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Friends newsletter wins Friends of Libraries USA
of Libraries USA
recently awarded the Friends
of the Livermore Library the “Best Friends
Award” for its newsletter, Friends Footnotes.
volunteer group, a member of Friends of Libraries
USA, won in the print category for medium-size
Footnotes team: (from left) Cynthia Bird, co-editor;
Cherie Jo Patenaude, page layout; Joan Boer, editor.
editor Joan Boer says that the award-winning
newsletter is a “fairly collaborative” project on
which the Friends president (currently
Hogan), the Friends Bookstore manager Gretchen Fuerstenau,
and the Livermore Library director Susan Gallinger
“always have something to say.”
The newsletter team keeps members up-to-date on
Friends activities and Livermore
Library’s programs and services that the Friends
reports that the newsletter’s “standing features”
such as "Good Reads” and book reviews are
particularly popular with readers.
The newsletter team also compiles a calendar of
events and promotes the library’s Authors
and Arts lecture series, as well as concerts, and
demonstrations which the Friends sponsor through funds
from bookstore sales.
the award-winning newsletter is not available online,
selections from the newsletter are up on the Livermore
Library’s website. Editor Joan Boer says, “Check-out Swashbuckling
hero comes to Livermore and Good
Reads for winter by
Julie Casamajor and me on the Friends of the Livermore
more information on Friends of the Livermore Library,
please visit http://www.friendsoflivermorelibrary.com
or call the bookstore at (925) 373-5520.
County Library Tech-Know Rodeo wins CSAC award
Library has won a challenge award from the California
State Association of Counties (CSAC) for
Tuolumne's spring 2007 one-day outreach exposition, the Tech-Know
team, partnering with volunteers the college and the
county schools, created the Tech-Know Rodeo to help
older county residents use the library’s newer
The all-day exposition included demonstrations,
prizes, food and fun.
Tech-Know team at
[Photo courtesy of Tuolumne County Library]
’s over-50 crowd
County, like most libraries, has abandoned card catalogs in
favor of a computerized system, many of the library’s
faithful users have been at a loss about things as basic
as finding books. The library’s website now boasts wonderful features,
from magazine articles, to live homework help, to links
for social security, tax forms and medical information,
which customers shouldn’t miss.
With 30% of residents over the age of 50,
’s team knew it had a big group to reach and teach.
Rodeo team to the rescue
planning Tech-Know Rodeo, library staff and local
educators aimed their presentations on online library
services and basic computer literacy.
To make their audience comfortable, the team chose
the rural county’s honored springtime ritual, the rodeo,
as its theme. Presenters
in western garb encouraged people to “ride the library
website” and discover how to request books from home. Presenters
explained the computer in “Boot Up at Tech Support,”
and covered topics that included search tips, Internet
safety, e-mail tricks, how to get free software downloads,
and how to try out newer gadgets such as ipods.
community college and county school volunteers joined
database vendors to demonstrate homework help
resources, safe websites for children, classes for
learning software applications, and local human services.
doing coffee- duty.
[Photo courtesy of Tuolumne County Library]
tickets (which lured visitors to exhibits) included prizes
donated by local businesses and Friends of the Library (FOTCL).
Winning ticket holders left the Rodeo with a casino night,
a year of Internet service and an mp3 player.
provided $500 for publicity and marketing.
Businesses contributed cash prizes and in-kind
donations valued at over $2000, and library staff spent
approximately 200 hours on Tech-Know Rodeo valued
at over $4000.
Rodeo produced tangible positive results. At least 200
people attended the exposition, and 100% of returned
participant comments said it was useful.
Requests on library’s web-based catalog increased
27% the month after the Rodeo, and presenters said
their participation was worthwhile.
Library staff is planning to provide a continuing
series of single-topic workshops based on people’s
more information about the Tech-Know Rodeo please
contact Connie Corcoran, Director of Library Services,
Tuolumne County Library at (209) 694-2711 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Tuolumne County Library
please visit their website at www.tuolcolib.org.