Thursday, January 22, 2015

Strathmore Branch of Tulare County Library to Reopen

With the completion of its renovations, the Strathmore Branch Library will reopen on January 27. It will remain open until new shelving units, tables, and other equipment arrive. The branch will close again for installation of these furnishings, then reopen permanently.

The Strathmore Library Hours will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 am to 1 pm, and from 2 pm to 6 pm.  For more information, please call the Visalia Main Library Branch at (559) 713-2713.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monthly Friends Meeting, February 12

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 12, 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, January 8, 2015

Learn What To Do When There's More Month Than Meals!

On January 28, the Tulare County Library will hold Cooking on the Fly, a presentation on what can be done when the pantry holds little but staples and there's no time or money to shop for food.

Canned goods, dry pasta or beans can be "spiced up" to provide a hearty and nutritious meal, and "improv cooking" can create some new and delicious dishes the whole family will enjoy.

Come to the Visalia branch of the Tulare County Library on Wednesday, January 28, at 6:30 pm for tips and tricks on how to cook with what's on hand.  Families are welcome!

This presentation is part of the ongoing Stretching the Food Dollar project at the library.  The series of programs 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, in partnership with the UC Co-Op Extension.   

For more information on Cooking on the Fly, or other Stretching the Food Dollar presentations, call the Visalia Reference Desk at (559) 713-2703.
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Family Reads! Book Club, January 17

Family Reads! Book Club

The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
Recommended for ages 8-12

Book Discussion: 
Saturday, January 17th at 2:00pm

Pick up your copies at the Children's Reference Desk 
at the Visalia Branch Library today!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

First Tuesday Book Club Meeting, February 3

For February, we'll be reading I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven.

Summary: In a world that knows too well the anguish inherent in the clash of old ways and new lifestyles, Margaret Craven's classic and timeless story of a young man's journey into the Pacific Northwest is as relevant today as ever. Here amid the grandeur of British Columbia stands the village of Kingcome, a place of salmon runs and ancient totems - a village so steeped in time that, according to Kwakiutl legend, it was founded by two brothers left on earth after the great flood. Yet in this Eden of such natural beauty and richness, the old culture of totems and potlaches is under attack - slowly being replaced by a new culture of prefab houses and alcoholism. Into this world, where an entire generation of young people has become disenchanted and alienated from their heritage, Craven introduces Mark Brian, a young vicar sent to the small isolated parish by his church. This is Mark's journey of discovery - a journey that will teach him about life, death, and the transforming power of love. It is a journey that will resonate in the mind of readers long after the book is done.

We will be meeting in the Visalia Branch Blue Room to discuss this book on February 3 from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winter Weather Crafts for Children Offered at Tulare County Library Branches

With the cold outside, Tulare County kids can have indoor fun making crafts at the branch libraries!
The January crafts for each week are:
January 5 through 10 – Q-tip Snow Flakes
January 12 through 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Dove
January 19 through 24 – Bells
January 26 through 31 – Chinese New Year Dragons and Drums
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:

Alpaugh                    (559) 949-8355
                   (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


Tulare County Library to Host Urban Art Kick Off Reception

A library tour of urban art pieces will begin with a reception on Wednesday, January 14, at the Visalia branch of the Tulare County Library.

 The works will be on display at the Visalia branch through January 21 and then will be featured at the Dinuba branch from January 21-28.  Following the Dinuba exhibit they will go to the county branch libraries in Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay, Strathmore, Earlimart, and Pixley, as well as Porterville and Tulare city libraries.  The traveling show will finish up at Tulare County Government Plaza from April 8-15.
 The art consists of pieces created by California artists inspired by the Pro Youth HEART mission of reducing youth violence by giving children hope, opportunities and a safe place to be after school.  The Visalia library is located at 200 West Oak Street in Visalia.

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