Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Strathmore Branch Library to Hold Open House

Hold your horses and come celebrate the completion of the Tulare County Library’s Strathmore branch renovation at an open house on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 2:30 pm. New paint, carpeting, furniture, and shelving are some of the great changes.  Celebrate with us at the Strathmore branch, located at 19646 Road 230 in Strathmore.

Strathmore library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm.  Ongoing activities include Story Time, Wii and Teen Club on Tuesdays, and crafts and movies on Wednesdays.  For more information on times and events, call (559) 568-1087 or go to

The Tulare County Library serves all the citizens of Tulare County with locations in fifteen communities, five book machines, and an online presence at

Tulare County Library Literacy Day Part of National Library Week

(l to r) Tulare Literacy Specialist Kim Torrez,
County Librarian Darla Wegener, Read to
Succeed Program Manager Sue Gillison, and
Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman
Steven Worthley display proclamation of
Library Literacy Day Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
The Board of Supervisors proclaimed today, April 14, 2015, Library Literacy Day in Tulare County at their meeting this morning.

New County Librarian Darla Wegener, making her first formal appearance before the Board, introduced the Tulare County Library’s Read to Succeed Library Literacy Program Manager to the supervisors.  She praised the literacy program and its tutors, saying, “I am proud to have our Library Literacy Day during National Library Week and proud of our program.  I’m amazed at the commitment and dedication of the tutors who provide their time, knowledge, and skills in service to our learners.”

Sue Gillison, Program Manager, spoke about the great results the program has achieved. Sue and Kim Torrez, Tulare City Literacy Specialist, each introduced a learner to the audience. Edward Villarreal from Visalia and Yvette Armenta from Tulare city were chosen for this honor due to their accomplishments as adult literacy clients.  Mr. Villarreal has learned greater skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and Ms. Armenta has earned her GED and has recently started a career with State Farm Insurance Company.

Board Chairman Steven Worthley read the proclamation, which stated that “…the County of Tulare is pleased with the success of the library’s literacy programs for adults within Tulare County, and commends and publicly acknowledges the efforts of the program staff, volunteer tutors, and learners in their future endeavors.”

National Library Week "Unlimited Possibilities" For Children Scheduled for Tulare County Library

 Stuffed animals get ready to read at the
National Library Week's Children's
Celebration at the Tulare County Library.
Children can celebrate National Library Week with crafts and activities on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Children’s Wing of the Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library.

Projects include creating a book, decorating a bookmark, and reading to a puppet.  Moon Sand will be available for those who dig it!  Come learn, play and read!

The Visalia Library is located at 200 W. Oak Street in Visalia.  This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call 713-2703 or go to:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

First Tuesday Book Club, May 5

For May, we'll be reading With a Book in Their Hands: Chicano/a Readers and Readerships across the Centuries edited by Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez.

Be sure to attend the panel discussion on April 11 when Martin-Rodriguez and other local authors from this book, including Lucia Vazquez will be visiting the Visalia Library for National Library Week.
The panelists will highlight the important role of books and reading by reading from the book and telling stories from their lives.


Literary history is a history of reading. What happens during the act of reading is the subject of the branch of literary scholarship known as reader response theory. Does the text guide the reader? Does the reader operate independently of the text? Questions like these shape the approach of the essays in this book edited by a scholar known for his groundbreaking work in using reader response theory as a window into Chicana and Chicano literature.

Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez has overseen several research projects aimed at documenting Chicana and Chicano reading practices and experiences. Here he gathers diverse and passionate accounts of reading drawn from that research. Books for many served as refuges from the sorrows of a childhood marked by violence or parental abandonment. And many of the contributors salute the roles of teachers in introducing poetry and stories into their lives.

We will be meeting in the Visalia Branch Blue Room to discuss this book on May 5 from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friends of the Library-Exeter are raffling baskets for National Library Week

The Friends of the Library-Exeter are raffling baskets for National Library Week. 

National Library Week is coming up! It is scheduled for April 12-18, 2015. The Friends of the Library - Exeter group are raffling beautiful baskets. Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday, April 14. 
We would like to thank the following generous businesses who donated items for our baskets; Petals & Presents, Capella, Exeter Flower, Exeter Mercantile, A La Mode, Hometown Emporium, Wish List Boutique & Tangles!

Thank you Exeter!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

National Library Week Local Authors Event

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“Unlimited Possibilities @ your library” is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, with programs happening throughout the county April 11 through 18. The Tulare County Library’s introductory event celebrates just that idea.
Join us for a panel discussion of With a Book in Their Hands which will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 6:30 pm at the Visalia Branch Library.  Featured speakers will be the book’s editor, Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, and authors, including Lucia Vazquez. The panelists will highlight the important role of books and reading by reading from the book and telling stories from their lives.
The Visalia Branch Library is located at 200 W. Oak Avenue in Visalia.  This Friends of the Tulare County Library sponsored event is free to the public.  For more information, call (559) 713-2703 or go to

Friends of the Tulare County Library Offers Basket Drawings and Family Fun for National Library Week

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Grandpa Magician Bill Warner hosts his magic show for all ages in the Children’s Wing of the Visalia Branch Library on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm. 
This annual Friends of the Tulare County fundraiser with Grandpa Bill also features a drawing for Literary Baskets designed by Friends members.  The six themed baskets include: Magic Kingdom, Dinosaur, “Frozen”, Gardening, Chocolate, and Local Heritage.  Now on display at the Visalia library, one of the baskets could be yours for a one dollar donation per ticket for the drawings.  Winners need not be present to win one of these baskets.  For those present on Saturday, a special mystery basket drawing will occur on Saturday at the Magic Show.

The Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library is located at 200 W. Oak Avenue.  All Tulare County families are invited to this free program. For more information, call 713-2703.

The Friends of the Tulare County Library is an association for people who love libraries, reading, books, volunteering, and raising money to enhance public library services. For more information about becoming a Friend of Tulare County Library, please contact the Library’s Volunteer Coordinator at (559) 713-2709 or go to