San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library

Supporting the SLO Library, its community and the SLO Community

April 24, 2017
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Deadline extended for Annual Meeting and Luncheon reservations

The reservation deadline for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Luncheon featuring local author, Jeff Wheelwright, as guest speaker and the Craig Updegrove Jazz Trio as our entertainment, has been extended until this Thursday, April 27, 2017.  Thanks to the Madonna Inn for allowing us to extend the time.

For more details and to make reservations, click here.

April 3, 2017
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2017 FOL Annual Meeting and Luncheon


Jeff Wheelwright

It is that time of the year for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon.  This year’s edition will be held on May 4, 2017.  After several years of holding the Luncheon at the Madonna Inn with rave reviews of the facility, this year’s luncheon will again be held at the Ballroom in the Madonna Inn.

As with previous Luncheons we will have a local author as our guest speaker.  This year we are privileged to have Jeff Wheelwright speaking on his life experiences and elements of his writing.  You can read Jeff’s writing biography, get the details of the Luncheon and make your reservation on our website,  Reservations must be made by April 20, 2017.


Craig Updegrove Jazz Trio

This year we have an added feature – a guest musical group.  The Craig Updegrove Jazz Trio will be performing at the Luncheon.  Many of you may know Craig from the Vocal Arts Ensemble and as a member of the Bald Spots.

We look forward to seeing you at the luncheon.  Remember, the Luncheon is open to all, not just FOL members.  Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors and/or bring a guest or two.

March 21, 2017
by lannyca
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38th Annual Book Sale

The 38th Annual Book Sale was a success. Thanks to all the volunteers whose efforts made the sale possible. And thanks to all those who attended and purchased books and media. We appreciate your support of the SLO Friends of the Library.  Below is a video of the setup by the Book Sale volunteers in time lapse.  For more images from the book sale, click here.

Above: Video of setup of the Book Sale on Wednesday.  

The San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library will hold its 38th Annual Book Sale on March 2-4, 2017, at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building, 801 Grand Avenue.

Dates and times are as follows:

  • Thursday, March 2nd:   6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    (Members only, with memberships sold at the door)
  • Friday, March 3rd:        10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 4th:     9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There will be over 15,000 books including the largest number of children’s books in the history of the Sale – Teen and Young Adult books are especially numerous. Once again the audiovisual department will have a large collection of vinyl LPs in addition to DVDs and CDs.

Books will be sold at $1 per inch, and audiovisual items will be $1 each. In addition there will be a large collection of Special Price Books – click to see Bill Cochran’s description of some items from that collection.

In the 37 years of the Sale, over $300,000 has been raised for the Library. Last year, the Friends provided $75,000 to the San Luis City Library for materials, programs and the major renovation expense. In addition to Book Sale income, the Friends have received generous donations and bequests.

In those same 37 years, there have been hundreds of dedicated, cheerful volunteers. This year, two long-time Book Sale leaders died: Jane Batterson and Dottie Connor. They exemplified the dedication and generosity of our volunteers. This year, we will again have over 100 volunteers.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating books or media should contact us at

December 6, 2016
by lannyca
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Shop at HumanKind to donate to In-School Reading Program

By shopping at HumanKind this Wednesday, Dec 7, from 5:30 to 7:30, 20% of your purchase amount will be donated by HumanKind to the In-School Reading Program sponsored by the Friends and the AAUW.

If you have not shopped at HumanKind, you have missed a wonderful experience. You are sure to find a gift for your family and friends or for yourself with the great selection of artisan articles they have available for sale.

Just stop by and visit with our board members and enjoy a glass of cider or wine while you shop.


September 7, 2016
by lannyca
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SLO Library Renovation – Closed October thru January.

Beginning October 2, 2016, the SLO Library as we currently know it will be closed for renovation.  During the renovation, library materials can reserved and be picked up in the conference room at the west end of the hall way that links the west entrance and the main entrance.  We anticipate that the conference room will be staffed during normal library hours.

The remodel will 1) relocate the Childrens’ area to the second floor, 2) relocate the Reference area to the third floor which is currently used for library material processing and 3) will open up the first floor as a more open and flowing area.  The library material checkout and return system will be updated providing easier and more secure checkout.

According to Chris Barnickel, Director of Libraries, this remodel was initiated by the need to replace the existing elevator.  He explained that once a major remodel for the elevator replacement was required, it made sense to use that time to enhance the useability of the Library.  The remodel will almost double the space available for the Childrens’ area.

As of now we do not know what impact this will have upon our Friends Corner, Friends Tuesday mini book sales and other Friends of the Library activities other than they will not be available during the renovation.  We will provide more details on our activities as we learn more.

May 26, 2016
by lannyca
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2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon Success

IMG_8164The 2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon was a great success with approximately 75 attendees who heard guest speaker, Franz Wisner, local author, talk about his books and the impact libraries have provided in his writing career.

A video of Franz Wisner’s talk and images from the Luncheon can be viewed here and a copy of the Annual Business Meeting Report can be viewed here.

April 5, 2016
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Annual Meeting and Luncheon to feature local author, Franz Wisner

FranzCropFranz Wisner, local author from Los Osos, will be the featured speaker at the SLO Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon on May 5, 2016, at the Madonna Inn.  The dealine for reservations is  April 21, 2016.  Reservations can be paid for on our website or by mail and check after printing a reservation form.  Click here for more details and to make your reservation. Members, guest and the general public are invited.

April 5, 2016
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Shop at HumanKind to help donate to our In-School Reading Program

HumanKind donates over $600, 20% of sales, from April 23, 2016

On Saturday, April 23rd, HumanKind donated 20% of that day’s sales to SLO Friends of the Library’s In-School Reading Program. Below is the leadin story to that day:

HaHumanKind Store Frontve you visited HumanKind, the non-profit, retail store on Monterey between Phoenix Books and  Boo Boo Records? They have the greatest assortment of products; each produced by artisans from around the world. The variety of items is so broad that it is hard to venture into the store and not find something you like – From Fair Trade coffee, to small art objects, to clothing. HumanKind is unique in its assortment and its mission to provide a channel for these artisans from developing countries to sell their products.

If you haven’t yet visited HumanKind, now is your chance. On Saturday, April 23, 2016, HumanKind will be donating 20% of what is purchased that day to the In-School Reading program sponsored by the SLO Friends of the Library and AAUW. Come in and chat with our Friends board members, check out all the wonderful products and learn more about HumanKind and the In-School Reading program.  Every  purchase you make on that Saturday provides a donation to a Friends of the Library program.

You already know about HumanKind? Well, then come in to support us! And be sure to tell your neighbors and friends about HumanKind and ask them to also come on Saturday, April 23rd.

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February 7, 2016
by lannyca
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SLO MakerSpace – Library Partnership

The SLO County Library has partnered with SLO MakerSpace to provide up to 15 hours a week free access to the SLO MakerSpace facility and resources.  SLO MakerSpace provides access to collaborative machine/wood/electronics shop and craft center where one can build projects, teach and take classes, and network with others interested in making, creating and inventing things.  Click here for more information and images from SLO MakerSpace.