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. 

Newsletter May - June 2014
In This Issue...

President's Message
Grenda Ernst
Historic Exhibit Update
Vice President, Eileen O'Grady
Librarian's Message
Joe Laurenzi
Children's and Adult's 
Program Calendar
Fundraising Barbecue June 24

and more....
When one door closes...
On April 26 at 5 PM, the Atascadero Martin Polin Library closed it doors at the Morro Road location for the last time.  While patrons may still return materials at the book drop out front at the "old" location, operations are suspended until the new library location opens on June 7.  Until that time, library staff are busy boxing, organizing, cleaning and getting ready to move the entire collection across town--no small feat!  The excitement of moving into brand new digs has inspired staff and volunteers to tackle the task with incredible zeal--the conference room is nearly packed to capacity and those meeting there for a few last times are literally elbow to elbow in a small corner!  But it's all good and the public will be amazed at the size, look, feel and beauty of the new facility when they behold the community's newest treasure in just a few short weeks as
...another door opens!
President's Message
Grenda Ernst
It is so exciting to see the changes in appearance as the new library nears completion.  It looks more beautiful every week and we discover some new, attractive aspect each time we visit.  The latest thing we noticed was the lovely view from the Conference Room.  We knew that the Community Room had a nice perspective, oriented toward City Hall, but not until we were standing in the almost completed Conference Room did we realize that its perspective is perhaps the best one in the building.


We are eager for the community to see what we have been seeing and we will hold a Grand Opening of the new library for the public on Saturday, June 7 from 10 AM - 2 PM. 


Everyone is welcome to take part in this gala affair and we will share more details as they become known.  We will hold our annual membership meeting at the Grand Opening and if you are a Friend of the Library, you will be able to vote for the FOL officers for 2014 - 2015.  The local news media and our own social media will be communicating information about the Grand Opening.

In other news, there will be a new slate of officers for the Friends of the Library after the June, 2014, election and in preparation for the change in leadership,
the Board will conduct a strategic planning retreat at the new library on
May 23.  In addition to reviewing and revising By-Laws, and Policies and
Procedures, we will consider both short term and long range goals for FOL in
conjunction with budget and membership issues.  If you have a suggestion or
comment on any of these matters, please call me at 466-3495.
Historic Exhibit To Enhance New Site
Eileen O'Grady, Vice President
Honoring Atascadero's Past
One hundred years ago, people all over the country learned about Atascadero from the pages of E. G. Lewis's
Illustrated Review.  Publications, the lifeblood of libraries, were also the way E. G. Lewis promoted his new colony. 


The Printery, open for business in 1915, was the first civic building completed in Atascadero. Almost 100 years later, the new Atascadero Library will celebrate the role of these early publications with an exhibit called "Early Atascadero in Print."  Melody Mullis, county library administrative services officer and local history buff, provided several issues of the Illustrated Review to Friends of the Library for this display. 


 As I turned the fragile pages of these journals, I saw captivating photos of world leaders, women's fashions, and World War I.  Almost every issue also had a section on Atascadero: its climate, orchards, proximity to the ocean, people or attractive buildings.  The flimsy paper I touched underscored the importance of preserving this record of Atascadero's past. 


Next month the new library will open its doors to the community.  When it does, we encourage everyone to investigate all the available resources-on the shelves, online, and even on the walls.  This exhibit, located in the second floor lobby, will open a window onto Atascadero's fascinating history.

Atascadero Mayor Tom O'Malley and Councilmembers present Grenda Ernst, FOL Board President, and
FOL board members with an oversized show of support for the new Atascadero Library. 
Photo by Deborah Cash
Atascadero City Council Supports Library by Providing Major Funding
The Atascadero City Council approved $10,000 in funding for the new library at its April 8 meeting. As the library nears its June 7 opening, excitement is building in the community and this most recent development added to the momentum. The Friends of the Atascadero Library are grateful for this generous contribution!

Meet the SLO County 
Director of Libraries
Chris Barnickel
Story appearing in the
May 2014  (click on website, go to "Current Issue" pages 14 - 15)
Christopher Barnickel, Working toward "Customer Friendly" libraries in SLO County

By Deborah Cash


There's a new chapter in the book of The San Luis Obispo County Library since Chris Barnickel, Director of Libraries, was hired in January to fill the position vacated by retiring director Brian Reynolds.  Chris, a Missouri native, relocated to the Central Coast with his wife Catherine and daughter Eloise in 2013 to serve as assistant director and also realize a dream to live in the area he and Catherine had visited a decade before.  Both were smitten with the atmosphere and feel of the small university town that was close enough to larger markets to fulfill their cosmopolitan longings and decided to make it their new home.    Read full story here... 


Come eat some great BBQ for a great cause!
Photo by Deborah Cash
FOL BBQ at the Lake 
Tuesday, June 24, 5 - 7 PM

Satisfy your appetite for mouthwatering barbecue and support the 
Atascasdero Library while you're at it!
The food, fun and music event is one of a summer series, organized by the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce and held in the Lake Park every Tuesday evening. There is a concert by the Community Band in the Bandstand, following the BBQ.  It will be a rather entertaining musical lineup featuring a Beatles medley, a couple of marches, Latin tunes, a trombone quartet and something for the soul, according to Robert Alberti, FOL board member who will be introducing the band's conductor for the evening.

Each week, a different community non-profit group takes turns hosting the
event.  Friends of the Atascadero Library will be recipient of proceeds on June 24.

The Elks do a great job cooking up barbecued chicken and beef, and the menu includes salad, beans, bread, salsa and a beverage.  There will be cookies and other treats for sale additionally.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for children and will be available at the library and from any FOL Board member.  Contact 466-3495 for more information.

Librarian's Message
Joe Laurenzi, MLS 
Regional Librarian, North County


Joe Laurenzi welcomes guests and poets to poetry reading in April as part of 
National Poetry Month.  
Photo by Deborah Cash

Here's what's in store for the month of May at the Atascadero Library. We will be closed and moving all the great books and materials from our Morro Road location to the new Capistrano location. Yes, you read clearly, ALL of the books and materials! This is going to be a huge process and we appreciate your patience. There are a few things I am going to need from you:


Interested in volunteering?

That's great!   We will have volunteer opportunities available for moving the books over and unpacking the books at the new building. We will need book movers, boxers and shelf readers. If you are interested please call Mel, Kitty or Joe at 461-6161 to set up a time, or if phones are down, please visit the library. READ MORE, CLICK HERE...


Victoria Goring 
Improvisational Storyteller
Upcoming Events at the Library

Submitted by Joan Bloomfield
Youth Services Librarian, Atascadero


June 3-August 30

Join us for the San Luis Obispo County Library's Adult Summer Reading

Program, "Literary Elements!" Reach the goals and receive prizes and

surprises.  For more information, go to www.slolibrary.org and view the

Event Calendar on the home page or contact the Atascadero Branch: call Brian at 461-6162.  


Other smaller North County library branches participating in the Adult

Summer Reading Program include Santa Margarita, Creston, Shandon, San Miguel and Simmler.




Wednesdays, 10:30 am

Ages 3-6

Location:  Atascadero Library  (new location)

Join us for this half-hour session of stories, songs, finger plays and a

monthly craft.  This program is free to the public and will resume again on

September 10th.   Sign-ups are not required.   For information, call Joan at




Thursdays, 10:30 am

Ages:  18 months-3 years old

Limit:  15 toddlers (pre-registration required)

Priority is given to children already in the program or on the waiting list.

Location:  Atascadero Library  (new location)



September 11-November 20

Toddlers and their caregivers will enjoy this lively 20-minute session.

Each child and his or her caregiver will interact in a variety of positive

ways.  This includes participating in stories, songs, movement, nursery

rhymes and finger plays.  For information, call Joan at 461-6163.



3rd Thursday of each month, June 19, July 17, August 21, 3:00-4:00 pm

For ages 4 and older

Location:  Atascadero Library (new location)

Join Captain, a 6-year-old tan and white rough-coated Jack Russell Terrier

and his human friend Anne Harris, for a relaxed hour of stories.  Captain

enjoys being part of the "Reading to Rover" program at the library and loves

it when children read to him and the children have a good time as well.  He

is certified as a therapy dog and besides visiting the library he goes to

convalescent and care facilities.  Captain always seems to know who is in

the most need of a visit from a friendly, gentle, and quiet little dog.  For

information call 461-6163.  



Dexter wants to know how the story ends.
Photo by Deborah Cash

Tuesdays  July 1  11:00 am  August 5  11:00 am

For ages 4 and older

Location:  Atascadero Library  (new location)

Dexter, certified as a Pet Partner through the Delta Society, loves listening to stories at the Atascadero Library.  He began visiting our library in January 2013.  Dexter also loves taking walks, playing with his buddies, eating, sleeping and cuddling.  For information call 461-6163.









June 14-August 16

Children and young adults are invited to read and keep track of the titles

read on a reading log.  Upon completion, each youngster will receive a book

bag, popular paperback and other special rewards. The themes are "Fizz!

Boom! Read!" (birth-fifth grade) and "Spark a Reaction!" (entering sixth

grade-high school).  Check the children's event board, teen area, local

newspapers and radio/TV stations and www.slolibrary.org for updates,

including other branch libraries participating in the program.  All programs

are free and held at the library, unless otherwise noted. They are sponsored

by the Atascadero Friends of the Library.  For more information, call Joan

at 461-6163.



Thursdays   11:00 AM

Colony Park Community Center  5599 Traffic Way

Recommended for ages 4+

Sponsored by the Atascadero Friends of the Library and 

the City of Atascadero, Department of Community Services





June 19  Singer/Songwriter/Puppeteer Tom Knight 

Enjoy an interactive puppet show that includes a vibrant collection of original songs and skits









June 26 Theater    

Karen Garman                   

"Miss Karen's" highly energetic program incorporates props, costumes, and

games into a lively show that combines the art of drama, dance and










July 10 Storyteller  Library Fairy 

Storytelling from all over the world comes to life with this colorful, bilingual performer dressed in fairy wings and high heel tennis shoes.











July 17  Singer/Songwriter Melissa Green

Enjoy children's music with a rockin' beat!  Melissa's music was selected

for the Putamayo Rock and Roll Playground CD and she has won numerous

awards, including the Parent's Choice Award.









July 24 Magician Gerald Joseph 

Experience amazing sleight of hand magic, funny sight gags,

illusions and more.









July 31 Improvisational Storyteller 

Victoria Goring  (pictured above)

Share in an adventure in a unique blend of storytelling and improvised

theater that will stimulate the imagination and inspire creativity!






Saturday, June 21  10:30-12:30

For ages 12-18

Space is limited.  Advanced registration and guardian permission is required.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the program.

Learn about the origin, ceremonial use, ancient, current and mystical uses of Henna and create your own design in this hands-on workshop. All materials will be provided.



Saturday, July 19  10:30-12:30

For ages 11-17

Space is limited.  Advanced registration is required.  Please arrive 10 minutes before the program.

Add a pop of color to your summer with this paper lantern and beaded wire sculpture class. Play with patterned paper that you can cut, fold, and collage into happy paper lanterns for your room or other fun areas. Explore an assortment of beads and wire to create wire sculptures indoors or outdoors in celebration of mobile artist Alexander Calder!



Saturday, August 2 10:30-12:30

For ages 11-18

Please arrive 10 minutes before the program. By popular demand, Irene Flores, the illustrator of the series "Mark of the Succubus," and 2 Shojo Fashion Manga drawing books, will share many facets about drawing cool looks, characters and more.  Participants are invited to bring sketchbooks. Some paper and pencils will be provided.


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Treasurer's Report 
Submitted by Darlene Brainard

Through March, 2014

House                      13.00
Total                         13.00

Lobby                     308.00
Membership             24.00
Total                       332.00




President--Grenda Ernst

Vice President--Eileen O'Grady

Secretary--Susie Blackwell

Treasurer--Darlene Brainard

Robert Alberti, Georgie Arnold, Claudia Collier, Anne Harris, Liz Helgerson, 

Audrey Hooper, Christina Lefevre Latner, Leigh Livick, Jeannie Malik, 

Jim Patterson, Marguerite Pulley, Alice Rew, Linda Zirk

Webmaster--Tom Thompson  heytwt@hotmail.com

Newsletter/Social Media Coordinator--Deborah Cash  debcash@macservices.net

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