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August- September  2012






Summer is a busy time for the library – lots of folks checking out books, consulting reference services, using the computers, participating in the Summer Reading Program and attending the children’s programs.  FOL has been busy as well, working to conclude our fundraising campaign and directing our attention to membership renewals.  Many FOL members are taking advantage of the ability to renew on-line, through our web site, and other renewals arrive via good old snail mail.  September is Library Card Sign Up Month and FOL will partner with the library in encouraging library patrons to become FOL members as well as library card-holders.


The Central Coast Children’s Classic, held in June at Peggy and Tom O’Malley’s Portola Inn, has received rave reviews.  There were numerous hands-on activities and many families stayed for hours, exploring Pirate’s Cove at Treasure Island, Zoo To You, the Chumash Indian Village, The Twin Cities First Aid Tent, the Little House on the Prairie, Mr. McGregor’s Garden, the Blacksmith’s Shop, and watching the Paddock Players Puppeteers and the SLO Ballet dancing the Velveteen Rabbit.  Attendees also enjoyed a picnic lunch and ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery.  The CCCC is an event focused on children and we found that adults had as much fun as the children.


K-Jon’s Fine Jewelers is an Atascadero fixture:  a long-time business with deep roots in the community.  K-Jon’s values the library and has proposed an innovative way to show its support for the fundraising campaign.  For every like that is noted on their facebook page, K-Jon’s will donate $1 to the campaign, up to $1000.  What a neat way to show that we like K-Jon’s and the library!


Mark your calendars and be sure to see us when we take our turn at the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday BBQ in the Park on August 14.  Tickets are available at the library or from any FOL Board member.

Grenda Ernst, President

    "Like" K-Jon's

facebook like"Like" K-Jon's Fine Jewelry and for every "like" they will donate $1 to the library expansion campaign. When $1000 is reached, they will become Founders. Let's help them get there!  

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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Book Sale!


Fri., Aug. 10, 2012

6-8 pm

(Members Only)

Sat., Aug. 11, 2012


The Book House

(Behind the Library)

 A great selection of novels, Romance, Mystery, Science-Fiction, Biographies, How-to-Books, Gardening and many others. Plus, a Children’s Books, Video and Audio Cassettes, CDs, DVDs, Books-on-Tape. Hundreds 

of soft-cover book. The store is staffed by helpful volunteers. 


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


Atascadero Rotary Club 


Carol and Eric Gobler

Jeanne and Carl Robbins

Julie Moody and Paul Schroeder

Wilma and Bob Sparling

Atascadero 76

Sara Mikkelsen in memory of Caroline Bauer

Letha Musgrave in memory of Shelley Merrill

Mandy Weathers

Carol Pellett

Jerry Tanimoto

Shirley Summers

John and Diane Lehman

Claudia Collier

Darlene Brainard

Julie Moody & Paula Schroeder

Marcia Lombardi

Brandon and Cheyenne Ladd

In Honor of Cheryl Hamon,                            Monterey Rd Teacher

Barbara and John Butz

Al and Sheila Vossler

Virginia Powers

William and Mary Shaffer

Orchard Hill Farm

Terry and Nancy Tweedie

Rosemarie Zurkan

Ralph and Nancy Bettman

Twin Cities Hospital


The Educated Gardener

Ashley and Sharon Rademacher

Calicopia An Artisan’s Co-Op

New Members

We welcome the following new members:

John Ernst

Emmanuel Solorio

Douglas and Shirley Bird

Patti Smith

Alison Herson


Financial Statement

Rabobank Checking Account

May 1 - June 30, 2012


Income:                  $

Lobby Sales           826

Book Sales             889

Membership            265

Total                   1980


Children’s Prog.      178

Adult Programs     6544

PG&E                     13

Fundraising              27

Total                   6762


Darlene Brainard, Treasurer

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Fundraising Campaign News: 

We’re Almost There!



The hardworking fundraising committee is excited that we have reached more than 90% of our goal!  The local share for this project is $2 million, and we have $175,000 left to be raised before the funding is complete.  Now that we are so close—won’t you help put us over the top?


Donations at all levels are important in a campaign like ours, but I want to highlight the contributions of our larger donors here.  Below is an illustration of our donor tree.  It

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will occupy a prominent place, 

so everyone who enters the

new library can see the names of the special people who have made an outstanding commitment to open the doors

A donation of $1000 will put your name or the name of your business on the donor tree as a Founder of the new library.  This is also a wonderful way to honor a loved one—perhaps a parent or grandparent who read to you.  If you wish, you can make four payments of $250 each or 10 payments of $100 each to complete your pledge.  More than 100 wonderful people have already donated at this level. We need 100 more.


If you are a Founder now, and you can increase your donation, please do so.  In the past few months, several of our Founders have become Patrons by increasing their donation to $3000, and some of our Patrons have become Major Donors with donations of $5,000.  We salute these generous people; the donor tree will also recognize their contributions.


So, whether you are a library user, or you simply want it to be there for your children, your grandchildren, or your community, we need your help to put us over the top.  A good library enriches a community for many generations.  Now is the time to say YES and make it happen. 


Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Tuesday Evenings at the Lake BBQ 

Tuesday, August 14, 5-7 p.m.

Atascadero Lake Park


A delicious BBQ complete with all the trimmings prepared by the Atascadero Elks and followed by a 

FREE big band concert performed by the Atascadero Community Band. Tickets are available from Friends of the Library fundraising committee members now--$12/adults;$10/seniors;$6/children 11 and under. Benefiting Friends of the Library. 

We hope to see you there!

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

Eileen O''Grady, Vice President



From the Library Staff

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! 

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Celebrate with the 

Library in September as we dedicate the month to promoting awareness of library services and to increasing the number of card holders in our community. There will be drawings, prizes and activities throughout the month:

  •  Introduce new friends to the library and win prizes
  • Guess the names of “live” book characters and win prizes
  • Win free books for all ages in daily drawings
  • Join us for the finale of Library Card Sign-up Month on Saturday, September 29:  The Charlie Chaplin Marathon on September 29, 1:30-3:00.  Free popcorn and door prizes!

Toddler Tales

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Ages:  18 months-3 years old

Limit:  15 toddlers (pre-registration required)

Priority is given to children already in the 

program or on the waiting list.

Location:  Atascadero Library

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September 13-November 15, 2012

Registration begins August 18, 2012

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.


Workshop and Lecture on the Warning Signs OF Alzheimer’s Disease
Wednesday, September 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

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Sara Bartlett, Area Director of the San Luis Obispo

County Office of the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, will lead an informative brown bag free workshop and lecture entitled the “10 warning signs of Alzheimers.”   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, it is estimated that nearly half of those age 85 and older may have Alzheimer’s.   For more information call Brian at the Reference Desk at 461-6162.

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

with Charlie Chaplin

Saturday, September 29, 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the Library

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Join us for the Charlie 
Chaplin Marathon, starring the Little Tramp in 4 hilarious silent comedies:  “The Rink,” “The Immigrant,” “Tillie’s punctured romance,” and “The vagabond.”   These short classics feature a musical soundtrack and also star Edna Purviance and Marie Dressler.  For all ages. Free popcorn and door prizes!  

Join Author 

Catherine Ryan Hyde

September 8, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. 

Community Church of Atascadero


Join the Atascadero Chapter of AAUW for a visit by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the author of “Paying it Forward.” Set in our own Atascadero, it is centered on an assignment from an Atascadero Jr High teacher.  He challenges his students to find a way to change the world.  To maximize your enjoyment, read the book beforehand and maybe you’ll be tempted to join the members of AAUW as they challenge themselves to change the world by doing one small kindness at a time and asking that person to “pay it forward.” Coffee, tea and a light brunch will be served. At the Community Church of Atascadero, 5850 Rosario Ave. For more information contact Kaye Rasband at 461-5797 or

Teen Focus Group Happenings

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For several months the Teen Focus Group which includes several dedicated Atascadero High School students,   Children's Services Librarian, Joan Bloomfield, and Leigh Livick, Friends of the Library Expansion Committee Member,   along with other community members have met at length to discuss and select furnishings, colors, name, and decor ideas for the Teen area in the new Atascadero Library. Teens, Danyele, Sabrina, Emmy, and Joshua have had lots of great ideas, based in part on a survey completed by students in Ed Cabrera's  Political Science classes at Atascadero High during the 2011/12 school year analyzing  teen library service needs.  The Focus Groups selections will be submitted to the Design Steering Committee by the students on August 8, 2012.


If you would like to help support the Teen area in the new Atascadero Library, watch for a "Giving Tree" soon in the current library!


Leigh Livick, FOL Expansion Steering Committee

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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