Summer Newsletter 2019

President's Message
by Michele Vass

Hello Friends!

Is it missional? That's what I ask myself when it comes time to evaluate whether to do an event or program. As a non-profit organization with limited resources and volunteers, we must evaluate the benefit our community will receive with everything we do. 

In today's digitally-driven society, I've found the need to take a step back and personally reconnect with people. In those lost face-to-face interactions, we miss the nuance and tone of what people are saying. In that vein, the Friends began hosting "Community Forums" a few months ago with Mayor Joe Patterson and Police Chief Chad Butler each headlining their own discussion. These informal gatherings provided attendees with the ability to ask questions about processes and priorities and hear directly from our City leaders about issues and opportunities in Rocklin. 

Our Chief shared what an incredible job our Police Department does in deploying assets to keep our City and residents safe. He explained how the 2018 crime stats for Rocklin showed decreases in most areas which contrasted with what residents believe because of postings on social media without context or factual data. The Chief also shared practical measures that residents can take to keep themselves protected, and to aid our department in their policing efforts. 

Mayor Patterson's discussion was a behind-the-scenes look at many of the recent hot topics around Rocklin. He spoke candidly about his desire to see Quarry Park Adventures succeed despite voting against the contract for the new operator; and about the tough decisions he must make about where to invest public monies. Residents asked great questions and I was impressed at his effort to thoroughly answer each one. Mayor Patterson also talked about the journey that led to him run for and win a seat on the council, and why he is so passionate about Rocklin's future - his kids. 

These evenings were not just informative. They provided neighbors from across Rocklin the chance to meet each other for coffee, treats, and connection. There was no incivility or people hiding behind screen names; just folks who took time out of their lives to learn more about the place we call home. 

We no longer have a "main street" or "town square", but we do have our library. A place where all are welcome to debate, discuss, and dream about what we, and our city will become. 

I would like to thank Mayor Patterson and Chief Butler for their time and participation in our events; and for their service to our city and residents.
Mayor Joe Patterson discusses hot topics about Rocklin with city citizens at one of our "Community Forums.

Voices of the Passed: The Friends Partner with Rocklin Historical Society
The Friends of the Library partnered with the Rocklin Historical Society to present "Voices of the Passed: Strong Women who Make a Difference," celebrating women who made a contribution to Rocklin. This was held during Women's History Month on March 18 in Old St. Mary's Chapel. The event was quite informative, fun, and well-attended!

Look for other events like this in the months to come.

Lights, Cameras, Let's Read!
      By Kathryn Cantwell-Cole, Librarian

T his year's Summer at Your Library rolls out the red carpet with "It's Showtime at Your Library!" starting June 1st. Our summer events take center stage with the return of Wild Things and a brand-new performance troupe to Rocklin Library: Circus of  Smiles!  Both events will take place at the Clarke Dominguez Memorial Gym along with last year's STEM-based favorite, Scribblebots.

 Highlighting our summer theme in the library's community room will be our Musical Family Sing-Along, a 4-D experience combining an award-winning soundtrack with physical effects throughout a family-friendly film.

Premiering this summer, Cupcake Wars has teens facing off in this friendly competition for the elusive Golden Cupcake and title of Best Cupcake Designer. 

Wrapping up our events, Senior Librarian and ukulele aficionado, Tony Carmack, leads an evening Ukulele Class for Beginners; we welcome you to bring your own or borrow one of ours! Find out complete event details and check out what else is happening across the Placer County Library this summer by visiting

But wait, there's more! Our summer events join our ever-popular Reading Recesses activities happening daily with a new recess added each week! Sign your name on a Hollywood star, caption a movie scene, vote for a "Would You Rather?" and more! While at the library, children and teens can sign-up for a literacy log (starts June 1st). Each family that signs up receives a Placer County bookbag just waiting to be filled with all their summer reads! As they complete the activities on each page (along with a couple Reading Recesses), children can earn limited edition Placer County Library pins (stickers available for little ones) including a "Library Champion" finisher exclusive pin and a book to take home! Teens who complete their summer log can enter a drawing to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Can't wait until summer? Then let your summer reads start today! Visit in May to see our summer displays popping up around library. Maybe check out a book...and the movie based on it!

So, come one, come all! "It's Showtime at Your Library!"

Gary Symington Art at the Rocklin Library
by Janet Thew, Art Coordinator

Come see the beautiful landscape art of Gary Symington on the walls of the Rocklin Library. Gary uses watercolor and pen and ink. This show will run through May 30.  

The next show will be May 31 through July and will feature the Rocklin Fine Arts team of artists sharing pieces in various media.

So, check out the walls at at the Rocklin Library! We are a community of artists!

         Book Sale Raises Friends!
by Gloria Beverage

We did some "friend-raising" with our second surplus sale of the year on Mother's Day weekend. Book lovers took home lots of children's and adult reading selections for their personal libraries. Mark your calendars for upcoming sales: Aug. 10 and Nov. 2.

We welcome book donations to keep our inventory fresh. Drop them in the slot just inside the library's front entrance. For a large donation, please send an email to to make arrangements for delivery.

Our Dream Team keeps the bookstore stocked as well as organizes our quarterly book sales. However, our "players" sometimes get benched because of injuries or vacations, so we are always looking for backup team members. Hours are minimal; the benefits are huge! Please email us if you're interested in joining the team.

Book sales are used by the Placer County library staff to purchase adult and children's books as well as add special materials to the library collection. Friends also host programs throughout the year, including the "Birthday Club" and "Storytime at the Station."

To join the Friends of the Library (and obtain early admission to the surplus sales), visit  or pick up a membership form in our book store. Memberships start at $10.

A June Event!
Summer PetBot and Video Editing Classes 
by Eve Wise  

The Rocklin Friends of the Library are pleased to partner with MakersXD to bring two week-long camps to Rocklin's Hacker Lab! The Friends believe it is important for kids to gain digital literacy skills that will assist them in their academic life, and enable them to express themselves creatively too.

Our Girl Bot Class will allow students to code a stuffed animal to perform basic tasks like chasing, spinning and purring. Students will use the Arduino open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. By the end of the course, multiple behaviors will be created and the student will leave with their very own PetBot! This class is suited for ages 10 and up. The week-long class runs July 8 - July 12 from 9am to noon.  

Our second class teaches Adobe Premiere, and industry leading software for video editing. Students will leave with a digital copy of their edited work which can be uploaded to any number of social media platforms. This class is suited for ages 10 and up. The week-long class runs July 8 - July 12 from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

The popularity of these classes is so great that both were filled quickly!

Both classes will be held at the Hacker's Lab located at 4415 Granite Drive #200 Rocklin, CA 95677.

2019 Upcoming Fall Event!
Rocklin Reads takes flight in October 
by Gloria Beverage

This year's Rocklin Reads program will feature former Sacramento area author Suzanne Rindell, who will be in Rocklin on Oct. 19 to discuss her 2018 book, Eagle and Crane. Set primarily in Placer County in the years before and after World War II, the mystery centers around two stunt flyers performing with a barnstorming troupe. The paperback version will be released in July.

Rindell is also the author of Three Martini Lunch and The Other Typist, which has been translated into 15 languages and opted for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. She is at work on a historic mystery set in 1906 San Francisco.

A resident of San Francisco, she earned a B.A. degree from University of the Pacific, a Ph.D. from Rice University in Texas and spent a number of years working in the New York City publishing field.

The Rocklin Library Book group will read and discuss the book on Oct. 10. A display of historic photos of the area or art featuring vintage airplanes will be displayed inside the Rocklin Library.
The Rocklin Friends of the Library are hosting the annual Rocklin Reads program as a way to encourage the community to read, as well as raise awareness about local history and social issues.


Stay tuned to hear more about these events in the Fall!

 Upcoming 2019 Board Meeting Dates

J une 11 - 10 AM 
No Meetings in July and August
September 10 - 10 AM
October 8 - 10 AM
November 12 - 10 AM
December 10 - 10 AM

All meetings will be held at the Community Room at the Rocklin Library

Non-fiction books, Children's Books
New fiction (hardback and paperback books)
DVDs and books on tape, and rare and antique books


The mission of Rocklin Friends of the Library is to generate support for the Rocklin Library and Placer County library services and to promote community interest in libraries, reading, and lifelong learning.

Rocklin Library - 624-3133
4890 Granite Drive, Rocklin, CA