Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This Saturday, December 22nd @ the Visalia Branch!

The Fratello Marionettes’
 “The North Pole Review”!!!
Two shows at the Visalia Branch  @ 11am and 3pm     *Free!*


Looking for a unique way to celebrate the holiday season? Join the fun with our puppet extravaganza, The North Pole Review! This production showcases the high kicking antics of the Russian Trepak Dancers, our graceful ice skater Crystal Chandelier, and features the dazzling acrobatic penguins.

Retirement Open-House Honoring County Librarian, December 20

Click here to see full-sized announcement (pdf)

Preschool Storytime at the Visalia Branch will be taking a winter nap

Preschool Storytime at the Visalia Branch will be taking a winter nap until Wednesday, January 9th @10am.
ZZZzzzzz...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ELF and Toddle On Over Book Club, January 4

The next ELF (Early Learning For Families) and Toddle On Over Book Club events will be held January 4, 2013. We will read Just My Friend and Me by Mercer Mayer

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ivanhoe Teen Club Providing Gift Bags to Local Children

Ivanhoe Teen Club is decorating 100 gift bags to hand out to local kids on the afternoon of December 20th. The bags will be filled with donations from local packing houses and grocery stores.

Ivanhoe Library's Christmas Caroling Event, December 20

Ivanhoe Library's 8th Annual Christmas Caroling Event
December 20th at 6pm
Join us as we go door-to-door spreading holiday cheer through song!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December's Socrates Cafe Meeting Has Been Cancelled

December's Socrates Cafe meeting has been cancelled. 

Please keep an eye on the Library Programs page for information on this group's next meeting.


Libraries Opening Late, December 14

All libraries in the Tulare County Library system (that are usually open on Fridays) will open at 2:00pm on Friday, December 14, due to a mandatory staff meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Library Holiday Hours

In addition to their regularly-scheduled closure days, all libraries in the Tulare County Library system will be closed on December 25th and January 1st.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Countdown at the Visalia Branch


*Weekday Movie Times start at 2pm weekdays and 1pm on Saturdays* FREE!

Saturday, November 24th: the Muppet’s Christmas Carol, An Elf Story, Yes Virginia, Prep and Landing Naughty or Nice
Friday, November 30th: (2pm and 4pm) Arthur Christmas, An Elf Story  
Saturday, December 1st: Home Alone 1, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Friday, December 7th: Santa Buddies, Santa Paws, Charlie Brown Christmas
Saturday, December 8th: A Nightmare Before Christmas, Shrek the Halls, Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Merry Madagascar
Friday, December 14th: Prep and Landing, Prep and Landing Naughty or Nice, Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas, Merry Madagascar, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Saturday, December 15th: Arthur Christmas, Santa Buddies
Tuesday, December 18th: Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,  Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Yes Virginia, Santa Paws
Wednesday, December 19th: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, Prep and Landing, Santa Buddies
Thursday, December 20th: Shrek the Halls, Merry Madagascar, Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas, Charlie Brown Christmas, Arthur Christmas
Friday, December 21st: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Prep and Landing, Prep and Landing: Naughty or Nice, Home Alone 1

Saturday December 22nd:
The Fratello Marionettes’ “The North Pole Review”!!!
Two shows @ 11am & 3pm


Looking for a unique way to celebrate the holiday season? Join the fun with our puppet extravaganza, The North Pole Review! This production showcases the high kicking antics of the Russian Trepak Dancers, our graceful ice skater Crystal Chandelier, and features the dazzling acrobatic penguins.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

ELF And Toddle On Over Book Club, December 7

The next ELF (Early Learning For Families) and Toddle On Over Book Club events will be held December 7, 2012. We will read Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Friends of the Tulare County Library Meeting, December 13

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, December 13, at 7 PM in the library's upstairs (blue) meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend! Please contact Sheryll at 713-2709 for more information.

Independent Film Series, November 15

The independent film for November is King of Devil's Island. The film will be shown on November 15 at 6pm at the Visalia Library in the blue meeting room.

For more information, visit the Independent Film Movement Series page.

First Tuesday Book Club Meeting, December 4

The next First-Tuesday Book Club will meet on December 4 at 6:30 pm in the blue meeting room at the Visalia Library. This month we are reading Dreams of Joy: A Novel by Lisa See.

Book Summary: A continuation of "Shanghai Girls" finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation's intolerant Communist culture.

Socrates Cafe, December 11

Every second Tuesday of every month, the Visalia library will be hosting a Socrates Cafe at 6:30pm in the library's "blue" meeting room.

Socrates Cafe is a gathering of people who--with the help of a facilitator--engage in lively conversation about philosophical questions, posing questions, listening to others, raising challenges, and considering alternative answers.

Please join us for this fun and free event!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mystery Readers' Meeting, December 19

The next Mystery Readers' Meeting will be held on December 19 at 6:30pm at the Visalia Library (upstairs, in the "blue" meeting room).

There is no book to read for December; just bring a gift-wrapped book (paperback, hardback, new or gently used) with no name on it. We will play the Yankee Swap game with the wrapped books.


For more information, please contact Sheryll at 713-2709.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Libraries Closed, November 22nd and 23rd

The Tulare County Library, and all of its branches, will be closed November 22nd and 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Socrates Cafe, November 13

Socrates Cafe, November 13

Every second Tuesday of every month, the Visalia library will be hosting a Socrates Cafe at 6:30pm in the library's "blue" meeting room.

Socrates Cafe is a gathering of people who--with the help of a facilitator--engage in lively conversation about philosophical questions, posing questions, listening to others, raising challenges, and considering alternative answers.


Please join us for this fun and free event!

Learn How to Download eBooks, November 8

Join us on November 8  for a class on how to download the library's selection of eBooks and audiobooks. Instruction will be given on how to download these materials for each available format. The class is held from 6:30 to 7:30 in the computer lab at the Visalia Library.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friday, Oct. 26th 3-5pm! Family Fun Fridays @the Visalia Library!

 
Family Fun @ the Visalia Library!!!
Join us every Friday for free Kinect gaming, movies and over 15 board games that families can enjoy playing together!
When: Every Friday 3pm-5pm
This week's movie @ 4pm: Casper
(children might want to bring pillows or something comfortable to rest on during the movie.)
Kinect Adventures! 3-5pm (Kinect is for ages 6-13)
Cost: Free!!!
Where: The Children's Wing of the Tulare County Library Visalia Branch
Who: Children and parents (adults must be with a child in order to attend this program) *Parents must stay with children under the age of 14.
*No group or daycare visits are allowed during our program times. Please call in advance to schedule a group visit.For further information or to schedule a group visit, call the Children's Dept. 713.2731

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Check Out a Chromebook!





These new laptops are available for checkout at the Visalia Branch library for 2 hour or 7 day checkout.

If you’ve never used one before, sign up for one of our Introduction to Chromebook classes:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Purple Room
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Blue Room
Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Blue Room

You can sign up for classes at the Reference Desk.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Friends of the Tulare County Library Meeting, November 8

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 8, at 7pm in the library's upstairs (blue) meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please contact Sheryll at 713-2709 for more information.

Mystery Readers' Book Group Meeting, November 21

The next Mystery Readers' Book Group will meet on November 21 at 6:30pm at the Visalia Library (upstairs, in the "blue" meeting room).

For November, read a political mystery. Need suggestions of what to read? Click here for a list.

For more information, please contact Sheryll at 713-2709.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, Oct. 19th 3-5pm! Family Fun Fridays @the Visalia Library!





Family Fun @ the Visalia Library!!!
Join us every Friday for free Kinect gaming, movies and over 15 board games that families can enjoy playing together!
When: Every Friday 3pm-5pm
This week's movie @ 4pm: Madagascar 3
(children might want to bring pillows or something comfortable to rest on during the movie.)
Kinect Adventures! 3-5pm (Kinect is for ages 6-13)
Cost: Free!!!
Where: The Children's Wing of the Tulare County Library Visalia Branch
Who: Children and parents (adults must be with a child in order to attend this program) *Parents must stay with children under the age of 14.
*No group or daycare visits are allowed during our program times. Please call in advance to schedule a group visit.For further information or to schedule a group visit, call the Children's Dept. 713.2731

Friday, October 12, 2012

Guest Speaker Dr. David Cislowski, October 27

Guest Speaker, Dr. David Cislowski, will be at the Visalia Library on October 27 at 7 PM to discuss his parents' experience as Holocaust survivors.

David Cislowski is a cardiologist.  He is a Sabra (a native born Isreali) and the son of Holocaust survivors.  Both of his parents survived WWII and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.  Dr. Cislowski grew up in California with other survivors of the Holocaust.


This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Tulare County Library.
For further information, contact Sheryll Strachan at 713-2709.

Holocaust Exhibit, October 23 - November 2

"Courage to Remember," a traveling Holocaust exhibit from the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance, will be on display at the Visalia Library from October 23 through November 2.  This free exhibit features more than 200 exclusive photographs that cannot be seen anywhere in the world, offering amazing insight into the Holocaust.

Presented by the Foundation for California and made possible by a grant from Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF), the French National Railway.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Family Fun Friday Movies @ The Visalia Branch: Two different movies this week @4pm!


This week's Family Fun Friday at the Visalia Branch is going to be a little different...
This week we will be showing two different films in the Children's Wing @4pm only. In the open area, we will be showing "Spooky Buddies" and inside the...
Homework Room we will be showing Academy Award Nominee, "A Cat in Paris" (recommended for older children due to some violence in the film). We will not be offering Kinect this week, but board games will still be available.
 When: Friday 10/12/12 @4pm
Where: Children's Wing, Visalia Branch *free*

*No group/class visits during program times. 
*Parents must stay with children under the age of 11. 
*No food or drinks allowed.

First-Tuesday Book Club, November 6

The next "First-Tuesday Book Club" will meet on November 6 at 6:30 pm in the blue meeting room. This month we are reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Summary:
A young Spanish shepherd seeking his destiny travels to Egypt where he learns many lessons, particularly from a wise old alchemist.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Friends of the Tulare County Library Meeting, October 11

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 11, at 7 PM in the library's upstairs (blue) meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please contact Sheryll at 713-2709 for more information.

Mystery Readers' Book Group Meeting, October 17


The next Mystery Readers' Book Group will meet on October 17 at 6:30pm at the Visalia Library (upstairs, in the "blue" meeting room).


For October we will all read a mystery by Deborah Crombie, twice winner of the McCavity Award.  She grew up in Texas, her first husband was British and she spends some time in England each year.  She writes British procedurals.  You may read any of her books and we will compare notes October 17th.

For more information, please contact Sheryll at 713-2709.




Socrates Cafe, October 9

Every second Tuesday of every month, the Visalia library will be hosting a Socrates Cafe at 6:30pm in the library's "blue" meeting room.

Socrates Cafe is a gathering of people who--with the help of a facilitator--engage in lively conversation about philosophical questions, posing questions, listening to others, raising challenges, and considering alternative answers.

Please join us for this fun and free event!

Independent Film Series, October 18

The independent film for October is Amador. The film will be shown on October18 at 6pm.

For more information, visit the Independent Film Movement Series page on the Library's web site.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

FRiday, September 28th 2-5pm! Family Fun Fridays @the Visalia Library!

Family Fun @ the Visalia Library!!!

Join us every Friday for free Kinect gaming, movies and over 15 board games that families can enjoy playing together!

When: Every Friday 2pm-5pm

Movie @ 2pm & 4pm: Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3
(children might want to bring pillows or something comfortable to rest on during the movie.)

Kinect Adventures! 3-5pm (Kinect is for ages 6-13)

Cost: Free!!!

Where: The Children's Wing of the Tulare County Library Visalia Branch

Who: Children and parents (adults must be with a child in order to attend this program) *Parents must stay with children under the age of 14.

*No group or daycare visits are allowed during our program times. Please call in advance to schedule a group visit.For further information or to schedule a group visit, call the Children's Dept. 713.2731

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 21st 2-5pm! Family Fun Fridays @the Visalia library!

Family Fun @ the Visalia Library!!!

Join us every Friday for free Kinect gaming, movies and over 15 board games that families can enjoy playing together!

When: Every Friday 2pm-5pm

Movie @ 2pm & 4pm: Disney's Ratatouille

(children might want to bring pillows or something comfortable to rest on during the movie.)

Kinect Adventures! 3-5pm (Kinect is for ages 6-13)

Cost: Free!!!

Where: The Children's Wing of the Tulare County Library Visalia Branch

Who: Children and parents (adults must be with a child in order to attend this program) *Parents must stay with children under the age of 14.

*No group or daycare visits are allowed during our program times. Please call in advance to schedule a group visit.For further information or to schedule a group visit, call the Children's Dept. 713.2731

Friday, September 7, 2012

First Tuesday Book Club, October 2

The next "First Tuesday Book Club" will meet on October 2 at 6:30 pm in the blue meeting room. This month we are reading Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.

Book Summary:
In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures. Like Brooks's beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders , Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha's Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Friends of the Library Lobby Book Sale

The Friends of the Tulare County Library have a large selection of books for sale, daily, inside the library. Books are priced at 50 cents each, and magazines are priced at 25 cents each. The selection changes daily, so come in often to see what's been newly added!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Friday, August 31st 2-5pm! Family Fun Fridays @the Visalia library!

Family Fun @ the Visalia Library!!!
Join us every Friday for free Kinect gaming, movies and over 15 board games that families can enjoy playing together!
When: Every Friday 2pm-5pm
Movie @ 2pm & 4pm: The Pirates!: Band of Misfits
(children might want to bring pillows or something comfortable to rest on during the movie.)
Kinect Adventures! 3-5pm (Kinect is for ages 6-13)
Cost: Free!!!
Where: The Children's Wing of the Tulare County Library Visalia Branch
Who: Children and parents (adults must be with a child in order to attend this program) *Parents must stay with children under the age of 14.
*No group or daycare visits are allowed during our program times. Please call in advance to schedule a group visit.For further information or to schedule a group visit, call the Children's Dept. 713.2731

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mystery Readers' Book Group, September 19

The next Mystery Readers' Book Group will meet on September 19 at 6:30pm at the Visalia Library (upstairs, in the "blue" meeting room).


The subject for September is any new-to-you mystery.  You may read any favorite author’s book that you haven’t had time read, or any author who is new to you.


For more information, please contact Sheryll at 713-2709.