Monday, November 23, 2015

Mystery Readers Book Group, December 16

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 16th at 6:30pm

Come and bring a friend!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Tulare County Library Gets in the International Games Day!

Tulare County Library joins libraries around the world for International Games Day on Saturday, November 21, 2015. In Visalia, the games are held from 10 am until to 2 pm.

The library’s upstairs meeting rooms will have games for adults and teens, while children and their families gather in the Children’s area. Play some familiar and new games, including Jenga, Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Checkers, Candyland, Fairy Tale Gloom and more.

International Games Day (IGD) began in 2012 as an expansion of National Games Day, and now has grown to include events on all seven continents. Originally the day was created to set a world’s record for the number of people playing the same game at the same time in libraries. IGD has since become a valuable way to increase awareness of the entertaining as well as educational games found at the library. Held the third Saturday in November, IGD is a fun filled prelude to Thanksgiving Day football, food and family festivities.

No registration needed, so bring the whole family to the Visalia Branch Library, 200 W. Oak Street, and get in the games! For more information, call 713-2707.

Find "Just Right" Gifts at the Friends of Tulare County Library Holiday Book Sale

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The Friends of the Tulare County Library can help you with your Holiday shopping! Come by the Visalia Library on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for the Friends of the Library Book Sale, where the Friends will be rolling out the best of their available books, including beautiful coffee table books.

Find a gift for friends, family, and something special for yourself, too! Held inside the Visalia Branch located at 200 W. Oak Ave, the sale is sure to have something for everyone!

The Friends knows every book has its reader and every reader his or her book. So the sale features a variety of books, including fiction, mystery, history, biography, art, and cookbooks. High quality books and a wide range of bargains will be available with prices starting as low as $ .50 each. The sale includes a large selection of hardcover fiction and DVDs available for $1.00 each and special sets and coffee table books priced at $5.00 each.

Proceeds from the sale are used to buy books and equipment and to sponsor programs at all branches of the Tulare County Library. For further information, call 559-713-2709.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

All Library Locations Closed November 26 & 27 for Thanksgiving

All Tulare County Library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.

The Visalia Branch Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 25. 

Locations that are open on Saturdays will open at their normal time on Saturday, November 28.

Tulare County Library Honors Veterans

Join us in remembering the Veterans who served, especially those Tulare County veterans who died while serving our country. The Tulare County Library is honoring Veterans in a special way this year.

Stop by the Visalia Branch Library November 10 through 14, 2015 to sign a card of appreciation. The card is part of the Veterans Day exhibit which features a memorial list of Tulare County veterans from World War II until today who died while in service. The display also includes books about war experiences and life in the Armed Forces.

Here is Tulare County's roll count of honored dead:

                World War II                       246

                Korean Conflict                   56

                Viet Nam                             65

                Persian Gulf                          1

                Operation Freedom       10 (Iraq and Afghanistan)

Come by the Library to view the names of these individuals and to sign the card to acknowledge the sacrifice of our veterans!

The Visalia Branch is located at 200 W. Oak Street in Visalia. The Tulare County Library serves all the citizens of Tulare County with locations in fifteen communities, four book machines, and an online presence at

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's Super Cool to Walk & Roll to School

How can we help keep our air clean? Do you have ideas? Please share them!!
TCAG is hosting an art contest with a chance to win a bike & helmet!! Please use an 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheet of paper to create your poster showing your idea on how to keep our air clean. Place your name, grade, and phone number on the back of your art.
Entries can be mailed to 210 N. Church Street, Suite B or dropped off at any branch of the Tulare County Library. Entries are due November 13, 2015.
Winners will be awarded a bike and helmet at TCAG's December 7th board meeting!!

Prizes awarded to the following grades:
Kindergarten - Grade 1
Grades 2 - 3
Grades 4 - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

Please see the flyer below for more information on the contest or contact
 Andrea Apolinario at (559) 623-0450 or via e-mail at

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Mystery Readers Book Group, November 18

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

For November: Read a mystery book by its cover!
Choose a book by its cover

Next Meeting
November 18 at 6:30pm

Come and bring a friend!!

Visalia Branch Children's Events, November 2015

Are you looking for something fun to do with your wee ones this month? Check out our calendar below to see what's going on this November at the Visalia Branch! 

In addition to our regularly scheduled events such as Toddler Time and Storytime, we will be having special crafts the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving!

No registration is required for any of the programs, and all programs are free.

Please note that we will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day, and on November 26 and November 27 for Thanksgiving.

For more information, please call 559-713-2731.

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First Tuesday Book Club, December 1

For December, we're reading Brave New World: with the essay "Brave New World Revisited" by Aldous Huxley.

Summary: Huxley's vision of the future comes to life in his astonishing 1931 novel Brave New World--a world of tomorrow in which capitalist civilization has been reconstituted through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering--and its sequel, written thirty years after his classic novel of the future, in which Huxley describes the shocking scientific devices and techniques available to any group in a position to manipulate society. 

We will be meeting in the Visalia Branch Blue Room to discuss this book on December 1 from 6:30pm - 7:45pm.