In this issue:

  • Fiesta raffle tickets
  • First Saturday DVDs available
  • Books for Hamilton lovers
  • Young adult spotlight

Fiesta Raffle Tickets

The Carmel Valley Fiesta is right around the corner, on August 6 and 7, 2016.  Our Carmel Valley Kiwanis Club has provided Fiesta Raffle Tickets for us to sell at the library desk. This has become a fun annual tradition that the Kiwanis have generously provided us for many years. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each, and 50 cents from each ticket sold at the Buckeye goes to the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library. All proceeds from the Fiesta and raffle go back to the Carmel Valley community, to fund scholarships for local students and provide small grants for local non-profits.


This summer the Kiwanis gave us 300 tickets to sell, which is a lot! Please encourage your friends and family to come buy raffle tickets at the library. You might win a great prize: the Kiwanis will draw over 50 raffle prizes over the weekend of Fiesta, and grand prize is a trip for 2 to Hawaii or $1500 in cash!

First Saturday DVDs Now Available!


One of the most common questions we hear at the Buckeye is, "Will there be a video of this First Saturday program that we can watch again later?"  We're excited to announce that thanks to a ton of hard work from our videographer Hebard Olsen, we now have a DVD collection of our First Saturday series that are available for checkout!

The collection is fairly extensive and goes up through our most recent First Saturday presentation on wildland fire. Come check out the videos to see the ones you missed or to relive the ones you loved. Huge thanks to Mr. Olsen for fulfilling this longstanding hope of so many of our customers!

Read Like Hamilton

July 9 marked a major milestone on Broadway, as Lin-Manuel Miranda gave his final performance as Alexander Hamilton. Fans of the show (including a couple of completely obsessed FOCVL members), know the show is based off Ron Chernow's bestselling biography of the 10-dollar Founding Father, which Miranda read during a summer vacation and became inspired to turn it into a musical.

Now as the theater world anxiously waits to see what Miranda reads on his next vacation, die-hard Hamilton fans can use this opportunity to do an even deeper dive on the events and characters portrayed in the Broadway hit.  According to the title song, Alexander was "scamming for every book he could get his hands on," but all you have to do is grab your library card or click the Amazon links below ... and enjoy a few quotes from the musical Hamilton as introduction.

Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged a Nation, by John Ferling.  "Sir, I don't know what you heard, but whatever it is, Jefferson started it."  Our modern two-party system traces its roots all the way back to these two larger than life men who disagreed on absolutely everything except their love for America. 

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, by Joseph J. Ellis. "We just assume that it happens, but no one else was in the room where it happens."  This landmark book traces the actions and interactions of six key figures - Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison - in the formation of our fledgling democracy. This is the best description you'll find of what happened at that fateful dinner between Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison. 

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, by Sarah Vowell.  "Everyone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman!"  The witty and thought-provoking Vowell turns her focus to General Lafayette’s years in George Washington's Continental Army, and compares the ideals of the American Revolution with the reality of the Revolutionary War


Readin' It Teenstyle: Young Adult Spotlight

Sophia's a girl who knows a lot.  She knows a lot because she reads a lot.  Each month she reviews one of her favorite young adult titles. Here is her book recommendation for May.

Brian Jacques’s ​Lord Brocktree is a book that is currently on my list of books to re-­read. I read it at the recommendation of countless fellow book enthusiasts, and I am so glad I did, so I’m going to pass on the recommendation to you. It is the 13th book of the popular ​Redwall series, but the first in chronological order, so I read it before any of the other ​Redwall books. It tells the tale of Salamandastron (the mountain that serves as a famed badger stronghold), and the badger Lord Brocktree’s quest to reclaim the mountain from the tyrannical rule of Ungatt Trunn. Along the way he finds himself in the company of an overly chatty and thoroughly amusing hare named Dotti, and the unlikely pair face a plethora of unlikely challenges. Packed with humor and battles and adventure, this book is well worth the read. (I might just badger you until you read it.)
Thanks for your support of the Carmel Valley Library - now go read something!
"Get your education, don't forget from whence you came, and the world's gonna know your name."  
- from Hamilton the Musical
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