Mission Statement

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

Newsletter July - August 2015
In This Issue...

President's Message
Linda Zirk and 
Outgoing President Robert E. Alberti, PhD
Update from Vice President and
Dancing With Our Stars Chair
Jeannie Malik
Librarian's Message
Joe Laurenzi
Meet Your Board Member
Linda Zirk

Library Art Programs
Eileen O'Grady

  Friends of the Library Board members Liz Helgerson (left) and Leigh Livick (second from left) joined Library staffer Brian Coburn in wishing 
Joan Bloomfield a happy retirement!   
Photo by Deborah Cash
President's Message
Linda Zirk, 2015 - 2016
(with outgoing president
Robert E. Alberti, PhD 2014 - 2015)
As your newly elected president, I am honored to be following in the footsteps of Grenda Ernst and recent past president Bob Alberti who have steered the Friends of Atascadero Library over the past several years.  As Bob mentioned in his column in May, we had a rewarding and celebratory first year in our new Library space.

The excitement continues! Throughout the history of the Atascadero Colony, the Library has played a central role in the life of our community. Fortunately, our foresighted civic leaders recognized early on the importance of keeping pace with the community's ever-expanding need for library services and space, and planned accordingly. Thus, in 2014, we opened the doors to an exciting new library facility in the heart of town.


Now we prepare to celebrate yet another milestone for Friends of the Atascadero Library. The County of San Luis Obispo successfully sold the Morro Road library property in June 2015 to Seneca Family of Agencies. FOAL's share of the proceeds from the sale should leave us with no mortgage to pay, so all of our fundraising from now on can directly benefit library services, collections, and programs. It doesn't get any better than that!


From time to time, we hear library supporters say, "We have the new building; why does the library need money now?" The answer is a laundry list of those services, collections and programs - most of which have been put on hold during our building expansion campaign: new books, periodical and database subscriptions, digital resources, DVDs, CDs, lectures and concerts, outreach services, children's activities, summer reading programs, public classes on a myriad of topics, author events...the list goes on.


We hope you'll join with us in the work and fun of supporting your library. Friends don't let Friends go it alone!

Linda Zirk and Bob Alberti


Vice President and "Atascadero's Dancing With Our Stars" Event Chair's Message

Jeannie Malik


SAVE THE DATE....or at least one of the dates, to attend the two-night "Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars" annual event. This wildly popular community star-studded show is scheduled for March 18 and 19th, 2016 at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake.  Tickets will go on sale in mid-January. Thanks to webmaster Tom Thompson, we will offer online ticket purchase after the initial two-day manual ticket sale for the anxious early birds.


I  am delighted to share that Frank Sanchez has agreed to direct our 2016 show! After much thought, research and consideration, he conceived the theme, "Musical Movie Magic." Frank relayed to me that creating a show is akin to writing a novel; all the elements need to be in place. Familiar tunes from bygone days and familiar faces of today are sure to please our audience. Frank and our DWOS committee have been meeting and planning the 2016 event since April and we are well on our way to another unforgettable show. We are in the final stages of securing our choreographers and community stars and look forward to announcing the names in the fall newsletter.

Read more, click here


Attendees at American Dream exhibit listening
about how art is selected for exhibits.  

Library Art News

Submitted by 

Eileen O'Grady


Library visitors can still see the American Dream exhibit on display through the end of July.  At the artist reception held in June, North County Regional Librarian Joe Laurenzi led artists and other attendees on a tour of the work.  Artists answered questions and shared their vision of the selected theme. 

In August and September the library will feature the landmark photography of.Joe Schwartz, a nationally recognized photographer who grew up in Brooklyn and lived in Atascadero before his death.  His work, which often captures interracial harmony, has been selected for the Smithsonian, and it has also been exhibited at the Getty Museum.  A reception will be held at the library on Thursday, August 6, from 5:30-7 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served, and all are invited. 

Contact emogrady9@gmail.com for more information regarding events or submissions.





Incoming President


How did you become involved in Friends of the Library?

I first met Grenda Ernst through AAUW Atascadero branch meeting.  A few months later I met Grenda again at the supermarket and she mentioned that the Library Board was looking for new members and asked me to consider joining that group.


What events/activities have you participated in, have a fondness for, have been a focus for you as a Board member?

The first event Grenda asked me as a Board member to organize was the FOL float for Colony Days in 2011. I also worked with Grenda and Eileen on getting the Donor Tree manufactured and installed...making sure that all the names and dedications were correctly spelled and in the correct categories. 


Now that the Library is finally open, how do you see your (and the FOL) focus changing?

The Friends group needs to keep the focus on our mission statement : to support, promote and expand the library's resources and programs; improve our public relations program to ensure that everyone in the community is aware of what the Library offers!


Read more, click here


Alice Rew, the Bookstore's namesake, enjoys a library event last summer

Message from Alice Rew, 

Bookstore Coordinator


Bookstore Director Alice Rew is thrilled to report that in June, 2015, Alice's Bookstore sold $1,710.00 in books and materials.


Way to go, Alice and volunteers.  


BTW, volunteers are always needed to keep the store open regular hours!


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


Librarian Joe Laurenzi shows some new titles in the teen section.
Building and Creating at the Library

I read a book called The Artist's Library by Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore, (you can find it in our catalog), and it highlights how artists are using books and libraries to be creative within library space. I explored this idea with a couple of programs this year.


One was a program that local artist Lauren Birkhahn and I produced for adults for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This program started with me, the librarian, presenting brief a Power Point and video on a prominent Asian American Artist to familiarize participants with the artist. Lauren then took the technique and concept employed by artists used to show participants how they can create art their own art by using the same fundamentals. In this case they took the concept of transforming the written word into a picture through creating a cartoon flip book. 


An example of this would be a bird written and in 15 frames becoming a bird. The exercise took one hour and the guests, albeit few, seemed engaged in creating something unique. There was a sense of learning and meditation in this process.


Read more, click here 

Upcoming events at the 
Atascadero Library!
FOAL Financial Report through June, 2015
Submitted by Shirley Summers, FOAL Treasurer

Operations Report

Membership                       626.87
Bookstore Sales               1710.99
Grants                              6000.00

Total Income                    9137.86

Building/Space rental           75.00
Advertising/Newsletter         91.27
Insurance                        1,680.00
Adult Programs                 441..47
Misc. Supplies                    235.00
Postage                                  9.80
Supplies                               45.60
Special Events                   705.72

Total Expenses               3303.30

Current Balance           25,812.11

New Members, Donors and DWOS Contributors

Thank you to the many people who have joined FOAL, sponsored or participated in events and helped FOAL continue to deliver programs to Library patrons!

June Donors
John Lehman
Annette Hatzman
Christopher Neary

New Member
Paula Motlo

Bon appétit!  


Supporting the Library, local friends recently enjoyed an "incroyable" al fresco dinner prepared and hosted by Ron and Liz Helgerson at their beautiful Atascadero home, all proceeds going to FOAL.
Photo by Don Sauressig




President--Linda Zirk

Vice President--Jeanne Malik

Recording Secretary--Susie Blackwell

Corresponding Secretary--Carol Gobler

Treasurer--Shirley Summers

Past President--Robert Alberti

Members-- Liz Helgerson, Christina Lefevre Latner, Leigh Livick, Jim Patterson, Linda Persons, Marguerite Kelly-Pulley, Alice Rew, Sharon Turner

Webmaster--Tom Thompson  heytwt@hotmail.com

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


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