Monday, March 30, 2015

Independent Film Series, April 28

The Independent Film Movement Series will be showing its next film, If You Don't, I Will, on Tuesday, April 28. 

Pomme and Pierre have been together a long time. Passion and spontaneity have given way to predictability and cold shoulders. But there's a lingering optimism, a hope they can return to the couple they used to be, attending chic art openings and sharing a laugh like young lovers. On a hike together one afternoon, Pomme declares her independence by deciding to stay in the woods rather than return to an underwhelming life with Pierre. Pierre tries to get back to normal, despite his worry over her whereabouts and the indelible sense that he's missing his better half. Meanwhile, Pomme begins an extended meditation in the forest on where her own life should go next, with or without Pierre. In the end, both are left to contemplate the strength and meaning of each other's commitment.

Directed by Sophie FilliƩres | France | 2014 French with English subtitles | 102 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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dancin' Thru The Decades, April 11

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EVENT UPDATE: The entertainment for this event has changed. Please see the linked entry for more information.

Please join us to learn how to do the dances from the last few decades on Saturday, April 11th at 7:00pm.
Winners of the Friends of the Tulare County Library Literary Baskets will be announced this evening. 

No RSVP is necessary and the event is FREE!
All Ages Are Welcome!  

Please call 713-2709 for more information.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Three Rivers Presents "California Phenology: Nature's Calendar," April 16

Rain Bath
Our Three Rivers Branch Library will be hosting its March community program, California Phenology: Nature’s Calendar, on April 16th  at 6:30pm.
Lynn Firpo, intern with the California Phenology Project, will talk about Nature’s Calendar – when trees bloom, when birds nest and when leaves turn color in the fall. By studying long-term data on the local California Buckeye and the Blue Oak, we can observe some of the effect climate change has on plants and animals.
Children Welcome!

Three Rivers Branch Library is located at 42052 Eggers Dr., Three Rivers, CA 93271-0216. Please call 
(559) 561-4564 or visit the Three Rivers Library page for more information. 

Tulare County Library Branches Feature Spring in April's Children's Crafts

Children at the county library branches can welcome Spring with weekly crafts.  The April crafts for each week are:

March 31 through April 4 – Easter Bunnies and Eggs

April 6 through 11 – Bird Feeders

April 13 through 18 – Lady Bugs

April 20 through 25 – Earth Day Planting

April 27 – May 2 – Earth Day Home Made Robot from Recycled Materials - Each week children bring in boxes, cans, bottle cans and other items to make the robot!

These crafts will be held at different times each week at the Alpaugh, Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Lindsay, Orosi, Springville, Strathmore, 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) 949-8355Exeter                    (559) 592-5361Earlimart                   (661) 849-2525
Ivanhoe                     (559) 798-1264
Lindsay                      (559) 562-3021
Orosi                          (559) 591-5830Strathmore                 (559) 568-1087Tipton                         (559) 752-4236 
Woodlake                   (559) 564-8424

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Money & Sense Programs at Visalia Branch Library, April - June

Starting in April, we will be having a series of Workshops and a Book Club on, well, Money and Sense. Both the Workshops and the Book Club are, of course, free and no RSVP is necessary.

The Workshops are a basic financial literacy program developed by the University of California Co-Op and funded by a LSTA and California State Library Grant. This information would be beneficial to anyone trying to live on a budget and will help them plan for the future. The materials will also be available in Spanish.

April 9, 6:00:       Setting Goals
April 16, 6:00:     Making Choices
April 23, 6:00:     Stretch Your Dollars
April 30, 6:00:     Budgeting Basics
May 7, 6:00:        Paying Bills on Time
May 14, 6:00:     When You Can't Pay Cash
May 21, 6:00:     Saving Money on Food / Food Advertising

The Book Club meets once a month in April, May, and June.The first book looks at the working poor in the U.S. while the other two are more about personal money choices.

Patrons can go to the Reference Desk and sign out the next month’s book starting several weeks before the actual meeting. 

April 14, 6:30      Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
May 12, 6:30       Total Money Makeover
June 9, 6:30        The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Any and all questions are welcome! For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 713-2703.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Mystery Readers Meeting, April 15

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

For March: We will all be reading Vanishing Point by Marcia Muller

Next Meeting
April 15 at 6:30pm
Come and bring a friend!!

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Friends of the Library Literary Basket Drawing, 2015

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Stop by the Visalia Branch Library anytime between now and April 11 to be entered in the Friends of the Library Literary Basket Drawing! 

Tickets are just $1.00 each and can be purchased at the check out desk. Be sure to fill out the ticket and mark which basket you'd wish to win - and then put it in the correct box. The drawing will be held on Saturday, April 11 at the Fiz-Nik Rick event, which is also sponsored by the Friends of the Library. You don't need to be present to win.

Themes for baskets this year include Magic Kingdom, Dinosaurs, "Frozen", Gardening, Chocolate, and Local Heritage. There's also a Special Basket that will only be available on Saturday, April 11.

Monthly Friends Meeting, April 9

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, April 9, at 7:00pm 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 the Visalia Reference Desk at 713-2703 for more information.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

First Tuesday Book Club, April 7

For April, we'll be reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Exeter Friends March Book Sale

Bi-Annual Mini

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Strathmore Branch Temporarily Closed Beginning March 10

Strathmore Branch will be temporary closed beginning March 10 to have the new shelving units installed. The branch will open at its normal time on Tuesday, March 24.

Please call (559) 713-2700 with any questions.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Place at the Table, Tuesday March 10

Come pull up a chair and find "A Place at the Table" on Tuesday, March 10 when we will be showing the documentary of the same name at the Visalia Branch Library at 6:00pm. This event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Synopsis: The critically acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, examines the connections between food access, food security, hunger and obesity.

The Take Your Place Social Action Campaign brings together, a consortium of leading nonprofit organizations, experts, companies and engaged community members who are concerned about the high level of food insecurity and obesity in our country. It’s designed to spur conversation and generate solutions to address our nation’s crisis of hunger and obesity.

This program is part of the ongoing Stretching the Food Dollar project at the library. The series of programs is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, in partnership with the UC Co-Op Extension.  

For more information on the showing of "A Place at the Table," or other Stretching the Food Dollar programs, call the Visalia Reference Desk at (559) 713-2703.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tulare County Library Branches Announce Children's Crafts for March

It’s Seuss and Shamrock time for children at the county library branches!  The March crafts for each week are:
March 2 through 6 – Dr. Seuss Birthday Hat

March 9 through 13 – Birds, Birds!
March 16 through 20 – St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Necklace
March 23 through 27 – Beaded Wind Chimes

These crafts will be held at different times each week at the Alpaugh, Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Lindsay, Orosi, Springville, Strathmore, 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

Exeter                   (559) 592-5361
Earlimart                   (661) 849-2525

Ivanhoe                     (559) 798-1264

Lindsay                      (559) 562-3021

Orosi                          (559) 591-5830

Strathmore                 (559) 568-1087

Tipton                         (559) 752-4236

Woodlake                   (559) 564-8424

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Life Size Candyland at Exeter Branch, March 17-18

Did you miss Candyland? You can still play at Exeter Branch in March!

The Exeter Branch Library’s conference room will be transformed into Candyland. Children are invited to play through the game as a life-sized piece to win treats and prizes! This is a free event and no registration is required. Sessions will last 20 minutes each. Drop in any time to play. March 17 & 18 3:30pm-5:00pm.