Friday, January 31, 2014

NPR Highlights Tulare County Library's Book Vending Machines

Follow the link below to read and/or listen to this great article featured on National Public Radio (NPR) about the Tulare County Library system's book lending machines.


Romance Novels for Sale by the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library are selling sets of romance novels, at the great price of $1, just in time for Valentine's Day. Each set contains 3 novels bound in colorful ribbon with candies attached. Please look for them on display in front of the circulation desk.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Get to Know......Visalia Mayor, Steven Nelsen, February 27th
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Mystery Readers' Meeting, February 19th

The next Mystery Readers' meeting will be held on February 19 at 6:30pm in the Visalia Library's upstairs "blue" meeting room. This month, we are reading "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. For more information, please call 713-2709.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Grapes of Wrath" Community Read

The Tulare County Library and the Visalia Times Delta are looking for local book clubs who would like to join us in a community read in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath. We encourage local book clubs to host readings and book discussions during the month of April.  If your group is interested in participating please sign up (by phone or in person) at the reference desk of the Tulare County Library Visalia Branch.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Friends of the Library, Saturday Morning Meeting, February 8

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Friends of the Library Special Lobby Book Sale, February 15

Libraries Opening Late, January 31st

All libraries in the Tulare County Library System (that are usually open on Fridays* ) will open at 2pm on Friday, January 31st, due to a mandatory staff meeting.

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


The Tulare County Library will unveil its newest book machine on Wednesday, January 29, 2013 at 3:00 PM. The ceremony will be held at the book machine site near the Alta Vista Elementary School in East Porterville at the corner of South Doyle Street and Crabtree Avenue.

The Alta Vista book machine is a book-dispensing machine which makes hundreds of books available to residents. Residents can come to the machine day or night, scan their Tulare County Library card, and select the book they would like.

The Alta Vista book machine is one of several installed in underserved areas throughout the County. The other locations are in Cutler, Tipton, and the Visalia and Dinuba One-Stop Employment Connection centers.

Library cards will be issued at the grand opening. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please call (559) 713-2700 or go to:

Friday, January 17, 2014


To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, the Tulare County Library Branches have created banners of "kind words" hand prints made by children and adult visitors.  The banners will be hung around the libraries and the branch with the longest banner will be awarded a prize to share with library patrons.

On January 20, drop in and see the Kind Words Banners, hung high in Dr. King's memory, in any of the county library branches!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Urban Art to Be Featured in Tulare County

"Three pieces of urban art, inspired by Pro Youth HEART, will be showcased at eleven Tulare County locations through April 2.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Phil Cox will unveil the urban art during the "Urban Art Kick-Off Reception" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15 at Tulare County's Visalia Branch Library located at 200 West Oak St.

The art will remain on display at the library through January 22 then be moved to the Dinuba Branch Library from Jan. 22-29. Other stops include libraries in Woodlake, Exeter, Lindsay, Strathmore, Porterville, Earlimart, Pixley, and Tulare. The last showing of the art will be at Tulare County Government Plaza located at 5961 South Mooney Blvd in Visalia from March 26 through April 2. This marks the third year urban art will be displayed throughout the county.

"We are pleased to showcase this art to the public," Supervisor Cox said. "We want to call attention to the mission of this organization that provides after-school programming to over 3,000 students in our County.  The Board of Supervisors and the Tulare County Gang Prevention Task Force are pleased that thousands of citizens throughout Tulare County attended the Taste the Arts event and support their efforts in encouraging young people to pursue positive ways to express themselves through expanding their artistic abilities."

Tulare County acquired the urban art through the September 2013 Taste the Arts event held by the Arts Consortium and sponsored by the Step Up Gang Task Force.  Three artists from throughout California were invited to create the paintings inspired by the mission of Pro Youth HEART, which cherishes the belief that giving children hope reduces youth violence and saves lives.  HEART strives to give opportunities to youth to develop strong decision making skills and have a safe place to be during after school hours.

At the conclusion of the tour the artwork will be donated to the Pro Youth HEART after-school program. For more information, visit

(press release taken from

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Origami for Tweens at the Visalia Branch Library

 Tweens (ages 10-12) can join Flo, Children's Librarian, and Faythe, Teen Librarian, every third Thursday of the month to participate in different activities at the Visalia Branch Library! We're switching it up in the new year from duct tape projects to origami. 

Our next meeting will be on January 16th from 3:30-5:30pm in the Homework Center in the Children's Wing. Drop in anytime during the session to participate.