ADULT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
New Monthly Gathering: Coloring for Adults!
Experience the newest crafting craze - coloring for adults!
De-stress, socialize with others, and create beauty at our monthly coloring programs just for adults. Join us!
- August 10th
6-8:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room
Why would adults want to color? This trendy crafting craze has been found to reduce stress by stimulating the part of the brain that causes relaxation. Joining a coloring group adds a social aspect to the mix.
This first meeting we will be coloring mandalas. Mandalas traditionally represent the universe, containing a central point and exhibiting radial balance. The coloring of mandalas for relaxation has a long tradition. "Carl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of getting people to focus and to allow the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress-busting qualities as well," remarks coloring book artist Ben Michaelis. If you are ready to de-stress while creating a beautifully colored mandala, this program is for you!
Book Group Meeting
Friday, August 19
Take to the track with Once a Runner by John Parker
Once a Runner captures the essence of what it means to be a competitive runner; to devote your entire existence to a single-minded pursuit of excellence. It has become one of the most beloved sports novels ever written.
Once a Runner is the story of Quenton Cassidy, a collegiate runner at fictional Southeastern University whose lifelong dream is to run a four-minute mile. He is less than a second away when the political and cultural turmoil of the Vietnam War era intrudes into the staid recesses of his school's athletic department. After he becomes involved in an athletes' protest, Cassidy is suspended from his track team.
Under the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Bruce Denton, a graduate student and former Olympic gold medalist, Cassidy gives up his scholarship, his girlfriend, and possibly his future to withdraw to a monastic retreat in the countryside and begin training for the race of his life: a head-to-head match with the greatest miler in history. This book is a rare insider's account of the incredibly intense lives of elite distance runners; an inspiring, funny, and spot-on tale of one man's quest to become a champion.
The bookclub meets 7-8:30 p.m. Call Karen at 805-237-3870 for more information!
Jung Yun's Shelter
On Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 pm, join the discussion of Jung Yun’s Shelter, a story about the Cho family, particularly the relationship between Kyung Cho, whose debts and bad decisions are catching up with him, and his parents, Jin and Mae, who gave Kyung every possible advantage—private tutors and expensive hobbies—but never showed him kindness. As Shelter veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Yun leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Shelter is a masterfully crafted debut novel that asks what it means to provide for one's family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.
Book Group Reading Kits
Attention All Book Group Members!
Reading Group Kits include ten copies of a proven title and laminated discussion questions - all in a handy book bag for easy transportation. These kits have been in such demand that this year the Library has more than doubled its collection size! Designed to aid local book groups, Reading Group Kits ensure that each member has a copy of the title to read and that the discussion is thought provoking. Kits check out for six weeks to give groups plenty of time to read and discuss the title before they must be returned.
If you are a member of a book group, visit the Paso Robles City Library soon to choose your groupís next title! For more information about Reading Group Kits, contact Karen Christiansen, Adult Services Librarian, at 237-3870.
The Paso Robles City Library offers users a broad range of materials:
Fiction (including special sections for Mysteries, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Westerns, and Young Adult)
Non-fiction (including special California collections and Career and Educational Test books)
Books on Tape (audio cassettes) or CD
Large Print (including both fiction and non-fiction)
Paperbacks (including both fiction and non-fiction and Young Adult)
Reference (including special sections for encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, maps, auto repair manuals, and government documents)Video Cassettes (fiction and non-fiction)
Microfilm (local newspapers and other special items)
Microfiche (back issues of periodicals and a wide selection of phone books from other areas)
Investment Aids (including Value Line and the Weiss Ratings)
Periodicals (current year plus two past years)
Braille Institute Library Talking Books
Music Audio Cassettes
Rental Books are bestsellers that are in high demand, often having a waiting list of 100 or more; if you donít want to wait, pay the $2.00 rental fee for a one-week rental.
Spanish Language (including reference, fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, AV materials, magazines)
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