Friends at AmazonSmile

During the holidays, we received this note from Amazon:

“AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. You are receiving this letter because one or more Amazon customers have selected to support Friends of the Temple City Library when they shop at AmazonSmile.”

That’s right: you may now select the Friends of the Temple City Library under the AmazonSmile program! We’re already signed up. If you shop at http://smile.amazon.com 0.5% of the purchase price will be donated to the Friends.

When selecting your charity at AmazonSmile, click the search box and enter ‘Friends of the Temple City Library’. We should show up right away. Thanks thinking of us!

Upcoming Meeting

Update: the cooking demo (2pm @ library) will proceed as planned, but the board meeting is cancelled due to illness.

Please join us at the upcoming FOL Meeting:

Date: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Time: 1pm to 2pm (cancelled, but cooking demo will take place at 2pm)
Location: Temple City Library
Agenda: Board seats, County matching grant proposal, Plan thank yous

All members are invited to attend. In our second meeting of the year we’ll continue discussing seats on the Board. We have too many Vice-Presidents and not enough of the other officers. We’ll discuss recruitment for these positions. The Library would like us to discuss and consider their proposal for the County matching grant. In addition, we want to plan a thank you party for our outgoing Secretary and Treasurer board members who’ve done a great job over the years.

Immediately after the meeting–at 2pm–there will be a Healthy Asian Cooking Demo by Minnie Luong. Mrs. Luong is a professional chef and culinary educator. Refreshments will be served as part of the cooking demonstration. We invite all meeting attendees to stay for the cooking program.

Meeting Reminder

Please join us at the upcoming FOL Meeting:

Date: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Temple City Library
Agenda: Board seats, annual budget, thank you luncheon/party

All members are invited to attend. In our first meeting of the year we’ll be discussing seats on the Board. We have too many Vice-Presidents and not enough of the other officers. We’ll discuss recruitment for these positions. The Library would like us to discuss and consider their annual budget proposal. In addition, we want to plan a thank you party for our outgoing Secretary and Treasurer board members who’ve done a great job over the years.

One more thing: we’d like to consider a more favorable time to meet. Several of our members have asked that we meet during daylight hours, which makes it easier for them to attend.

Giving Thanks

The Friends of the Temple City Library would like to thank Angie Dorantes and Steve Reneer for their service. Mrs. Dorantes served as Secretary of the group for 3 years. Mr. Reneer served as Treasurer for 2 years. Both contributed their time and effort into making the Friends a better, more professionally-run group.

At the next Board Meeting, in January, we shall discuss candidates for the Board and prepare to schedule elections. We would prefer to find the right people rather than be in a rush. Members wishing to nominate someone for the Board may email us or leave the nomination with one of the Librarians.

Once we make it through the holidays, we’ll work to schedule a thank you event for the outgoing officers. While their contributions to the Board will be missed, they remain FOL Members and active participants in the Temple City community. The Board congratulates and thanks Angie and Steve and wishes them the best in the coming year. It has truly been a pleasure!

Using Technology at the Library

Using Technology at the Library
Thursday, October 9
6:30pm to 7:00pm
Temple City Library

Summary
This is a half-hour workshop covering the use of laptops and tablets at the Library. The County recently improved the Internet access and the Wi-Fi network at the Temple City branch. We’ll show you how to log into the library Wi-Fi system, access the Internet, check your library account, download eBooks, etc. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and a brief board meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet to the workshop.

New Library Hours

Effective September 2nd–which was Tuesday in case you missed it–the Temple City Library has new hours. The Library is now open 6 days per week and has adjusted hours to better coincide with usage. The new hours are:

Monday        10am to 6pm
Tuesday       10am to 8pm
Wednesday  10am to 8pm
Thursday      12pm to 8pm
Friday           12pm to 5pm
Saturday       10am to 5pm
Sunday         Closed

Please visit the Library Web Site for additional information.

Moon Festival Activities at the Library

On Saturday, September 6th the Library will be hosting several fun events which the Friends are supporting. All are free and open to the public:

Martial Art Performance at 11:00 AM
Join us for this special occasion with a performance by Wushu Action Star Academy.

Snowy Mooncake Making Demonstration at 11:30 AM
Learn to make snowy mooncakes with Phoebe Chow.

Tanabata Art Activities at 12:30 PM
Come join us for origami art activities and riddle games.

Addition information (location, times, etc.) may be found at:
http://www.colapublib.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=59926

Schedule change: upcoming presentations

Please note that the meeting of August 14 has been cancelled and replaced by those below:

How to Install Micro-Drip Irrigation
Thursday, September 11
6:30pm to 7:00pm
Temple City Library

Summary
Given the state-wide drought, saving water is extremely important. Jim Raney, formerly a Mechanical Designer at NASA JPL and now owner and manager of a landscaping business, will give a presentation on How to Install Micro-Drip Irrigation from products readily available at home improvement stores. By deploying a micro-drip irrigation system, water use is reduced dramatically. A 15-minute Q & A session follows the presentation

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Using Technology at the Library
Thursday, October 9
6:30pm to 7:00pm
Temple City Library

Summary
This is a half-hour workshop covering the use of laptops and tablets at the Library. The County recently improved the Internet access and the Wi-Fi network at the Temple City branch. We’ll show you how to log into the library Wi-Fi system, access the Internet, check your library account, download eBooks, etc. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet to the workshop.

After each presentation, there will be time for questions and a brief board meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Please update your calendar with the new information.  And one more thing: remember to stay cool and visit the Library!

Fusion Festival

Fusion Festival: Introduction to the Food and Cultures in Asia &
Pacific Islands
Saturday, May 17, 2014
11 am – 3 pm
Temple City Library

FREE event
Whole family is welcome.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Come and explore
various traditions and cultures with food demonstration, art
performance, art activities and full of hands-on fun in an exciting
way.

11 – 11:15 a.m. : Opening
Guest speakers including the President of the Friends of Temple City
Library, the Library Manager, and possible city officials?

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Music and Dance
Enjoy performance featuring spectacular dance performers: America
Chinese Dance Association, Dance for Dream, etc.

12 – 2 p.m.: Art Activities and Refreshments
Make an origami flower for someone special, or candy lei for someone
sweet! Other art activities include bookmark design, calligraphy, silk
painting and more.

Enjoy snacks and food featuring diversity within Asian and Pacific
Island cultures.

2 – 3 p.m.: Sushi Demonstration
Join Chef Andy Matsuda from Sushi Chef Institute for a sushi
demonstration exploring the rich and diverse culinary traditions of
Japan.

This event is co-sponsored by County Library Foundation and Friends of
the Temple City Library.

Electric Car Conversion

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Presentation by James Baker, IdeaLab! Engineer
6:30PM on Thursday, May 15, 2014
Temple City Library, Main Room
5939 Golden West Ave., Temple City, CA 91780
Light refreshments and board meeting will follow
Open to the public

Summary
Electric cars offer a clean, quiet and efficient method of transportation.  But until recently, there were few if any choices available.  Even now, electric cars are relatively expensive.  And what if there’s a particular car you love, that you wish was electric?   Some cars make a lot more sense than others, but any gasoline car you love can be converted.  It’s not easy.  It requires a lot of time, especially for someone without any experience.  It involves working with some potentially dangerous items.  It’s not the sort of project you should take on unless you think you will really enjoy it.  There are a few companies out there that can convert a car for you, but this can be expensive, and you miss out on learning how your car really works.  Converting your own car can be an amazing and educational experience, if you go into it for the right reasons.

By working on and off for 4 years, Mr. Baker has transformed his 1974 Jensen Healey into an electric vehicle. Come join us for this intriguing talk, and enjoy some light refreshments afterward courtesy of the Friends of the Temple City Library.