SUMMER 2017                                                                                                                     PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

OMG! Where to begin! In December of 2016, as noted in our Winter 2017 newsletter, Foundation funds were dedicated for the technical upgrade to the library’s security gates and the self-check kiosks. The equipment purchase of over $100,000 has now been made and the new interactive, user-friendly system should be in place by late July or early August. Come check out a book or two.
During the recent library expansion, the best estimate for furnishings for the Young Adult area was made and chairs and tables were purchased accordingly. Recently the need for more furniture for that area became apparent and in April, through Foundation funds, the library purchased matching tables and chairs to handle the increased popularity of the YA. Invite your young adults to join you for a trip to the library. The YA is a relaxing, safe place for teens to meet, read, study, or just hang out.
Thanks to the initiative of our new Library Director, Judy Booth, an Honor Wall Plaque is being designed for the space along the Main Lobby stairs. The Foundation is contributing to this project which will display Honor Wall recipient information including the newest honoree, (see page 3.)
Tucked away in a back office, no bigger than a large closet, is the Staff Media Center. This past spring, Foundation funds enabled an upgrade of computer equipment and program support allowing our very talented library staff to create in-house videos that are not only informative but entertaining thus opening opportunities to engage young, digital-age patrons. This age group is often the most challenging to pull into libraries. Now I’m not a Facebook person, but please take a moment to visit Fullerton Public Library – Home | Facebook, scroll down and view these videos!
Of course none of the above would have been possible in anything resembling a timely and cost effective manner if it were not for you – our supporters and donors. So we invite you to continue your support through donating either online at, by mailing in the form on the back of this newsletter, or by attending our first ticketed event of the year featuring The Ron Kobayashi Trio with vocalist Elena Gilliam (see page two).

Elizabeth Oates, Foundation President




A room filled with community friends and family celebrated the induction of the newest Library Honor Wall recipient, Ginger Britt. The May 17th afternoon reception, held in the library’s Community Room, was hosted by the Friends of the Library, the Library Foundation, and the Fullerton Public Library staff. Library Trustee President Ellen Ballard presented Ginger with a Certificate of Recognition from the Trustees, representatives from the offices of State Senator Josh Newman and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva also presented Ginger with Certificates of Recognition. Retired Laguna Road Elementary School Principal Harold Sullivan, Friends President Janet Roth, Foundation Director Ray Kawase, and Library Director Judy Booth each shared words of congratulations. A video montage of Ginger’s library and community activities was featured. Induction to the Library Honor Wall is based on extraordinary dedication and service to the library. Past recipients are Margaret Parks and Nancy Lee. Congratulations Ginger!

On January 17th and 31st the library closed for a half day to allow staff to participate in the Mental Health First Aide Training Course. The course was made possible through a California State Library grant and the Library Science Technology Act. The two-part workshop, led by Fullerton Librarian, Jason Woods and Anaheim Librarian Katrina Ford, offered training the staff can use on a daily basis in a library setting. Part of this grant will enable the library to purchase $2,200 in mental health books. The Library Foundation provided the staff with a continental breakfast each morning.

On Sunday, March 5th the Foundation hosted its first speaker’s event of the year – Hot Topic KFR. Local author Michael S. Oates and California State Fullerton University professor and Mexican historian, Dr. Stephen Neufeld, spoke on the economic, political, and personal toll of kidnapping for ransom in Mexico. Along with the power point presentation the speakers answered question from a very engaged audience of 65 attendees. Oates’ novel, The Stones in the Field, and Neufeld’s book, Mexico in Verse were available for purchase. Following the presentation light refreshment were served while the speakers signed books.
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SEPTEMBER 29TH 12-4 pm Public; SEPTEMBER 30, 10-4 pm Public;
OCTOBER 1, 1-3 pm Half-Price; 3:15 to 4 pm $2 per bag.


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