Thursday, November 20, 2014

Monthly Friends Meeting, December 11

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, December 11, 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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"War Comes Home" Final Events Scheduled by Tulare County Library

The Tulare County Library is hosting two events on November 20 and 22, as the wrap up for the "War Comes Home" project featuring war veterans and their concerns and issues.

A Panel Discussion on Veterans' Issues will be held on Thursday, November 20, at 6 pm.  Representatives of the Employment Development Department (EDD), AMVETS and other community and government agencies will discuss employment opportunities and training, suicide prevention, local resources and benefits for veterans.  The goal is to provide awareness and access to those affected so they can make use of the various resources already available in our community.  Veterans, their families and friends are encouraged to attend.

A Veterans History Project presentation is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, at 6:00 pm.  The oral history event will show segments of interviews with local veterans conducted by the library's Teen Advisory Group. Each interview, in its entirety, will be sent to the Library of Congress as part of the Veteran's History Project, and a
copy will be retained for the Annie Mitchell History Room here in Visalia.

The public is encouraged to attend November 22 at 6:00 p.m. to view the movie, meet some of the veterans and learn more about those who served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. "War Comes Home" programs have been held over the past three months as part of a Cal Humanities grant received by the library.  Both the
concluding events will be at the Tulare County Library Visalia branch at 200 West Oak Street.  The public is welcome and no reservations are necessary.  For more information, call 713-2703.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All Locations Closed for Thanksgiving

All locations will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving.

All locations will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 26.

Locations that are open on Saturdays will open at their normal time on Saturday, November 29.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tulare County Library Branches November Crafts Feature Birds and Trees

The November crafts for each week are:

November 10 through 15 * Pine Cone Bird Feeder
November 17 through 22 * Hand Print Turkey Keepsake Hanger
November 24 through 29 * Giving Tree

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:, 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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tulare County Library Joins in Launch of WAR INK Exhibit

Tulare County Library Joins in Launch of WAR INK Exhibit
to Open Vital Dialogue Between Vets and Civilians
          Visalia, Calif., November 11, 2014 – Tulare County Library is helping Americans struggling to find meaningful ways to honor the nation’s 2.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans by supporting WAR INK, a powerful new online exhibit that opens today. The honest and emotionally raw collection of original video, photography and audio interviews uses the memorial tattoos and words of 24 veterans to open a dialogue between civilians and returning vets.
                Tulare County Library joined with 20 other California libraries to play a critical role in recruiting local veterans to participate in the WAR INK exhibit. From Tulare County, U.S. Army soldier Jonathan Synder is featured. As a depository for human stories and narratives, Tulare County Library saw this exhibit as an ideal complement to its mission and is now actively promoting the exhibit.
Libraries have a duty to provide resources to all citizens but place special emphasis on serving our returning veterans—a segment of our community that has been overlooked. Libraries also collect the stories that tell us who we are as a society,” says Carol Beers, Librarian.
“WAR INK emerged out of a need to recognize veterans’ stories of service and sacrifices and to bridge the divide between the veteran and civilian communities,” says WAR INK co-creator Jason Deitch, a former Army medic and military sociologist. “This is both an exhibit and a forum, using tattoos as a springboard for veterans to share their stories.”
                Stark, beautiful, disturbing and often darkly humorous, the featured tattoos in WAR INK are a visual expression of memories and emotions that can be difficult for veterans to discuss openly. But the creators of WAR INK and the 24 men and women who bravely shared their stories and their tattoos hope their openness will help civilians develop a deeper understanding of their experiences and provide a safe entry point to honestly and authentically engage in a conversation.
“Veterans need ways to reconnect with their communities,” says Chris Brown, WAR INK co-creator and senior manager at the Contra Costa County Library, which will launch the program along with over 20 other libraries throughout California. “As librarians we’re pleased to play a part in bridging that gap and sharing the poignant stories of our veterans.”
The sudden transition from war to civilian life leaves many vets facing deep feelings of alienation and isolation. Tattoos, Brown and Deitch explain, are a shared form of expression between many civilians and vets, and offer a unique gateway to conversations which can begin to build that community.
 “Every tattoo on my body tells a story,” says WAR INK veteran Ron “Doc” Riviera of Santa Cruz, California. “If people would just ask, they wouldn’t get a movie or a book, they would get the real thing.”
Elegantly produced, WAR INK walks visitors through four multimedia chapters. In the veterans’ own words, they remind guests that “We Were You” by sharing their experiences before they entered the military. The “Changed Forever” chapter is a searing examination of the horrors of war, followed by “Living Scars,” a candid look at the physical and emotional wounds of their military experiences. The exhibit’s final chapter, “Living Not Surviving,” tells of the challenges veterans face, but also of their strength and resilience as they try and return to their communities.”
To tell the WAR INK story, Dietch and Brown assembled an impressive coalition of diverse partners, including the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative and premier photographer Johann Wolf. Video for the site was directed by filmmaker Rebecca Murga and the online exhibit was designed by Favorite Medium.
WAR INK was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, and made possible with support from the following funders and donors: Cal Humanities, the Pacific Library Partnership and StoryCorps.
Support for veterans begins by really listening to their stories and experiences. Visit the WAR INK exhibit at  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans History Project Presentation, November 22

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To conclude the Tulare County Library's War Comes Home series, the Library will be hosting a presentation of the Veterans History Project Oral History Interviews.

The presentation will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 6:00pm in the Visalia Branch Blue Room.

Please call 559-713-2703 if you have any questions.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Veteran's Issues Panel Discussion, November 20

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As part of the Tulare County Library's War Comes Home series, the Library will be hosting a Veteran's Issues Panel Discussion. Panelists from the Employment Development Department (EDD), AMVETS, and other community and governmental agencies will discuss a range of veteran's issues such as employment assistance, suicide prevention, and benefits.

The event will be held in the Visalia Branch Blue Room on Thursday, November 20th at 6:00pm.

Please call 559-713-2703 with any questions.