MBFOL Among Friends newsletter - February 2016
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A publication of the Morro Bay Friends of the Library                             February 2016

March 5
We mentioned in our last newsletter that the MBFOL Book Sales will now be held in our beautifully remodeled library.   The first 2016 Book Sale is Saturday, March 5th from 10 am to 5 pm. The sale will be open to “Members Only” from 9am-10 am, and you can always join or renew at the door!
Don't forget:  The Book Sale is at the LIBRARY!

Happy 1-Year Anniversary!!
March 1st marks the one-year anniversary of the Grand Opening celebration of our newly remodeled Morro Bay Library.  The volunteers, donors, staff and Board of Directors of the Morro Bay Friends of the Library put in thousands of hours and dollars to make this dream a reality.  The Remodel Project had it's "official" start in the fall of 2012 when the Board of Directors interviewed and hired architect Shana Reiss of Reiss Design Studio to design our new space.  However, in the many years leading up to that time, the Friends had been accumulating generous donations and book sale funds from hundreds of Friends donors and customers, totaling over $250,000.  Once the project was underway, fundraising efforts ramped up, and the Friends succeeded in reaching their $500,000 goal. 

The renovation of the 6,500 sq. ft. interior space took place over a stretch of 6 months, during which time the library continued to serve our community from the temporary (and much smaller) location at 525 Harbor St.  Even with limited space and services, the library staff continued their tradition of excellent service and circulated an average of 10,000 items each month!

In partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo, and with the continued assistance of Shana Reiss, the project finished on-time and on-budget - a miraculous accomplishment indeed!  We are so proud of how this new space turned out.  It welcomes hundreds of visitors each day and provides a community gathering space that is worthy of the quality of our community.

What better way to celebrate this anniversary than with a Book Sale?!  And thanks to this renovated space, we are now bringing our Book Sales back to the library.  We hope you'll be able to join us on March 5, but if you can't make it that day, you can always come shop in the MBFOL Bookstore which is in the Library and open during all library hours.

Thank you once again to everyone in our community who played a part, big or small, in our Remodel Project!

Movie - "The Wiz"
Saturday, February 27, 2016
This special live adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" aired on NBC on December 3, 2015. 
(Part of Black History Month Celebration)
Cuesta College 2016


The Barbarian Nurseries
by Hector Tobar

Author Hector Tobar will visit Cuesta College for a lecture & book signing

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
5-7 p.m.

Cuesta's Cultural and Performing Arts Center, SLO Campus

Tickets available at
Spanish Storytime & Songs
Friday, March 18, 9:30-10am
Join local mom and educator Ana Massei for stories and songs in Spanish. 
All ages welcome.
Are you ready to up level your body and life? 
On Monday, March 21st Karen Robert, the Group Facilitator for the Morro Bay Book Discussion Group, a free program of our Morro Bay Library, is launching a Virtual "Body Thrive" Book Club for anyone who wants to join. Being virtual, means you can read and discuss and participate online at a time that is convenient for you. Many resources will be available over the ten-week period that participants will be studying and reviewing and discussing as part of the experience. This amazing book can help change lives for the better. Are you interested?

To participate it is recommended that you purchase: "Body Thrive - Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga" by Cate Stillman.
You can get the book here:…/…/ref=sr_1_1… 
To get your free workbook to go along with the book go here:

Everyone is invited! If you are ready to move your body and life in this wonderful direction and be part of this ten-week adventure, sign up with Karen Robert at or Friend her on Facebook - or
Volunteer Computer Docent Needed
Do you have computer skills that you would enjoy sharing with our patrons?  The Library is in need of a volunteer to assist patrons with the use of the library computers a few hours each week (the greatest need is on Saturdays from noon to 2pm).  Patrons often need assistance with printing, using search engines and navigating the internet.
An application and background check are required.
Please contact Jackie Kinsey at the library if you are interested,
SLO Children’s Museum has partnered with all 15 SLO County Libraries to provide a FREE children’s pass to any child age 2-10 getting their first library card! Brought to by the Youth Services Department of SLO LIBRARIES.  Visit the library for more details and to sign your little one up for their first library card!
Black Gold Mobile App
The new Black Gold Public Mobile app gives patrons access to the library catalog, events and programs, digital downloads, digital library card and many more features! 

here for more details.
here to get the mobile app.
*Preschool Storytime - Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
*E-Device Class - Every Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
*Paws to Read - Every Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
*Book Discussion - Every first, second and third Wednesday at 10:00am
Additional information about the Morro Bay Book Discussion Group is available here.
*Mystery Readers - Every fourth Wednesday at 10:00am
*North Coast Writers - Every third Saturday of the month at 10:00am.

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Library Hours

Tuesday:  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday:  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Please visit our website:
for more information about the
Morro Bay Friends of the Library
and to support our work with a
tax-deductible donation.
For more information about the San Luis Obispo County Library system, please click here.

Women's Wellness Program

Winter 2016 Series
1st & 3rd Fridays, 10:15am - noon

March 4 - Nutrition Potpourri
Featured Speaker:  Victoria Schmidt, M.S., R.D., Registered Dietician

We all know that good nutrition contributes to good health, but have you actually thought about what you eat and why?

Coming up.....March 18th
The Power of Rest - Facilitator, Karen Robert, M.A.
Too many of us accept sugglishness and fatigue as the inevitable side effects of hectic lives. Imagine feeling restored, refreshed and renewed through some simple, enjoyable techniques each day that can easily be incorporated into our lives. Check out this link about the Power of Rest and Reflection with Daniel Rubin for his thoughts... just 8:01 minutes of your time.

For more information you can contact Group Facilitator, Karen at or 772-9268 or go to
Tour to Tijuana
Saturday, March 12, 11am
Marguerite Bader from the SLO League of Women Voters will share her experiences from The Deportation Dilemma Tour to Tijuana taken in September 2015.
Frank Warren - PostSecret

Sunday, April 10 at 3 pm
Cal Poly Performing Arts Center

Book & Author Series Event, Foundation for SLO County
Public Libraries
This multimedia event is based on Warren’s PostSecret Project — a postcard collection of highly personal secrets mailed to him anonymously from around the world, filled with confessions ranging from deep family secrets to funny reflections. In the wake of the concept’s popularity, the Project has raised millions of dollars for suicide pre- vention. The audience will also get to view postcards that were banned from Warren’s six best-selling books and have the opportunity to share their own secrets during the live interactive program. Adult content; ages 17+ Book signing follows.

here for tickets.
SLO MakerSpace
The San Luis Obispo County Library has teamed up with SLO MakerSpace to offer a unique opportunity to library cardholders.  SLO MakerSpace is a community resource dedicated to education and creativity. It is an open, collaborative machine/wood/ electronics shop and craft center where one can build projects; teach and take classes; and build networks connecting with local people and resources.  Their 5,000+ sq. ft. facility is located in the Pacific Coast Center at the intersection of Madonna Rd. and South Higuera in San Luis Obispo. 

As a library cardholder, you can schedule up to 15 hours per week at SLO MakerSpace (kids 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult).  Access for library cardholders is Tuesday-Friday
4pm-7pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm.

A few of its many resources include:  a pottery studio, 3D printing machines and 3D scanning, an electronics lab, woodworking tools, metalworking tools, power tools and hand tools of all shapes and sizes.

This is an incredible resource for library patrons, and we are thankful to both the SLO County Library and SLO MakerSpace for this collaborative program.

Click here for more details.
Database Info Meeting
April 14, 8 a.m.
This informational meeting is open to the community but may be especially helpful for businesses and people doing research of any type.  Come learn about all the digital databases available through the Morro Bay Library.
10th Anniversary!
Join us for a 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Morro Bay Book Discussion Group, a free program of the Morro Bay Library on Wednesday, June 8th from 10 a.m. - Noon. There will be prize drawings for Karen’s Favorite Things from some of these great businesses/co-sponsors of the event:
A.I.M. Personal Training with Suze Crowley
Devin Wallace of Inner Workings
Please show your support of our local businesses! 
Shop through AMAZON-SMILE using and search for MBFOL.

Naming the Friends as your charity will give us a percentage of every purchase you make

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Please help MBFOL continue our on-going work to provide free programs for the community and to supplement the library's budget for current books, DVDs and CDs by renewing your membership now.  This will also ensure that you are up-to-date for early bird (members only!) shopping at the next Book Sale. Membership forms are available on the website or may be picked up in the library.

To benefit the public by providing financial and volunteer support to the Morro Bay Library.
MBFOL Contact Information:
625 Harbor
Morro Bay, CA  93442

Our Board of Directors:
President—Trina Dougherty

Vice President—Susan Gossard  
Secretary—Susan McElhinney      
Treasurer—Gerry Fuller     
Programs—Jan Goldman      
Membership—Susan Gossard         
Newsletter—Joan Pedersen
Volunteers/Book Sales—Joan Petersen 
Publicity - Jude Long
Foundation Representative:  Jane Heath

Other contacts:
Website Coordinator—Rhonda Crowfoot
Discussion Groups—Karen Robert
Branch Manager—Jackie Kinsey

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