NEWSLETTER April, 2014 ~ In This Issue:
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Friends of the Atascadero Library 
Mission Statement
The mission of the Friends of the Atascadero Martin Polin Library is to support, 
promote and expand the library's resources and programs.
President's Message
Grenda Ernst

The original version of this column said that we hoped to be able to move in and open the doors of our new library some time in May.  An unexpected, and apparently inevitable, construction delay has occurred and now our opening date will take place in June.  You can guess how exciting the reality of a beautiful, well-designed library is to us, after months of imagining it, thinking about it, making plans for it.  We will have a grand opening for the public in June and we are inviting the community to come celebrate with us.


New officers for the FOL Board are elected at the annual membership meeting; look for the slate of nominations elsewhere in the newsletter.  The membership meeting typically takes place in May and since the library is closing briefly during that month, a site and date for the meeting has yet to be selected.  We will keep you informed via email and the web site.  Read more, click here. 


Library Fundraising Campaign Update
Eileen O'Grady, Vice President
FOL members and County staff tour the
new facility to view the progress.


In the next few weeks, construction on the new Atascadero 

Library will be completed.  New furnishings and equipment have been ordered, and our library staff is busily preparing for the move.  The past five years of fundraising are rapidly reaching their successful conclusion. 


It has been a privilege for me to work with so many talented and dedicated people on the fundraising effort.  In the beginning there were just six of us--Grenda Ernst, Liz Helgerson, Claudia Collier, Leigh Livick, Georgie

Arnold and me. 


Later, we were joined by Christina Lefevre Latner, Marguerite Pulley, Sue Sly, Anne Harris, Jeanne Robbins, Ruth Zachary, Katherine O'Clair, Jeannie Malik and Elizabeth Brousse.  Barbara Brogan assisted Marguerite with our financial records.  Linda Zirk led the effort to recognize our large donors on the donor tree that will grace our new library. 

Read more, click here.


National award winning instructor Rodney Ware performed a jazz medley with Community Star Angela Cisneros to the Broadway musical "Whoopee!"
Successful event raises BIG $$ for Library 
Jeannie Malik, Event Coordinator

Atascadero Friends of the Library applauds everyone who made our fifth annual Atascadero: Dancing with Our Stars an enormous success. The event, themed "Hats off to Broadway," raised over $81,000 for the new Atascadero Library and crowned Community Star Rolfe Nelson as the champion. His routine was choreographed by instructors Leigh Ormonde and Chris Harmon who joined Rolfe in his rockin' 80's east coast swing/jive dance performance.    


In second place were Mike and Peggy Zappas performing a Greek dance and in third place was John Donovan performing a polka, foxtrot, and swing medley with instructor Sharon Davis. Two of John's four daughters, Emily and Meredith, also participated in the dance.


"People's Choice" was awarded to Atascadero Police Chief Jerel Haley who brought down the house with his instructor/choreographer Cammie Velci performing a hula dance to Honey Bun from "South Pacific."  Read more, click here.



Tip: To view a photo gallery of Atascadero:  Dancing With Our Stars visit and go to Events
SNEAK PEEK update 

Before the library opens to the public, Friends of the the Library will host a Sneak Peek reception for all large donors--those who have donated $1,000 or more to the campaign. Invitations will be sent out by e-mail later this month.  Contact if we don't have your current e-mail address and you have contributed $1,000 or more.

SLO County public libraries are celebrating National Library Week by helping to fight hunger in our community.  Food 4 Fines Week takes place April 15 - 19 at all county library branches.  Each branch will accept one non-perishable food item in place of any overdue fine or hold fee that totals $1 or less. Food will be donated to the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County.  There is no limit on how many overdue or hold fees that may be covered by food donations, however other fees such as those for lost or damaged items are not in included in the program.  Food donation bins will be set up at each library branch and all community members are encouraged to donate items.  The Food Bank's wish list includes canned or dry soups, canned vegetables and fruit, tuna and other canned meats, peanut butter, pasta, rice, beans and cereal.  They also have a need for disposable diapers.



READ YE, READ YE!  The Library Book Sale will be held April 11th and 12th and EVERTHING IS HALF PRICE.  

Board Officer Nominees Announced
The Board of Directors will be electing new officers at its annual meeting, date to be determined soon.  They are:
President              Robert Alberti
Vice President      Jeannie Malik
Secretary             Susie Blackwell
Treasurer             Gere Sibbach

The current library location on Morro Road will close at 5 PM on Saturday, April 26. The library will reopen in its new location at 10 AM on Saturday, June 7.  (Dates subject to change.)  Youth Services Librarian Joan Bloomfield reports that a wonderful slate of children's programs will resume when the library reopens--watch for details in next month's newsletter!
Salome principal musicians Lauren Sarah Carpenter, David Aaron Carpenter and Sean Avram Carpenter

More than 100 guests enjoyed a very special treat when the Salome Orchestra performed for FOL members and friends in the rather unique venue of the Galaxy Theatre in Atascadero on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Having played Carnegie Hall the Friday night previous, the quintet--composed of highly trained, highly talented and full-of-energy young adults--engaged attendees from the first note until the final encore, performing up close and personal with short excerpts from longer works by Bach, Vivaldi, Gershwin and more.  Many thanks to Mary and Tony Bianco for sponsoring this special occasion and their support of the Atascadero Library. 
Grenda Ernst introduces 
Joe Laurenzi at DWOS
Librarian's Message
Joe Laurenzi, MLS
Regional Librarian, North County

If you build it, they will come:  How amazing it must feel. As we look to open the doors of the new Atascadero library, I am posing that question that I brought to you when I first arrived. Now that you have raised money for a new library and the doors will open soon, what do you envision the new library meaning for the community?


For some of us it will be an opportunity to revel in the planning, hard work and dedication we have put into creating anew building. For some, it will be a new destination to continue to use cherished library service. For some, it will mean that now that the major fundraising is over now that the new building is up and running and the library will flourish. If you build it, they will come.  Read more, click here.

Leigh Rubin talks to a diverse audience at the library's community room

Creator of popular cartoon "Rubes," Leigh Rubin recently offered an insightful presentation to an audience of all ages gathered at the Atascadero Library about the challenges of coming up with daily ideas for material and how he looks to his life and experiences to humor his readers.  "Rubes" is syndicated nationally and appears daily in the The Tribune.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  Click here to view list.


Financial Statement
RABOBANK Checking Account
Submitted by Darlene Brainard, Treasurer
January 1 - February 28, 2014



Lobby Sales                                          606

Book Sales                                          1104

Memberships                                          72

Book Fundraiser                                 1000

Total                                                   2782



Children's Programs                             326

Adult Programs                                   2733

Promotional                                           397

House                                                     25

Administrative/Mgmt                               20

Fundraising                                               8

Total                                                   3509


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Beautiful view facing Downtown Atascadero from the Community Room of the 
new library; Rotunda Building slightly visible through the trees!

President- Grenda Ernst

Vice President- Eileen O'Grady

Secretary-Susie Blackwell

Treasurer-Darlene Brainard

 Georgie Arnold, Claudia Collier, Anne Harris, Liz Helgerson, Audrey Hopper, Christina Lefevre Latner,

Leigh Livick, Jeannie Malik, Jim Patterson, Marguerite Pulley, Alice Rew, and Linda Zirk

 Webmaster--  Tom Thompson

Newsletter/Social Media Coordinator---Deborah Cash

Newsletter photos by Deborah Cash



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