Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friends of the Library-Exeter's Mother's Day Fundraiser
The Friends of the Library-Exeter is celebrating Mother's day! Come into the Exeter Branch Library for a silent auction. They have the perfect gifts for mom. Salon gift certificates, outdoor plants, handmade necklaces and more, are just some of the goodies up for grabs. Silent auction begins Friday, May 1 and ends on Thursday, May 7. Winning bidders will be  contacted Friday, May 8. Also, book bundles are available for a dollar. Book bundles consist of three paperback books, an artificial flower and candy.  Visit the Exeter Branch Library, during hours of operation, and place your lucky bid on one of these lovely items.

Monthly Friends Meeting, May 14

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 14, 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.

Two Tulare County Library Children's Programs Taking a Summer Vacation

The Visalia Library Branch Storytime and Thursday Toddler Time are on break for June and July.  Tuesday Toddler Time at 10:00 am continues all summer.

This makes way for the Summer Reading Programs available for all ages during June and July.  These two programs resume in the fall. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mystery Readers Meeting, May 20

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

For May: We will all be reading S is for Silence by Sue Grafton

Next Meeting
May 20th at 6:30pm

Come and bring a friend!!

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Volunteers Needed for Visalia Branch Library Summer Reading Program


for the Visalia Branch Library
Summer Reading Program
June 9th to July 25th


Must be at least 14 years old

Help register kids for reading logs, hand out prizes for reading, and direct participants at special events. Help is needed Tuesday through Saturday. Schedules are flexible.

Pick up a volunteer application at Circulation Desk today!

Must attend training on:
Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 pm
Friday, June 5th at 4:00 pm

Author Isabel Quintero to Visit Visalia Library, May 15

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What's even better than reading a great book?! Meeting its author, of course!

Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi, a Girl in Pieces, will be visiting the Visalia Branch on Friday, May 15 at 6:30pm for a reading which will be followed by a Q&A session. 

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Tulare County Library. It is absolutely free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Visalia Branch is located at 200 W. Oak Ave, Visalia, CA 93291. Please call
713-2703 with any questions.

Mother's Day Craft a Highlight of May Children's Crafts at Tulare County Library Branches

Children honor mothers with the first weekly craft at the Tulare County Library branches. The May crafts for each week are:

May 4 through 9 – Mothers Day Hug Card
May 11 through 16 – Piñata and Tissue Paper Flowers
May 18 through 23 – Tulip Flowers
May 25 through 30 – Fish Kites

These crafts are 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
                     (559) 592-5361
                   (661) 849-2525
Ivanhoe                     (559) 798-1264
                      (559) 562-3021

                          (559) 591-5830
(559) 539-2624
                 (559) 568-1087
Three Rivers
(559) 561-4564
                         (559) 752-4236

                   (559) 564-8424

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Strathmore Branch Library to Hold Open House

Hold your horses and come celebrate the completion of the Tulare County Library’s Strathmore branch renovation at an open house on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 2:30 pm. New paint, carpeting, furniture, and shelving are some of the great changes.  Celebrate with us at the Strathmore branch, located at 19646 Road 230 in Strathmore.

Strathmore library is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm.  Ongoing activities include Story Time, Wii and Teen Club on Tuesdays, and crafts and movies on Wednesdays.  For more information on times and events, call (559) 568-1087 or go to

The Tulare County Library serves all the citizens of Tulare County with locations in fifteen communities, five book machines, and an online presence at

Tulare County Library Literacy Day Part of National Library Week

(l to r) Tulare Literacy Specialist Kim Torrez,
County Librarian Darla Wegener, Read to
Succeed Program Manager Sue Gillison, and
Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman
Steven Worthley display proclamation of
Library Literacy Day Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
The Board of Supervisors proclaimed today, April 14, 2015, Library Literacy Day in Tulare County at their meeting this morning.

New County Librarian Darla Wegener, making her first formal appearance before the Board, introduced the Tulare County Library’s Read to Succeed Library Literacy Program Manager to the supervisors.  She praised the literacy program and its tutors, saying, “I am proud to have our Library Literacy Day during National Library Week and proud of our program.  I’m amazed at the commitment and dedication of the tutors who provide their time, knowledge, and skills in service to our learners.”

Sue Gillison, Program Manager, spoke about the great results the program has achieved. Sue and Kim Torrez, Tulare City Literacy Specialist, each introduced a learner to the audience. Edward Villarreal from Visalia and Yvette Armenta from Tulare city were chosen for this honor due to their accomplishments as adult literacy clients.  Mr. Villarreal has learned greater skills in reading, writing and mathematics, and Ms. Armenta has earned her GED and has recently started a career with State Farm Insurance Company.

Board Chairman Steven Worthley read the proclamation, which stated that “…the County of Tulare is pleased with the success of the library’s literacy programs for adults within Tulare County, and commends and publicly acknowledges the efforts of the program staff, volunteer tutors, and learners in their future endeavors.”

National Library Week "Unlimited Possibilities" For Children Scheduled for Tulare County Library

 Stuffed animals get ready to read at the
National Library Week's Children's
Celebration at the Tulare County Library.
Children can celebrate National Library Week with crafts and activities on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Children’s Wing of the Visalia Branch of the Tulare County Library.

Projects include creating a book, decorating a bookmark, and reading to a puppet.  Moon Sand will be available for those who dig it!  Come learn, play and read!

The Visalia Library is located at 200 W. Oak Street in Visalia.  This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call 713-2703 or go to:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

First Tuesday Book Club, May 5

For May, we'll be reading With a Book in Their Hands: Chicano/a Readers and Readerships across the Centuries edited by Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez.

Be sure to attend the panel discussion on April 11 when Martin-Rodriguez and other local authors from this book, including Lucia Vazquez will be visiting the Visalia Library for National Library Week.
The panelists will highlight the important role of books and reading by reading from the book and telling stories from their lives.


Literary history is a history of reading. What happens during the act of reading is the subject of the branch of literary scholarship known as reader response theory. Does the text guide the reader? Does the reader operate independently of the text? Questions like these shape the approach of the essays in this book edited by a scholar known for his groundbreaking work in using reader response theory as a window into Chicana and Chicano literature.

Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez has overseen several research projects aimed at documenting Chicana and Chicano reading practices and experiences. Here he gathers diverse and passionate accounts of reading drawn from that research. Books for many served as refuges from the sorrows of a childhood marked by violence or parental abandonment. And many of the contributors salute the roles of teachers in introducing poetry and stories into their lives.

We will be meeting in the Visalia Branch Blue Room to discuss this book on May 5 from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friends of the Library-Exeter are raffling baskets for National Library Week

The Friends of the Library-Exeter are raffling baskets for National Library Week. 

National Library Week is coming up! It is scheduled for April 12-18, 2015. The Friends of the Library - Exeter group are raffling beautiful baskets. Tickets go on sale starting Tuesday, April 14. 
We would like to thank the following generous businesses who donated items for our baskets; Petals & Presents, Capella, Exeter Flower, Exeter Mercantile, A La Mode, Hometown Emporium, Wish List Boutique & Tangles!

Thank you Exeter!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

National Library Week Local Authors Event

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“Unlimited Possibilities @ your library” is the theme of this year’s National Library Week, with programs happening throughout the county April 11 through 18. The Tulare County Library’s introductory event celebrates just that idea.
Join us for a panel discussion of With a Book in Their Hands which will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015, at 6:30 pm at the Visalia Branch Library.  Featured speakers will be the book’s editor, Manuel Martin-Rodriguez, and authors, including Lucia Vazquez. The panelists will highlight the important role of books and reading by reading from the book and telling stories from their lives.
The Visalia Branch Library is located at 200 W. Oak Avenue in Visalia.  This Friends of the Tulare County Library sponsored event is free to the public.  For more information, call (559) 713-2703 or go to