by Virginia York

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May 24, 2012
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Alpine library a happening location

Alpine County Librarian Rita Lovell saw an article in the Sacramento Bee about a Sacramento library checking out usage meters donated by a local power company. She then got in touch with Liberty Energy and suggested that they donate some power usage meters to our Library to promote energy consumption consiousness among the patrons.

It would also, she said, be good PR for Liberty energy. She received an encouraging response. The new president and several managers thought this request fit in with the regulatory guidelines for energy education and gave nine Kill A Watt EZ energy usage monitors to the library. Check one out. Simply plug it into a wall socket then plug in an appliance to find out the operating cost. Patrons are excited by their eye-opening discoveries. The monitors come in canvas bags containing information on such topics as energy conservation, energy assistance programs, how to make your home greener.

Speaking of partnerships, the library is enjoying a symbiotic relationship with Choices for Children in Woodfords. In spite of budget cuts to her organization, Rachael Brothers of Choices for Children, can still offer a monthly story time, activity and healthful snack by holding the event at the library, making it accessible to all children, local and visiting, and their parents. The Friends of the Library purchase the supplies. For the date of the next story time please call the library, (530) 694-2120.

The Friends of the Library will be holding the fourth annual Wine in the Garden fundraiser, 4-8 p.m. June 30 at the Mountain Garden Bed and Breakfast at the flashing yellow light where Highway 89 meets Highway 88. This is a marvellous opportunity to sit in beautiful surroundings conversing with friends, neighbors and strangers, indulging in scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, listening to melodious music while sipping fine wines. Tickets are $20 each or two for $35 and include a lovely wine glass, specially engraved. Raffle tickets are $3 each or four for $10. Don't miss the chance to win a meal in a local restaurant or a relaxing massage - only two of many possibilities. For more information (or to make a wine or raffle prize donation) please call the Library at (530) 694-2120. Do join us.

The Summer Reading Program will start July 7 with Story Time in the Park, featuring the not-to-be-missed Busy Bee Dog Show. These rescue dogs are trained to perform plays of traditional stories such as The Gingerbread Man and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Ellen Martin, who will be conducting the Summer Reading Program, will be reading children' s stories. Delicious Indian tacos will be served, Dale Bennett presiding, $7 per meal. The Summer Reading Program is 10:30-11:45 a.m. Fridays July 13 - Aug. 17. Pre-register at the Library. Children may come to any number of the sessions which are $3 each, family rate available. Parents may volunteer in lieu of paying. The theme this year is Night Sky, and the programme will include stories, poems and songs and crafts on such topics as creatures of land and sea who are active in the dark, the constellations and magical night-time visitors such as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman.

Once again Steve Hibbs will be organizing Music in the Park, a series of enriching evenings in the Library Park listening to a variety of music. The concerts begin at 5 p.m. Donations to the Friends of the Library will be gratefully accepted.

On July 22 $10 Pony, a folksingers from Gardnerville.

Aug. 26 Big Meadow Blue Grass Band from Bridgeport, with our local, Jim Dunn on bass.

Sept. 9 Ciana, from the Carson Valley, tradional Irish music.

Good news on the internet front! On July 1, the Library Internet service is increasing speeds to 20mbs MetroEthernet-six times faster than residential service. Also, an upgraded Wireless Hotspot will be in place, providing a wider service area and increased upload/download speeds for use in the Library Park-and beyond!

There are two Kindle Books available to check out, Kindle Fire and The Touch 3g. Library patrons can access our downloadable collection (Library-to-Go) from the Library' s website. This collection includes E-books in a variety of formats including Kindle, EPUB, PDF, MP3 & WMA, and is free to Library patrons.

The Library Book Club meets downstairs on the last Thursday of the month at noon. The next one will be on May 31 and the book to be discussed is Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Please call Carol Morgan, (530) 694-2734 for details.

Would you like to write a murder mystery play for the next library performance? Would you like to start a writing club? Do you have a collection to display in the Library? Please call the Library (530) 694-2120.

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