Saturday, August 30, 2014

September Computer Class Schedule at the Visalia Branch Library

If you're looking to brush up on your computer skills this fall, or to learn some new ones, our computer classes are a good fit.

Classes for September are as follows:

Introduction to Word: Thu Sep 4 from 10:00am - 11:30am
Word Processing for Beginners*: Thu Sep 11 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Introduction to Excel*: Thu Sep 18 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Internet 101*: Thu Sep 25 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Classes are free and absolutely everyone is welcome. Registration is required.

You can register by calling the Computer Lab at (559) 713-2719 or by coming into the library and registering in person.

*Must have basic keyboarding, mouse skills and have taken Word Processing for Beginners.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tulare County Library Branch Crafts for September Announced

Children can personalize their spiral binders and clip boards during this
month's Tulare County Library branch crafts programs.

The September crafts for each week are:

September 1 through 6 * Spiral Binder Decorating
September 8 through 13 * Clip Board Decorating                     
September 15 through 20 * Hanging Letter Button Craft
September 22 through 27 * Paper Plate Owls

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:, and choose the locations tab or call the branches:

Alpaugh                    (559) 949-8355

Earlimart                   (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

Learn About the Common Core Standards at the Tulare County Library

What are the ramifications of Common Core and why is it so controversial?

The Common Core State Standards is an educational initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). It seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or to enter the workforce.

Join us in the Tulare County Library's Blue Room, 200 W. Oak Avenue, Visalia, CA on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm as Craig Wheaton, Visalia Unified School District Superintendent talks about Common Core. His talk will be followed by a short Question and Answer session.

Veterans Offered Job Search Classes By Tulare County Library

This fall the Tulare County Library in Visalia will be offering classes in job searching and resume writing specifically for veterans of the U.S. Armed Services. In these classes, veterans can expect to review online job searching techniques, resume writing tips and employment services available to them through other government agencies or outside organizations. Participants will need an email address and a USB flash drive.

The hour long classes are scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month during September, October and November, with the first class to be held on Wednesday, September 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Space is limited, so please call Amanda Grombly at 559-713-2710 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Linnell Camp to Be Focus of Tulare County Library Exhibit

Tulare County Library will be hosting 'Through a Compassionate Lens: Life in Linnell Camp, 1940s-60s,' a free exhibit, opening Tuesday, September 2.  The month long exhibit gives a glimpse into the lives of migrant men, women, and children living in the farm labor camp through a combination of photos and text.

The exhibition features reproductions of photos and slides taken by Julius "Jim" Stein, during his time as housing project manager of Linnell and Woodville camps.  Stein's photos are accompanied by details about the camps and first-hand accounts from people who lived there, giving a snapshot into life in the camps during its early years. All photos and slides are from the Library's Annie R. Mitchell History Room collection, and information for the exhibit is derived from oral histories and primary source materials, especially local newspaper articles.

Through a Compassionate Lens: Life in Linnell Camp, 1940s-60s, runs from Tuesday, September 2 until Thursday, October 2, 2014. The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Visalia Branch Library, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit with light refreshments on Wednesday, September 3, in the upstairs Blue Room at the Visalia Library from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.  The public is invited to attend.

Please contact Lisa Raney at 559.713.2723 with any questions. The Visalia Branch Library is located at 200 W. Oak Ave., Visalia CA 93291.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Forever Young Adult Book Club

Faythe, our teen librarian, has started a Forever Young Adult Book Club  for "fans who are a little less Y and a little more A."  The book club meets every third Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Blue Room at the Visalia Branch Library.

September 16
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

October 21
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father's work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

November 18
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Born with bird wings, Ava Lavender is well aware that love has long made fools of her family. When pious Nathaniel Sorrows mistakes her bird wings for angel wings, 16-year-old Ava faces the man's growing obsession, which comes to a head with the rain and feathers that fly through the air during a nighttime summer solstice celebration.

December 16
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Seventeen-year-old Harper Price's charmed life is turned upside down when she discovers she's been given magical powers in order to protect her school nemesis David Stark, who's an Oracle.

Please call 559.713.2703 for more information.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monthly Friends Meeting, September 11

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, September 11, at 7:00 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, August 21, 2014

Mystery Readers Meeting, September 17

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

For September:
Read an odd job or career mystery

Try for book ideas

Next Meeting: 

September 17th at 6:30pm

Meets every third Wed. of the Month
In the blue meeting room, upstairs

Family Reads! Book Club

Family Reads! Book Club

Frindle by Andrew Clements
Recommended for ages 7-12

Book Discussion: 
Saturday, September 13th at 2:00pm

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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tulare County Library "Getting to Know" Series to Resume

District Attorney Tim Ward will be the featured speaker on August 28 at 6:30 pm at the Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library. Mr. Ward will talk about his career as district attorney for Tulare County and will answer questions afterwards.

Mr. Ward joined the District Attorney*s office in 1999 as a Deputy
District Attorney. In 2005, he was promoted to Supervising Deputy
District Attorney and to Assistant District Attorney in April 2011. In
October, 2012, Tim Ward was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the position of District Attorney, effective Dec. 15, 2012.

He earned his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's of Science in Education. After completing an Army ROTC scholarship, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1989 and served at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. In 1992, Tim was promoted to the rank of Captain and later received an honorable discharge.
In addition to the career opportunity as a prosecutor with Tulare
County, Tim was drawn to this region of the Sierras because he can
pursue his hobby of whitewater kayaking. After moving to Tulare County, he met his wife, Devon, a native Visalian. The Wards have been married for seven years and are the parents of a daughter.

District Attorney Ward will speak in the Blue Room of the Visalia
branch. This program is free to the public and all are welcome to

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tulare County Library Helping Visalia Residents Stretch the Food Dollar

This fall, join Tulare County Library in Stretching the Food Dollar.

The Visalia Branch is offering workshops and book clubs on subjects like couponing, meal planning on a budget, and money management starting in September.

The first workshop, on couponing, will begin Friday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m. in the Blue Room of the Visalia Branch. The series of workshops will cover topics such as coupon math, price matching and adhering to coupon policies. The book club, beginning Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m., will include how-to books on couponing for everyday needs as well as *extreme* couponing to stockpile for a rainy day.

Additional programs will focus on how to make a meager food budget stretch, how to plan your family meals to be inexpensive, healthy and easy to prepare, and how to manage your money a little better to make ends meet. The program is a result of a Library Services and Technology Act grant through the California State Library and Infopeople's Eureka Leadership program.

To sign up for the series, call Librarian Amanda Grombly at 713-2710 or email her at  Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

No Preschool Storytime at Visalia Branch in August

There will be no Preschool Storytime at the Visalia Branch in August.

Preschool Storytime will resume on Wednesday, September 3rd.

First Tuesday Book Club Meeting, September 2

For September, we'll be reading An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.

An Invisible Thread is the true story of the bond between a harried sales executive and an eleven-year-old boy who seemed destined for a life of poverty. It is the heartwarming story of a friendship that has spanned three decades and brought meaning to an over-scheduled professional and hope to a hungry and desperate boy living on the streets.

We will be meeting in the Visalia Branch Blue Room to discuss this book on September 2 from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

Delayed Opening for All Branches: Friday, August 15

All libraries in the Tulare County Library system (that are usually open on Fridays) will not open until 2:00pm on Friday, August 15th, due to a mandatory staff meeting.