In this issue:

  • First Saturday recap
  • Celebrate Roald Dahl
  • CVVIC Transportation meeting
  • Calling all book clubs
  • Young adult spotlight

First Saturday Recap

September’s First Saturday event was a first-time collaboration between the Carmel Valley Historical Society, the Library, and the Friends of the CV Library. Steve Dorrance gave a talk about Cattle Branding in Carmel Valley, to an audience that filled the house.

Steve Dorrance has been working with Jeff Ohlson, at the Carmel Valley Historical Society, as the History Center compiles a collection on the Ranching History of Carmel Valley. The Dorrance family ranch has been in operation for 70 years on a piece of land spanning both sides of the Sierra de Salinas Ridge – facing both the Carmel and Salinas Valleys. Steve’s family members have made significant contributions to developing and teaching ranching techniques, and have played an important role in our local history.

Steve Dorrance spoke about the reasons for, and methods of, cattle branding, along with showing local brands and detailing brand origins, documentation, and “how to read” a brand. He shared the community-building aspects of branding, including how neighbors worked together to brand/tag/vaccinate their stock, both as a necessary chore and annual social event. His talk came from personal experience, and was interspersed with humorous anecdotes on ranching life.

Friends of the Carmel Valley Library thank Steve Dorrance, his family, Jeff Ohlson and the CV Historical Society, the Library, and all the folks who attended. It was a wonderful event!  

And as a sneak preview, our October First Saturday event has a similar cattle theme ... check your e-mailboxes for an announcement next week.

Celebrate Roald Dahl!

Illustration from the Roald Dahl Facebook page

This month marks 100 years since the birth of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, and the event is being celebrated on both sides of the pond.  Although he was a British native, the United States held special meaning in Roald Dahl’s life. He lived in our nation’s capital as a spy (!) in the 1940s, met and married his first wife in New York City, and wrote two of his most popular children’s books, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while living in America.
In honor of Roald Dahl, let’s take a pop quiz!  See how many of these questions about his life and characters you can answer.  If you need a hint, ask your kids or grandkids.  Answers are towards the end of this newsletter.
  1. What is the last name of Charlie from the Chocolate Factory? 
  2. In what country was Roald Dahl born?
  3. What city did James and his animal friends fly the Giant Peach to?
  4. The main character from The BFG is named after Dahl’s first grandchild.  What is her name?
  5. What are the workers in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory called?
  6. Who is the Champion of the World?
  7. Miss Agatha Trunchbull is the headmistress for what title character?
  8. The amorphous, shape-shifting aliens that invade the Space Hotel USA in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator are called the Vermicious what? 
Additionally, if you'd like more information about the a large number of “jumpsquiffling” celebrations scheduled this month, find out details at and follow along on social media with #RoaldDahl100.

Transportation Meeting - All Invited

The Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee is hosting a lunch event tomorrow, Thursday, September 15.  This luncheon is an informational session about transportation issues from TAMC, and should be of interest to all Carmel Valley residents. All are welcome to attend; please use this Evite link to RSVP.

Calling All Book Clubs!

Are you part of a local book club?  Are you looking for new members?  Would you like recommendations for books to read?  Or would you like to promote your group's favorite book - perhaps with a write-up in our newsletter?  The Buckeye is interested in finding out more about the book clubs in our community, and in identifying ways that the library can support or encourage what the clubs are doing. If you are interested in being a part of this partnership, please send a query e-mail to or inquire at the library!

Roald Dahl Quiz Answers

How did you do on our quiz? Check your responses with the answers below:

1. Bucket
2. Wales
3. New York City
4. Sophie
5. Oompa-loompas
6. Danny
7. Matilda
8. Knids

If you didn't do so well, it's not too late to improve your knowledge. Grab one of Dahl's books - or better yet, find a kid to read one to - and get going!

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 September.

I’ve got another fairy tale retelling for you; this one was another recommendation from a friend, and I enjoyed it immensely. It’s called ​Palace of Mirrors, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and is told from the perspective of spunky Cecilia, who was raised in a poor village but holds an astonishing secret: she is the true orphaned daughter of the late king and queen, hidden since she was an infant to protect her from the evil powers threatening the kingdom. But once the danger has passed, she will return to claim her throne and relieve Desmia, the decoy living in the palace in Cecilia's place. However, Cecilia one day decides to set out for the capital, take back her crown and deal with the dangers herself, instead of letting someone else do it for her. She and her long­suffering best friend Harper make their way to the palace and reveal themselves to Desmia, only to find out that the two girls believe two completely different versions of the story. Complications turn up around every corner, until Cecilia no longer knows what to believe. (It’s a fantastic book to occupy a reign­y day.)

Thanks for your support of the Carmel Valley Library - now go read something!

“Please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
- Roald Dahl
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