Tom O’Malley, Atascadero Mayor, and Merry O’Malley Reynolds, his daughter


Mary Uebersax, owner of EarthTones Gifts & Gallery

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Tricia Williams, owner of Healthy Inspirations in Atascadero & Paso Robles

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For more information regarding the event and performers  see our website.


We thank the following generous donors for their contributions to the library.


Terry and Nancy Tweedie

Jeanne and Carl Robbins

John & Diane Lehman

Wilma and Bob Sparling

Barbara Waheed and Bruce Bonifas

Paul and Carolyn Mitchell

Joe and Judie Magonacelaya

Foundation for San Luis Obispo Co Public Libraries

Grenda and Bill Ernst in memory of Ellen Baer

Sue and Pete Sly

Mission Community Bank

Bill and Linda McFarlen

Al and Marge Rucci

Ramond and Llunos Jansen

Virginia Powers

Rosh Wright

Nancy Goodrich Wilson

            In memory of Virginia and Russell Clayton Goodrich

            In memory of Ellen Baer

Marge McGoff

Holly Naylor

Barbara Spry

Bruce Callarman

The Lozon Family

Darlene Brainard

Madeline Wilson and Susan Lara

            In memory of Ellen Baer

John and Dee Mooneyham

            In memory of Lawrence and Elizabeth Scott

Pat Cairns and Jim Carlisle

John and Andrea Euphrat

Lynn Laurenti, Vance & Sue Klein, Susanna Laurenti, Ed and Gavin Weiser

            In memory of Ellen Baer

Madeline Wilson

            In memory of Katie Sims

Frans and Carla Ludding

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Eve Hufnagel Cone

Michelle Thatcher

Linda Kristenson

            In memory of John and Bernice Kristenson

Landon and Sierra Kindel

Karen and Ray Gordon

Tim Mahoney.  Southern California Gas Company

Robert and Corinne Patrick

Judith Darknall and Bert Bender

Beverly Stevenson

Foy Roberto

Bernards Builders.Management Services

Rose Marie Zurkan

Elizabeth Brousses

Charles and Teresa Carper

            In memory of Thelma Warren

Claudia Collier

Jerry Tanimoto

Gerald O’Grady

Kathleen O’Grady

Georgie Arnold

Nancy Steele

Women in Business

Julie Fallon, MD

Randy and Sally Knight

Impact Publishers (Business Founder)

Frank and Norine Petroni

In memory of Americo Marciochi


New Members

We welcome the following new members:

Merry Kuykendall

Herb Klein

Vicki Carroll

Bruce Callarman

Jeanette Heinz

Wilma May

Grant Moore

Darlene Cappellotti

Donna Etter

Marcia Hamill

John and Jill Kiel

Jolyne Knotts

Erin and Mike McCall

Debbie Molfino

Gary Schmidt

Jayne Bower and Rodger Mohme

Teresa Gafner

Dana Iverson

The Lozon Family

Jenn Kuhn

Sung Il Baang


Financial Statement

Rabobank Checking Account

September 1- 

October 31, 2012


Income:                      $

Lobby Sales                779

Book Sales                 927

Membership               716

Ads                              50

Expansion                  224

Total                       2697


Adult Programs          266

Children's Program   725

PG&E                           18

Print                              27

Admin & Mgmt             50

Fundraising                  11

Total                        1097


Darlene Brainard, Treasurer

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Fundraising Campaign News: 

The Magic Number 

is Now $110,000

That's the amount needed to complete the local share of the net project cost.  More than 94% of the funds needed have already been raised.  However, we have a rapidly approaching deadline.  When the bids are received in January, Friends of the Library will need to transfer all the funds for the project to the county.  If we have not completed the fundraising, construction will be delayed.


We are confident that the remaining funds will be raised

 eventually, but our goal is to begin construction early in 2013, so that the library will open by the end of Atascadero’s centennial year.  Any delay will delay the opening of the new library.


So, once again, we need to ask you to assist the effort in any way they can.  Your enthusiasm is contagious, and word of mouth generates interest, so please let others in your circle of friends and neighbors know how critical the timing is for our project.


Giving tree

We have developed easy and fun ways to donate. If you’ve been in the library lately, you’ve seen a beautiful “Giving Tree” decorated with ornaments that represent donations to the children’s library.  You can select an attractive ornament and donate the amount indicated—from $5-$50.  This is a great way for families to participate. Although some furniture will be recycled, new shelving and other furnishings are needed in the children’s library.  The shelving alone costs $45,000.  Thanks to Sue Sly, Ruth Zachary, and Jeanne Robbins for making many of the ornaments on the tree.  Also thanks to Jan Grigsby and John Rouillard for providing wonderful interactive entertainment at the Giving Tree party on November 10.



Another way 

to help the library is to support one of our dancers in the next Atascadero: Dancing with Our Stars.  You can vote now for your favorite dancers—no waiting in line at our polls.  My husband Dan (what a guy!) and I are taking salsa lessons to prepare for the March event.  So, if none of the other dancers has asked for your vote, I’d be glad to have it.  But I’m also happy if you vote for one of the other dancers, since all the money goes to the campaign.  You can vote by dropping off a check at the library, or mailing it to FOL, P.O. Box 9, Atascadero, CA 93423.  Be sure to write the name(s) of the dancer on your check.  Tax deductible vote donations are $5 each through March 8.  


Tickets for this popular March 9 event will be on sale to the public on Wednesday, January 9, at the library.  They could sell out that day.  Tickets are $75 each; they include appetizers, dinner, wine, and fabulous entertainment.


We are only a few ornaments and dance steps from our goal—but we’re not quite there yet. And, if you don’t care about ornaments or dancers, this is the perfect time to donate in honor of a friend or in memory of a loved one—and get a tax deduction at the same time. 

For more information about these events and other ways to help the campaign, please go to our website.

Eileen O'Grady, Vice President

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From the Library Staff


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Daffodils in December!  The display by the Atascadero Centennial Daffodil Project, coordinated by Lee Swam, celebrates the past, present and future of Atascadero.  Learn about the history of the project, locations of where the project has planted daffodils and where to get bulbs. View the display of nature scenes by Outside Now, Little Ark Preschool's winter theme display and Santa Lucia School display featuring local harvest, still life and paintings.




Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Ages 3-6

December 19  

Kwanzaa and Christmas:  Stories, songs and a craft

January 2

 No Storytime

January 9 

Teeth, guest: Kurt Leavitt, DDS

January 16

Dreams and Adventures

January 23

"Enchanted Storytime" with Princess Belle

January 30

 Recycling: stories, songs and craft



Fridays (2x a month), 3:30-4:30 pm

For dates call 461-6161

Join Captain, a 6 year old tan and white rough-coated Jack Russell Terrier and his human friend Anne Harris, for a relaxed hour of stories.  Captain enjoys being part of the “Reading to Rover” program at the library and loves it when children read to him and the children have a good time as well. 


Saturday, January 5th, 11:00 a.m.
All ages

Known as the “Neil Young for Kids,” Patrick Camozzi will wow both children and adults with stories and songs. Also Performing at the San Luis Obispo Library, Friday January 4th at 2:00 p.m. and the Arroyo Grande Library on Saturday, January 5th at 2:00 p.m.



Registration begins December 15 
for the January 10-May 9 session

Toddlers and their caregivers will enjoy this lively 20-minute session.  Each child and his or her caregiver will interact in a variety of positive ways.  This includes participating in stories, songs, movement, nursery rhymes and finger plays.  For information, call Joan at 461-6163.



January 15-April 16, 2013

Hot reads

Join us for San Luis Obispo County Library’s Adult Winter Reading Program, “Hot Reads for Cold Nights!”  Read 9 books and receive prizes and surprises. 

The following San Luis Obispo County Libraries participating in the Adult Winter Reading Program are:  Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Cayucos, Creston, Santa Margarita, Shandon, Simmler and San Miguel.  For information go to and view the Event Calendar on the home page or contact your local library.  Atascadero Branch:  call Brian @ 461-6162.





If you are looking for biographies about noted individuals, check out the library’s database called Biography in Context.  In the nearly million biographical entries, you will find multimedia content displayed in written, audio and video formats for both the casual user and the college student. The source material comes from authoritative magazine, reference and academic journals, among other vetted materials.

In addition to life stories, you can find information such as literary or artistic criticism connected to the person being profiled. You can even use the database to find results for those holiday trivia questions such as who was born in what town or died in a particular year.  To access the database, go to the Research Online Databases link on the library’s home page at , click on the Biography in Context icon, and enter your library card number.  For more information about the library’s databases, contact the Information Desk at 461-6162.


Give the Gift of Membership!

imagesCelebrate the holidays, a special occasion, or honor a friend or relative while supporting the Atascadero Public Library.  Friends Membership provides additional funds, year-round, for programs, collections and other needs to ensure the best equipment and resources for the library.  Click here to give the gift

Year-end tax planning...
As we approach the end of 2012, it’s time to consider tax-deductible gifts. Now is the perfect time to support your library. We urgently need your help to complete the fundraising needed to begin work on our new library.

We also encourage planned giving and ask that you consider remembering the Library in your estate and financial plans to ensure the Library’s future.
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Today, commemorative opportunities remain for 
Atascadero citizens to become a permanent part of the Library. Visit our website for more information.

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Friends of the Library

President- Grenda Ernst

Vice Pres.- Eileen O'Grady

Secretary-Suzie Blackwell

Treasurer-Darlene Brainard


Georgie Arnold, Claudia Collier, Anne Harris, 

Liz Helgerson, Audrey Hopper, Leigh Livick, Marguerite Pulley, Alice Rew, Linda Zirk



Tom Thompson

Social Media Coordinator- 

Christina Lefevre Latner


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