Tulare County Library branches in Lindsay, Exeter help people begin the citizenship process

From The Sun Gazette

” Not everyone would link citizenship and library services together, but that is exactly what the Tulare County Library is doing at their branches. Thanks to a program of the California Library Association supported by the Library Services and Technology Act Tulare County libraries were able to gather a Book to Action grant available to libraries and other nonprofits.“It’s a great program and as far as grants go its’ really easy to apply…the hardest part is finding the partner,” librarian Jonathan Waltmire said.The grant encourages libraries to partner with a service to help create action in their communities, while also highlighting the topic with an issue specific book. According to Waltmire the Tulare County Library has partnered with the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USICS). Waltmire pointed out that the topic emphasized their citizenship topic with two books; Diane Guerrero’s In the Country We Love and Tim Z. Hernandez’s All They Will Call You.”



Tulare County librarian: ‘This is a dream come true’

From Visalia Times Delta

” Saturday was a dream come true for Tulare County Librarian Darla Wegener. While children flipped through books and authors captivated audiences, Wegener stood back, smiled and watched. “I have goosebumps,” she said. “This has been on my bucket list for a very long time.”On Saturday, hundreds visited the Visalia Branch Library on West Oak Avenue to celebrate the inaugural Book Festival. The festival was a collaboration between Wegener and Leadership Visalia. Leadership Visalia is a program offered through the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. Each year, a new leadership class creates a service project aimed to enhance the community and develop leadership skills. The event took months of planning, but everyone involved said it was worth the effort.”


Tulare County: Visalia Branch Library offers lunches to children

From The Sun Gazette

“Many parents bemoan the three-week winter break that students now receive because it is difficult to make arrangements for daycare during the holidays while they are still at work. But for some parents the winter break presents a far more critical problem – feeding their children..Malnutrition is one of the most serious, yet preventable, dietary conditions suffered by children from low income families. During the school year public schools provide free or low cost meals to these students. Without these meals and snacks, in some cases as many as three each day, low income families are left looking for food at a time when many of them are out of work due to seasonal agriculture jobs.Thanks to funding from the Fresno EOC (Economic Opportunities Commission), the Tulare County Library is able to step in and help bridge the gap for our youth. Tulare County Library’s Visalia Branch began offering free lunches to children and teens, ages 1 to 18, on Dec. 19. The Fresno EOC supplies the library with nutritious lunches that include sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, crackers, and milk for every child that comes in now through Jan. 5. Lunches are served from noon to 1:30 p.m., upstairs in the Blue Room at the Visalia Branch, located downtown at 200 W. Oak Ave.”


Tulare County Library Banned Book Week

From Visalia Times-Delta

” Tulare County Library joins the American Library Association, libraries, and bookstores all over the country to commemorate Banned Books Week from Sept. 24 – 30.Since 1982 we celebrate this week as a reminder that not every book is intended for every reader. The right of each individual to decide what to read, listen to, or view is found in the First Amendment of our Constitution, which guarantees our freedom of speech.For children, decisions about what books to read, listen to, or view should be made with the people who know them best: Their parents.As long as books have been printed, people have challenged their content and attempted to limit their availability to others. Banned Books Week brings together book lovers of all types in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas.Staff at Tulare County Library would like to share some of their favorite challenged titles. Some of these books may even be your favorites.
Banned books and challenge books shaped America and probably every one of you reading this. Come visit the library and practice your right to read.”


Grants lifeblood of Tulare County libraries

From Visalia Times-Delta

“Grants help open the world to our communities by assisting our budget-challenged libraries.When librarians and library staff develop amazing life changing ideas, such as new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs or a Family Literacy outreach to preschools and the jails, we turn to grants for funding.The world of grants can be confusing so we’ve outlined how important outside funding like grants are for us and you, as each new grant make it possible for us to provide you with innovative and exciting services.The Tulare County Library and Foundation find grants from numerous sources. Many companies have foundations that offer grant opportunities.”


Tulare County: Farmersville library set to open in spring

From Visalia Times-Delta

“The city of Farmersville received a special Valentine’s Day gift in the form of a library on Tuesday.The Tulare County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a three-year agreement with the city to staff and operate its long-awaited library. The agreement will permit the city to use a portion of its Community Development Block Grant to pay for a librarian from the county to staff the library.“We couldn’t be more excited that this project, which is near and dear to so many in our city, has come to fruition,” said Councilman Greg Gomez. “It represents the work of so many years of determination to provide better for our kids.”Gomez was at Tuesday’s meeting and thanked Darla Wegener, the county librarian, and those who have worked with the city and county to make the library possible.”


Tulare County: Local libraries to lend more than books

From Porterville Recorder

” Tulare County Library and Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) are collaborating to provide more than books to check out at the library. Patrons of County Branch Libraries can now check out electronic blood pressure kits to assist in keeping their high blood pressure under control. “Our Lifetime of Wellness Program supports the American Heart Association’s Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017,” Dr. Karen Haught, Tulare County public health officer said. “We launched the program because self-monitoring blood pressure at home can be helpful in controlling hypertension — regular results can be shared with your primary care physician to better manage high blood pressure.” High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, raises your risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.”