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Upcoming library events
The Friends of the Folsom Library helps make many of these events possible. The Folsom Library is one of the few places that residents of all ages can enjoy free programs and services. All events below take place at the library.
Congressman Ami Bera's staff, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m. to noon: Discuss your issues with a member of our congressman's staff and know you'll be heard. Free.
Computer Literacy Basics, Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to noon: For people just getting started on computers. Free.
U.S. Citizenship Workshop, Saturday, Jan. 14, 1-3 p.m. For people interested in becoming naturalized U.S. citizens.
First Friday: The Life of William Leidesdorff, Friday, Feb. 3, 10-11 a.m.: Author Carolyn Bakken will discuss her book and the life of the original owner of the land grant that included what is now the city of Folsom. Leidesdorff, well noted in Folsom, was one of the country's first black millionaires and a California pioneer. Refreshments served. The room will open at 9:45 for seating.
In addition, we have reading programs for preschoolers every morning Tuesday through Saturday. See the library website calendar for details.
Watch for our next book sale in March
Thanks to the Folsom community for supporting our most successful book sale ever in March. We also thank our volunteers who made the sale possible.
The money we raise at our semi-annual book sales helps provide nearly all the free programming the library offers the community. In the past, we've paid for new computers for adult and children's areas (free to users); the Summer Reading Program, which keeps kids reading while school is out; furniture for the Teen Room and the Large-Print Reading Area; author visits; First Friday presentations; homework assistance; ESL classes and materials; the library's self-checkout and security systems and much, much more.
You can help us even more by joining the Friends (as a member you'll get free book sale admission on preview Fridays) plus discounts on all purchases at the sale and in the Book Store. Join under the tab on this website.
Visit our Friends Book Store in the library
Longtime Friends board member Bill Cobb has been named the new Friends' Bookstore manager. Bill has been a backbone of Friends since joining the board 15 years ago. He's served as treasurer, was instrumental in designing the original BookTique and, with his wife Mary, spearheads the October Renaissance Faire book sales. He works at nearly every other Friends event as well. President Maggie Roehm will assist Bill.
Along with three book sales each year, the Bookstore is the Friends' primary fundraiser. Every worker is a volunteer, and all items we sell are donations. It is the money the Friends raise that enables the Folsom Library to provide such a wonderful array of free programs and services for people of all ages in our community.
The Bookstore is in the library hallway to the left of the main entrance – next to the Einstein Cafe. The store may be small, but it's packed with gently used books of every type and genre. We rotate the stock, so stop by often to browse. Let us know if there's something special you're looking for. Our hours are Tues-Sat 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday and all library holidays.
For questions, suggestions or more information, call Bill at 916-983-2116 or 916-221-0404.
Support the library with a leaf on our Giving Tree
Our Giving Tree is growing, and if we do say so ourselves, it is gorgeous. We envision the day the leaves will spread around the full wall ... and maybe walls!
Here, Lynn Doiron's photos show the tree in progress, with board member Bill Cobb placing a leaf, center. We are engraving the leaves with the names of donors who contribute, or have contributed, at least $250 to the Friends. Higher levels of giving are recognized with hand-painted lady bugs, bumblebees or butterflies, painted by artist Lesley Kemp.
The tree is made of wood and was beautifully sculpted and painted for us by Mike Jimena, co-owner with his wife, Connie Mockenhaupt, of Mikon Productions. You may recognize them as director/producers and often actors at the Sutter Street Theater. Each leaf was hand cut so no two exactly match. Executive Engravers on Natoma Street is etching the names.
The Friends of the Folsom Library