Noteworthy News

Here’s a few updates of recent happenings related to the Friends. I especially draw your attention to the first item–a discussion of enlarging our library at the upcoming City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd:

Expanded Library Proposed (Tuesday May 3rd, 7:30pm, Council Chambers)
Working in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles, Temple City will be considering an enlarged and improved development of the existing library. City Council will be discussing this as Item 10 of their Agenda at their Regular Meeting on May 3, 2016 (Tuesday).

As FOL Members, I encourage you to attend, listen to the ideas presented, and voice your support. The meeting begins at 7:30pm in the Council Chambers at 5938 Kauffman. Item 10 comes midway through the meeting, but you might decide for the whole thing as they’re pretty interesting. (You can always bring a book!)

County Matching Grant Awarded to Friends of the Temple City Library
At the County-Wide Friends Exchange held this past weekend, the Temple City Friends were awarded a $1000 check for their $2000 program to launch a Beginning Reading Project in conjunction with local schools.

As part of the program, we’ll be re-stocking the Children’s Section of the Library with upgraded books and learning materials. The check was presented in front of Friends’ representatives and Librarians from all over the County.

Library Manager Jing Li, Treasurer Kathryn Bradley, Vice-President Sam Kho, and President Munir Bhatti were on hand to accept the awarded grant and to say thanks for the generosity of the LA County Library Foundation. Special thanks goes to Children’s Librarian Xuemin Zhong who crafted much of the proposal.

County-Wide Book Sale a Success
Our County-Wide Book Sale held on April 9 was a success! While not helping me finish my taxes, it did sell arm-loads of books and spur several people to join the Friends. Thanks for everyone who helped run the event, especially our hard-working and fun-loving volunteers. Please join me in thanking Edna Jukofsky, Emily Wisneski, Phil Mendel and our teen volunteers who helped with the sale. Way to go, team!

County-Wide Book Sale

Join us for the Annual County-Wide Book Sale. We’ll have over 20 boxes of books, movies, and audio on sale including many titles in English and Chinese.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location:
Temple City Library (due to rain, likely indoors)
5939 Golden West Ave.
Temple City, CA 91780

In addition to our normal pricing, we’ll be offering quantity discounts at the sale as well as a special discount for Friends’ members. See you there!

Upcoming Meetings and Book Sale

Event: Friends Meet & Greet
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Temple City Library
Agenda: Come meet with President and Social Committee of the Friends.
Enjoy refreshments, and discuss growing orchids. Members may bring a guest.

Event: Friends Board Meeting
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 6pm to 7:30pm
Agenda: Annual budget, County matching grant, New officers, Book sale
discount for members. This is a member-only event. Refreshments will be served.

Event: County-Wide Book Sale
Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: To be determined, but likely 10am to 4pm
Location: Front Portico of the Temple City Library
Description: We will have our usual books on sale plus many from back
stock that have never been viewed. There will be both normal and
high-value (rare) books for sale. Quantity discounts and member
discounts will be available.

HealthCare Partners Donates

On January 12, 2016, HealthCare Partners of Temple City presented the Friends of the Temple City Library with a $1000 donation! This is intended to support the Summer Reading Program, fund healthy cooking demonstrations, support the acquisition of health and nutrition books and DVDs, as well as to schedule relevant guest speakers related to health, nutrition, exercise and medical knowledge.

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The Friends, Library, and representatives from HealthCare Partners of Temple City (located on Las Tunas) will work closely to ensure the monies are used in a way beneficial for the Library and the Community.We’re pleased to welcome HealthCare Partners as our newest organizational member and look forward to working with them in the coming year.

The difficult part of receiving the donation was trying to fold it small enough to transport to the bank. It was—both in the physical size of the check and its amount—one of the largest donations we’ve received! When you meet anyone from the Temple City office of HealthCare Partners, be sure to thank them for generously supporting the Friends, the Library, and the Community.

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.