Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mystery Readers Meeting, January 21

Mystery Readers Book Group  
Sponsored by The Friends of the Library
(559) 713-2709
For January: Read the book you got at the December meeting, or a mystery that you received over the holidays.

Next Meeting
January 21 at 6:30pm

Meets every third Wed. of the Month

In the blue meeting room, upstairs

Thursday, December 18, 2014

All Locations Closed on New Years Day

All Tulare County Library locations will be closed on Thursday, January 1st for New Years' Day.

The Visalia Branch Library will be open from 9:00am until 6:00pm on Wednesday, December 31st.

Please call 559-713-2700 or your local branch with any questions. Happy holidays!

Tulare County Library's "Food For Fines" Stocks Foodlink Pantries for the Holidays

The semi-annual "Food for Fines" program sponsored by the Tulare County Library recently donated food items for county residents in need to Foodlink for distribution throughout the county.

During the month of November, anyone who brought in non-perishable food items to any branch of the Tulare County Library had their fines reduced or eliminated.  The library forgave $6,394.67 in fines for donors to the program.  In addition, many library patrons made food or cash donations without having fines on their library accounts.
Foodlink will restock the pantries of food banks throughout the county with the donations.  Items collected from the fifteen branches will be distributed in each branch*s local community and surrounding areas. "Food for Fines" is a joint effort held twice a year by the library and Foodlink. The next "Food for Fines" will be held in

Monthly Friends Meeting, January 8

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Life-Size Candyland at the Visalia Branch, January 2 & 3

The Visalia Library's Homework Center will be transformed into Candyland at the beginning of the new year! Children ages 3-12 are invited to play through the game as a life-size piece to win treats and prizes!

This event is free and no registration is required. Sessions will last about 20 minutes each. Drop in any time to play.

Visalia Branch Library
200 W. Oak Avenue

Friday, January 2                Saturday, January 3
2:00pm - 5:00pm                  2:00pm - 4:00pm

Visit www.tularecountylibrary.org or call 713-2731 for more information. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

All Locations Closed December 24 & December 25

All Tulare County Library locations will be closed December 24 & December 25.

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stretching the Food Dollar: For the Holidays, December 16

Do you know someone who needs a warm coat, a holiday meal for their family, or new shoes for their children? Learn where you can go for help and where you can go to help at this special holiday edition of our Stretching the Food Dollar program on Tuesday, December 16 at 6:30pm.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Additional Toddler Time Starting at Visalia in January

Due to popular demand, we will have two toddler times each week which will begin in January: the original session on Tuesdays at 10:00am and another (new) session on Thursdays at 11:00am.

The additional Thursday session will not run during the summer months because of our summer reading program events, but the Tuesday session should continue.

Three Rivers Branch Presents Geology of the Kaweah Watershed Program, December 11

Have you ever wondered what forces shaped the landscapes that surround us?  This Three Rivers Library talk will explore how our mountains and canyons came to be as well as how they continue to evolve. The "Introduction to the Geology of the Kaweah Watershed Program" will be presented by William Tweed, local resident and retired Chief Naturalist of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Thursday, December 11th @ 6:30 pm
Three Rivers Branch Library
(559) 561-4564

Independent Film Movement Series, January 27

The Independent Film Movement Series will be taking a short break in December. We'll be starting up January 27, when we will be showing Ilo Ilo.  

Set in Singapore during the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Ilo Ilo chronicles the day-to-day drama of the Lim family - troublesome grade-schooler Jiale and his overstressed parents, Heck and Leng. Comfortably middleclass and with another baby on the way, they hire Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, as a live-in maid and nanny. An outsider in both the family and Singapore itself, Teresa initially struggles to manage Jiale's antics and find her footing in her new community. The two eventually form a unique bond, but just as Teresa becomes an unspoken part of the family, unforeseen circumstances in an uncertain economy will challenge the new normal yet again.

Directed by Anthony Chen | Singapore | 2013 | Mandarin, Tagalog & English with English subtitles| 99 min.

The film will be shown at 6:00pm in the upstairs "blue" meeting room at the Visalia Branch Library. Movies are shown on the 4th Tuesday of each month. This event, and future events in this series, is free and open to the public. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit the Reference Desk or call (559) 713-2723.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Storytime Break

No storytime on December 24th (library closed)

No storytime on December 31st (library open until 5:00pm)

Storytime will resume the first week of January.

Happy holidays!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

All Locations Closed, December 12

All Tulare County Library locations will be closed on Friday, December 12, 2014 due to a staff meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Special Holiday Performance by Oklin Bloodworth, December 20

Sing along, dance, and spread holiday cheer with our favorite musician, Oklin Bloodworth!!

Visalia Branch Library
Saturday, December 20th
at 11:00am

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

First Tuesday Book Club Meeting, January 6

For January, we'll be reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers--a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village--will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future. 

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

Tween Holiday Cupcake Decorating, December 19

Just for Tweens
Ages 10 - 12

Join us for holiday cupcake decorating!

Friday, December 19
4:00 - 5:00pm

Visalia Branch Library: Blue Room

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mystery Readers Meeting, December 17

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

For December: No book to read!!

Instead, bring a wrapped book (paperback or hardback - may be new or gently used) with no name on it. Some people have added bookmarks or other items; however, gifts shouldn't be very expensive. 

We will play the "Yankee Swap" game with the wrapped books.

Next Meeting
December 17th at 6:30pm

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