Friday, July 31, 2015

Independent Film Series, August 25

We hope you all are enjoying a great summer! We also hope that you are prepared for another great season of the Tulare County Library's Independent Film Series! 

The Independent Film Movement Series is showing its first movie of its sixth season, Human Capital, on Tuesday, August 25. 

Human Capital begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino's teenage daughter's relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi's playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzi's taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character's perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.

Directed by Paolo Virzì | Italy | 2014 | Italian with English subtitles | 110 min.

The film will be shown at 6:00pm in the upstairs "blue" meeting room at the Visalia Branch Library. This event is free and open to the public. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit the Reference Desk or call (559) 713-2723. You can also join the event on Facebook.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Visalia Storytime Resumes on Wednesday, September 2

Storytime Resumes on Wednesday, September 2nd at 10 am! Perfect for ages 3 to 6!

It's Get Ready for School Time!

August marks the last days of summer vacation and the first days of school for children throughout Tulare County. Tulare County Library Branches have crafts to celebrate both! There are toys for the pets who will miss their kids and fun supplies for the kids going to class. The crafts for each week are:

August 3 through 8 – Dog or Cat Toys
August 10 through 15 – Binder Covers and Jumbo Paper Clips
August 17 through 22 – Pencil Case Holder
August 24 through 29 – Clipboard and Googly Eyed Pens

Crafts are offered at the Alpaugh, Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Lindsay, Orosi, Springville, Strathmore, Three Rivers, Tipton and Woodlake branch libraries.

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

Alpaugh                    (559) 949-8355
                      (559) 592-5361
                   (661) 849-2525
Ivanhoe                    (559) 798-1264
                     (559) 562-3021

                         (559) 591-5830
(559) 539-2624 
                (559) 568-1087
Three Rivers
(559) 561-4564
                        (559) 752-4236 

                   (559) 564-8424

Pets play...
Kids study!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Great from the Greatest Generation

Duffy Hudson, a Tulare County Library favorite, returns to the Visalia Library to perform his new one man show about American hero Audie Murphy on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 6:30 pm.

As the most decorated combat soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy received every military combat award for valor including the rarely given Medal of Honor. His autobiography, To Hell and Back, recounted his war experiences. Following his discharge after the war, Murphy traveled to Hollywood to become an actor, a career he pursued for 21 years. He starred in the film of his autobiography, as well as many popular westerns.

Murphy, like many soldiers, suffered from PTSD, then known as battle fatigue. He was an early voice for governmental medical benefits for the veterans of the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He spoke publicly and freely of his own sufferings to encourage public knowledge of the severe consequences of war.

To Hell and Back is Duffy Hudson’s most recent one man bio-play. He also authored and performed shows on Edgar Allan Poe, Albert Einstein, Dr. Seuss, George Burns and A Christmas Carol. A favorite of our patrons, Hudson has appeared at the Tulare County Library several times in past years. This performance is the last in the Library’s Adult Summer Reading program, Escape the Ordinary.

For more information about this program and more go to, call (559) 713-2703, or visit the Visalia Branch Library at 200 W. Oak Avenue in Visalia.

Audie Murphy
Duffy Hudson

Monthly Friends Meeting, August 13

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, August 13, at 7:00pm 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 the Visalia Reference Desk at 713-2703 for more information.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mystery Readers Meeting, August 19

Mystery Readers Book Group  
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library 
(559) 713-2709

For August: Read any mystery that takes place in a foreign COLD country

(look on for ideas)


Next Meeting
August 19 at 6:30pm

Come and bring a friend!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beijing and Beaux-Arts on a Budget, July 24

Teresa Rios-Spicer, adventurer extraordinaire, shares travel tips and budget basics for everyone on Friday, July 24 at 4:00 pm at the Visalia Branch Library.

Ms. Rios-Spicer’s presentation, “Travel on the Cheap,” covers the twelve countries she has visited outside of the United States. Join in the excitement as Mrs. Rios-Spicer shares her past travel itineraries and budget-friendly tips spanning twelve international countries. While she has been as far away as China, the place closest to her heart is Paris!

Following “Travel on the Cheap,” join us for our final Adult Summer Reading event “To Hell and Back” scheduled for Thursday, July 30—a theatrical performance by Duffy Hudson portraying World War II hero Audie Murphy.

For more information on these and other events at the Tulare County Library, go to:, call (559) 713-2703 or visit us at the Visalia Branch Library, 200 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291.