Friday, October 24, 2014

Want to Write a Novel in November?

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Friend or Foe: Bats, Night Flyers at Three Rivers Branch, November 13

Lesser short-nosed fruit bat
(image via Wikimedia Commons)
On Thursday, November 13 at 6:30pm, seasonal interpretive ranger Lynn Firpo will give a talk on carnivorous bat behavior which saves us millions of dollars in pesticides at the Three Rivers Branch Library. She will bring a bat skeleton and talk about bat guano. 

For more information, please contact the branch at
(559) 561-4564.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Want to Save Money for the Holidays?

It's not too late to start attending the Tulare County Library's "Stretching the Food Dollar" programs to save extra dollars for holiday needs!  Keep on attending and saving into the new year with new programs like Budget Meal Planning and Personal Finance.

The informational series is held every other Friday from 3:00 to 5:00pm in the Visalia Branch Blue Room.  The programs being offered are:

Couponing                                        October 24 through
November 21
These workshops will cover topics such as coupon math, price matching and adhering to coupon policies.

Budget Meal Planning                            January 16 through March
This series will focus on how to make a food budget stretch and plan your family meals to be inexpensive, healthy and easy to prepare.

Personal Finance                                        March 27 through
May 22
These programs focus on how to manage your money a little better to make ends meet.

Can't meet on Fridays? Check out the Stretching the Food Dollar Book Club on the first Wednesday night of the month (except in April, meeting on April 8th) at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Room of the Visalia Branch. Book selections are available for checkout at the Reference Desk. The next book club meeting is November 5th where readers will discuss The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing.

This project is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. All library patrons are welcome to attend and registration is not necessary.  Add these programs to your schedule and save enough money to go out and celebrate your savings!

Tulare County Library Holding "Food For Fines" Event

All Tulare County Library branches are participating in the library's semi-annual "Food for Fines" program during the month of November.

Tulare County library patrons who donate will have $1.00 of what they owe for overdue fines, expired holds or card replacements forgiven for each item. There is no limit to the amount of fine reduction, but it cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged items or processing fees.

Non-perishable food items and bottled water are being accepted, and any
library staff member can accept the donations. All items will be given
to Foodlink for Tulare County at the end of November. The food and
water will be picked up by Foodlink and used to restock the pantries of
food banks throughout the county. Items collected from the fifteen
branches will be distributed in each branch's local community and
surrounding areas.

"Food for Fines" is held semi-annually in the months of November and April. Library patrons can bring their books and donations November 1-29 to any of the following library branches: Alpaugh, Dinuba, Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Lindsay, Orosi, Pixley, Springville, Terra Bella, Three Rivers, Tipton, Visalia and Woodlake. Non-perishable food items and bottled water will be gratefully accepted from anyone wishing to donate them, whether a fine is due or not. Last April, the library collected over 3600 pounds of food and forgave fines or collected cash donations of more than $4600.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monthly Friends Meeting, November 13

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 13, at 6:30 PM in the library's upstairs (purple) meeting room. Absolutely everyone is welcome to attend, including and especially current Friends, prospective Friends, and anyone who is interested in learning more! 
Please contact Sheryll at 713-2709 for more information.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

First Tuesday Book Club Meeting, November 4

For September, we'll be reading Copper Sun by Sharon Draper.

Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

We will be meeting in the Visalia Branch Blue Room to discuss this book on November 4 from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal, doll, or toy to the Visalia Branch Library for a special story time at night! After, they will leave their stuffed animal at the library for a fun-filled night of adventure (that the librarians will capture on camera).

Pick up your stuffed animal the next day and see what they did alone at the library!

Thursday, November 6th
Check-in begins at 6:30pm
Storytime at 7:00pm

Stuffed animals and photos available for pick-up on Friday, November 7th after 2:00pm

*For children ages 3+. Only one stuffed animal per child. Space is limited to the first 50 stuffed animals. Families are welcome to attend the story time even without a stuffed animal.