Mission Statement The mission of the Friends of the Atascadero Library is to support, promote and expand the library's resources and programs. 

January - February 2015

President's Message
Robert E. Alberti, Ph.D.
"Dancing With Our Stars" Update
Jeannie Malik, Vice President
Art Exhibits Update

Librarian's Message
Joe Laurenzi

Children's and Adult's Program Calendar
Atascadero Library Staff were honored recently for dedication and professionalism
during a year of change and new beginnings.

SLO County Supervisor Debbie Arnold, pictured above, and Friends of the Atascadero Library hosted a holiday brunch to thank Library staff for a job well done during the past year's relocation to the new facility, recognizing an amazing accomplishment by a dedicated team!  Supervisor Arnold and former supervisor Jim Patterson (an early champion of the Library's expansion) were on hand to salute all those who made the transition smooth and professional including
Director of Library Services Chris Barnickle, Librarian Joe Laurenzi and staff.

  Thanks to Debbie Arnold and her staff for contributions to the event and their support of the new Library along with fabulous food, flowers and a wonderful event provided by
Claudia Collier, Linda Zirk, Susie Blackwell and Grenda Ernst of FOAL.  
Good job everyone!
In addition, Board President Robert Alberti presented a special "Golden Guppy Award" to the staff

President Robert Alberti
President's Message 
Robert E. Alberti, Ph.D.

A new year begins -- traditionally the time to reflect on the year past and to imagine the 12 months to come. And what a year was 2014 for Friends of the Atascadero Library! 


"Dancing With Our Stars" was an SRO smash hit - again! ...  major donors to the expansion campaign were treated to a spectacular performance at the Galaxy Theater by the Salome Chamber Orchestra ... our Morro Road library closed after more than 30 years ... the Capistrano Avenue building was completed ... the library's resources and furnishings were carefully packed, stacked and tracked from Morro Road to Capistrano ... the community celebrated with a Sneak Peek and a Grand Opening ... a series of beautiful and popular art exhibits began in the new facility ... library hours were expanded (countywide) ... library traffic and circulation increased more than 25% ...


Vice President and
"Dancing With Our Stars" Chair
Jeannie Malik
Vice President and "Dancing With Our Stars" 
Event Chair Jeannie Malik

Happy New Year!  2015 is off to a super start with our community star dancers learning their routines, actively fundraising and gearing up for the big event "Atascadero's Dancing With Our Stars!" Artistic Director Frank Sanchez is choreographing a very special show themed "Wonderful World of Dance" scheduled March 20th and 21st that is sure to be the talk of the town! Tickets go on sale Saturday January 17th at the Atascadero Library from 10 am-5 pm and are $85 including social hour with Opolo wine, beer, silent auction, catered dinner and dessert.  There will be open dancing during the vote counting and a "People's Choice" award will be presented at the end of each evening. Tickets sold out within 30 minutes last year, so please don't delay securing your seats for this highly acclaimed event. Cash and checks only will be accepted. Because of the popularity of this event, no reservations can be accepted without payment. 

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


Joe Laurenzi at Library Art Show with Linda Zirk, left, and Sue Sly,
FOAL volunteers
Photo by Deborah Cash

Dear Friends,

I would like to dedicate this month's article to the staff of the Atascadero Library. In all of this year, with our new building and our new hours, free holds, our fall Climate Change exploration, and the FOAL's big parade win, it is easy to forget the day-to-day work that goes into making the library what is each and every day. So let me just take the time to tell you a little something about the staff. 


Most of you know Joan Bloomfield and Brian Coburn, our Youth Services and Adult Services librarians respectively. They have been working hard to make the new space the most it can be for Atascadero. Both Joan and Brian are creating more dynamic programming for Atascadero Library that includes two new storytimes and new robust adult programming schedule with the very popular weekly event "Find Out Fridays."  

Gordon Peterson steers what has become an much larger ship. He is in charge of our increased circulation which is up 16% from last year. With our new hours, Gordon keeps a constant eye on the schedule making sure that our staff are ready and trained to serve the public. 


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Featured artist Julie Dunn with her son, Ian Wood,
at the show's reception

                                                      Library Art Exhibits


Julie Dunn's exhibit of tempera batiks continues through January.

In February and March, the library will exhibit original art related to the theme "A Sense of Identity."  

A reception will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30-7 p.m., to meet the artists who have been selected for this exhibit.  Light refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome to attend. 

The library will host other programs on this theme--which honors Black History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March).

Submitted by Art Committee Chair Eileen O'Grady

New FOAL member scores tickets!


Sandy Hopper became a member of the Friends of the Atascadero Library during our membership drive in October, which was held in conjunction with National Friends of the Library Week.  The names of everyone who became a member during the drive were entered in a drawing for two tickets to the 2015 production of Dancing With Our Stars.  The winning lottery ticket was selected during the November FOAL Board meeting and Sandy was the lucky new member.  Sandy is a semi-retired interior decorator who has lived in Atascadero for 30 years and while this is the first time she has joined the FOAL, she says she uses the library regularly.  She and her husband Steve will be enjoying  the Saturday evening DWOS show.

Library Activities bring education, fun and enjoyment 
to the entire community

Programs for Adults, Children and Teens

Submitted by Joan Bloomfield, Youth Services




Membership Update 

New Members

Les Echols
Carmel Mullers and Abe Zavala
Mark Winkler
Terry and Elisa Leigan
Maryan Infield
Linda Austin
Sandy Hopper
Kami Laprade
Mary and Bill Shaffer
Phillip Deal
Janet K. Morales


Judy Wulff


John and Diane Lehman
Virginia Powers
William and Grenda Ernst
Treasurer's Report 

The Treasurer's Report will return with the next edition when we welcome Incoming Treasurer 
Shirley Summers.





President--Robert E. Alberti

Past President--Grenda Ernst

Vice President--Jeannie Malik

Recording Secretary--Susie Blackwell

Treasurer--Shirley Summers

Corresponding Secretary--Audrey Hooper


Georgie Arnold, Claudia Collier, Liz Helgerson, Christina Lefevre Latner, Leigh Livick, 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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