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Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 237-3870
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New Monthly Gathering: Coloring for Adults!

The first gathering of the Library's new monthly Adult Coloring program will be June 15, 6:00-8:00 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

Download the Bookclub Flyer for future dates and book selections.

As a reminder, during JUNE - AUGUST the Book Group will meet on the 4th Friday of the month.

The Marriage of Opposites - May's Good Read

The Marriage of Opposites (book cover)The Paso Robles City Library invites the public to join in the discussion of Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 pm in the Library Conference Room.

The Marriage of Opposites is a forbidden love story telling of the woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro. Rachel and her mother have a difficult relationship. Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her, and her friendship with Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business. When he dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family.

Search the Library Catalog for The Marriage of Opposites

June's Good Read:
State of Wonder
by Anne Patchett

State of Wonder (book cover)Join the Paso Robles Library Book Group Friday, June 17, beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a lively discussion of Ann Patchett's elegantly crafted novel, State of Wonder. Sign-ups are not necessary to join the Book Group.

Ann Patchett's narrative is replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations. State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity. As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy.

Search the Library Catalog for State of Wonder

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.

Download a list of Book Group Kit titles.

Adult Collection

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 CDBooks On Tape

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)

Video CollectionLocal History

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 Music CD Collection

Music CDs


New Books

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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