Friends Bulletin

Friends of the Modesto Library Newsletter Winter/Spring 2010
Inside this issue:

YES Ambassadors at Annual Meeting
The Friends of Modesto Library is proud to present YES Ambassadors on March 3, 2010, at the annual membership meeting. YES Ambassadors will perform a selection of songs on friendship and delight Friends. the arts. Participants learn lifetime skills of leadership, teamwork, discipline, and a strong exposure to performance and the arts. .

Library Stuff Upcoming Library Events Destination: Success! Book Club in a Box Halloween Fun New Literature Rack Return of Used Book Sale Library Spotlight
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We hope to see you at our annual membership meeting in the Modesto Library Auditorium YES (Youth Entertainment (downstairs) to socialize, enjoy Stage) is a year-round youth theater program that introduces songs by YES Ambassadors, and vote for FOML board members students to the performing arts through intensive summer theat- for 2010-2011. rical training and year-round exposure to performance and What: Annual Membership Meeting with YES Ambassadors When: Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 7 pm Where: Modesto Library Downstairs Auditorium/1500 I St. FOML board nominees are: President: Stella Beratlis Vice-President: Joan Patterson Secretary: Vacant Treasurer: Jonaca Driscoll Membership: Ellen Dambrosio Activities: Barbara Quinn
YES Ambassadors

Modesto Library
1500 I Street Modesto CA 95354 (209) 558-7800 Hours M-Th 10 am—9 pm Fri-Sat 10 am—5 pm Sunday: closed

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This newsletter is published quarterly by the Friends of the Modesto Library. Copies may be requested by emailing The Friends of the Modesto Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes goodwill and support by the community for the Modesto Library, stimulates public awareness of Modesto Library needs, and seeks out sources of cultural and educational programs for the Modesto Library. Mail: FOML P.O. Box 4565 Modesto CA 95352 Online: Board of Directors 2009-2010 Officers President: Stella Beratlis Vice-Pres: Joan Patterson Secretary: vacant Treasurer: Jonaca Driscoll Directors: Membership: Ellen Dambrosio Book Sale: Anne Britton Activities: Barbara Quinn Publicity: vacant Hospitality: vacant At-Large/Gift Shop Mgr: Peggy Gardiner Newsletter: Gene & Lin-Ching Malone, Anne Britton, and many others! Special thanks to Dittos of Modesto ( The Friends of the Modesto Library is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the state of California. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. ID#: 77-0038333

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective February 1, 2010, the Library will no longer send courtesy hold notices by U.S. Mail. Please provide your e-mail address to receive hold notices and overdue reminders. You may update your e-mail information by going to “My Account” in the Library Catalog, then to “Profile”; or call (209) 558-7808.

New Seating in the Children’s Department
In early 2009, the Modesto Library requested that the Friends purchase six Lunella Stackable Seats to be used under Ryan’s Reading Tree in the Children’s Department. Board members approved the use of Friends funds for this furniture and so the order was placed. Those seats finally arrived at the start of January—and what a glorious splash of color they add to the Children’s Department. The seats, intended for small children to sit and enjoy reading or browsing through library materials, are soft, bouncy cushions that can be sat upon, slid upon, and carried around by children of all sizes. Designed by Enrico Baleria and Denis Santachiara for Baleria Italia, they’re a practical and usable example of Italian design. With washable covers, the Lunella Stackable Seats are sure to be a hit with kids at the Modesto Library for years to come.

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What’s coming up? Events at Modesto Library
Community Hospice Family Caregiver Education Community Hospice is presenting a series of four more Family Caregiver Education programs at the library, all starting at 6:30 p.m. The dates are February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 26. The programs are held in the Modesto Library Auditorium. All of the Month of February Children’s Lincoln Bookmark contest. Pick up entry forms in Modesto’s Children’s Department or at branch libraries. March 3, 7:00 p.m.: Annual FOML Membership Meeting Don’t miss our annual meeting. Entertainment by YES Ambassadors. Modesto Library Auditorium. March 7-13: Teen Tech Week Contact the Library for details. March 11 and 13: Used Book Sale—SALIDA Friends of the Salida Library are accepting donations of new and gently used books, magazines, CDs, videos and DVDs. Donations can be dropped off in the container in the Salida Library lobby at 4835 Sisk Road. All proceeds support children’s programs, special events and supplies at the Salida Library. Sale hours at the Salida Library are Thursday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call 543-7315.

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March 13, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.: All-Friends Conference For all Friends groups supporting Stanislaus County Libraries. Modesto Library Auditorium. March 17, 7:00 p.m.: Reading The Namesake by author Jhumpa Lahiri Modesto Library Book Club. In the Modesto Library Auditorium. March 20, 2:00 p.m.: Christi Phillips, author of The Rossetti Letter and The Devlin Diary Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Library Foundation and the Modesto Bee. Salida Library Community Room. May 1, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Used Book Sale—MODESTO Presented by Friends of the Modesto Library. For inquiries regarding book donations, please contact Clare Noonan at Sale will be held on the Modesto Library portico. May 12 through 15, Scholastic Discount New Kids Book Sale The “Customer Appreciation warehouse Remote sale” you have been waiting for will have discounts of 30% to 80%. Modesto Library Auditorium. Volunteers are needed to staff this sale. The hours worked will buy books for library and literacy programs. For information and to volunteer, call Anne Britton at 209-9961531.

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Destination: Success!
The Scholastic Destination Book Fair: Read Around the World was held November 12 - 14 in the Library auditorium. In addition to nearly $1,000 income for the Friends and $275 credit awarded by Scholastic which can be spent on their products, an additional $600-plus in books were collected and distributed to library, literacy and youth agency programs. These books were purchased by shoppers through Wish Lists and distributed to the Library’s Children’s and Teen programs as well as:
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Hutton House Parent Resource Center Redwood Family Center Sierra Vista Child & Family Services Stanislaus Literacy Center/ Family Literacy Program Toys for Tots

Children’s Crisis Center/ Cricket’s House Golden Valley Heath Centers/ Reach Out and Read Haven Women’s Shelter

Heartfelt thanks to all 24 volunteers who helped set up, pack down and staff the three day book fair. And a special thanks to Dittos for their continuing contributions for printing publicity material to advertise the event.

Book Club in a Box
Are you in a book club? Thinking of starting one? Community book clubs now have free access to sets of books through the County Library system. More than 80 titles are available including Eat, Pray, Love, The Kite Runner, and Life of Pi. Each set has 15 to 20 copies. Some have an audio or large-print edition included. For more information, call the Salida Library (543-7315), where the books are stored.

Halloween Fun
Roughly 200 people attended the 2009 Halloween event at the Modesto Library. The Stanislaus Library Foundation funded a Trick or Treat parade and costume contest with book store gift certificates as prizes. With help from the library’s Outreach department, volunteers from the Friends staffed treat stations throughout the library handing out posters, magnet frames, stickers, rainbow bracelets, and of course - candy! Smiles were had by all, not least the adorable children.
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Literature Rack Donated by Tuolumne River Woodworkers
Thanks to Richard Philpot and members of the Tuolumne River Woodworkers Association (TRWA), the Little Shop now has a lovely literature rack on which to place books for sale. The racks are designed so that smaller books can fit easily in the top tier of the rack, leaving space in the bottom rack for those larger-format books we offer. The TRWA, a nonprofit local organization for individuals who like to work with wood, has a strong community service orientation. In addition to tackling numerous outreach projects throughout the year, TRWA members create more than a thousand wood toys annually for distribution to children in our community. For more information about TRWA, please visit
Stella Beratlis with the new literature rack. Photo courtesy of Richard Philpot.

Return of the Friends’ Used Book Sale
Book lovers rejoice--the Friends of the Modesto Library is holding the first of what we hope will be an Annual Used Book Sale to benefit the Modesto Library on May 1, 2010. Many years ago, when this Friends group first started, we used to hold used book sales. However, for the past fifteen years (at least), the used book sale had fallen by the wayside. But now we're back, scheming to raise money for the Modesto Library, and planning to have a great time in the process. The Friends Used Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday May 1 on the Modesto Library Portico from 10 am to 3 pm. We're looking for good-condition used books and other media (DVDs, videos, etc.) which you may not need. What better way to dispose of your unwanted/unused reading material than donating to the Friends so we can raise funds for the Modesto Library? Please contact Clare Noonan at if you have items to donate.

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx
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LIBRARY SPOTLIGHT: Insomnia Anodyne Short Stories
Anne Britton

Anyone else out there an insomniac? Reading helps me slow down and drop off to sleep. Unless the book is too good to close, then reading until midnight finishing a book makes wake-up time come too early for me. My solution is to read short stories. The Modesto Library arranges its short story collection two ways. An author’s collected works, say a book of stories by Poe, will be shelved with his other fiction works. But if you dip into the unknown, try the other location - the

Short Story Collection. It is housed against the wall behind the regular fiction area and includes genres like mysteries, science fiction, women authors, time periods, and “best of” volumes. If you think you’ve read everything on the library shelf by your favorite author, you may be wrong. Use the library catalog and look up the author’s name using the “Any Word” search. You may find other shorter works in one of the Short Story Collection editions. Pleasant dreams!

Squirrel Has a Name!
Last year, the Friends purchased a squirrel puppet for the Children’s Department to use as a mascot. During November, the Children’s Department held a contest to name the squirrel. The two lucky winners, Halle and Nathan, chose books donated by Friends of the Modesto Library.

Toby Pattertwig

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The Friends of the Modesto Library is an organization dedicated to making our library more useful to more people. A friend is someone like YOU ... willing to support our library. You may use the application form below. President Stella Beratlis Vice President Joan Patterson Treasurer Jonaca Driscoll Secretary Tracy Sahn Membership Ellen Dambrosio Activities Barbara Quinn Book Fairs Anne Britton Gift Shop Manager Peggy Gardiner What does Friends of the Modesto Library do? Many things!!! Friends of the Modesto Library was originally founded to protect the citizens’ freedom to read. More recently, in times of reduced budgets, The Friends have come forth to help fund everything from Storyteller and Mime Programs for children, as well as book rewards for the Summer Reading Programs. We have also provided the baby library card flyer for new mothers, along with varied improvements to the library. Why should I join? Your membership dues will provide for continuing and expanding these programs. You will receive a newsletter with advance notice of upcoming events and current activities. How do I join? Tear off the membership form below, enclose your annual dues, and mail it in now. Make out your tax deductible check to Friends of the Modesto Library. What do I have to do after I become a member? Your participation in activities is on a voluntary basis. You may be asked to participate in Friends’ activities to help the library in various ways. Please indicate your area of interest on the membership form.

.............................................................................................................................................. Friends of the Modesto Library Membership Category* P O Box 4565 Student $ 5 Modesto, CA 95352 Individual $ 15 Family $ 25 Business $ 100 Name(s): Patron $ 200 _______________________________ Any additional contribution $____ Address: Total enclosed $____ _______________________________ City/Zip: _______________________________ Phone: ________________________ Email: ________________________ New member Renewing member I am interested in helping with: Newsletter___ Web________ Programs____ Fundraising__ Publicity_____ Graphic Art___ Membership __ Gift Shop_____

*Friends of the Modesto Library is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, Federal Tax ID #: 77-0038333. Contributions are deductible as allowed by law. 09/2009

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