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Paso Robles City Library January 2020
Adult Classes & Events
"The Paso Robles City Library is the place to discover, to learn, and to grow, empowering our community to achieve its vision for the future."

Make It @ Your Library! Snowflake Dreamcatcher

Saturday, January 4, 10:30-12:30 pm
Create a snowflake dreamcatcher using just a few simple materials and techniques. All materials and instruction for the project are provided free of charge. Space is limited. Registration is required. For ages 16+. 

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Elephant Seals on Our Coast

Thursday, January 9, 6:00-7:00 pm
January is birthing season in the Piedras Blancas rookery, and the Central Coast Friends of the Elephant Seal will present information about this exciting time in which the females arrive on our shore and the newborn seals first experience our world. Space is limited. Registration is required. Family groups are welcome to attend; please register each family member individually. 
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Understanding and Using Your iOS Device: Using the Camera 

Saturday, January 11, 10:30-12:30 pm
Learn how to use your device’s camera to full effect. Please bring your device with you so you can follow along with instructor Assana Fard’s step-by-step instructions to practice what you are learning. Following the one-hour presentation, you will have a chance to practice taking photos in the City Park; wear comfortable shoes! Space is limited. Registration is required.  

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Tax Assistance

As in prior years, the Library will partner with AARP Tax Aide to provide tax assistance.The AARP Tax Aide program is for taxpayers (certain exceptions do apply) who would like assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to taxpayers, assisting with various tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Education Credits, as well as the Affordable Care Act. Call the Library, 805-237-3870, beginning January 13, to sign up for Saturday tax preparation appointments, which begin on February 8.

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Library Book Group Reads: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Thursday, January 16, 7:00-8:00 pm

Ask Again, Yes is a moving novel about two neighboring families, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness.

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2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: The Power of One

Saturday, January 18
Community March: Noon-1:00

(starts at 21st and Riverside)           
Event: 1:00-3:00 pm
(Flamson Middle School Multipurpose Rm.) 

The community is invited to attend a celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event begins with a march reminiscent of the marches led by Dr. King in Washington D.C. and Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. Those wanting to participate in the march should gather at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of 21st Street and Riverside Avenue (near the fairgrounds). The march will begin at noon, and participants will march to Flamson Middle School Auditorium (2450 Spring Street). Refreshments will be provided to march participants. The program begins at 1:00 pm at Flamson.

This year’s keynote speaker is Councilwoman Maria Elena Garcia. Registration is not required and event is appropriate for all ages.

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Learn to Knit 

Saturday, January 25, 10:30-12:30 pm

Back by popular demand, our January knitting class will feature instructor Meta Nisbet! For beginning and intermediate knitters, age 13 and up, all the basics will be covered including casting on, knit, purl, and bind off. All supplies will be provided for the beginning knitter. More experienced knitters are welcome to bring their own projects, so get that half-finished scarf or sweater out of the closet and receive expert advice on how to complete it. Space is limited. Registration is required. For ages 13+.

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Table Top Game Day

Saturday, January 25, 1:00-4:00 pm 
A fun and engaging monthly event that allows you to try out trending board games or enjoy a beloved classic while meeting new friends.  For ages 16+. 

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A Passion for Paso: Mehlenbacher's Taffy

Thursday, January 30, 6:00-7:00 pm
Learn how taffy is made, how Mehlenbacher’s chooses their unique flavors, and the history of taffy. Also included in the evening is a free taffy tasting! Space is limited. Registration is required. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Library Volunteer Program: Where Community, Commitment, and Camaraderie Come Together

If you are looking for a way to meet new people, participate in community life, learn new skills, or just get out of the house a few hours each week, the Paso Robles City Library's Adult Volunteer Program offers opportunities in many areas of library service. If you have strong customer service skills and the ability to multi-task, you may enjoy one of the public desks. If you prefer working independently and are detail-oriented, you may enjoy shelving or sorting donations. If you excel in the retail environment, you may enjoy working in the Friends of the Library Gift Shop, located just off the lobby. All positions require a commitment of 2 to 4 hours, one day per week, a positive attitude, and a desire to be part of the library world.
For more information about volunteer opportunities in the Paso Robles City Library and the application process, visit

The Paso Robles City Library is located at 1000 Spring Street and is open Monday – Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-5. For more information on library programs and events, please call 805-237-3870 or visit

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