Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Poetry Collages, Thu 4/26 3:30, Visalia Library


Poetry Collages
Thursday, April 27th at 3:30pm
Visalia Library Children’s Wing
FREE!
All supplies provided. Registration not required.
Just show up with your friends & creativity! 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Farmersville Branch Library Grand Opening on Sat 4/22

FARMERSVILLE Branch Library
GrAND Opening Celebration
Saturday, APRIL 22 10 am to 2 pm
 

Tulare County Library invites everyone to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Farmersville Branch Library on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Farmersville, California. The Grand Opening ceremony begins at 11 am followed by a ribbon cutting. Festivities begin at 10 am with a resource fair coordinated by the Boys and Girls Club of Farmersville. Following the ribbon cutting the library will be open for check out, library cards, crafts, and story time until 2 pm.

The event will feature distinguished speakers including Kuyler Crocker—Tulare County Supervisor District 1, Debbie Lagomarsino—Lea Conmigo and Read for Life, Alice Lopez—Farmersville Unified School District, Mayor Paul Boyer and Greg Gomez—Farmersville City Council, Tara Adams—the Office of Assemblyman Devon Mathis, and others. Darla Wegener, County Librarian will have the honor of hosting this event welcoming everyone to the new Farmersville Branch.

Farmersville, a community of 11,000, is located east of Visalia and south of Highway 198. Thanks to Lea Conmigo, a group of concern citizens, local community groups, the City of Farmersville, the Farmersville Unified School District, and the Tulare County Library, the new branch will be able to provide a portal to more information and resources for residents. The approximately 1540 square foot space located in the Farmersville Community Center will house books, DVDs, magazines, and computers to assist the Farmersville community with their informational, recreational, self-educational, and cultural needs.

The Tulare County Library is proud of Farmersville returning to our library system. Celebrate with library staff, citizens, guests, and other county staff on this opening day at the new branch, located at 623 N. Avery Ave, in Farmersville. Thanks to the City of Farmersville receiving a CDBG grant, the library will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm and staffed by Library Assistant Janet Soriano.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Poetry Month Contests!

Poetry Contests for all ages! Call the Visalia Branch at 713-7300 to find out the details for YOUR age group!
 
 
 


Working Wildlife - Sat, 4/22 at 6 pm, Visalia Library



Are you ready to get up close and personal with a Binturong? How would you like to meet a movie star, albeit one with fur, whiskers, and a tail? Some might say those are the most fun and delightful movie stars to spend time with!
 
The Friends of the Tulare County Library are inviting one and all to a fabulously entertaining AND educational evening with Jeff Lee of Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife. Jeff will share some of his expertise in animal behavior and give you an opportunity to experience wildlife in a way not possible when viewing animals at the zoo.

Kid's Walk - 4/11 - 4/14


KIDS ‘WALK’ THE STORY AT TULARE COUNTY LIBRARY BRANCHES
 

‘StoryWalks’ celebrate National Library Week at all Tulare County Branches.
 
Taking a walk is now about reading during National Library Week. During the week of April 9-15, our Branch Libraries ‘StoryWalk’ display panels from the Anne Rockwell picture book Library Day. Children and families are invited to walk through the Branches and read the posted story anytime during open hours. After  getting to ‘The End,’ kids  may pick up a small prize and sign up to win a grand prize  – a tote bag with a picture book and extra goodies.

Although designed particularly for children, StoryWalks  are open to everyone!  Call your local branch for more details!

Funtastic Friday - April


 
 
On Fridays in the Children's Wing of the Visalia Branch, we feature family-friendly movies.  Movies are shown at 2 pm and 4 pm.

April 7:  The Pirates!  Band of Misfits (88 min, PG)
April 14:  The Fox and the Hound (83 min, G)
April 21:  The Land Before Time (69 min, G)
April 28:  A Bug’s Life (95 min, G)

You can also play games with your friends and family!
Board Games available all afternoon
Kinect Gaming from 3:30—5:30pm

Friday, March 31, 2017

El Jeremías, Independent Film, Tue 4/25, 6:00 pm

Independent Film
Tuesday April 25
6:00 pm
Visalia Branch Library
 
 
El Jeremías, a heartwarming comedy film about family love and the hard choices that come with opportunity, is directed by Anwar Safa and stars Martín Castro. After discovering his genius, Jeremías struggles between the new worlds his gifts open up to him and his loving, yet poor, family.

Family Event, Sat 4/22 6 pm, Visalia Library

Steve Martin's Working Wildlife
Saturday, April 22, 2017
6 pm
Visalia Branch Library

 
Are you ready to get up close and personal with a Binturong? How would you like to meet a movie star, albeit one with fur, whiskers, and a tail? Some might say those are the most fun and delightful movie stars to spend time with!
The Friends of the Tulare County Library are inviting one and all to a fabulously entertaining AND educational evening with Jeff Lee of Steve Martin’s Working Wildlife. Jeff will share some of his expertise in animal behavior and give you an opportunity to experience wildlife in a way not possible when viewing animals at the zoo.

Teen Book Club, Sat 4/22, 2 pm

 
Teen Book Club
Saturday, April 22, 2 pm
Visalia Branch Library
 


Drop by the library and pick up a copy of 'It’s Kind of a Funny Story' by Ned Vizzini. Then, come by on Sat 4/22 at 2 pm to watch the movie. Talk about what it all means. Snacks served! Stop by the library or call 559-713-2731 for details!

Teen Advisory Group, Sat 4/8 at 3 pm, Visalia Lib

Teen Advisory Group
Saturday April 8th at 3 pm
Visalia Branch Library
 
 
Get Involved in Your Community Library.
* Plan the events you want
* Make Friends
* Help plan the teen events you want
* Suggest books you want to read
* Hours towards Community Service

Contact Carrie for more info: 559-713-2731

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mystery Reader's Book Group, Wed 4/19 at 6:30

Mystery Reader's Book Group
Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30
Visalia Branch Library
 

“April” Mysteries
  • Mia Quinn mysteries by April Henry
  • FBI agent Ana Grey by April Smith
  • April Taylor (British author – maybe only on Amazon)
  • Immortal Descendents Series by April White (sort of mysteries)
  • Joe Pickett’s series (daughter is April) by C.J. Box
  • The Ides of April by Lindsey Davis (Ancient Rome mysteries).
  • In Crazy Blood by T. Jefferson Parker (Wylie falls in love with April Holly)
For May we will all read the same book - INTERVENTION by Marilyn Meredith. You may pick up a copy at the reference desk (559-713-2703) any hour that the library is open.

Coloring Nights, Tue 4/18, 6 pm

Coloring Nights
Tuesday, 4/18 at 6 pm
Visalia Branch Library
 

Come join us for the Library's *Coloring Nights* at the Visalia Library. Colorists can bring their own coloring pages and pens, crayons or colored pencils. However, the Library will provide all of these necessary supplies free to participants, including some very intricate and fun coloring pages.

We will also have a large poster for National Library Week! You may join in on this larger project OR work on your own choice!

For more information about our Coloring Nights activities, please visit the Visalia Branch Library at 200 W. Oak Street, or call (559) 713-2703.

Teen Poetry Workshop, Thu 4/13, 4 pm

 
Teen Poetry Workshop
Share Your Voice
Thursday, 4/13 at 4 pm
Visalia Branch Library


Are you a teen between 13-19 interested in crafting poetry, spoken word, or lyrics? This FREE workshop is for you! All materials provided.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friends of the Library, 4/13 at 7 pm, Visalia Branch Library

 
Friends of the Library Meeting
April 13th at 7 pm
Visalia Branch Library
 

Join the Friends of the Library at their meeting on Thursday, 4/13 at 7 pm at the Visalia Branch Library.  Everyone is welcome!

Book Club - 4/4 at 6:30 pm - Green Grass, Running Water

 
First Tuesday Book Club
Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
April 4th at 6:30 pm
Visalia Branch Library
 

Strong, sassy women and hard-luck hardheaded men, all searching for the middle ground between Native American tradition and the modern world, perform an elaborate dance of approach and avoidance in this magical, rollicking tale by Cherokee author Thomas King.

Alberta, a university professor, would like to trade her two boyfriends for a baby but no husband; Lionel is forty and still sells televisions for a patronizing boss; Eli and his log cabin stand in the way of a profitable dam project. These three—and others—are coming to the Blackfoot reservation for the Sun Dance and there they encounter four Indian elders and their companion, the trickster Coyote—and nothing in the small town of Blossom will be the same again…

Book Sale, 4/1 at 9 am, Visalia Branch Library



No Foolin’! The Visalia Friends of the Tulare County Library hosts their ‘Spring Cleaning’ Book Sale at the Visalia Library on Saturday, April 1 from 9 am to 2 pm. The sale features a variety of books, including fiction, mystery, history, biography, art, and cookbooks. The sale also includes a nice selection of DVDs.

Are you a fan of the Friends of the Tulare County Library’s annual Literary Basket Drawing? This year’s baskets will be unveiled at the Book Sale and tickets will be available for a donation of $1.00 each. The different “themed” baskets all contain a book and much more! The drawing for basket winners takes place on Saturday, April 22.

Proceeds from the Friends of the Tulare County Library book sale and baskets provide the Tulare County Library with books, equipment, and Summer Reading Programs at all our branches.
For more information, contact Tulare County Library's Visalia Branch at 559-713-2703. The Friends of the Tulare County Library is an association for people of all ages who love libraries, reading, books, volunteering, and raising money to enhance public library services. Membership fees are tax deductible!

For more information about becoming a Friend of Tulare County Library, please contact the Library’s Volunteer Coordinator at 713-2709, go to www.tularecountylibrary.org or drop by in person at 200 W. Oak Avenue in Visalia.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Read and Cook Program, 4/18 & 4/25



What could be better than reading, cooking, and eating? In partnership with FoodLink of Tulare County, the Exeter Branch of the Tulare County Library hosts the Read and Cook Program that includes a book club and cooking class. The program is FREE and designed for adults.


First, pick up the book, What the World Eats, at the Exeter Branch Library on Tuesday, April 4.

Next, read this fascinating book during the month and join us on Tuesday, April 18 from 6:30 to 7:30pm to discuss the book at the library.

Follow up with the cooking class on Tuesday, April 25, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Participants are invited to attend the class at FoodLink of Tulare County located at 611 2nd Street in Exeter.  Reading the book is not a pre-requisite to attending the cooking class.

Huntington Library Trip, Wed 4/26



The Friends of the Three Rivers Library have organized a trip to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino! If you'd like to join the Wednesday, April 26th trip you must contact the coordinators by Wednesday, April 5th. Please click on the flyer for all of the details!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Independent Film, My Love, Don't Cross That River, Tue 3/28 at 6:00 pm, Visalia Library


The potent mix of joy and sorrow presented simply in the documentary “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” is enormously affecting, devastating in fact. Mo-young Jin’s film, a smash hit in Korea where it became the country’s biggest independent film ever, follows the 75-year marriage of Byong-man Jo and Gye-yeul Kang, or Hubby and Honey, as they refer to each other - www.latimes.com

Teen Book Club, Weight of Feathers, Thu 3/23 at 4pm

The Weight of Feathers is a lyrical story about two teens from  rival Central Valley families and their forbidden romance



For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows-the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family's show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it's a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace's life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

A finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, Anna-Marie McLemore's The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

Author Anna-Marie McLemore, who also authored When the Moon Was Ours and the forthcoming Wild Beauty will visit the library later this year.  Participants in our March 23rd book club get a chance to get their books signed!

Toddler Yoga, Thu 3/23 at 10, Visalia Library



Children as young as two can learn basic yoga stretches in a fun, free class offered at the Visalia Branch Library in partnership with Oak Street Studios.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

St. Patrick Day Crafts, 3/17 at 3:30, Visalia Library


Visalia Library Children’s Wing
FREE! All supplies provided and registration not required.
Just show up with your friends & creativity! 

 


Mystery Readers Book Group, Wed 3/15 at 6:30, Visalia Lib


Anything to do with ‘Irish’. It can be in the title, set in Ireland or have it part of the author's name!
Recommendations for books can be found at www.stopyourekillingme.com OR Use the library’s subscription to Novelist. Ask a Reference Librarian for help with Novelist if needed.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Funtastic Fridays - March




 

On Fridays in the Children's Wing of the Visalia Branch, we feature family-friendly movies.  Movies are shown at 2 pm and 4 pm.
 
March 3rd:  Surf’s Up 2: Wavemania!   (84 min, PG)
March 10:  Moana (107 min, PG)
March 17:  Pinocchio (88 min, G)
March 24:  Sing (108 min, PG)
March 31:  Beauty And The Beast (85 min, G)

 



You can also play games with your friends and family!
Board Games available all afternoon
Kinect Gaming from 3:30—5:30pm

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“Sierra Splendor” - Photo Exhibit 3/1/17-3/31/17


Tulare County Library Celebrates National Parks with Photo Exhibit



The Tulare County Library’s Annie R. Mitchell History Room proudly announces “Sierra Splendor,” a photo exhibit celebrating Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite National Parks. 

“Sierra Splendor” showcases nearby National Parks with historic photos and descriptions collected and curated from the Annie R. Mitchell History Room at the Visalia Branch Library. Familiar sights from nearby National Parks such as Moro Rock, General Sherman, General Grant, and Yosemite Valley will be on display for the general public.

Free to the public, “Sierra Splendor” runs throughout the month of March on the second floor of the Visalia Branch Library. Please call (559) 713-2703 for more information.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Teen Advisory Group, 3/11

 
Teen Advisory Group
Saturday, March 11 at 3 pm
Visalia Branch Library
 

Join our Teen Advisory Group (TAG), Sat 3/11 at 3 pm, Visalia Library

* Plan the events you want
* Make Friends
* Help plan the teen events you want
* Suggest books you want to read
* Hours towards Community Service

Contact Carrie for more info at 559-713-2731

Friends of the Library Meeting, 3/9


Join the Friends of the Library at their meeting on Thursday, 3/9 at 7 pm in the Visalia Branch Library.  Everyone is welcome!

First Tuesday Book Club, 3/7/17, Americanah

 
First Tuesday Book Club
March 7th at 6:30
Visalia Branch Library
Americanah approaches the questions of racial and cultural identity from a unique perspective. Ifemelu and Obinze are not the deprived immigrants of our automatic assumptions. Nor are they Black Americans with a lifelong knowledge of racial bias and discrimination. Nigerians, middle class, intelligent and educated, they fall in love in high school, then travel different paths into Western culture. Ifemelu earns a scholarship to study at an American college and Obinze plans to join her after his university graduation. When denied a U.S. visa, he ends up in London where he suffers the degradations and dangers of an illegal immigrant including eventual deportation. Ifemelu encounters many of the same indignities in her quest to succeed in America. After time she seems to overcome them, but then one day, after being complimented on her American accent, her identity maybe lost. Facing the possibility of being labeled as a pretentious ‘Americanah,’ Ifemelu nonetheless returns home.
Fifteen years after the couple separated, Ifemelu and Obinze reunite in Nigeria. Braided through post war Nigeria, American academia and the gritty streets of London, their love story for each other and their native land makes Americanah a compelling novel. Written by award winning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and one of The New York Times ten best books of the year, Americanah won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.
 

Dr. Seuss at the Tulare County Library



SUSS OUT DR. SEUSS AT THE TULARE COUNTY LIBRARY!
 
We love Dr. Seuss here, through and through!
It's his birthday that day, so we'll celebrate
By reading his books! And then we'll create!
Play games, win prizes, make friends and sing!
All supplies are provided, and entrance is free!
Invite all your friends and share all the glee!
Come all in costume.
Speak all in rhyme.
I can't wait. Is it time?
 Carrie Wilson, Youth Services Librarian
 
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday during the week of February 28 through March 3 at many of Tulare County Library’s branches.  Contact your local Branch Library for dates and times of these events:
Alpaugh                    (559) 949-8355
Earlimart                  (661) 849-2525
Ivanhoe                    (559) 798-1264
Lindsay                     (559) 562-3021
London                     (559) 591-1017
Orosi                         (559) 591-5830
Strathmore             (559) 568-1087
Springville               (559) 539-2624
Three Rivers           (559) 561-4564
Tipton                        (559) 752-4236
Woodlake                 (559) 564-8424

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winnie the Pooh, Three River Branch Library, 2/25 at 5 pm

Winnie the Pooh and Pajamas, too!
Three Rivers Branch Library
Saturday, February 25th
5 pm to 7 pm
 

Join us for stories, poems and 'a smackeral of something, too!' 
Call (559) 561-4564 for more details!
Independent Movie
'Wondrous Boccaccio'
Tuesday, February 28 at 6 pm
Visalia Branch Library

Set against the backdrop of a 14th century, black plague-stricken Florence, ten young men and women escape to a country estate where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate, and resurrection.
From legendary Italian filmmaking brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, directors of the Palme d'Or winning Fiorile and Golden Bear award-winning Caesar Must Die, Wondrous Boccaccio is a visual and poetic tribute to the stories that emerged from one of the darkest periods in Italian history.
 
 

Teen Book Club, Sat 2/25 at 2 pm

 
Teen Book Club
Saturday, 2/25 at 2 pm
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Movie and Book!
 
 
Read the book. Watch the movie. Talk about what it all means.
Invite your friends! Snacks served!
Call (559) 713-2731 to borrow a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.