By Sue Hotz | San Carlos Library
Awesome art show
In the Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery, Nov. 6–29, be awed by the drawings of award-winning illustrator and 1977 Patrick Henry High graduate, Terry Naughton. See beloved Disney characters (remember the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast;” the genie in “Aladdin,” and Zazu in “The Lion King”?), sports figures, and more. Naughton will be the keynote speaker at the San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) General Membership meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4–5:30 p.m., at the library. The meeting’s agenda is on the SCFOL website — all are all invited to attend. If you miss Naughton on the Nov. 14, meet him during his artist reception, Nov. 17, noon–2 p.m., in our art gallery.
Are you looking for new Christmas stockings to hang on your mantel or perhaps to act as unique gift holders stuffed with goodies? Dec. 4–Jan. 3, choose from the beautiful hand sewn stockings, created by Grace Gabriel, hanging in the Community Room & Art Gallery. You may purchase these one-of-a-kind Christmas stockings for the small price of $12 each. “How to buy” instructions will be posted. Phone Gabriel while you are at the library; she lives very close to the San Carlos Branch and will promptly be there to assist you.
The USS Midway
Nov. 16, 2–3 p.m., a Midway Museum docent will amaze us with facts about “The Floating City.” About 5 percent of the USS Midway’s 4,500 crew were pilots; the other 95 percent operated a floating city at sea — restaurants, barber shops, city utilities, convenience stores, police, hospital, newspaper, hotels, laundry and much more — so that the pilots could launch when the nation called. Explore with us this three-football-field-sized floating city at sea.
Park Ranger visit
Nov. 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m., ages 5-10 will have a special visit from Julie Aeilts, park ranger at Mission Trails Regional Park. Aeilts will share information about the animals in Mission Trails Park, the essentials of being a well-prepared hiker, the duties and responsibilities of being a ranger, and will bring specimens such as snakeskins, pelts, pellets, and wildlife track casts.
Literature Comes To Life
Kids from the audience are invited on Dec. 8, 1–2 p.m., to bring to life scenes from the children’s Hanukkah story, “The Runaway Latkes,” by Leslie Kimmel. This program develops oral skills and confidence in kids of all ages.
Library Book Club selection
The Library Book Club on Dec. 13, 12:30-2 p.m., is reading Beryl Markham’s memoir, “West with the Night.” The era is the early 1900s; the setting moves from a horse-race farm in Kenya to another in Molo, then to London and eventually returns to Kenya. Markham’s life was full of adventures — she hunted with the natives, trained racehorses, and became a courageous aviatrix. National Geographic chose Markham’s memoir as one of its top 10 adventure books.
Note from SCFOL President Joan Hayes
2018 has flown by and the San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) has had another busy year supporting the San Carlos Branch Library. Branch event attendance continues to increase and we look forward to news about building a larger branch facility.
SCFOL personnel changes this year include Bill Bischoff, who took over as Volunteer Coordinator from retiring, Lee Ottman. Bischoff is updating the SCFOL volunteer roster and looking for additional book sale helpers. Another retiree, Author Program Chair Carlene Hemric, relocated, and Lesley Frazier is now signing up authors for our 2019 series. The Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery walls are covered monthly with inspiring new art displays created by local artists. Shows are scheduled by artist and SCFOL Art Chair Barbara Stewart. Meet these talented artists at the monthly artist receptions.
Please log onto the SCFOL website where our branch’s calendar and program descriptions are updated by Publicity Chair Sue Hotz, who also writes this column and sends out SCFOL newsletters. Bobbi Dennis keeps the membership list organized. Our current SCFOL membership stands at 196 annual members, with an additional 116 Life Members, whose names are displayed in the Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery.
Revenue from our monthly Used Book Sales, membership dues, and donations, enabled SCFOL to contribute $20,000 to the San Diego Public Library Matching Fund. This fund is matched by the city of San Diego and used by the branch libraries to purchase materials, programs, and equipment. Thanks to Ron McFee and all who make our book sales so successful!
We honored four SCFOL Volunteers this year, Su Bonnet, Sue Dennis, Jo Matthews and Evie McGhee, at the Friends of the San Diego Public Library (FSDPL) annual meeting. They represent all of our enthusiastic volunteers. FSDPL will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2019.
There would be no Friends of the Library without libraries. Kudos goes to our wonderful Branch Manager David Ege. Ege, assisted by library assistants Sarah Hendy-Jackson and Stephanie Kern, put together an intriguing speaker lineup. Ege also organized a super successful first annual robotics event! Awesome Youth Services Librarian Erin Moore coordinated the branch’s standing room only Summer Reading Program and outstanding youth recurring and special event programs.
I look forward to another year as your president of SCFOL and working with a great board, volunteers, and library staff. The annual SCFOL General Membership meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4–5:30 p.m. Please join us then for a very exciting program and at our monthly third Wednesday at 4 p.m. SCFOL board meetings. See you at the library!
Dates to remember
- Nov. 10, 3–4 p.m.: College admission essay assistance
- Nov. 12: CLOSED, Veterans Day, city observed
- Nov. 13, 2:30–3:30 p.m.: Adult Mind/Body Fitness resumes
- Nov. 14, 4–5:30 p.m.: Annual SCFOL General Membership meeting. All are welcome.
- Nov. 14, 6:30–7:30 p.m.: College admission essay assistance
- Nov. 17: In-N-Out reading program ends, ages 4-12. Sign up at the library.
- Nov. 21: Thanksgiving Eve has early library hours 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
- Nov. 21, 2:20–3:30 p.m.: CANCELED “After-School-Special”
- Nov. 22: CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
- Nov. 28, 4–4:45 p.m.: CANCELED, LSX “Inside Out”
- Nov. 30, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library only, Used-Book Pre-sale. Join SCFOL during the sale
- Dec. 1: 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.: SCFOL Monthly Used Book Sale
—Sue Hotz is publicity chair and board member of the San Carlos Friends of the Library.