Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Friday, June 1st 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 Secret World of Arrietty (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) Board Games available to play in Children's Wing: Candy Land, Chess, Checkers and Backgammon, Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Connect 4, Dominoes, Go Fish card game, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Memory, Regular playing cards, Scrabble, Sorry!, Uno Cost: Free!!! Where: The Children's Wing of the Tulare County Library Visalia Branch Who: Children, teens 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

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 14 at 7pm in the library's upstairs (blue) meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Please contact Sheryll at 713-2709 for more information.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Libraries Opening Late, May 18

All libraries in the Tulare County Library system* (that are usually open on Fridays) will be opening at 2pm on Friday, May 18th, due to a mandatory staff meeting.

*The Visalia Library will open at it's regular time: 12:00pm

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mystery Readers' Book Group Meeting, June 20

The Rat Pack:
The protagonists in Robert J. Randisi's mystery
The next Mystery Readers' Book Group will meet on June 20 at 6:30pm at the Visalia Library (upstairs, in the "blue" meeting room).

For June, read mysteries that have real people as fictional protagonists. For ideas on some authors to read, visit and look under "real people" or review this list.

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

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Poetry Reading and Workshop, June 9th

Brendan Constantine

The Tulare County Library welcomes 
Brendan Constantine
June 9th, 2012
Visalia Library
200 West Oak Ave
Visalia, CA 93277
12 noon to 3pm

Brendan will be reading his poetry as well as presenting a poetry workshop for teens and adults.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, May 4, 2012

County Literacy Program Presents Award to Tulare HHSA Counselor

HHSA administrators and members of Tulare District Office WTG T26 Unit

(From left to right) Jorge Vidrio, Lynn Henry, Maria Luviano, Lydia Fernandez, Mindy Balaam, Idalia Gonzalez (T26 Unit Supervisor), Candeda Vipham, Karen Hansen, Katherine Cristovao (with certificate), Sue Gillison, Donna Ortiz and Lanny Lewis.  Not pictured are unit members Monica Popoola, Martha Barba, Bonnie Gonzalez and Erica Paine.
Katherine Cristovao was honored today with the Literacy Advocate Award for her contributions to the joint Health and Human Services/Literacy program.  This is the second time Ms.Cristovao, a Self Sufficiency Counselor III for the HHSA Tulare District Office, has been chosen to receive the County Library Literacy Center’s award.

In making the presentation, Literacy Center Director Sue Gillison said, “We are grateful for your commitment to your clients, your dedication to their welfare and your support of our joint literacy efforts.  You are a shining example to your co-workers, the HHS Agency, the Literacy Center and your community.”

Donna Ortiz, TulareWORKS Division Manager, congratulated Ms. Cristovao, saying, “The Health and Human Services administration knows the importance of what you do, and we thank you for all your work with our clients.”

The HHSA/Literacy program was conceived of as a way of directly connecting HHSA clients with the services provided by the Literacy Center.  Many HHSA customers lack the functional literacy skills needed to enter and succeed in the work force.  By participating in the Literacy referral program, these clients can improve their functional literacy while they are also pursuing employment training and opportunities. 

The umbrella of functional literacy covers not just reading and writing skills, but the range of activities necessary to ‘function’ in a work setting.   These activities include the traditional academic subjects necessary for obtaining a GED, as well as resume preparation, job search options, computer training, health knowledge and budgeting skills.  More than 260 referrals have been made to the combined HHSA/Literacy program since its inception in 2007.  The Literacy award is presented quarterly to the HHSA counselor who has made the most viable referrals to the Center in the preceding three months. 

Also attending the award presentation were Karen Hansen, TulareWORKS Unit Manager, Mindy Balaam, Tulare District Office Manager, Jorge Vidrio, Program Specialist, and  Ms Cristovao’s office unit members (see picture caption below).

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Children's Mental Health Seminar, May 9

When To Worry About Your Child’s Worries
Joseph Lebenzon, MD DLFAPA
Private Practice Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychiatry

May 9, 2012
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Tulare County Library
200 W Oak Ave
Visalia, CA 93291

To RSVP please contact:
Joseph Lebenzon, MD DLFAPA
559 238-5400

About Speak Up for Kids
The Child Mind Institute’s Speak Up for Kids is an annual public education campaign during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12, 2012).  Speak Up for Kids connects parents and teachers with professionals in their community for free talks on psychiatric and learning disorders and other issues relating to raising healthy, happy kids. Speaking up is the first step to getting kids the help they need.

Join the conversation: or on Twitter: @ChildMindDotOrg #speakupforkids

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Socrates Cafe, May 8

Every second Tuesday of every month, the Visalia library hosts a Socrates Cafe* at 6:30 pm in one of the library's meeting rooms.

This month's topic: "Your questions, please!"

*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.

First Tuesday Book Club Meeting, June 5

6:30pm - 7:45pm
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright little girl evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no story could be timelier or more significant.--From publisher description.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Friends of the Tulare County Library Meeting, May 8

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 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.