Friends of the Turlock Library is looking for a donation for its annual book sale – and it’s a big one.
The nonprofit group, which supports programs at the branch library, needs a site to store and sort up to 15,000 books donated for the sale, its biggest fundraiser. The space the group has used for the past 12 years is being converted to another use.
“We need to find a new area if there’s one available,” said group member Joan Ahlstrand. The catch? “We can’t pay any rent.”
The group is looking for a space about the size of a small classroom. Members gather four times a year or so to sort the books.
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“Our sale has been going on now for almost 20 years,” Ahlstrand said. “People look forward to it.”
Money raised goes to equipment and programs, including children’s programs, at the library.
Last year’s sale netted $5,400, Ahlstrand said. It brings in buyers from all over Northern California to see what kind of treasures they can find.
“We have a lot of book dealers who come every year.”
If you have a space to donate, call Hanna Renning at (209) 632-4692 or Ahlstrand at (209) 668-2134.
Elsewhere around town:
Mayor Gary Soiseth will deliver his first State of the City speech Thursday morning, then do repeat performances for other audiences.
The first go-round will be at 7 a.m. at the Turlock War Memorial, 247 E. Canal Drive. It is aimed mainly at city staff members, but the public can attend because it is a City Council meeting.
The second speech, also open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in Berg Hall in the Covenant Village retirement community, 2125 N. Olive Ave.
Soiseth will speak again Tuesday at a joint meeting of the city’s two Rotary Clubs. And Feb. 26, when the mayor will be out of town, Vice Mayor Amy Bublak will deliver the speech to the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.
The days have been warm and sunny recently, but the nights remain chilly, and Turlock’s cold-weather shelter has been busy. We Care, which provides a place to stay for men during the winter months, still needs families or groups to volunteer to serve dinner.
According to a newsletter sent this week, dinner service is needed Sunday, March 1, March 2, March 4, March 15, March 29, March 30, April 2 and April 5.
If you can help, email Debbie@wecareturlock.org.
And finally, a conference set for Feb. 19 at California State University, Stanislaus, is aimed at helping current and potential first-generation college students as they plan beyond college toward graduate studies and careers.
Registration will be accepted through Monday for “Take Charge: Prepare for Your Future,” scheduled for Feb. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the university Event Center. The event includes a complimentary dinner.
According to a news release on the university’s website, the conference will offer the experience, insight and perspective of panelists from faculty across disciplines, staff, upper-division students and local business representatives.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce junior high and high school students and their parents to the college experience at CSU Stanislaus and the many programs and services on campus available to support their journey through college,” Rich Wallace, faculty co-chairman of the campus Faculty Mentor Program, said in the news release. “Many of our student protégés have had only limited exposure to such information.” Wallace said.
Now in its third year, the conference is a joint effort of the Faculty Mentor Program, Central Valley Math and Science Alliance, Student Support Services, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Program for Academic and Career Excellence, and the Educational Opportunity Program. Register at https://cvmsa.wufoo.com/forms/take-charge-prepare-for-your-future.
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