News from the San Carlos Library

By Sue Hotz

SCFOL Amazon book sales

We thank all who patronize our monthly Used Book Sales. But did you know that SCFOL also sells books online at

Each month, our sorters carefully look at each donated book for special tomes. Then, our Amazon book sale chairperson, Ruth Coleman, decides on a fair price that will hopefully bring us a quick sale. Visit the above website, then click on the ‘products’ button to see all of the titles we have to offer.

Welcome Sarah Hendy-Jackson

New to the San Carlos Branch Library, Sarah Hendy-Jackson was born in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills town of Sonora, California. In 2005, she enrolled at UCSD majoring in Literature and Linguistics, and then continued her graduate studies there in English Literature. After discovering Library Science, she is rethinking her area of study.

Sarah Hendy-Jackson is the new San Carlos Branch library assistant. (Courtesy of SCFOL)

A part-time UCSD instructor of freshman literature and composition, Hendy-Jackson has added Library Assistant to her resume and David Ege has asked her to assist him with adult programing at our branch. She would love to hear your program suggestions. Reach her at


Through March 2, Hazel Ross, Mary Harrison, and Skip Mills are presenting, “…And Now for Something Completely Different…” in the Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery. Ross is known for her local art classes and creating new and unusual art techniques, some of which she will be demonstrating on Saturday, Feb. 18, noon–2 p.m.

March 7–30, don’t miss Sumi Japanese paintings by Stephen Smith who is also an accomplished acrylic, pastel, and water color painter. Smith’s livelihood and hobbies have spanned a range of arts including theatrical dance, stage management, Chinese acrobatics, judo, kendo, and ikebana. Smith’s paintings are gentle and relaxing; he is certified in Asian Brush Paintings’ Four Gentlemen: orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and plum. His artist reception is March 18, noon–2 p.m.


Feb. 17, 1–3 p.m., Matthew Parcasio from the San Diego County Department of Aging & Independent Services will present an overview of nearly 30 programs and services provided by the AIS department and other community resources.

March 13, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Angela Lapin will explain the science of essential oils. Learn what they are and how they are used. This is a fun and educational class teaching natural solutions for your health.

Books and authors

Feb. 24, 2–3 p.m., author Marlene Wagman will discuss her book, “Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women behind the World’s Famous and Infamous.”

Who said men should monopolize the glory? Discover the little known women who have put the world’s alpha males on the map. From ancient times to the present, men have gotten most of the good ink. Yet standing just outside the spotlight are the extraordinary and overlooked wives and companions, who were instrumental in shaping the destinies of their famous and infamous men. Wagman teaches in the Sweetwater District.

March 9, 12:30–2 p.m., the library’s Book Club selected “The Tin Horse,” by Janice Steinberg. Meet the author on Friday, March 24, 2–3 p.m., when Steinberg discusses her novel.

Set in the 1920s and 30s, in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood, “The Tin Horse” is a rich multi-generational story about the intense, often-fraught bond that sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience. Books are available near the Reserves; please check them out at the front desk.


March 17, 1–3 p.m., OASIS presents “Tales of Strong Women” about ancient stories from Egypt, Russia, and Ireland depicting women who were both beautiful and skilled. Swords, bows and arrows, and battle axes were no problem for these women. Join storyteller Marilyn McPhie and celebrate ladies who weren’t afraid to make their mark on the world. To pre-register, call 619-527-3430.

Kids’ spring nature adventures

Starting March 15, on the third Wednesday of the month from 2:30–3:30 p.m., our weekly After School Special program will have a wildlife focus. March 15, join us for Nature Adventures presented by Linda Hawley, Ed.M., trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park, as we learn about San Diego’s wild animals.

We will examine specimens, read books, sing songs, and make crafts. At the March 15 program, kids will learn about the amazing lives of nocturnal woodrats and get to examine a real woodrat den. No pre-registration required; these programs are fun for all ages.

Kids’ special event STEM classes

Challenge Island, for ages 7–12, will be held Feb. 22, 4–5:10 p.m. Kids will learn that monkeys live on the canopy level of the rainforest and participants will create a monkey swing set. Challenge Island encourages creativity, critical thinking, and social skills while instilling a love of science and engineering. Pre-registration required; call 619-527-3430.

Saturday, March 11, 1:30-4 p.m., students in grades 5–8 can join us for a Mathematical Origami Workshop (with paper insects). In this hands-on, interactive workshop, students will develop an intuitive understanding of 3D shapes and explore the finer details of spatial geometry. Through creative work with paper and by creating paper insects, participants can develop their understanding of math and geometry and work with peers in a fun, supportive environment.

This program is brought to us and will be taught by students from All Girls STEM Society and is open to both boys and girls. Pre-registration is required; call 619-527-3430 or enroll at–el-cajon/events/.

Dates to remember

Feb. 20: CLOSED, Presidents’ Day

March 3, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: SCFOL Member-only Pre-Book Sale (don’t forget your membership card)

March 4, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.: Monthly Used Book Sale

—Sue Hotz, is a board member of and publicity chair for the San Carlos Friends of the library. Reach her at

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