Sunday, December 27, 2015

Monthly Friends Meeting, January 14

The Friends of the Tulare County Library will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 14, at 7:00pm in the library's upstairs (blue) 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 559-713-2703 for more information.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

All Locations Closed on New Years Day

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

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

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Literacy Center Open House, January 6

The Literacy Center Renovation is complete!

Everyone is invited to the open house on Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm to celebrate:

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Read to Ride? What's That?

The Tulare County Library folks love reading and holidays and the Global Winter Wonderland, so they've put these things together in a "Read to Ride" program for kids Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Children earn a free ticket to the Global Winter Wonderland at the Tulare County Fairgrounds after they read two books, fill out a form, and return it to a library branch. Tickets can be redeemed at the Wonderland between Monday, December 21st and Saturday, December 26, 2015. Forms can be picked up now at the Children's Desk in the Visalia Branch or at any other branch from now until December 26th. One ticket per child limit.

Global Winter Wonderland is open now until Sunday, January 3, 2016. For more information on this library children's program, go to or call 559-713-2731. For more information about the Global Winter Wonderland, please go to

All Libraries Closed December 24th & 25th

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

Please call 559-713-2700 or your local branch with any additional questions.

Happy holidays!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Play Bingo for Books at the Visalia Branch, December 19

Children ages 3 to 12 can play a round of bingo for a chance to win a free book! Drop in anytime during the program to play. Other prizes available as well. Books provided by the Friends of the Tulare County Library.

Call the Children's Desk at 559-713-2731 with any questions.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Exeter Branch Library Presents Olaf's Night Before Christmas Storywalk

Did you know that tonight is the first night of the Exeter Branch Library's Christmas Storywalk?

Exeter Branch Library presents storywalk on Thursday, December 3, 10, and 17 from 5pm to 9pm. Storywalk is a fun and innovative way to read while you walk! During Exeter’s Christmas Open House, enjoy from the movie Frozen Olaf’s Night Before Christmas as you stroll downtown enjoying holiday festivities. Story pages will be posted on intermittent Pine Street business windows. At the end of the story, readers will be greeted by the Exeter Friends of the Library and given a coupon for a free book.

For more information, call the Exeter Branch Library at 559-

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tulare County Library Branch Crafts Showcase Gifts and Cards for the Holidays

Children can be ‘Santa Helpers’ at the Tulare County Library branches in December!  Weekly crafts are:

December 7 through 12 – Gingerbread Man
December 14 through 23 – Santa’s Workshop: Gifts and Cards
December 28 through 31 – Confetti Poppers for New Year’s Eve

Also remember that all Tulare County Library branches are closed Thursday and Friday, December 24-25, 2015, for the Christmas holiday.

Craft sessions are available at the Alpaugh, Earlimart, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Lindsay, Orosi, Springville, Strathmore, Three Rivers, Tipton and Woodlake branch libraries.  Times vary with each location.

For more information on days and times of the crafts at each 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

Woodlake                   (559) 564-8424

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Visalia Branch Children's Events, December 2015

Are you looking for something fun to do with your wee ones this month? Join us for all these fun happenings in Visalia in the month of December!

Call the Children’s Desk at 559-713-2731 for more information!

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First Tuesday Book Club, January 5

For January, we're reading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by .

A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera.

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Independent Film Series, January 26

Join us at the Visalia Library on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00pm to watch Marie's Story!

SynopsisAt the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior's skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie's Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love

Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris | France | 2014 | French with English subtitles | 94 min.

The film will be shown at 6:00pm in the upstairs "blue" meeting room at the Visalia Branch Library. This event is free and open to the public. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit the Reference Desk or call (559) 713-2723. You can also 
join the event on Facebook.

Holiday Card Making at Visalia Branch Library, December 3

Please join us at the Visalia Branch Library to make a unique-to-you card on Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 6:00 pm until 7:45 pm.

Attendees can choose to make Christmas trees, menorahs, stars, flower bouquets, candy canes, wreaths, snowmen, or other Christmas and Holiday designs out of buttons. Adults and families are welcome to attend. All supplies will be included for this free program!

For more information, call 559-713-2703 or visit the website at

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All Locations Closed, December 11

All Tulare County Library locations will be closed on Friday, December 11, 2015 due to a staff meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Locations that are open on Saturdays will open at their normal time on Saturday, December 12.

Please call the library at 559.713.2700 with any questions.