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Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)

Thank you for sending a delegation to the Association of Rural and Small Libraries in Columbus, Ohio. I came back with new ideas and new sources to tap for money or should I say funding. It really was a great conference

Jacque Meriam, Head Librarian, Merced County Public Library

Thank you for your support of the Rural Library Initiative. I was one of many able to attend the Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference in Ohio…I’d like to think I represented Del Norte County and California in the best possible way. I learned a lot from the other states and just totally enjoyed the experience!

Kelley Nolan, Library Literacy Manager, Del Norte County Library

Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) member grateful for Braille cards

Thank you for the Braille cards and bookmarkers. My classmates and I greatly appreciated it. We did a presentation at an elementary school in San Leandro on September 28th. The kids loved receiving the Braille cards and bookmarkers. They also enjoyed feeling the Braille. One little boy said, “Bumpy bumpy!” Another boy said, “Neato!” It felt good to teach young children about Braille.

Thank you again for your generosity and support.

Robin Patche, California School for the Blind

Praise for Library Director Orientation

I want to personally thank you [the CSL] staff for the wonderful presentations, great food, and comfortable accommodations during the “New Directors Meetings” last week. I had a great time, and I’m so very thrilled to say I’m a part of this incredible state - and the library people who work here!

Thank you again, for allowing us ‘deputies’ to be a part of this, too! Someday we may just attend as a director!

Renee Hayes, San Anselmo Public Library

Videoconference with Ken Burns about The War “illuminates” the documentary

I just want to thank you for enabling the videoconference with Ken Burns last night.

Both my wife and I attended, as you know; and we talked about it the rest of the evening. Mr. Burns's comments illuminated aspects of both his individual creative processes, as well as the content of this specific documentary. That he would take many hours out of his busy schedule to confer with librarians and library patrons in California demonstrates his extraordinary intellectual generosity.

I found his statements brilliant, moving, and incisive. I hope that many people around the state who did not attend in person will watch the archived session. I know I'm going to tell my friends and family to watch it on the Web, and I intend to watch it more times myself.

David Cismowski, Senior Librarian, California State Library

Editor’s note: The November 8th videoconference and interview with The War director Ken Burns is available on the California Center for the Book website at

Transforming Life After 50 Institute

Thank you for sponsoring the wonderful institute last week.  It was the most effective seminar that I have ever attended.  Suzanne Flint's institutes have been very impressive for their content and organization.  The speakers were excellent and gave us a breadth of understanding that would not be possible on our own.  The schedule made the event conducive to learning.  Ending the sessions on time was outstanding.  Our Director also attended the ELF institute and felt that it was equally impressive. 

We have started our ground work for the community survey and we anticipate that this grant will give us a greater presence in the boomer community.

Stephanie Tanton, Library Manager, Mission Viejo Library

“Great” fall 2007 CSL Connection!

CSL Connection just keeps getting better and better. I love the lead in to articles to pick people's interest...there is so much to be proud of in this state!

Keep up the great work you and others do for us.

Diane Duquette, Director of Libraries, Kern County Library 




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