Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Author and Veteran Karl Marlantes to Speak on the Experience of War

Author Karl Marlantes will be at the Visalia Veterans Memorial Building on October 9, 2014, at 10:30 am to discuss his book, What is it Like to Go to War and to answer questions.

Marlantes is a Vietnam veteran, a Rhodes Scholar and the author of the New York Times best-selling novel Matterhorn. His book, What is it Like to Go to War, has received much reader and critical acclaim since its publication in 2011 and has frequently been cited by veterans as the work that best expresses their experience.

The book has been selected by Cal Humanities as the community read for its "War Comes Home" initiative. Focusing on the veteran experience, this initiative aims to increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served, as well as to spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life.

The Tulare County Library has organized several programs and events in conjunction with this state-wide initiative. For more information, go to tclwarcomeshome.blogspot.com, or contact Carol Beers at 559-713-2700.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

September Computer Class Schedule at the Visalia Branch Library

If you're looking to brush up on your computer skills this fall, or to learn some new ones, our computer classes are a good fit.

Classes for September are as follows:

Introduction to Word: Thu Sep 4 from 10:00am - 11:30am
Word Processing for Beginners*: Thu Sep 11 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Introduction to Excel*: Thu Sep 18 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Internet 101*: Thu Sep 25 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Classes are free and absolutely everyone is welcome. Registration is required.

You can register by calling the Computer Lab at (559) 713-2719 or by coming into the library and registering in person.

*Must have basic keyboarding, mouse skills and have taken Word Processing for Beginners.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tulare County Library Branch Crafts for September Announced

Children can personalize their spiral binders and clip boards during this
month's Tulare County Library branch crafts programs.

The September crafts for each week are:

September 1 through 6 * Spiral Binder Decorating
September 8 through 13 * Clip Board Decorating                     
September 15 through 20 * Hanging Letter Button Craft
September 22 through 27 * Paper Plate Owls

These crafts will be held at different times each week at the Alpaugh,
Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Lindsay, Orosi, Springville, Three Rivers,
Tipton and Woodlake branch libraries.

For more information on days and times of the crafts at each individual branch, please go to: http://tularecountylibrary.org, and choose the locations tab or call the branches:

Alpaugh                    (559) 949-8355

Earlimart                   (661) 849-2525

Exeter                       (559) 592-5361

Ivanhoe                     (559) 798-1264

Lindsay                      (559) 562-3021

Orosi                          (559) 591-5830
Springville                  (559) 539-2624

Three Rivers              (559) 561-4564

Tipton                         (559) 752-4236

Woodlake                   (559) 564-8424

Learn About the Common Core Standards at the Tulare County Library

What are the ramifications of Common Core and why is it so controversial?

The Common Core State Standards is an educational initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). It seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or to enter the workforce.

Join us in the Tulare County Library's Blue Room, 200 W. Oak Avenue, Visalia, CA on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm as Craig Wheaton, Visalia Unified School District Superintendent talks about Common Core. His talk will be followed by a short Question and Answer session.

Veterans Offered Job Search Classes By Tulare County Library

This fall the Tulare County Library in Visalia will be offering classes in job searching and resume writing specifically for veterans of the U.S. Armed Services. In these classes, veterans can expect to review online job searching techniques, resume writing tips and employment services available to them through other government agencies or outside organizations. Participants will need an email address and a USB flash drive.

The hour long classes are scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month during September, October and November, with the first class to be held on Wednesday, September 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Space is limited, so please call Amanda Grombly at 559-713-2710 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Linnell Camp to Be Focus of Tulare County Library Exhibit

Tulare County Library will be hosting 'Through a Compassionate Lens: Life in Linnell Camp, 1940s-60s,' a free exhibit, opening Tuesday, September 2.  The month long exhibit gives a glimpse into the lives of migrant men, women, and children living in the farm labor camp through a combination of photos and text.

The exhibition features reproductions of photos and slides taken by Julius "Jim" Stein, during his time as housing project manager of Linnell and Woodville camps.  Stein's photos are accompanied by details about the camps and first-hand accounts from people who lived there, giving a snapshot into life in the camps during its early years. All photos and slides are from the Library's Annie R. Mitchell History Room collection, and information for the exhibit is derived from oral histories and primary source materials, especially local newspaper articles.

Through a Compassionate Lens: Life in Linnell Camp, 1940s-60s, runs from Tuesday, September 2 until Thursday, October 2, 2014. The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Visalia Branch Library, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit with light refreshments on Wednesday, September 3, in the upstairs Blue Room at the Visalia Library from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.  The public is invited to attend.

Please contact Lisa Raney at 559.713.2723 with any questions. The Visalia Branch Library is located at 200 W. Oak Ave., Visalia CA 93291.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Forever Young Adult Book Club

Faythe, our teen librarian, has started a Forever Young Adult Book Club  for "fans who are a little less Y and a little more A."  The book club meets every third Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Blue Room at the Visalia Branch Library.

September 16
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

October 21
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

November 18
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Born with bird wings, Ava Lavender is well aware that love has long made fools of her family. When pious Nathaniel Sorrows mistakes her bird wings for angel wings, 16-year-old Ava faces the man's growing obsession, which comes to a head with the rain and feathers that fly through the air during a nighttime summer solstice celebration.

December 16
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Seventeen-year-old Harper Price's charmed life is turned upside down when she discovers she's been given magical powers in order to protect her school nemesis David Stark, who's an Oracle.

Please call 559.713.2703 for more information.