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FALL Newsletter 2018

President’s Column:

Dear Friends,
We have had a wonderful year. The programs for children and adults that we sponsor have been well attended. The Bluegrass Concert Series has a large following in part because the acoustics of this former Catholic Church allow the audience to listen to these bands at their very best—without amplification. Stop by yourself in January when the series begins its new season.

We also received a totally unexpected bequest from long-time Del Mar resident Gary Seger’s estate. We appreciate and are very thankful that he remembered the Friends.
His gift will help us with several library improvements, including the re-upholstering of three chairs that are in the “teen” section. We also are planning to buy new window coverings as the current blinds are in sad shape. The city of Del Mar, which owns the library building, also plans to upgrade the rest rooms in coming months.

My very favorite item in our annual budget is the Friends Express Books committee. This group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m., and we invite you to come join us with new book suggestions. We select between 10 and 15 books each month for this collection. These are reserved for Del Mar Library patrons for six months and then go into county-wide circulation.
For all their efforts throughout the year, I would like to thank our current board members: Lynn Cox, secretary and newsletter editor; Bill Michalsky, treasurer; Suzie Schudson, book sale manager; and at-large members Joe Jelley, Terry Kopanski, Mary Murrell and Randy Stoke. I also want to thank Liz From, who chairs the Friends Express committee.

Two of our long-time board members, Kathy Finnell and Marion Perlman, have retired from our board, and we are looking for new participants. We meet the first Wednesday of even months at 4 p.m. in the community room. Please stop by, take a listen and consider joining us. We welcome new ideas and fresh faces.

Pat Freeman,

Do Public Libraries Have a Future?
By Lynn Cox, Editor

Public libraries have taken it on the chin in recent years—from budget cuts to wholesale outsourcing. But a shift in opinion may be on the horizon.
In July, Forbes magazine published an article arguing against public support of libraries because they had lost their purpose. The intense backlash forced Forbes to pull the article from its web site within 36 hours.

Now, library advocates have found a new champion in New York University sociologist Eric Klinenberg. In his new book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Crown, 2018), Klinenberg insists that libraries and other community infrastructures are key to a better, more connected, more resilient society.

The reason? Like grade schools, campuses, pocket parks and other free social-gathering places, libraries provide a welcoming place for diverse people to form connections. These ties enhance civility and help people become more resilient to natural disasters, as well as everyday setbacks, says Klinenberg, by promoting interaction, not isolation.

“Your book is a love note to libraries,” said Dorian Warren, president of the Center for Community Change Action and a Fellow at Roosevelt University, to Klinenberg during their recent discussion of the book at the Strand book store in New York City (YouTube, posted Sept. 12, 2018).

The book started to develop after Klinenberg was appointed research director for Rebuild By Design, formed after Hurricane Sandy. In working with architects and landscape architects on the project, they referred to the need for “resilience centers.”
“I told them, your resilience center is a branch library. You walk right by it,” Klinenberg explained to Warren.

Key to the strength of the community infrastructures is whether they promote positive engagement—a positive “social infrastructure”—or continued isolation of people separated by age, economics and background.

In his review of the book in “The New York Times Book Review.” Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., said, “Anyone interested in cities will find this book an engaging survey that trains you to view any shared social system as, among other things, a kind of social network.”

Buttigieg said the book prompted him to begin asking how ordinary features of his city “might affect the greater well being of residents.”

Let’s hope other civic leaders start asking the same questions.

The Friends of the Del Mar Library continues to financially support library programs for all age groups that bring together our community. Please help us continue to make the Del Mar Branch of the San Diego County library one of the most vibrant in the system.

Bluegrass Concert Series

The Shirthouse Band closed out this year’s highly successful Bluegrass Concert Series. Check this out for yourself when the series celebrates its fifth anniversary in January.


Fall Preview: Movies From Books

For those who like to read the book before they see the movie, be sure to check out these titles heading for the big screen this fall:

Bel Canto: Renée Fleming supplies the operatic voice for Julianne Moore in this movie based on the novel by Ann Patchett. Moore portrays an opera star taken hostage in South America. Paul Weitz directs the cast, including Christopher Lambert, Ken Watanabe and Sebastian Koch.

Boy Erased: This movied, based on the memoir of Garrard Conley, stars Lucas Hedges as a minister’s son forced to participate in a gay-conversion program. Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman play his parents. Director Joel Edgerton also wrote the screenplay.

First Man: Director Damian Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling of “La La Land” team up again for the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong and NASA’s mission to the moon. Claire Foy of “The Crown” loses the British accent to play Armstrong’s wife in this movie based on the book by James R. Hansen.

The Front Runner: Hugh Jackman and Vera Farmiga star as Colorado Senator Gary Hart and his wife, Lee, in Jason Reitman’s new movie based on New York Times journalist Matt Bai’s All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons plays Hart’s campaign manager Bill Dixon.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web: Claire Foy takes on the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in this adaptation of the book by David Lagercrantz, who took over the. writing of the Millennium series originated by Swede Stieg Larsson.

The House With a Clock in its Walls: Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan star in this adaption of a novel by John Bellairs. A young orphan sent to Michigan tries to find a hidden clock that could destroy the world.

Mowgli: Actor Andy Serkis—known for his roles as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and Cesar in “War for the Planet of the Apes”—makes his directorial debut with this adaptation based on one of the stories in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The film features the distinctive voices of Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett in this story of a child raised by wolves in the jungles of India.

Wildlife: Actor Paul Dano makes his directorial debut with “Wildlife,” based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford. Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan star in this portrait of a nuclear family in 1960s Montana. Dano co-wrote the screenplay with Zoe Kazan.

Help Support Our Library

Please keep the Friends of the Del Mar Library in mind when making your charitable donations this fall.

Your donations pay for nearly all the magazine and newspaper subscriptions enjoyed by so many library visitors; the Friends Express book program—consisting of more than 100 new fiction and nonfiction purchases a year; the Summer Reading Challenge for children; the Blue Grass Concert series; and many of the 100+ ongoing programs at the library.

Please include your email address on the form on the last page of this newsletter so we can inform you of special events. Our tax ID number is 95-3786768 if you choose to make a donation from a charitable trust.

Thank you in advance for whatever donation you make to support our library.

Autumn Teen / Adult Programs
3D Print Class: Introduction to using the library’s 3-D printer, 1 p.m., Oct. 27.
Art for Adults: Local artist Sandra Dodd uses different mediums and techniques each month. 3:30 p.m., Oct. 10 and Oct. 24.
Book Talks & Treats: Learn about great books and hidden gems; 2 p.m., third Fridays, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16.
Conversational Spanish: 6 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays.
Day in the Life of a Naval Aviator: An insider’s view by a former aviator now serving as a docent aboard the USS Midway Museum; 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25.
Local Authors: Rosemarie Rubinetti-Cappiello, Speaking From Spirit: Inspiring Stories and Messages from Those Who Passed On; 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11.
Mickey Brent, Broad Awakening, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Meditation: 6 p.m., fourth Wednesdays.
Yoga: “Chair” yoga classes; 10-30-11:20, 11
1:30-12:20, Wednesdays. “Mat” yoga classes, 12 p.m., Tuesdays.
Please check the library’s website to verify dates.
Autumn Children’s Programs
Baby Story Time: Age-appropriate games and songs for pre-walkers only; 11 a.m., Tuesdays.
Do Re Mi & You: Interactive music appreciation and education; 10 a.m., Wednesdays.
Face Painting: Wear your costume and get your face painted for Halloween; 10:30-Noon, Oct. 31.
Matter Minds: Canyon Crest Academy students present science programs for kindergarteners through sixth-graders with hands-on experiments; 11 a.m., first and third Saturdays.
Pre-School Play: Activities for children ages 5 and younger to teach milestones for kindergarten; 3:30 p.m., second and fourth Thursdays.
Pre-School Story Time: Stories, songs and finger plays for preschoolers ages 3-5; 10 a.m., Wednesdays.
Rady’s Toddler Time Class: Literacy, music and movement for toddlers; 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.
Scripps Musical Story Time: 10 a.m., second Tuesdays.
Story Time: 11:20 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and 26.
Stranger Awareness and Avoidance: Program for parents and children ages 4-6 to learn how to verbally defend themselves, recognize inappropriate behavior, set boundaries, and use their voices. 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.
Toddler Yoga: 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., second and fourth Thursdays
Del Mar Foundation Children’s Programs
The Del Mar Foundation is sponsoring two children’s programs:
• Art & Culture Class by Zone for children 6 months to 6 years old; 3:30 p.m., first and third Thursdays.
• Learning to Play By Zone for children 6 months to 4 years old; 11:20 a.m., first and third Mondays


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SPRING Newsletter 2017

President’s Corner

Dear Friends.
Thank you for all your support of Friends of Del Mar Library. With all of our efforts, the Del Mar Branch Library is an awesome place. Contributions have enabled us to buy the craftsman style furniture and provide the Friends Express books that you can find on the kiosk as you enter.
These books remain available in Del Mar for six months and then are available to all in the county system. Liz From volunteers her time to lead the committee that selects these books. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. Come join us and give us your suggestions.
FDML board members also volunteer time to raise funds. Suzie Schudson does an amazing job sorting and pricing donated used books. Lynn Cox is our secretary and writes the newsletter. Lynn has a history of working for newspapers, and we could not do this newsletter without her.
Bill Michalsky, our treasurer, maintains all our financial records. I appreciate his abilities in keeping our bills paid and his filing of the necessary state forms to maintain our nonprofit status.
Kathy Finnell, Joe Jelley, Terry Kopanski, Mary Murell, Marion Perlman and Randy Stoke complete our Board of Directors. We all aim to make the Del Mar Branch Library a great place to come and read magazines, newspapers and books and attend the many programs we all enjoy.
I also want to thank the staff and many volunteers who make our library visits enjoyable. Our library now has 17 ongoing, volunteer-led library activities. Thanks to all of you.
Pat Freeman,

Your Donations Make a Difference

Our downtown Del Mar library may be small in size compared to other branch libraries in the county library system. But thanks in part to your donations, more and more adults, teens and children are participating in programs that bring our community together.

The building’s wonderful acoustics and the excellent slate of performers brought in by library staff have made the Friends-sponsored Bluegrass Concert series a smashing success. There was standing room only—nearly 100 attendees—at all of this year’s performances.

See what all the fuss is about when the Shirthouse Band headlines the last concert in the series at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 15.

The Friends also sponsor most of the performers who appear during the Summer Reading Challenge, a nationwide effort to keep children reading through the summer. Last summer’s special events associated with the challenge drew between 90 and 100 children each week. (See more about the Reading Challenge on Page 3.) The Friends also support children’s programs, such as Tiny Tot Yoga and Art for Kids, throughout the year.

Your donations also pay for nearly all the magazine and newspaper subscriptions enjoyed by so many library visitors. And, the Friends Express book program—consisting of more than 100 new fiction and nonfiction purchases a year—supplements the county purchases, helping to make our branch library one of the top 20 in circulation in the San Diego County Library system.

The Friends’ book sales—both the ongoing in-library designated shelves and the twice-annual “pop-up” book sales in the community room—supplement your donations and provide all of us with Del Mar’s only “discount” bookstore.
Please know that your donations help maintain the vital threads that bind our community and promote literacy.

Summer Movies from Books

It’s no surprise that film directors would continue to look for inspiration in fiction by Daphne du Maurier and Stephen King. Past screen adaptations of their novels have garnered Oscar nods as well as box-office success for some very notable directors.
Alfred Hitchcock tapped into du Maurier’s gothic-tinged thrillers three times for:

• “Jamaica Inn” (1939), Maureen O’Hara’s first film;
• “Rebecca” (1940), starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier; and
• “The Birds” (1963), starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy.

Another British director, Nicolas Roeg, turned to a du Maurier short story for the classic “Don’t Look Now,” (1973) starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.
King’s first novel Carrie was the second film of Brian de Palma, who went on to make “Dressed to Kill,” (1980) “Scarface” (1983) and “The Untouchables.” (1987) “Carrie” (1976) earned Oscar nominations for both Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.

Other memorable King adaptations include Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” (1980), with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall; and Rob Reiner’s “Misery,” (1990) with James Caan and Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for best actress.

Now it’s crunch time for directors Nikolaj Arcel and Roger Michell.
Arcel hopes to win over movie audiences with the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel, the third time the du Maurier novel has been translated to the screen. Michell directed and wrote the adaptation of “The Dark Tower,” based on seven novels and a short story by King.

“My Cousin Rachel” starts Sam Claflin as a young Englishman who believes his cousin, Rachel, played by Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, killed his guardian.

Directors J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard both tried to bring “The Dark Tower” to the big screen, but Arcel finally made it happen, with Howard on board as a producer. Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey stars as the “Man in Black,” while Idris Elba plays the gunslinger.

Other summer movies based on books are:
“The Beguiled,” based on A Painted Devil by Thomas P. Cullinan. Colin Farrell stars as a Union solider in the Civil War who has found shelter at a girls school in Virginia. Oscar winner Nicole Kidman plays the headmistress of the school. Sofia Coppola directs the cast, including Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst.

“Atomic Blonde,” a spy thriller based on the 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston. Oscar winner Charlize Theron stars as agent Lorraine Broughton of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service sent to Berlin in the Cold War era. James McCoy costars as an embedded station chief. John Goodman, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan also appear. David Leitch directed the adaptation written by Kurt Johnstad.

Coming in June:
New Friends Express Books

• Anything is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitteridge, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize
• Beartown, by Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called One
• Fallout, by Sarah Paretksky, the 18th in the popular V.I. Warshawski mystery series
• Ginny Moon, by Benjamin Ludwig, a young adult debut novel
• The Book of Summer: A Novel, by Michelle Gable, author of
A Paris Apartment
• The Fix, by David Baldacci, the third in this thriller series featuring Almos Decker
• The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti, editor and co-founder of One Story magazine.


  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil Degrasse Tyson, best-selling author and astrophysicist
  • Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein, a Washington Post reporter
    Option B, by Sheryl Sandberg, a struggle with grief from the Facebook COO.

Reading by Design

Set your children up for success next fall by entering them in the “Summer Reading Challenge,” an annual event at many libraries across the country, including the San Diego County Library system.

“Studies show that kids who read at least five books over the summer do not experience any reading loss,” says Donna Ohr, deputy director of the San Diego County library system.

“Reading by Design,” the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, celebrates creativity, as well as graphic designers and illustrators who enhance the reading experience.

Sign up at the Del Mar Library or on line starting June 1. The challenge runs June 1 to Aug. 31. Prizes are awarded for all children who read 10 books or read for 10 hours.

Past prizes include sports equipment, games and coupons to select restaurants, museums and theme parks.

Special “Reading Challenge” programs for children at the Del Mar Library this summer include:

• Wild Wonders: Interactive Animal Program; 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 21.
• Little Catbird: Family Music; 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 5.
• Amazing Dana Magic Show: 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 12.
• Sparkles the Clown: Magic and Bubble Show; 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 19.
• Pigs Eye Puppets; 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 26.
• Living Coast Discovery Center: Coastal Animals; 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2.
• Hullabaloo; 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Teens: Earn “Service Hours” at the Library this Summer
Whether teens want to earn “service hours” for school or simply want to spend some time helping others this summer, opportunities are available at the library to help with the Summer Reading Challenge.

The library is seeking teens ages 12 to 17 to:

• Register children and award prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge.
• Assist with programs and special events.
• Empty book returns and shelving material.

Application forms are available at the library and must be filled out and returned by Saturday, June 10.

Training sessions will be from 4:30 -5:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 8, 15 and 22.
Thinking About a Safari?

The Affordable African Travel Discussion Group will meet to share African travel and safari experiences at 6 p.m. on June 1, July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7.
The group plans to focus on budget travel, offering tips on visiting game reserves, renting vehicles, what to see, what to avoid and best values.
Adult Coloring
Debbie Friedkin leads this new adult coloring group for adults 18 and older. Bring your own adult coloring books, markers, colored pencils or use provided supplies to get you started.
The group meets from 10 a.m. to noon, June 3, June 17, July 1 and July 15 at the library.
Learn How to Meditate
From a Pro
Laura Baugh, R.N., will offer a clinic in meditation at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, at the library.
“Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit with Meditation” includes Ms. Baugh’s practical technique of meditation geared to reducing stress and gaining a deeper sense of fulfillment in life.
Join the Knitters’ Circle

If you want to learn to knit—or simply want to spend some time with fellow knitters—join the knitters on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m., June 10, 24; July 8, 22; and August 12, 26.
Bring your own projects or use provided supplies to get you started.

Rose Weekend 2017 May 25-27
Singer/songwriter Ross Moore headlines a concert at 11 a.m., Friday, May 26, in celebration of “Rose Weekend 2017,” a San Diego County Library Signature Event.
Moore, based in Solana Beach. has been a songwriter for nearly 30 years. His “story-songs” are influenced by Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and John Prine. The performance is funded by the Friends of the Del Mar Library and The San Diego Bluegrass Society.
And be sure to stop by to see the gorgeous roses, thanks to Del Mar Rose Society. Members will be setting up their roses in the community room on Thursday, May 25, from noon to 8 p.m. for this annual competitive show. The roses will be on display through Saturday morning, May 27.


FALL Newsletter 2016

Friends to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
of Del Mar Library’s Historic Home

While it may seem serendipitous that the Del Mar Library is housed in a building as old as the library itself, it took 82 years before that happened.

It wasn’t until 1996 that the library was moved into the former St. James church on Camino Del Mar. To celebrate this 20th anniversary, the Friends of the Del Mar Library are hosting a party from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, at the library, 1309 Camino Del Mar. Refreshments, music and children’s entertainment, will be included. All are welcome.

The Del Mar branch of the county library system’s began with a petition to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors one year after the county system was established in 1913. Its first home was the private home of its first librarian, Mrs. E.J. Hindle.

Over the next 60 years, the library had many homes: a store, the private home of writer Lee Shippey on the bluff north of 8th street, a small room in the Jefferson Arcade, a building at 317 14th St. and even a space in the old Del Mar Plaza.
In 1977, the library was moved to a “temporary location” in a trailer parked in the City Hall parking lot, where it remained for the next 19 years.

In the 1990s, after Del Mar voters rejected a plan to build a new, 8,000-square-foot library, several Friends’ members got wind of an opportunity for the city of Del Mar to buy a building designed by John Austin, who also designed the old Del Mar Hotel.
The building, constructed in the craftsman style in 1914, was the first home of St. James Roman Catholic parish. When the parish had outgrown the building, it built a new home in Solana Beach and moved in 1966. The building was sold and transformed into a popular supper club, The Albatross Restaurant in the 1970s and 1980s.

Once the Friends discovered the old church building was for sale, they led the fund-raising effort. And Del Mar residents who had rejected the first plan for a permanent home for the library got on board.

“This building excited people,” says Pat Freeman, Friends’ president who was involved with the fund-raising.

The Friends raised more than $350,000, which was supplemented with funds from a local development and a city bond issue to obtain the $1 million required to buy and remodel the building.

Remodeling was completed in 1996, and the library finally moved into its new home. A year later, the renovation of the building was honored with an Orchid Award for Historic Preservation from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

President’s Corner


Friends President Pat Freeman with donors who sponsored the new craftsman-style chairs for the conference table.
Click on photo to enlarge.

Meet Miss Angie Youth Services Librarian


Angie Snyder


We’ve come a long way from libraries of the past where quiet ruled the day. And that’s just fine with Angie Snyder, new youth services librarian for the Del Mar Library.

Elementary schools have moved away from story times, dancing and arts and crafts where children often find their creative outlets, she says. These days, libraries are where children have the opportunity to release their creativity and “can have fun and be a kid.”

“We are safe place where children can learn, be entertained and discover things,” she adds.
The native San Diegan’s first job at the age of 15 was working as a high school library page in Imperial Beach. After graduation, she moved to Texas for college and again found work as a library aide while studying for her degree in psychology. In 2010, she returned to California and went to graduate school at San Jose State University, where she received a master’s in library science.

“I loved psychology,” she says, “but experience-wise, the library was home.”
To inspire your child or grandchild’s reading experience, she advises tailoring their reading to what they enjoy. “If they like Barbie, let them read Barbie,” she advises. “That’s how they get their love of reading.”


New Library Director

Migell Acosta has been appointed San Diego County’s library director to replace Jose Aponte, who retired earlier this year.

Mr. Acosta has 25 years in library experience, including his recent post as assistant director and chief information officer of the County of Los Angeles Public Library. He has a Master’s degree in Library information science from UCLA.


Fall Movies from Books

Book Corner:
Pat’s Pick: Vanessa and Her Sister, by Priya Parmer


Patricia Selkowitz


This beautifully realized book is a fictionalized account of the relationships among the artist Vanessa Bell, her sister, Virginia Woolf, and their lovers and intimate friends who would come to be known in posterity as the Bloomsbury Group during the time period 1905–1911.

The story is anchored by Ms. Bell’s fictional diary where she records her thoughts and feelings concerning this talented, but at that point mostly unknown, group of artists, writers and intellectuals.

The author’s choice to make Ms. Bell the heart of the novel, instead of the more famous Ms. Woolf, is one aspect that makes this book so interesting.

The rivalries, jealousies and passions of this talented group of people is revealed through Ms. Bell’s diary, direct action and conversation among characters, as well as letters and postcards from those traveling or working abroad. This is especially true of the relationship between the competitive sisters.

The death of their older brother Thoby, Vanessa’s marriage to his college pal Clive Bell and the birth of their child--along with the ever-shifting vagaries of the influence of Ms. Woolf’s mental illness on them all--makes for fascinating reading. This is the best book I’ve read in a long time.

Ms. Parmer’s first published work is Exit the Address (2011), which is available through the San Diego Circuit and Link+ databases.

Patricia Selkowitz is Assistant Branch Manager at the Del Mar Library.

On-Going Children’s Events
at the Library this Fall

• After-School Activities: 3:30 p.m., first, third and fourth Wednesdays.
• Art for Kids: Ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m., second Wednesdays.
• Baby Story Time: Ages 6-18 months; pre-walkers only, please. Age-appropriate games and songs. 11 a.m., Tuesdays.
• Chess Club for Kids: Check with library for dates.
• Chinese Bilingual Story Time: 11 a.m., second and fourth Thursdays.
• Homework Help and Creative Writing: For pre-school through 7th grade students by Torrey Pine High School students. 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays.
• InspirArtStudio: Art program for kindergarten to 8th grade students taught by Canyon Crest Academy High School students. 3:30 p.m. Fridays.
• Musical Family Story Time: 10 a.m., first, second and fourth Thursdays.
• Musical Story Time Do Re Mi: 10 and 11 a.m., Fridays, October and November.
• Pre-School Story Time: Ages 3 to 5 years. Stories, songs and finger plays. 10 a.m. Wednesdays.
• Scripps Musical Story Time: 10 a.m., second Tuesdays.
• Spanish/English Bilingual Craft: 10:30 a.m., first and third Tuesdays.
• Spanish/English Bilingual Story Time: 10 a.m., first and third Tuesdays.
• Story Time: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Fridays.
• Tiny Tot Yoga: For babies and toddlers with their parents or caregivers. 10 a.m., third Thursday, September; first and third Thursdays, October and November.
• Toddler Art Class: Ages 16 months 3 years., 3:30 p.m. Thursdays.
• Toddler Story Time: Ages 1-2. 10 a.m., fourth Tuesday.
Check with the library or web site for dates and updates.



SPRING Newsletter 2016

Stop and Smell the Roses
at Del Mar Library’s Rose Weekend

Your chance to get away from “May Gray” is just around the corner this Memorial Day weekend when the Del Mar Rose Society stages its colorful--and aromatic--display at the Del Mar Library.

Rose Weekend begins Thursday afternoon, May 26, as Del Mar Rose Society members display their cultivars in the Library Community Room.

In celebration of Rose Weekend, Temecula-based Nathan and Jesse (Nathan Rivera and Jesse Andra Smith), accompanied by their National Reso-Phonic guitars, bring their jazzy folk and blues to the library from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 27. The duo recently released their second CD, “If I Could I Would.”



Movie Makers Reach Out
to Book Lovers This Summer

As usual, a bumper crop of comic book heroes and heroines will be vying for blockbuster status this summer. But surprisingly, quite a few adaptations of popular novels also are being released.

The star-studded casts, including former Oscar winners and nominees such as Michael Fassbender, Mark Rylance, Alicia Viklander and Rachel Weitz, make it quite possible that some of these films will be vying for a Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards next year. Here’s a sampling:

Love & Friendship:
Director Whit Stillman adapted this romantic period comedy from an untitled Jane Austen novella never published in Austen’s lifetime. Kate Beckinsale stars as the unscrupulous Lady Susan Vernon, a recent widow, who is attempting to marry off herself and her daughter, Frederica. Chloe Sevigny plays Lady Susan’s American friend.

Manhattan Night:
Adrian Brody stars as tabloid reporter Porter Wren who enjoys a quiet life with his wife played by Jennifer Beals until he becomes ensnared in an attempt to find the killer of a movie-maker played by Campbell Scott. Brian DeCubellis directs his first feature film based on Colin Harrison’s noir literary thriller Manhattan Nocturne, published in 1998, which was a New York Times’ notable book of the year.

Alice Through the Looking Glass:
Johnny Depp revives his role as the Mad Hatter from 2010’s Alice in Wonderland as do Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helen Bonham Carter in this tale based on characters created by Lewis Carroll. James Bobin takes a turn as director.

The BFG:
The ET combo of director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison may strike Oscar gold, especially with Oscar winner Mark Rylance in the role of the Big Friendly Giant. Spielberg directs from a screenplay by the late Mathison, adapted from Roald Dahl’s 1982 classic about a giant who befriends an orphaned girl. ET garnered four Academy Awards--but not best picture--although did capture the Golden Globe for best drama and the hearts of movie lovers worldwide.

Me Before You:
Jojo Moyes adapted her 2012 best seller of the same name in which Emilia Clark of Game of Thrones stars as Lou who becomes the caretaker of Will played by Sam Claflin. Thea Sharrock directs, and Tony award winner Janet McTeer plays Will’s mother, Camilla.

Our Kind of Traitor:
Best-selling author John le Carre left the Cold War behind in this 2010 thriller set in the intrigue of modern-day international politics. The screen adaptation, directed by Susanna White, stars Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris as a British couple on a romantic holiday who run into a Russian oligarch hoping to defect. Stellan Skarsgard has the star turn as Dima, “the world’s number one money-launderer,” who sets off all the action.

A Man Called Ove:
Music Box Films picked up the North American rights to this Swedish hit of 2015. Rolf Lassgard’s performance as the curmudgeon Ove in this adaptation of the 2012 best-seller of the same name by Fredrik Backman won him a Swedish best actor award.

The Light Between Oceans:
Derek Cianfrance directs Oscar winners Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz and nominee Michael Fassbender in this adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s 2012 best-seller of the same name. Tom Sherbourne, played by Fassbender, returns to his native Australia after World War I and becomes an isolated lighthouse keeper. On an infrequent visit to the mainland, he meets and marries Isabel, played by Vikander, and their life unfolds in this unforgettable story.

Programs for All Ages

Children’s Events

Kids’ Corner, 10 a.m., Wednesdays:
• Pig’s Eye Puppets, June 22
• Imagination Express, a mime show, June 29
• Craig Newton’s Halftime Music Show, July 6
• Living Coast Discovery Center’s reptile show, July 13
• Hullabaloo, a singer/guitarist, July 20
• Sparkles the Clown, July 27
• Pacific Animal Production, Aug. 3.

Teen Event:
Action Del Mar: Teen Volunteer Tuesdays
Teens can earn one hour of community service credit each time they attend Teen Volunteer Tuesdays this summer at 4 p.m., June 14 through Aug. 2.
Along with meeting other teens, participants can find out about local nonprofit organizations looking for short-term volunteers and work on a project to help a nonprofit. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Adult Event: Art Classes

Instructor Mona Mills offers the following classes for adult artists at noon on Fridays in June and July. Topics covered are:
• Drawing the Human Head, June 3
• Painting the Human Head, June 10
• Drawing the Human Head, Profile and Three-Quarters View, June 17
• Drawing the Human Head, Three-Quarters View in Oils, June 24
• Drawing the Human Body, Proportions and Volumes, July 8
• Drawing the Human Body in Action, Gesture and Movement, July 15
• Drawing Human Eyes, July 22
• Painting Human Eyes, July 29.


Summer Reading Challenge
Features Bluegrass Concert

The duo of Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Del Mar Library and the San Diego Bluegrass Society, kicks off the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 30.
Readers of all ages are welcome to join this year’s “Read for the Win” Challenge, where great prizes will be awarded for reading 10 books or reading for 10 hours.
Sign up begins on June 1. Go to Click on the tab for your or your child’s age group, then click on “Sign Up Here.” Fill out the form and click on “Save.” Participants can pick up a paper reading log from the reference desk to track their reading at home.

If you don’t have internet at home, go to a catalog computer at the library and click on the “Catalog” icon. Then Click on the “Summer Reading Club” icon and follow the instructions above to sign up.


President’s Corner

Dear Friends,

I hope you have been enjoying the many diverse programs at the library that your donations have supported, ranging from baby yoga to various musical groups. At the end of May the Friends will host the 2016 Rose Weekend. Please stop by to see the many beautiful roses sponsored by the Del Mar Rose Society.

Be sure to check out the six new Craftsman-style chairs that have replaced the worn red chairs around the conference table in the main library. Randy Stoke, Joe Jelley, Lynn Gaylord and the Farmer’s Market donated funds for this lovely--and comfortable--new seating arrangement.

Donations of books and DVDs netted $340 from our March book sale. Special thanks goes to the 15th Street Starbucks for its generous donation of hot coffee to warm the spirits of those who stopped by. Our next book sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

At the end of May, San Diego County Library Director Jose Aponte will be retiring, and we will miss him. The County is conducting a nationwide search for a new director.

Staff at the library is constantly changing as they move on to other positions in our county system. Our new youth services librarian is Angie Snyder (read more about her on Page 3), and be sure to say hello to Albert Torres who often is at the front desk.

We completed our fiscal year on April 30, and are looking forward to another great year for the Del Mar Library in 2016-17. Please keep the Friends of the Del Mar Library in mind as you make your 2016 charitable contributions.

Pat Freeman,

FALL Newsletter 2015


Linda Farmer retires after 11 years.

Library staff members celebrated the retirement of Linda Farmer in September. Ms. Farmer, a Library Technician1, had been with the Del Mar branch for 11 years.


It’s Not All About the Money
When It Comes to Friends’ Donations



’Tis the season for ghouls, gremlins and giving--to the Del Mar Friends of the Library, that is. And believe it or not, you may not even have to write a check.

For example, you can use your airline or credit card points to buy magazine and/or newspaper subscriptions for the library. Contact branch manager Polly Cipparrone for details. Or once you’ve seen that new DVD or heard that audio book, don’t let them collect dust on your shelves. Donate them to the Friends so they can be resold. Please limit donations to items that are in good condition.

If you have some spare time, why not consider volunteering? The library can always use some extra hands to stack books and empty book bins. Your commitment need be as little as an hour a week. Currently 45 volunteers help out at the library, shelving books and emptying book bins, helping students with homework and even doing story times. “We try to incorporate their interests with library needs,” says branch manager Polly Cipparrone.

If you’ve got some spare cash in your charitable trust, why not consider giving it to the Friends? Our tax ID number is 95-3786768, and the Friends’ address is P.O. Box 993, Del Mar CA 92014.

The Friends are hoping to raise funds to replace six soiled upholstered chairs with Craftsman-style wood chairs similar to others in the library. Two donors have already pledged funds for two chairs, so if you’d like to have a plaque on a library chair, consider giving the $1,000 to purchase the chair. Of course, any contribution is welcome.

And if you haven’t renewed your Friends’ membership this year, now is the perfect time. Your renewal form is on the back of this newsletter. Please include your email address, as we hope to contact members by email in the very near future.
And thank you in advance for whatever donation you choose to make.


Scammers Target Trusting Seniors

More and more San Diegans, especially seniors, are the targets of common scams, warned San Diego Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood.

He should know. He’s headed up the Elder Abuse Unit of the office since 1995. In a recent program at the library sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections, he spoke to about 40 residents who turned out for his recent talk as part of San Diego County’s Safe Seniors “Don’t Get Hooked” campaign.

Scammers target seniors because they’re often isolated, too trusting and vulnerable. Far too many seniors fall victim to the “Grandparent” scam and sweepstakes and lottery scams. In the former, a fake grandchild asks for money to be paid through Western Union or MoneyGram and warns the grandparent not to tell anyone. In the sweepstakes and lottery scams, seniors are told they need to make a payment to receive their “prize money.”

Unfortunately, scammers also target seniors through telemarketing, investment schemes and door-to-door solicitation. It is estimated that one in 13 older persons will be abused, neglected or financially exploited.

The best way to prevent yourself from being a victim is to stay alert. And if you have senior relatives or friends who are cognitively declining or lonely, you might want to talk to them about these persistent scams.
To protect yourself, keep these tips in mind:

• Don’t answer the door to strangers, even if they’re in uniform. Tell the stranger you will call 911.
• Use direct deposit for benefit checks.
• Never give information about your credit cards, checking account, Social Security, Medicare or other personal information over the phone unless you initiated the call.
• Use credit cards instead of debit cards because they offer more protection from fraudulent purchases.
• Be skeptical of all unsolicited offers.

If you have elderly relatives and friends, pay particular attention to sudden changes in their routines, such as atypical withdrawals from bank accounts, unnecessary home repairs and unusual purchases.
For more about the county Safe Seniors campaign and tips to prevent elder abuse, go to
And be sure to check the library web site for other upcoming programs at the library sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections.


New Book Club Meets on Fridays
A new book club with a twist is meeting on Friday afternoons at the Del Mar Library.

Instead of picking a single book, members select a theme for the month with suggested books. The theme in October is “Let’s Dance: Books By or About Professional Dancers.” Suggested titles include:

• Life in Motion--An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
• Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela De Prince
• Fosse by Sam Wasson
• No Way Home: A Dancer’s Journey from the Streets of Havanna to the Stages of the World by Carlos Acosta
• Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion by Derek Hough
• Puttin’ on the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache by Peter Levinson
• In Balanchine’s Company: A Dancer’s Memoir by Barbara Milberg Fisher

In September, the “Women in Rock” theme sparked these titles:

• Simple Dreams: a Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt
• Just Kids by Patti Smith
• Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts and Madness or My Life as a Fabulous Ronette by Ronnie Spector
• Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Boys, Boys, Boys, Music, Music, Music by Viv Albertine
• Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway by Cherie Currie with Tony O’Neil
• Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh
Members can read one of the suggested books or any other book related to the theme of that month.
The club meets at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 and will pick up again in January.


New Films Selected for ‘Print Goes to the Movies’

“Print Goes to the Movies” has selected the following films for its Friday afternoon book/movie club:

Oct. 9: “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio,” came out in 2005 and stars Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. The movie is based on the memoir of the same name by Terry Ryan, daughter of Evelyn Ryan, who entered contests to support her family.

Nov. 13: “The Hundred Foot Journey,” a comedy directed by Lasse Hallstrom, stars Oscar winner Helen Mirren as the proprietor of a French restaurant faced with competition from Maison Mumbai, a new restaurant opened by Indian immigrants. The movie was based on the 2010 novel by Richard Moral and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Dec. 11: “This Is Where I Leave You” is based on the book of the same title by Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay. Four siblings gather at their mother’s home after their father dies to sit shiva. Shawn Levy directed Jane Fonda as the matriarch dealing with her adult children, including Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. Rose Byrne and Connie Britton also star as love interests of two of the siblings.


Friends Express Books Coming This Fall

As part of its support for the Del Mar Library, each month Friends members select and purchase books to add to the Friends Express Collection. The books may be checked out for one week, with a one-week renewal. Coming this fall are:
• Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
• Four Week Fiancé by J.S. Cooper
• Friction by Sandra Brown
• The Girl in the Spider’s Web
by David Lagercrantz
• Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
• Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
• My Pantry by Alice Waters (nonfiction)
• The Pope’s Daughter by Dario Fo
• Running Wild by Susan Andersen
• Trap by Robert K. Tanebaum
• A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
• The Woman with a Secret
by Sophia Hannah


Afternoon Programs for Kids and Teens
Starting at 3:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, a host of programs is being offered for kids and teens this fall:
Tuesdays: “Homework Help” with Torrey Pines High School students.
1st Wednesday: “STEM&M,” science and math for kindergarten through sixth grade.
2nd Wednesday: “Books and Art”
3rd Wednesday: “Science Fun”
4th Wednesday: “Jigsaw Puzzle Club” with Ms. Gretchen
1st and 3rd Thursdays: Toddler Art
2nd and 4th Thursdays: WonderWorks: Math and Science

Yoga for All Ages

Adult yoga: 12 p.m., Tuesdays with Lynne Truong
Chair yoga: 12 p.m. Wednesdays with Dr. Ann Clark. Yoga mats are optional. Due to limited space, please register in advance by calling the library at 858-755-1666.
Baby yoga: 10 a.m. with Arianna for pre-walking infants on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.


President’s Corner

Dear Friends,

The Del Mar Library increased the number of programs for children, teens and adults by 47 percent this past fiscal year that ended in June. Circulation was up 7.3 percent in 2014-15 year, and attendance at library programs increased 22.5 percent. Thanks to the County Library system’s increase in the book budget, there are many new children’s book titles and replacements of old favorites that were worn out.
Friends’ donations continue to fund new books in the Friends Express collection, as well as programs, newspapers, and magazines. For example, 44 viewers were on hand to see “The Ghost Mountain Experiment,” a one-hour PBS television special. This was the last episode of Huell Howser’s “California’s Gold” series that was never broadcast.

Our library continues to need new furniture. The Friends Board of Directors decided to add six new chairs for the large conference table. For $1,000 we are offering a plague to honor a donor or family member. So, please let us know if you are interested by contacting me at 858-755-4654.

Pat Freeman,


Spring Newsletter 2015

Books on the Big Screen Inspire New Library Group

Spring 2015 Newsletter in pdf format


Patty, Joan and Marilyn (from left to right) get ready for their Friday meeting of “Print Goes to the Movies.”


Love books AND movies? Consider joining “Print Goes to the Movies,” where members select the titles they want to read AND watch. Participants are expected to read the books and see the movies before the discussion group meets under the tutelage of Assistant Branch Manager Pat Selkowitz. Coffee and snacks are served. See library staff for copies of the book and/or DVDs.

The award-winning films scheduled for this summer are:
“The Thin Man” at 2 p.m., Friday, June 12.
“Being There” at 2 p.m., Friday, July 11.
“No Country for Old Men” at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 14.

Based on a story by Dashiell Hammett, “The Thin Man” was one of the most popular movies of 1934, perhaps because depression-weary Americans embraced its fun-loving style. The mystery/comedy garnered four Academy Award nominations (picture, actor, director and screenplay) and inspired five sequels.

Throughout the film, co-stars William Powell and Myrna Loy, as Nick and Nora Charles, are constantly upstaged by their dog, Asta, another cast member who found fame. Although Powell never took home the golden statute, his portrayal of the carefree retired detective Nick Charles is one of his best.

Actor Peter Sellers campaigned for eight years to bring “Being There” to the screen in 1979. His efforts playing Chance the gardener and Chauncey Gardiner eventually won him a Golden Globe for best actor, although he lost the Oscar race to Dustin Hoffman for “Kramer Vs. Kramer.”

Polish-born American author Jerzy Kosinski co-wrote the screenplay based on his own novella published in 1970. This black comedy, much of it filmed at the Biltmore estate in Asheville, N.C., also stars Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas and Jack Warden.

“No Country for Old Men” is based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel set in the 1980s in west Texas near the Mexican border. The 2007 Oscar-winning best picture stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Barden, Woody Harrelson and Josh Brolin.
Directors Ethan and Joel Coen also took home Oscars, along with Bardem, who won for his supporting role as the brutal hit man.


New Book-to-Film
Summer Movies

Some movie fans like to read the book before seeing the movie. Others are inspired by the movie to read the book.
Wherever you stand, plenty of books are making their way to the big screens this summer, including:

• “Far From the Madding Crowd,” based on Thomas Hardy’s novel starring Carey Mulligan.
• “Every Secret Thing,” starring Elizabeth Banks, based on Laura Lippman’s novel.
• “When Marnie Was There,” an animated film based on a 1960s novel by Joan G. Robinson.
• “Gemma Bovary,” based on a graphic novel by Posy Simmonds that takes off on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.
• “Madame Bovary,” based on the classic with Mia Wasikowska and Paul Giamatti.
• “Testament of Youth,” based on the 1933 memoir of Vera Brittain who lost her fiance, brother and close friend in World War I.
• “Paper Town,” from the young adult novel by John Green, who penned last year’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars.
• “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” based on a graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner and starring Kristen Wiig of “Bridesmaids” fame.

Youth Services Librarians
Gear Up for Summer

What’s the major challenge for a children’s librarian?

Jennifer Runge

“Putting the right book with the right child,” says Jennifer Runge. “You want them to have a love for books and associate the library with being a fun, happy place to be.”
That’s fairly easy to do in the summer, says Josh Mitchell, because the Summer Reading Challenge seems like a two-month party in the library.

Ms. Runge, who has split her time between the Del Mar and Cardiff branches, is moving on to another position in the country library system. She is being replaced by Mr. Mitchell, who’s been with the library for 13 years.

Ms. Runge’s favorite part of the job is story time, where she can read, sing, dance and play with puppets. Not only do the children have fun, story time gives her the opportunity to observe the children’s reactions and determine which books are most likely to inspire her young readers.

With a master’s degree in library information services from UCLA, she started out as a library technician, got a job in the children’s reference department and fell in love with being a children’s librarian. The reason?

“Children ask the best questions,” she says. Such as? “Are spiders ticklish?” she says quickly. Did she know the answer? No, but like most skilled librarians, she knew where to find the answer--in random fact books.

Josh Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell started out as a library page shelving books and quickly transitioned to youth services. He, too, enjoys story time, and likes to select interactive books that engage his audience, like “It’s a Tiger,” by David LaRochelle.

He says the best part about the Summer Reading Challenge is that it keeps children engaged in reading throughout the summer in a fun way and helps them ease back into school in the fall.



Jen & Josh’s
Top 10 Books for Kids

If you’re looking for a new book for your child or grandchild, niece or nephew, you can’t go wrong with these choices:

Picture books, beginning readers (K-2):
Eric Carle, The Grumpy Ladybug, The Hungry Caterpillar, etc.
Ian Falconer, the Olivia series
Nancy O’Connor, Fancy Nancy series
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
Mo Willems, Elephant and Piggie books

Chapter Books:
Erin Hunter, Warrior series
Daisy Meadows, Rainbow Magic series
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter books
Geronimo Stilton, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Do you have your own favorites you’d like to share with other Friends members? Send us the titles of your favorite children’s books, and we’ll publish them in our next newsletter. Email your submissions to with Friends books in the subject line.

Summer Reading Challenge
Ramps Up the Rhythm


Readers of all ages are welcome to join this year’s “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading Challenge, where great prizes will be awarded for reading 10 books or reading for 10 hours.

Prizes include a SDCL tote bag, an Echo microphone, ear buds with case and grand prizes of $20 and $25 Target gift cards.

The event kicks off with two events: a John Abrams “Animal Magic” at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June. 17, and a concert at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 25, featuring San Diego country singer/songwriter Suzanne Harper.

Over the last two years, Harper has received top honors in many prestigious contests including the North American Country Music Association International (2013 Female Entertainer of the Year, 2013 Horizon Vocalist of the Year), the San Diego County Fair’s Singer/Songwriter competition (2nd Place), Fox 5’s 3 Minutes to Stardom (3rd place), and was named Star Repertory Theater’s Best Lead Actress 2013 for her role as Madame Thenardier in “Les Miserables.”

She has opened for such acts as The Wallflowers, Tristan Prettyman, and Lee Rocker, as well as performed onstage with Sugarland (2012). The concert is provided through the support of the San Diego Bluegrass Association and the Friends of the Del Mar Library.
The summer program ends with the “Amazing Dana” magic show at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Sign up begins on June 1. Go to Click on the tab for your age group, then click on “Sign Up Here.” Fill out the form and click on “Save.” Participants can pick up a paper reading log from the reference desk to track their reading at home.

Among the children’s events are:

• Mad Science, 10:30 a.m., July 1.
• Hullabaloo Music, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 38
• Craig Newton’s Musical Morning, 10:30 a.m., July 15
• Gaston Puppets, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 22
• Pacific Animal Productions Show, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 29.
• Sparkles the Clown Magic and Bubble Show, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 24.
Summer reading challenge for teens includes:
• Sugar Skulls & Chocolate, 4 p.m., Thursday, June 18
• Rainbow Loom Craft, 4 p.m., Thursday, June 25.
• DIY-Make Your Own Speaker for your smart phone, 4 p.m., Thursday, July 2.
• Harry Potter Tween Lock-In, 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, July 10. An after-hours event for ages 9-13 (permission slip is required).
• Friendship Bracelets, 4 p.m., Thursday, July 16
• Henna & Glitter Art, 4 p.m., Thursday, July 23 (permission slip is required)
• Dance, Dance Revolution, 4 p.m., Thursday, July 30


Dear Friends,

In May, we elected our board for the coming year. We have three new members: Lynn Cox, Joe Jelley and Sean Wheatley. Returning members are Kathy Finnell, Bill Michalsky, Mary Murrell, Marion Perlman and Randy Stoke. Retiring from our board are Barbara Anderson and Anne Benckendorff, and I will continue as FDML president.
Among the amazing things happening at the library are programs for adults and children to do together. Until I saw the class, I didn’t know babies could do yoga.
We also have more musical programs and author “greets” than ever. Our bookshelves on wheels enable the staff to create a space in the main library for these events. And the acoustics are wonderful because our building began as a Catholic Church.

As I look around our library I see needs for improvement. The red chairs with the conference table are looking rather shabby and will need to be replaced or recovered. I am always surprised at the cost of furniture for public spaces. This table and chairs were donated to our library 25 years ago and patrons enjoy using them.
In the coming year FDML will continue to buy Friends Express Books, as well as various newspapers and magazines, and continue our support of the many programs for children, teens and adults.

We particularly want to thank all of you who financially support the FDML, volunteer in our library and help us continue to make this a special place for young and old alike.

Pat Freeman,


Fall Newsletter 2014

President’s Corner

Dear Friends of Del Mar Library,

The Del Mar Branch Library has had a remarkable year. We have said goodbye to a beloved librarian, Gretchen Schmidt, and hello to wonderful Polly Cipparrone.
Physical changes have happened. The library has new carpet and new stacks that are on wheels so we can have space for various events such as musicals and new authors chatting about their books.

The Friends buy the Friends Express books that include new releases of fiction and nonfiction. The FDML Board also purchases many of the children, teen and adult programs offered at the library.

Our board is changing, and we would love to have new board members. The commitment to serving on our board is coming to a monthly meeting lasting less than one hour, and giving advice. I have enjoyed my volunteer time and have learned much about the Del Mar Community. Please let me know if you are interested, 858.755.4654.

Pat Freeman


The Del Mar Library is turning 100 years old!

The Del Mar Library is turning 100 years old! Since 1914 the community has been gathering together to be informed, educated, inspired, and entertained by the resources and services offered at the library. All ages are invited to celebrate this occasion with a party at the branch on Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m.
The festivities will kick off with remarks by District 3 Supervisor Dave Roberts, County Library Deputy Director Donna Ohr, and Mayor Lee Haydu. Enjoy entertainment by Sparkles the Clown, music by guitarist Lisa Sanders, and refreshments.

“The library has always been one of the cornerstones of the Del Mar community,” said Library Director José Aponte. “While many things have changed over the years, the staff’s commitment to service and the community’s engagement remain as strong as ever.”

In 1914 the Del Mar School District successfully petitioned the County of San Diego to establish a library in Del Mar. After being moved throughout the years, the Del Mar City Council purchased the St. James building to give the library a permanent home. On October 12, 1996 the Del Mar Library opened in the former St. James Church.
The Del Mar Library is collecting stories, photos, and mementos to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Please stop by the library to share your memories.


From Church to Library
Del Mar Library
Spring Newsletter 2008.

The library was originally built as St. James Catholic Church in 1914, then over the years passed through a series of ownerships and uses including two restaurants, an arts school, and an office building. In the 1930s, the church was well attended by several Hollywood movie stars who had taken up residence in Del Mar and vicinity: Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien (who were church ushers), Jimmy Durante, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. After Sunday services, Bing, Pat, the priest and other members of the congregation would gather at La Tienda across the street.

In 1996, with the generous help of donations from local residents, the City bought the building and converted it into a library.

A retaining wall along the front of the library is beautifully decorated with a mosaic mural of mixed materials designed by Del Mar garden experts Pat Welsh and Betsy Schultz. Above the wall, a pillar-like abstract sculpture is by well-known local artist James Hubbell.


100-Year Procession
by Anthony Corso
Del Mar Sandpiper April 2011

... By 1937 the church was undergoing renovation, the Del Mar racetrack was opened and a number of celebrities became parishioners and generously contributed to the reconstruction. They included: Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, Desi Arnaz and Jimmy Durante.

In 1964 the Church experienced a population explosion; parishioners outgrew the space provided for worship and education. The church was sold; it experienced a number of transformations, including serving as the Albatross restaurant and later, the Del Mar Library. The St. James School, across Camino Del Mar, became the site of the current Del Mar City Hall.


Book Review: The Century Trilogy

Book 1 Fall of Giants

This is an epic of love, hatred, war and revolution. This saga follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and to two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution. In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, “Fall Of Gaints” moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.


Book 2 Winter of the World

“Winter of the World” picks up right where the first book left off, as its five families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

Book 3 Edge of Eternity
Out this month..



Polly Cipparrone Librarian


Our new librarian, Polly Cipparrone, received her B.A. from the University of Puget Sound , Tacoma, WA, and her M.S.L.S from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Polly majored in Politics and Government with a minor in writing. She is a San Diego native and graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley.

Polly worked for 7 years in the banking industry prior to earning her Master’s. She has worked for the San Diego County Library for 16 years in a variety of capacities including Training and Web Services Manager, Community Relations Manager, and most recently as IT manager. Her first job with the County was as Librarian at the Vista Branch Library.

Polly realized that she missed working with the public and decided to make a change and return to the branch system. Del Mar is very fortunate to have Polly here. Perhaps you’ve met her already; if not, please come by the library and introduce yourself.

Fall Newsletter 2013

President’s Corner


Dear Library Supporters,

I hope you have been enjoying our newly refurbished library. Every time I enter, I am amazed by all the light coming through the windows; It makes the library so bright and cheery. The teen area has unique furniture just for them although I have seen adults sitting in their chairs.

There remain two projects to complete. The lighting in the staff room needs improvements. The City of Del Mar should have this accomplished soon. And we need more lighting in the main library area. That will be done when we have the funding for the light fixtures.

One of my favorite duties is chairing the committee that selects books for the Friends Express. On the first Wednesday of the month we meet to select the books that the Friends purchase. These books remain at our library for 6 months and then go into the County collection. If you have any suggestions, leave them with the librarians and they will pass them on to us or you can join us at 3:30 on the first Wednesday of the month.

We purchase 10 to 15 books each month.

The Del Mar Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant for adult, teen, and children’s programs. This will fund 50% of our budget for these programs. Our board appreciates this grant and gives our thanks to the Del Mar Foundation.
We also want to thank all our individual donors. We could not do all that we do without your generosity.

Pat Freeman
President, FDML


A New Flag to Beautify the Library and Community

An American flag is coming to the Library’s front yard to beautify the Library building and Camino Del Mar. The City Council has approved the project which has also received the conditional approval of the City’s Administrative Design Review process. We appreciate the flag which is given as a gift to the City and our many Library patrons by the Stoke Charitable Foundation. Nancy Stoke, Secretary of the Charitable Foundation, said that she has driven by the lovely Library grounds for over 40 years and the family agreed it was time to rectify the fact that this City property didn’t proudly display an American flag. If you see anything else that needs doing at the Library, and are willing to help make it happen, please don’t hesitate to contact Head Librarian Gretchen Schmidt or Friends President Pat Freeman; we welcome your support and your gifts!


Del Mar Library has a new youth services librarian


Kathy Jung is the new Youth Services Librarian at the Del Mar and Cardiff branches of the San Diego County Library. Kathy is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin in Business Administration and has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. During her Master’s studies, she was a three-time recipient of the Laura Bush Librarians for Diverse Communities Scholarship. Her focus is on early literacy with a specialization in foreign language story times in both Mandarin and Spanish. In her free time, Kathy enjoys cooking and traveling overseas.


Meet Thomas Pierce our new Library Tech II


Tom is the latest addition to the Del Mar Branch Library staff. He has been with San Diego County Library System for 7 years and previously worked at the Encinitas Branch. His hobbies include riding motorcycles and traveling to Sydney, Australia to visit his brother.


San Diego County Library has free eBooks to read on your Nook, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPad
and other compatible devices

EBooks are automatically “returned” to the library - no late fees!

The Del Mar branch has individual appointments available with Staff member, Thomas Pierce, on most Saturdays between 10AM and Noon. At these appointments, please bring any device such as a Kindle, iPad, Nook or Android tablet, and Thomas will show you how to use it to check out and download ebooks from the library’ website.
The process can be a bit complicated at first, but after the initial setup, things usually go pretty smoothly. It would be best to bring a laptop to your appointment, if you have one, and be sure to have our library card, and know your PIN.

If you have an Apple device, you will also need to know your Apple ID and password. If you are using a Nook you will need to set up an Adobe ID and password. The Adobe ID consists of your email address.

No matter what your skill level, or where you are in the process, Thomas will be happy to assist you, and provide as many appointments as you need.
Please stop by or call the branch if you would like an appointment.


Book Review

Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman


Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of best selling author Tony Hillerman continues his poplar Joe Leaporn and Jim Chee series with this, her first novel. It is a Navajo Country mystery filled with suspense, history, anthropology, some new characters and the same rich Southwestern atmosphere found in her father’s series. Rumor has it that she will continue writing more in this same vein. How lucky for us! If you have missed reading Tony Hillerman’s books as I have then I think you will be pleasantly surprised with this novel.


Spring Newsletter 2013




President’s Corner

Dear Library Supporters,

On June 13 from 3:30 to 5:00 we invite you to a celebration on the refurbishing of our wonderful Del Mar Branch Library, accomplished by the joint cooperation of several entities. The library has new carpet, new book stacks, new furniture, and more areas for users of our wireless computer network (Wi-Fi).

Our library building is part of the San Diego County Library System, but the building is owned by the City of Del Mar. The City removed the big check-out desk, opening up the middle of the library, and installed new lighting and electrical outlets. The County Library funded the new stacks, which were built by its carpenter. The Friends of Del Mar Library and the Farmer’s Market provided funds for the City to buy the new carpet that replaces the carpet installed in 1996. With a grant from the Neighborhood Enhancement funds of County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, we purchased four very comfortable Craftsmen-style chairs for the main library, new furnishings for the newly designated teen area, and new colorful chairs for the children’s room.

Now, when you walk through the library, you see a very beautiful historic building with much more light coming through our windows.

Del Mar Mayor Terry Sinnott, County Supervisor Dave Roberts and San Diego County Librarian Jose Aponte will join with us in our celebration, which will include guitar music from 3:30 to 4:15 provided by KEV.

We also want to commemorate 100 years of having a San Diego County Library System.

Come help us celebrate!
Thank you for all your contributions. We could not have done this without you.

Pat Freeman
President, FDML

New lower stacks which allow more light and visibility
in the library.
New chairs purchased by the Friends of the Del Mar Library.
Nice place to use the WIFI.

Reading is so delicious @ your Del Mar Library

Summer Reading Kickoff
John Abrams Animal Magic

A fantastic performance with John Abrams, amazing animals, and magic. Seating limited, arrive early
Saturday June 15th 2:00p.m.

Saturday Family Films

Come to the library and enjoy an icy and cool off while
watching a family friendly film.
Saturdays, June 29-August 3rd, 2:00p.m.

Baby and Toddler Time

Baby Storytime
Songs, stories and fingerplays for children up to 18mos.
Summer Reading Hint: Baby storytime is a great way to add to those activities to hit your summer reading goal!
2nd Thursday of the month at 10:30a.m.

Spanish/English Baby Storytime
Songs, stories, and fingerplays in English and Spanish
1st and 3rd Tuesday in June and July at 10:30a.m.

Slightly Spooky Stories
Deliciously spooky tales featuring Madame Linda
Tuesday, July 23rd, 10:30a.m.


Magic for Life with Amazing Dana
Funny and magical show with Amazing Dana
Wednesday June 26, 10:30a.m.

A Musical Feast with Craig Newton
Feast upon several musical instruments as we rock out and learn about music.
Wednesday July 10, 10:30a.m.

Cooking up Fun Magic with Sparkles the Clown
Entertainment for everyone. Laugh, giggle, and prepare to enter into a bubble!
Wednesday July 31st, 10:30a.m.

Afternoon Crafters
Spend the afternoon cutting, pasting, painting, and creating.
July 10th, 17th, 31st, 3:00p.m.

Tween Time Grades 3-5
Prodigy Players—Fractured Fairytales
Enjoy a children’s play featuring 2 fractured fairytales
performed by the Prodigy Players
Wednesday June 19th, 10:30a.m.

Book Time with Ronald McDonald
Magic, puppetry, and lots of laugh. Meet Ronald McDonald
Wednesday July 17th, 10:30a.m.

Mad Science Mission: Nutrition
Interactive science fun for everyone.
Wednesday July 24, 3:30p.m.


Teen Book Talks and Treats
Check out some hot teen titles and have some snacks
Tuesday June 25th, July 30th, August 20th, 4:00p.m.

Teens and Adults
Sugar Blues with Mikel Ann Hall

Thursday June 27th, 6:00p.m.

“Still Life with Produce”
Pastel art with Sandra Dodd Registration required
Saturday June 29th, 10:00a.m.

“Anatolian Days & Nights! A love affair with
Turkey.” by Angie Brenner

Wednesday, July 10th, 6:00p.m.

Glimpses of Morocco with author Kitty Morse
Learn about the food and culture of Morocco
Saturday July 20, 10:00a.m.

Eating for Energy with Mikel Ann Hall
Thursday July 25th, 6:00p.m.

3-D Book Art with Book Art San Diego
Cut, write, and create a work of art with individual flare
Friday August 2nd, 2:00p.m.

“Cheese 101 by Whole Foods Market Del Mar”
Learn about and taste delicious cheeses.
Saturday August 10th, 10:00a.m.


Prizes: Everyone in the Summer Reading Club can earn a prize.
All you have to do is read!
Prizes are available while supplies last!


How to Sign Up

Important Dates

June 15: First day to sign up online.
July 1: The first day you can get prizes.
Aug 10: The last guaranteed day to pick up prizes. Prizes are available after this date while supplies last.

Signing Up

If you have internet at home:

1. Go to
2. Click on the tab for your age-group (Babies, Kids, Tweens, Teens, or Adults).
3. Click on “Sign Up Here.”
4. Fill out the form and click “Save.”
5. If you like, pick up a paper reading log from the reference desk to keep track of your reading at home.

If you don’t have internet at home:

1. Go to a catalog computer. Click on the “Catalog” icon.
2. Click on the “Summer Reading Club” icon.
3. Click on the tab for your age-group (Babies, Kids, Tweens, Teens, or Adults).
4. Click on “Sign Up Here.”
5. Fill out the form and click “Save.”
6. Pick up a paper reading log at the reference desk to keep track of your reading at home.

If you have more than one child:

1. Sign up one family member and save the account.
2. Click on the “Add Member” button above the “Activity Center” on your account homepage.
3. On the pop-up, click the right age for the additional child and click “Continue.”
4. Fill out the form and click “Save.”



Acquire a Taste for Giving

The Reading Is So Delicious Food Drive

For 1 in 6 people in the United States hunger is a reality. This summer, join libraries across California in collecting 10,000 lbs of food for those in need. Please join this statewide effort to help hungry families in your community.

The food drive is in conjunction with the SD Food bank. The Del Mar branch will have 1 barrel at the branch from June 15 through August 10 in conjunction with the Summer Reading Club. The food bank will deliver and pick up the barrel. All non-perishables will be welcome.


Fancy Nancy Event at the Powerhouse

On April 28 The Del Mar Foundation in partnership with the Friends of Del Mar Library welcomed Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser for a splendiferous Fancy Nancy Adventure. The event highlights were a special presentation by the illustrator, fun activities including a parade around the Powerhouse Park, a tiara craft, and fancy hairdos donated by the stylist of Pigtails & Crewcuts, a children’s hair salon in Flower Hill Mall.

Over 300 children, parents and grandparents participated, many dressed in feathers and sequins to celebrate the visit by the illustrator of this beloved series of books.
Fancy Nancy is a 2005 children’s picture book written by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The book spent nearly 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, launching a series that now numbers 50 books, selling 22 million volumes.





Fall Newsletter 2012

Refurbishment of the Library: Letter from the President


The Friends of Del Mar Library received a generous grant from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds of San Diego County District 3 Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. This grant will purchase furniture for the Del Mar Library. FDML appreciate Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s support for our library. Pictured are Gretchen Schmidt, Librarian; Pat Freeman, President FDML; Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and Bill Michalsky, Treasurer FDML.


This is an exciting time for Friends of Del Mar Library. We are in the midst of an effort to “refurbish” the Library. Our aim is to update the library interior to serve the needs of our current users. The main library service desk will be removed and a smaller one installed. Some of the library stacks will be removed and replaced by gondolas that are on wheels and can be moved as needed. This will open this space allowing more sunlight and will enable us all to see more of this fantastic historical building. Teens will have a designated area. A laptop bar will be added. In the children’s area the computer desks will be changed and some new furniture added. New carpet will be installed throughout the library. The current carpet is the original from 1996 opening.
The Friends of Del Mar Library, a community non-profit (501.c.3) received a grant from San Diego County Board of Supervisors at Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s recommendation for new furniture. Four chairs and two tables have already been purchased. Come sit in these very comfortable craftsman style chairs. More furniture will come. The Friends of Del Mar Library have committed to paying for the new carpet. The Del Mar Farmer’s Market Board has pledged to aid in this carpet purchase which will be a significant cost. Since the Library building is owned by the City of Del Mar, they will undertake to assist with many of the interior updates that will include removal of the service desk and electrical upgrades. The San Diego County Library system will supply the gondolas, new smaller service desk, and laptop bar.
The Board of FDML believes these changes will enhance all your library experience.
Our funds will be greatly depleted as a result but we feel the changes are worth the expense.

Pat Freeman, President



Inform, educate, inspire, and entertain – nobody does it better than San Diego County Library (SDCL). On June 5, Gale (part of Cengage Learning) and Library Journal magazine announced that SDCL was selected as the 2012 Library of the Year. This prestigious honor is awarded to the top public library in the nation. SDCL was selected for its devotion to building community and providing access to a variety of essential programs and services.

SDCL first opened its doors in 1913 and has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. Over the last six years, SDCL has managed to triple materials circulation to a whopping 12.4 million annual check-outs and quadruple program attendance to 427,666 annual attendees. In addition, SDCL has implemented an ambitious capital project program with new libraries for Lincoln Acres and Lemon Grove underway. Open an average of 52 hours a week, SDCL has increased hours and retained all staff members despite the global recession. The award specifically applauded SDCL’s unique and innovative programs, including foreclosure prevention clinics, health and fitness programming, parenting classes, and a variety of others.
“We have our finger on the pulse of the community of San Diego County,” said Library Director José Aponte. “Our staff members work day in and day out to develop and implement life-changing programs and services, never wavering from a devotion to providing the best customer service possible. Our branches are community living rooms where people from all walks of life are welcome to learn, explore, and transform.”

For more information on SDCL and the 2012 Library of the Year award, visit or contact Polly Cipparrone, Community Relations manager, at (858) 694-2447.


Liana-Melissa Allen

Library Volunteer and Author and Illustrator of Children’s Books


Liana-Melissa Allen, 16, a Junior at Torrey Pines High School has been volunteering at the Del Mar Library every Saturday for about the past four years. She is now the author and illustrator of five published children’s books; A Horse Valley Adventure: The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey; Los Tres Caballitos y el Burro Bravo; The Tale of Jane Sadear; The Ice Queen; and The Horse and his Girl. She is currently working on her latest book called Donkey’s Kite that will be the second book of her series A Horse Valley Adventure.

Liana-Melissa has had a passion for reading, writing, and illustrating since her young years at Del Mar Heights elementary school. It all started with her dad reading to her in what they fondly called “The Big Chair.” To show Liana-Melissa how fun reading was he would make a batch of his famous popcorn, and read aloud to her, making her laugh with the different amusing voices that he would conjure up for the characters (although he always insisted that the characters were merely speaking through him). Then as a test to make sure that she was following along he would suddenly stop at various parts of the story, so that Liana-Melissa would have to take over the reading in order to receive her dad’s delicious popcorn as a prize.
Reading has been engrained into a part of Liana’s daily life. Her dad insists that the TV will only melt your brain cells into a pile of mush, and that you can always be assured that reading will bring those mushed cells back to life to fuel your imagination into forming a magical motion picture in your head. “Turn off the TV and Read!” is Liana and her dad’s favorite mantra (which her dad repeats to the first graders that he has been reading to every Friday for the past twelve years at Del Mar Heights School).

Liana firmly believes that reading is like magic, and that the more you read, the more knowledgeable you will be, the better your vocabulary, and the stronger your imagination will become. Reading has improved Liana-Melissa’s writing, and ever since her dad started to read to her in that “Ol’ Big Chair” she knew that she wanted to be an author and illustrator.

All of Liana-Melissa Allen’s books can be obtained online at,,, and all the other online bookstores. Go to Liana-Melissa’s website for more information and the links to her books.

Liana-Melissa Allen loves volunteering at the Del Mar Library because it is such a quiet and beautiful library with a great history. But mostly because the librarians are so friendly and helpful and have focused on developing many great reading programs for children.



Books, Books, Books


When patrons donate books to the FDML, we recycle them by putting them into the library’s collection or selling them. These donations are responsible for contributing $200 to $300 monthly to our budget. Please continue to donate your gently used books.

Childrens and cook books are very popular. Giving one box at a time is greatly appreciated!


Amagansett, by Mark Mills

What a good mystery this is! Set in 1947 in Amagansett on Long Island’s coast which was home to two separate communities. The locals are mostly fishermen and shopkeepers who are descendants of early English settlers and ethnic immigrants. The other community are the wealthy New Yorkers who built large vacation homes and employed but did not mix with the locals.

A young woman turns up dead in the fishing net of Conrad Labarde, a second generation Basque immigrant and newly returned veteran from the Second World War. She is the daughter of one of the wealthy summer people.

The story follows Conrad and the detective, Tom Hollis, as they separately investigate the death that appears to be accidental. There is some interesting fishing history of the area, intrigue and conflict which makes for a good mystery.

This was the first novel by Mark Mills who has written 3 other novels and some screenplays.


No Easy Day, by Mark Owen

No Easy Day with Kevin Maurer is a fascinating look at the life of a Navy SEAL and the teamwork that must work for the missions assigned. Should the author have written the book and did he compromise SEAL security.....the reader can make his or her own call, but the mindset required for this job is unlike any other. The missions are all very different and ingesting, but the commitment is there for every member of the team. Don’t miss this one.


Spring Newsletter 2012

The Giving Tree Club


Minji, President
Specialties: English, art

Every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, a group of students from Torrey Pines High School takes over the Community room at the Del Mar Library. The Giving Tree Club, a student-based, high school club made up of students at the local Torrey Pines High School in Carmel Valley volunteer at the Del Mar Library to help children with homework, projects, and test prep. The student tutors of the Giving Tree Club help kids ranging from kindergarten to the seventh grade, in all subjects. Whether it’s a homework packet, a book report, or an essay, the tutors will be able to help. Each tutor specializes in a specific subject, although all of them are able to handle any subject or task given to them. No homework? The Giving Tree Club will then make creative and fun storybooks and other crafts with kids as well, with supplies provided by the Del Mar Library. The helpers are always ready to assist any child for any purpose, whether it’s academics or simply mentoring. The bilingual students can speak Korean and German as well.

The Giving Tree Club meets at the Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014, every Tuesday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. If you are interested, have any questions, or would like to reserve a specific tutor, please contact, or the Del Mar Library at, phone number (858) 755-1666. Reservations are not necessary, but are recommended if you would like a specific mentor, as we run on a first-come, first-serve basis. We hope to see you here!

Jaagriti, Vice President
Specialty: English
Morgon, Member
Specialty: Spanish
Kyle, Historian/Publicist
Specialties: Math, technology



Introducing New Student Worker


Katrina, new student worker
on the library staff

My name is Katrina and I’m proud to be joining the staff of the Del Mar Library as their newest student worker. I’m seventeen and a junior in high school. An avid reader and attendee of both the Fallbrook and Del Mar branches since childhood, I started volunteering at the Del Mar Library in junior high school. This year my essay on volunteering won the Violet Richardson Award and a donation to the library. I have many fond memories there and I’m looking forward to making more!

Outside of the library, I’m an active member of several school clubs and president of the Bookworm Book Club. I also participate in an afteroschool conservatory for the visual arts. I’m still considering the question of where to go to college (somewhere in California) and what I want to be when I grow up (maybe a librarian?). The people who know me best describe me as creative, young-at-heart, shy, and apt to sing if I think no one’s listening. I love writing, drawing, animals, beach walks, and spending time with my friends and family.


Summer Reading Program
Dream Big–Read!

Signups begin online at on June 1. This is an all-ages program for babies, kids, teens, and adults. There are a variety of children’s programs over the summer for each age group. Everyone is encouraged to read (or to be read to) over the summer to earn fun prizes and to be entered into our grand prize raffle.
On Tuesday, June 19, we will be hosting a Teen Sleep-Shirt decorating craft where teens will be able to use acrylic paints as well as other accessories to make a fun sleep shirt. T-shirts will be provided.

On Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m., Sparkles the Clown will visit our preschoolers for a magic and bubble show.

School-aged children are welcome to explore Mad Science as they can assist with live experiments. This program will be held on Tuesday, July 10, at 4:00 p.m.

For our younger customers, we have a Baby and Toddler Story time with Baby Sign Language specialist Monta Bryant on Wednesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Children interested in animals or magic will love to come to our Animal Magic Show on Tuesday, July 24, at 4:00p.m. Important note: With all of our programs, space is limited; please come early if you wish to attend. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Our summer reading finale will take place on Wednesday, August 1, at 10:30 a.m., with Mary Beach as the Tooth Fairy. This interactive story time includes songs, stories, and a dress-up parade throughout the library.

Because of space limitations, we are unable to post the complete schedule here. Please check flyers found in the library or check the web site.

President’s Corner

Dear Friends,

As our current budget year comes to a close on April 30th, we can reflect on the $13,000 that the Friends of the Del Mar Library has been able to provide in the means of books, magazines, newspapers and programs for our community. A grant from the Del Mar Foundation and support from our local community has made this possible. We are looking ahead to next year with high expectations and new goals.
One of those goals is to assist in the “refreshing” of our library. As you know, funding is being cut in all categories around the county so your assistance is greatly needed. A focus is to replace the 16 year-old carpeting and remove the large outdated and mostly unnecessary desk as self serve electronic checkout has been so successful. We will apply for a grant to help fund this project.

We currently purchase our books for the local collection from The Grove in North Park. Anne Mery is one of the owners and offers us a discount and delivers the books to the library. Anne Mery, at one time was the proprietor of the Earthsong Book Store in Del Mar. Supporting independent booksellers is a priority of the FDML.
As you enter the library from the 13th Street entrance, look to the left for these recently purchased books.

Thank you for your support as it goes right into our local materials and programs thus making our Del Mar Library one with something for everyone.

Pat Freeman, President


Slate of Candidates for the 2011-2012 Board

The following is the slate of officers for the Friends of Del Mar Library Board. These will be voted on at the next regularly scheduled meeting on May 15 from 5:30-6:00 pm. The location is the Del Mar Library Community Room and all who wish to attend are invited:

President: Pat Freeman
Secretary: Barbara Myers
Treasurer: Bill Michalsky

Barbara Anderson
Anne Benckendorff
Marcia Blackmon
Kathy Finnell
Mary Murrell
Marion Perlman
Randall Stoke


Mini book reviews

Harlan Coben has another great book on the shelves--Stay Close gets the reader’s attention on the first page. Megan is a soccer mom, but it is her past that catches up with her as we go through the story, and she can’t let it go. Her life as a soccer mom with two kids seems to be so calm and like everyone else’s, but as the story goes on we learn about her former life. Prepare to sit down and read it cover to cover as you won’t be able to put it down.

Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr is an easy enjoyable book to read. The story begins with Katie Malone and her twin boys on the road to her brother’s in Virgin River when a flat tire is too much for her to handle. Along comes Dylan Childress and his group of occasional motorcycle riders to the rescue. The chance encounter changes the course of both of their lives. It is a heartwarming story that keeps the reader interested until the end.

--Barbara Myers


Fall Newsletter 2011

How you can help the library


The Friends of the Del Mar Library needs your support more than ever in these tough economic times. After successfully navigating three years of budget reductions, the San Diego County Library’s (SDCL) budget for books is tight and will impact collections at all branches including Del Mar. SDCL is asking the Friends of the Del Mar Library to help with contributions to the library’s collection this year. SDCL has developed a donation and recognition plan.

There are two ways you can contribute and help the Del Mar Library and support readers in San Diego County and be recognized for your effort.

1. Give a Book: SDCL’s Most Wanted book donation campaign asks supporters to bring a new copy of one of SDCL’s Most Wanted books to the Del Mar Library. Donated books will be adorned with a special bookplate and added to the collection to start filling requests. A new list of Most Wanted titles can be found at each month. Beginning in October, SDCL has two lists, one for adults and one for youth.

2. Make a donation: The Friends of the Del Mar Library invest in the SDCL’s matching funds program every year. This makes a huge difference at your local Library. Donated funds will be used to purchase new materials such as newspapers, magazines and books for our own local Library. In addition, your dollars assist in providing programs at the Del Mar Library for youth and adults.

Café to Start in October


The Del Mar Branch of the San Diego County Libraries is hosting a new ESL (English as a Second Language) program starting in October.

The ESL Café Program will start on Wednesday, October 12th 2011 at 6:00 pm. The ESL café will be formatted to be a relaxed affair with light snacks and coffee in the hopes of fostering an environment conducive to light hearted communicating. The Library has plans to host two sessions per month (the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 6pm excepting November and possibly December) and the group will be limited to twelve attendees maximum. There will be no curriculum. Instead staff will lead the group in a positive exchange consisting of games and story-telling adventures.

Please feel free to drop in. Currently, there is no sign up. This may change in response to the popularity of the program. We hope you will tell your friends!

New doors


The City of Del Mar, which owns the library building, has purchased new front doors for our library. Our old wooden ones from 1996 were “coming apart at the seams.” These new doors are lighter yet sturdier and more durable. Thank you to the City of Del Mar.

Program News from the Del Mar Library


Do you want to add some exercise to your weekly routine? Would you enjoy finding and discussing books of interest to read before your next vacation? You are invited to attend these free programs:

New Programs this fall for Adults:

Hatha Yoga, taught by Marce Ziolkowsky, registered yoga teacher, on Thursday’s 3-4p.m., October 6, 13, 27 & November 3 & 17.

Armchair Travelers Book Group, led by Gretchen Schmidt, Branch Manager, on the first Friday of the month at 2p.m., October – April.

Continuing and Returning Programs:

Bridge Lectures to Improve Your Game, with Marilyn Anderson, on Thursdays 10am-noon, October 27, November 17 & December 15. Topics include: Leading Against Suit Contracts & Second Hand Law.

Investment Education with Richard Loth. Learn the basics and get answers to your questions at this monthly lecture on the first Wednesday at 6:00p.m. and the first Thursday at 1:00p.m. Topics include: How to use Morningstar and How to use ValueLine.

Getting to Know North San Diego County with MiraCosta College on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30p.m. Lisa Montes presents “A Historical Perspective of North County: La Colonia de Eden Gardens”.

Meet the Authors:

Beverlee Harbour Gopp, “Choose Gratitude Not Attitude” on Thursday, October 27, 6:30p.m. Discover what you are grateful for and get past blame and negativity. Navigate toward self-love, appreciation, contentment and bliss. Registration Required.

Suzi Weintert, “Garage Sale Stalker”on Friday, October 28, 2:00p.m. She will discuss her new mystery novel. For more information:
Frank Wesch, “Del Mar: Where the Surf Meets the Turf” on Thursday, November 10, 6:30p.m. Come learn about the racetrack, the noted jockeys, the infamous matchups and the best of Del Mar.

Call the Del Mar Library for more information 858 755-1666.

check them out


The Del Mar Library subscribes to more than 150 magazine titles, and you can use your library card to check out previous issues for one week loan. If you need them longer, they can be renewed. There is something for everyone, so come take a look and browse the titles to find something to match your interests.

Children’s corner

Baby Story time

Story time classes for babies ages 6-18 months are offered at the Del Mar Library the first Thursday of every month at 10:30am. Linda Farmer hosts this program with age appropriate songs, finger plays, and board books. This is an opportunity for young parents to meet, and improve reading readiness for their babies. Children are sent home with a toy or board book after each class.


The Del Mar Library is the place to be on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., and on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for story time, and at 11:00 a.m. for crafts.

Kids after school time

It’s also a terrific place for kids to spend their time after school. We have exciting monthly programs such as “Lego Madness,” 3rd Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Children 4-14 come to the library and create their own Lego masterpiece! Legos and Duplos provided!

Children, ages 5-9

Interested in discovering your inner artist? Our “Books & Art” program meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. Children, ages 5-9, can register at the library to listen to a fantastic story and create a wonderful piece of art with a variety of mediums including watercolors and clay.

Family PJ story time

P. J. Story Time is a great way for the family to gather together for a yummy snack, a few sleepy stories and sing some songs. This event takes place on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to show up in their favorite pajamas and cuddle with their parent for a night of fun.

Love on a leash for all ages

Start off your weekend right with Love on a Leash! Practice your reading skills by reading to “man’s best friend.” These certified therapy dogs make great listeners and fuzzy friends. All ages welcome, 1st and 3rd Saturday at 10:00 a.m. On the 2nd and 4th Saturday at 10:00 a.m., stop by the library for “Grandparents and Books” and enjoy a story or two from one of our volunteers.

A message from the President


Dear Library Supporters,

Now more than ever your donations count very much. In these difficult economic times, the County Library system has been hit with cuts that have severely affected our own Del Mar Library. The County has cut the entire Library materials budget from $4.41 million in 2007-08 to a base budget of $750,000 for 2011-12. Need I stress, how important our donations are, to ensure that the books and periodicals you are looking for are still available in our Del Mar branch. The Friends of the Del Mar Library appreciate each and every donation to help keep our materials current and in supply for our readers. We are at the point of necessity to ask that perhaps you would consider donating a new bestseller once you have purchased it and read it. For suggested books to purchase please visit for a list of the Ten Most Wanted Books.

We are happy to welcome Mary Murrell to the Friends of the Del Mar Library board. Mary has offered her talents to oversee our newsletter and we look forward to working with her.

A special Del Mar thank you to our own Andy McCracken for trimming our Cassia tree on the south side of the building. Andy did this as a community service. Please thank him when you see him working around Del Mar.

The ongoing book sale continues to offer a variety of reading material for all. Thank you for supporting our efforts. Our librarian, Gretchen Schmidt, sorts through the donations and selects appropriate titles for the library collection and remainder is offered for sale.

Thank you for your donations to help us support the programs in our own library. We thank the Del Mar Foundation for their grant assisting our program efforts.

Pat Freeman, President

eBooks update


As a follow-up to an article in our last newsletter on ebooks, OverDrive Kindle eBooks are now available from San Diego County Library at

Mini book reviews


Split Second, by Catherine Coulter hooks the reader in the first line. Coulter’s main characters, husband and wife FBI agents, Savich and Sherlock, hunt for a murder with ties to an infamous criminal. There is a twist at the end that is unexpected making this thriller a great read from beginning to end.

Karen Robards has done it again with Justice. It is a romantic thriller with the main character in the unofficial witness protection program. Jessica Ford, a feisty attorney doesn’t know whom to trust and just wants to do her job until she wins a high profile case that throws her life into chaos. The reader won’t want to put this one down.



Spring Newsletter 2011

Images of America

Rachel Tejada (later Welch) was Fairest of the Fair in 1958.

Anyone who mines the stacks of the Del Mar Library is apt to come up with some nuggets. That’s what Librarian Gretchen Schmidt did recently and her discoveries have led to an intriguing exhibit that will open in May.

Titled Images of America, it will display 32 books from Arcadia Publishing Company, which specializes in chronicling the history of local communities and bringing to life the people, places and events of the past. Employing local authors, the books are primarily pictorial histories augmented by expanded captions or short blocks of text.

While the exhibit concentrates on San Diego County, it also includes other selections from Arcadia’s 6,000 titles that span the country from Maine to California. The three books that attracted Schmidt’s attention all have Del Mar roots.

Published in 2008, Del Mar Fairgrounds should bring smiles to the faces of even the most rabid anti-fair grumps. Packed with historic photos and enhanced by the excellent writing of Diane Y. Welch, the book traces the county fair from its inception in National City in 1880, interim years in San Diego’s Balboa Park and permanent relocation to Del Mar in 1936.

W. C. Fields had a bad day at the Del Mar Racetrack.

Like all good histories, the book goes beyond a simple story about the fair to present a graphic picture of how this area has changed from the Great Depression, through World War II and on to the present day.

Almost as compelling is Del Mar Racetrack published in 2006. Like the other book, it includes the iconic photo of Bing Crosby greeting the first visitors to the track on July 3, 1937. A short pictorial section on what the book calls “Del Mar Racetrack’s neighbor, old Del Mar,” supplements photographs of Hollywood celebrities and racetrack action.

Published in 2007, Lifeguards of San Diego is an informative history of the nine professional agencies that serve the public on the beaches and bays of the county. Author Michael Martino, a UC San Diego graduate and longtime lifeguard, skillfully blends fact and fable to back up an impressive collection of photos from the early 20th century onward.

Lifeguard Knox Harris mans his post at the foot of the Del Mar pier, which was demolished in 1959.

There is an eight-page chapter on Del Mar that includes such familiar faces as Gardner Stevens and Grant Larson. An eye-catching photo shows lifeguard Knox Harris on duty at the foot of the Del Mar Pier, which was demolished in 1959.
Schmidt said the exhibit would be on display as part of the library’s celebration of Older Americans month. In addition to Images of America, Arcadia also has published books on sports, black America, college campuses and U. S. history. Its latest title commemorates the start of the Civil War 150 years ago at Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Fittingly, the company’s headquarters are in nearby Charleston.

e-Books are available for Library Users

Del Mar Library has taken another small step into cyberspace. Along with other San Diego County branches, the library is offering a limited number of e-books to its patrons.

E-books can be read on most e-readers or computers. While the present number of selections is relatively small - current best sellers and 15,000 classics that no longer are under copyright - it is expected to grow as more library patrons purchase e-readers.

Library cardholders can borrow e-books, which can be downloaded on most e-readers except the Kindle. They first must sign up on the library’s database.
Patrons can borrow an unlimited number of books for up to two weeks, renewable if no other borrower is waiting. Books are available at any hour day or night.
At present, e-books make up only a small fraction of the library’s total collection. But publishers are predicting e-book sales will increase 50 to 100% this year and that interest will carry over to libraries. One impediment may be publishers’ reluctance to unlimited borrowing.

Short Stories from the Del Mar Library

Sensory pleasures
A feast for the senses will be offered at 11 a.m. April 29 at the Del Mar Library.
Singer/harpist Mair Rathburn will perform a concert of songs about roses and spring in the library’s community room.

The program will be held in conjunction with the Del Mar Rose Society’s rose show so that the audience can view and smell the prize-winning blooms as they listen to the music.

Guests also can enjoy the taste of light refreshments. But they won’t be touched for money. Librarian Gretchen Schmidt said the event is free and paid for by Friends of the Del Mar Library.


Nostalgia time
A nostalgic visit to the great wits of yesteryear will be provided at the Del Mar Library from 11 to 11:30 a.m. May 6.

Storyteller Linda Henry-Bonin, in the guise of Little Miss Marker, will enact stories by such mid-20th Century masters as James Thurber and Damon Runyon.
As part of the library’s celebration of Older Americans Month, the program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the performance.


Children’s programs
Del Mar Library’s children’s reading program will have an international theme this summer.

Beginning in July, the library will offer an “Around the World” story time at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday. Each week will feature a different language – Spanish, German, French, Farsi and sign language.

Wednesday mornings are for family programs, including puppets, clowns, music and art, ending with a Mary Poppins finale at 10:30 a.m. August 10. Wednesday afternoons feature movies, puzzles and other activities for older children. Teen programs – movies, munchies and scrap booking – are scheduled twice monthly at 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Families are urged by children’s librarian Jennifer Runge to register online or in person after June 1. She also is accepting applications for teen library volunteers.


Denise Vando
Denise A. Vando, a mainstay of the Del Mar Library for 19 years, died Jan. 20 in San Diego. She was 74.

A native of New York and graduate of Bennington College, Denise held a variety of jobs before joining the library staff in 1990. In addition to her work at the circulation desk, she used her artistic skills to assist in children’s craft programs. She retired as assistant customer service supervisor in 2009.

Short Stories from the Del Mar Library


Destiny and Desire by Carlos Fuentes: Mexico’s leading novelist has pulled out all stops in this sprawling saga of his native land. A classic Cain and Abel story becomes a complex, cynical and occasionally tender tale of love, violence and political opportunism. Spanning a century from Mexico’s 1910 revolution to its present narcoterrorism, Destiny and Desire employs all of Fuentes’ formidable talents including magic realism. The narrator is a severed head oozing life on a Pacific beach. Don’t let that scare you off! This is a captivating book of particular interest to us who live near the border.
— Peter Kaye

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult is a timely and unusual story that keeps readers engrossed to see what will happen next. It involves a couple’s attempt to have a baby and its tragic climax with a miscarriage. What happens next involves such contemporary controversies as gay rights, abortion and the Christian Right. Picoult carefully explores these issues from all sides. Her characters are carefully delineated so readers can understand their motivations and how they fit into the overall plot.
— Barbara Myers

Atlantic by Simon Winchester. Winchester is the Shamu of authors -- entertaining, energetic and capable of diving deep into his subject. This is a whale of a book comparable to his earlier triumphs such as Krakatoa and The Professor and the Madman. Winchester tells how the Atlantic Ocean has been shaped by forces of nature and follies of mankind -- tectonic plates, explorers, sea battles and the environmental disasters that mankind is creating.
— Peter Kaye

Fall Newsletter 2010

A Librarian for Life


Gretchen Schmidt bookworm

Gretchen Schmidt began her long love affair with libraries when she was a small child. As a teenager she flirted with a career in medicine but gave that up after sampling a hospital environment. As a Stanford undergraduate, she landed her first library job.
“My dad worked for Hewlett Packard,” she said, “and when I graduated from college he told me to go into computers. ‘You’ll never make any money in libraries,’ he said.”
Instead, she turned her back on Silicon Valley and became a librarian for life.

Married the day after she graduated from Stanford, Gretchen accompanied her first husband, an Army helicopter pilot, to Germany where she managed two small libraries on military posts near Nuremberg. Later she worked in city, county and university libraries in and around Carson City, Nevada. In 1984, she served as president of the Nevada Library Association.

Along the way, she earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas and worked in a nearby community college library.

Gretchen came to San Diego County in 1996 as a reference librarian at the Vista branch of the county library system. In 1998, she became librarian for Solana Beach and Del Mar and when a new library opened in Solana Beach, she was given a choice. It was Del Mar’s great good luck that she picked the newly refurbished branch at 13th street and Camino del Mar.

Calm, quiet and competent, Gretchen is the epitome of a librarian. She combines intelligence and experience with a quality common to all good librarians – helpfulness. Watching her assist library patrons in navigating stacks of books, using the new automated checkout system or tracking down a reference work validates the vocation she chose many years ago.

Gretchen Schmidt snow bunny

While Gretchen’s work might classify her as a bookworm, her life definitely does not. As a native Californian, she participated in two of her state’s favorite sports – surfing and skiing. As a youngster and teenager, she braved the cold waters off Santa Cruz to board and bodysurf. And she learned to ski on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
During her three years in Germany, Gretchen perfected her skiing in the Swiss and Austrian Alps and when she returned to the United States, she taught beginners to ski at Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village.

“It was something I always wanted to do,” she said.

Age and a bout with breast cancer, have slowed Gretchen’s outdoor activities, but her armchair adventures have led to popular programs sponsored by the library
The most notable was long distance swimmer Lynne Cox, who previewed her book Swimming to Antarctica before an overflow audience at the Del Mar Powerhouse. Other author-adventures included mountain climbers Arlene Blum and Kelly Perkins and yachtsman John Silverwood who describes his family’s near disaster in the South Pacific. Silverwood wrote part of “Black Wave” at the Del Mar Library.

During Gretchen’s tenure, the Del Mar branch has grown to serve far more than the 2,000 households in the city itself. It has evolved from a reference library to a community center used by children, senior and specialized groups such as chess and bridge activities.

With a computer center, California and Del Mar collections and specialized periodicals, the library caters to local readers. It also has become a partner in community events and local school activities.

Remarried with a son and two stepchildren, Gretchen says she still looks forward to coming to work every day:  “I love the beauty of Del Mar, its proximity to the ocean and most of all the opportunity to be involved with some wonderful people.”

Volunteers bolster library’s services

With its workload up and its payroll down, Del Mar Library is turning to the time-honored tradition of volunteerism. Members of the community, young and old, are showing up to restock shelves, meet reader requests and assist in children’s and adult programs.

“I don’t know what we’d do without our volunteers,” says Librarian Gretchen Schmidt.

Within the last year, said Schmidt, book checkouts and check-ins have increased from 10,000 to 15,000 a month. At the same time, the library staff has lost one and a half positions.

Much of the slack has been taken up by the library’s automated checkout systems. The two Radio Frequency Identification (RDIF) stations now account for more than 90% of customer usage.

But in other labor-intensive jobs, such as restocking shelves and filling requests from customers and outside libraries, paid staff members must be augmented by volunteers. For 10 years, Sharyn Orcutt and others have maintained the list of requests from other branches.

Sometimes volunteers fill specialized slots. Debbie Marsh, an early childhood education specialist, conducts children’s story times twice weekly.

The library got a big boost last summer from participation in a county-sponsored program for student volunteers. About 30 teenagers, including 12 Boy Scouts, donated six to 40 hours restocking shelves and helping with craft programs for kids. Now Jennifer Runge, the library’s youth services director, wants to revive teenage participation by setting up homework centers in the library.

Short stories from the Del Mar Library

Mira Costa Programs
Del Mar Library is partnering with Mira Costa College in an ongoing series of programs. The next event is a Chinese culture program presented by Aubrey Kuan at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4.

With campuses in Oceanside and Encinitas, Mira Costa is teaming up with libraries in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe to provide speakers. Other upcoming programs include:

Tracy Williams will talk about Mira Costa’s theater program at 3 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Solana Beach Library.

Barbara Magone will perform Celtic music at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Encinitas Library.
John Kirwan will lecture on Cervantes and Don Quixote at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Rancho Santa Fe Library.

Chess Tournament
Del Mar’s Chess Club will hold an open tournament at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Powerhouse. The competition is free of charge to chess players of all ages.
Founded a year ago by Dawn Erickson, the Chess Club meets at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays in the library’s community room. A lifelong enthusiast, Erickson offers lessons without charge to promote interest in the game.

Bridge Lessons
Classes to help bridge players perfect their games are now being offered at the Del Mar Library.

Marilyn Anderson, a member of the American Bridge Teachers Association, will conduct the sessions in the community room one Thursday each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Not designed for beginners, the lessons are designed to teach new techniques. Upcoming classes include:

Oct. 28, take-out doubles; Nov. 18, overcalls, and Dec. 16, leads and signals.

Readers’ Group
Two approaches to reading and discussing books are available on the Del Mar library.
Book Talks and Treats began as a group that meets monthly, usually at 2 p.m. on the fourth Friday, to hear the library staff’s recommendations of old and new favorites.

“At first, we all just came to listen to what the librarians recommended,” said volunteer Kathy Ellis, “but this group has so many active readers that they started adding to the list.”

For an hour each month the group shares books they are reading or listening to on tape. Then, over coffee and cookies, members make recommendations.
Sponsored by Community Connections, the Seasoned Readers book club meets at 2 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month except December. The 15 members select one book for each session making sure copies are available in paperback or at the library.

Both groups meet in the library’s community room and can be joined without charge.

Mini book reviews

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is four books in one. All are brilliant. David Mitchell has painstakingly re-created early 19th Century Japan and its intricate interaction with its only Western outpost – the Dutch trading settlement on an artificial island in Nagasaki Bay. A young Dutch clerk, Jacob de Zoet, glues the plots together. He struggles against corruption in the Japanese Shogunate and his own company, is infatuated with a Japanese midwife, who is confined in a convent run by a mysterious mystic, and has a heroic role against an attack by a British warship. Mitchell’s research is impeccable, his characters are unforgettable and his writing at times lapses into pure poetry. A must read! --Peter Kaye

Growing Up Laughing by Marlo Thomas is a delightful read by the former That Girl star and daughter of comedian Danny Thomas. She tells about sharing the dinner table with the greatest of all comedians. Milton Berle did magic tricks at her birthday parties. As a teenager, she’d hurry home from dates because she knew Bob Hope, Bob Newhart or Don Rickles might be there. This is a story of comedy and a close loving family that nurtured the love of laughter. There are interviews with many of the great ones and some of the female comics, including Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. A witty and enjoyable book to laugh your way through. --Barbara Myers

Spring Newsletter 2010

New Library Partnerships Proliferate

Want to improve your writing? Bidding? Planting? Designing, knitting or castling?
Del Mar Library is partnering with other individuals and organizations to offer a variety of activities to the community. Most are held in the library’s new community room. All are free.

A popular newcomer is “Bridge Lessons to Improve Your Game,” from 10 a.m. to noon every fourth Thursday. Taught by Marilyn Anderson, an American Bridge Teacher’s Association instructor, the class is aimed at intermediate players. Other Thursday programs are “Knit and Stitch” in the first week and the Chess Club with master instructor Dawn Erickson at 3:30 p.m. weekly. Book Talks and Treats is offered at 2 p.m. on fourth Fridays.

Many of the activities involve education and gardening. One includes both. Betsy Schultz, who co-designed the wall in front of the library, has built a hydroponic garden cart to show third graders at Del Mar Heights School how to grow vegetables in small containers. During summer vacation the cart will be housed at the library where children can continue to see pagelearn about gardening. In August it will be harvested.

Again this April the Del Mar Rose Society holds its annual show at the library and, as in the past, the building will be filled with its colorful and fragrant blooms.

Library is abloom with Rose Society’s finest entries.

During April and the first two weeks of May, the County of San Diego has set up a kiosk to demonstrate water conservation techniques in gardening. An interactive touch screen computer display helps identify garden pests and how they can be controlled using few or no chemicals. Horticulturist Doug Kalal will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. June 16 on ”Thirty Great Tolerant Plans for Your Garden.”

In observance of Older American Month, the American Society of Interior Designers is offering a program on home improvement at 2 p.m. May 14. It will feature a talk, film and other materials to help seniors improve the quality of independent living at Meldahl discussing his latest book “Hard Road West.”

New library landscaping is flourishing

Automated Checkout Has Arrived

Del Mar has joined the long list of libraries utilizing automated checkout systems. At the end of January, two Radio Frequency Identification (RDIF) stations were installed and now account for more than 80% of customer usage.

Utilizing bar codes on library cards and books, the RDIF units are fast and easy to operate. Eventually, said librarian Gretchen Schmidt, they can be used to help manage inventory, restock shelves and add to library security. While that’s the case in some libraries nationally, it’s still in the future in San Diego County.

Of more immediate benefit, the automated checkout frees librarians to interact and provide better service to customers. It’s also a labor saver; Schmidt says Del Mar’s library staff is down one and a half from last year. More use of volunteers also helps maintain the library staff’s effectiveness, she added.

Another advantage of automation is that the RDIF units can check out multiple materials instead of the one-at-a-time manual system. That reduces the chance of carpal tunnel syndrome, an ailment that plagues librarians as well as others performing repetitive tasks in the work place.

No trouble using automated check-out.

Two Authors to Speak in May

Two different faces of writing will be presented during Del Mar Library’s Meet the Author series in May.

Merrill Joan Gerber, a prize-winning novelist and short story writer, will speak at 2 p.m. May 8. The focus of her talk will be memoir writing and the audience is expected to including members of writing groups in the area.

Gerber has published seven novels, five volumes of short stories, nine young adult novels and three books of non-fiction. In 1986, she won the prestigious O. Henry Prize. At present she teaches fiction writing at Cal Tech.

Vince Reardon will talk about his first book Legacy: Passing on Cherished Values in a Values-Starved World at 2 p.m. May 22.

Some of the 25 notable Americans profiled are Daniel Ellsberg, peace activist who leaked the Pentagon Papers, the Rev. Tom Doyle, who exposed sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, and Jeffrey Wigand, who disclosed abuse in the cigarette industry.
A San Diego resident, Reardon has worked in corporate marketing and public relations for 20 years.

Circuit adds a new link

San Diego County Library System’ popular Circuit has added a new Link.
Introduced in 2008, the Circuit enables library users to quickly borrow books from four universities - San Diego State, Cal State San Marcos, UCSD and the University of San Diego. With a simple click of computers at home or a library branch, books can be ordered and will be sent out within 24 to 48 hours. More than 7.5 million library books and periodicals are available.

Now The Circuit has been expanded to include 28 more college libraries in California and Nevada. Called Link+, the expanded service is available without charge and books

Mini Book Reviews

I highly recommend Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman. Cee Cee is 12 and when her mom dies, she goes to live with a great aunt in Savannah, Georgia. This book has wonderful lovable eccentric women characters. While reading it, I laughed out loud and at times I felt very saddened. It is amazing to me that this first novel could explore so many feelings and experiences of relationships while relating the journey of a young girl who loses her mother. I enjoyed it as much as The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk.
--Pat Freeman

Caught by Harold Cohen catches the reader with the first page. The story seems clear-cut, but then it begins to evolve and captivates the reader with each detail. A junior reporter, Wendy, reports a story and then wonders is she has mistakenly accused someone, but then the story takes off in another direction. It is hard to put down as it makes you want to read until the book is done. Lots of twists and a great story to enjoy just like all of Cohen’s other books. Add it to your list.
--Barbara Myers

Children’s librarian hired

Jennifer Runge

Del Mar has half of a new children’s librarian. Jennifer Runge will split her time between the Del Mar and Cardiff branches. Her specialties are story telling and puppetry.

A graduate of Cal State San Marcos with a master’s degree in library science from UCLA, Runge comes to Del Mar from the county’s 4S Ranch Branch where she was youth services librarian. She lives in Carlsbad with her new husband, Stephan Hoover, a dog, two cats and a turtle.



The oil painting above is by Mac McMillan.   2009

Beautification of Our Village

Have you taken a look at our library recently?  The Del Mar Library is looking good!  Over the past year a new community room has been added, the roof  has been replaced and now, the Del Mar Garden Club, in partnership with the City of Del Mar, has made significant improvements with the landscaping, cleaning the masonry and upgrading the lighting and irrigation.  The Friends of the Del Mar Library contributed $500 to purchase plants yet the Garden Club  is trying to keep costs down, and they have donated many of their own plantings to fill the space.  Importantly, the Garden Club has also volunteered to plant and water.

Arline Paa, coordinator for the gardening project, along with Mary Friestedt and Zus Van Thillo, thank the city for assisting so generously with the project.  Five cubic yards of mulch from the San Diego landfill was brought to the site to help prevent erosion.  The soil has been amended as well so that plantings will have ample opportunity to flourish.

Arline Paa reports that the goal for the project is to open up the views towards the library, to highlight the sculpture wall as well as the James Hubbell sculpture. A change with the lighting will help focus on the Hubbell sculpture.  By using only drought tolerant plants, such as Mexican feather grass, blue fescue and succulents Arline hopes the public will see attractive plantings in public places and move in that direction for their own homes.  A decomposed granite path is being added to help our librarians change their signage and a succulent rock garden is designed in front of the new community room.  Two pots, with blue-grey succulents on either side of the Hubbell bench, will offer the final touch to the project.

Fall Newsletter 2009

Friends of the library spin a new web, Fall 2009

Crawling out from under its piles of paper, Friends of the Del Mar Library has joined the 21st Century with an online edition of its activities. The new site can be accessed at

The website will supplement rather than replace this newsletter, which will continue to be published and distributed to Friends members twice yearly. “The new site,“ said Pat Freeman, Friends president, “will enable us to quickly and thoroughly inform the public about library services and activities. It is available to anyone at any time without charge.”

From its home page, topped by a new photograph of the recently remodeled library building, viewers are directed to five inside pages:

About Us contains articles and photographs about the library’s history, improvements to the building and other pertinent information.

News and Reviews has book reviews and details of past, present and future library activities and events.

Calendar is an up-to-date summary of upcoming activities.

Contribute tells how viewers can become member of the Friends of the Del Mar Library and how they can contribute to library programs.

Contact lists phone numbers and email addresses for library staff and names of board members.

Freeman urged residents of Del Mar and surrounding communities to use the website, tell their friends about it and offer criticisms and suggestions: “This is a wonderful way for the Friends to encourage community participation to help provide the best possible library services for Del Mar.”

The Friends website was designed and will be maintained by Virginia Lawrence, a resident of Del Mar Terrace since 2006. A former French teacher in New York and an English teacher in Switzerland, Lawrence designed her first website in 2003. Other clients include the Sandpiper, the Del Mar Foundation, and the Friends of the Powerhouse.


When the economy turns sour and public funds dry up, libraries are the first to feel the pinch.  San Diego County’s library budget is $41,313,536 - a decrease of 9.4% from the previous year.  The cuts have been felt at every one of the county’s 33 branches.

At the Del Mar library, a hiring freeze within the county system has resulted in short staffing that has been especially hard on its handful of employees.  Activities and acquisitions have been reduced.  That’s where Friends of the Del Mar Library comes in.  A $1,000 contribution will enable children’s and adult programs to be maintained at their present levels.  Other funds insure no reduction in magazine subscriptions.

However, our own resources are strained.  Friends contributed $50,000 last year to supplement a $200,000 appropriation by the county for our new community room. This new resource already is attracting a variety of users.

Del Mar Library has a history of strong supporters.  The county Board of Supervisors, led by Pam Slater Price, a Del Mar resident, has been exceedingly generous.  So has the City Council, which recently paid most of the cost of a new roof, and currently is helping finance landscaping improvements.  Del Mar Farmers Market has been a generous friend.

Now we’re asking individuals in the community to help us face this financial crisis. Your contributions, large and small, can help us maintain and improve our library. Turn to the back page of this newsletter to find out how.

Chess club meets weekly at the library


If enthusiasm were ability, Dawn Erickson would be a grand master.  Instead she’s the founder of Del Mar’s new chess club that meets at 4 p.m. every Thursday in the community room.

Erickson welcomes players from seven on up.  Pretty soon, she says, she’ll start teach­ing 4-year-olds.  All she asks is commitment on the part of players and their parents.

So far the chess club has about 20 members divided into two groups - seniors over 50 and children.  But anyone can join.  Erickson sees chess as a wonderful opportunity for children to interact with their parents and grandparents.

“Age is no obstacle,” she says, “nor is language. Every emotion can be expressed on a chess board.”

To encourage participation, Erickson has designed what she calls sub-games for children and their parents.  She’s also devising a curriculum for teaching chess to second and third graders.  She charges nothing for the class but is encouraging donations of chessboards and pieces.

Born in La Jolla, Erickson is the daughter of an Air Force fighter pilot and learned to play chess at the age of 3.

“Chess taught me the lessons of life,” she said.

Married to a realtor in Ran­cho Santa Fe, Erickson has switched her focus to education, but chess will continue to play a big part in her life.

How good is she?

“I’ve held my own against some pretty good players,” she said.

Library landscaping looms


Del Mar Library has a new roof and community room. Thanks to the Garden Club and city it’s about to get new landscaping.

Arlene Paa outlined the landscape plan to Friends of the Del Mar Library last week and the board responded by appropriating $500 to buy new plants. Another $3,000 will be contributed by the city of Del Mar for masonry, irrigation and electrical improvements.

Paa said landscaping would combine drought resistant native plants such as ceanothus and lemonade berry with succulents and grasses. Some new plants will be purchased and others will be donated.

Existing bougainvillea, bay laurel and a sun camel­lia will be retained. At the southwest corner of the library site, in front of the new community room, a rock garden will be installed.

The design and much of the planting will be donated by the Garden Club, augmented by city landscapers who‘ll be responsible for maintenance.

Pat Freeman, Friends president, said she hopes the project will be completed by the end of November.

Three authors will talk at the library

Baseball, wildlife and unholy mischief will be the topics of talks in Del Mar Li­brary’s “Meet the Au­thors” series this fall.

Local author Elle Newmark will talk about “The Book of Unholy Mischief” at 1 p.m. Oct. 24.

A mystery set in Renais­sance Venice, the novel uses food as a metaphor to describe the in­trigue in and around the Doge’s pal­ace. Newmark also will speak about her upcoming book set in India.

Harry Katz, a Del Mar author, will discuss his two latest books, “Base­ball Americana” and “Herblock” at 2 p.m. Nov. 1. A former curator at the Library of Con­gress, Katz has been honored for his contributions to the field of graph­ic art. His books explore two U.S. institutions – the national pastime of baseball and the late, great po­litical cartoonist, Herbert Block.


Bette Blaydes Pegas is an El Ca­jon writer who fulfilled her life’s dream by visiting the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. Her book “Chasing A Dream in he Galapagos” is an account of her own personal evolu­tion. Her talk is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 8.


Spring Newsletter 2009

Contrarian is a Compelling and Arresting Book

The subtitle of Contrarian: Peter Kaye’s Life Journey from the Depression to Checkers, Dallas, Watergate and the Great Wall, tells one the scope of this absorbing collection of memoirs. Kaye was born in Illinois in 1928 but came as a seven-year old child with his mother to Laguna Beach in 1936. A 1950 graduate of Pomona College, he moved to Del Mar in 1956 and, with several interruptions, has lived here ever since. His career has mainly been in print journalism (from cub reporter to editor), but also in public television locally and nationally and in politics, where he defines himself as a “political hack,” flack catching for Richard Nixon, Pete Wilson, Houston Flournoy and Gerald Ford among others during their election campaigns.

Kaye’s work in the media began in his college days, and he matured as a writer on his National Guard division paper in the U.S., Japan and Korea. He worked at the San Diego Union twice, from 1953-1968 and 1976-1993 where he rose to associate editor. In between, he transitioned to public TV here and in Washington D.C. The Kennedy assassination, the Watergate hearings, and the PSA crash over San Diego in 1978 were among the many significant events he covered.


Self-deprecating and generous with his associates, Kaye has the rare ability to tell a story skillfully and with deft wit. In his hands, our English language fares well. What a marvelous raconteur! Among many reminiscences, I particularly cherish those about scientist-philosopher Jacob Bronowski and eccentric composer-inventor Harry Partch.

Were I to quibble in any way with this compelling and arresting book, it may be with its topical arrangement (reporter, politics, T.V. etc.) that leads to some repetition. Also, as a local, I should have dearly loved to see more on the Del Mar scene–past and present. After all, he has not only lived here before incorporation, he also wrote a lively column on Del Mar in the North County Times.

Overall, Contrarian is a humane and engaging book that you should get now and read. Copies of this book may be bought at Earth Song Books or on Amazon.Com.


Short Stories from Around the Del Mar Library

Youth Librarian

Donna Melnychenko brings a wealth of experience to her job as Del Mar’s youth librarian.  A native of Michigan, Donna was an elementary school teacher, school and corporate librarian before joining the San Diego County Library staff in 1999. She now splits her time between the Del Mar and Cardiff branches.

Donna’s outside interests center on music, books, her cat Noah and astronomy.  “I’ve become an eclipse chaser,” she said, ”traveling to Europe and Africa to see total eclipses of the sun.”

Closer to home, her goal is to encourage parents and children to visit the library often and to become lifelong readers and learners.

Summer Activities

Emphasizing creativity, Del Mar Library kicks off its summer program at 11 a.m. June 17 with a puppet show. There will be activities – magic, puppet show, arts, crafts, and games -- for children and adults through August.

Adult programs include Knit and Stitch at 3 p.m. on first Thursdays, acrylic painting at 9:30 a.m. June 20, book talks on fourth Frdays at 2 p.m., collage art at 1 p.m. July 11 and beginning crochet at 1 p.m. Aug. 22.

Children’s activities include story times in English and Spanish, Grandparents and Books, a book club, arts and crafts and guitar lessons for teenagers. A full schedule of activities is available at the library.

Homework Help

San Diego County Library now offers free homework help on line. Available from 1 to 10 p.m. every day, the service connects students with live tutors for one-on-one help in math, science, English, social studies and reading. Adult learners also are welcome. Tutoring sessions are available in Spanish and English. There also is a 24-hour writing lab.

Users can access the service at by typing their library card barcodes. Called HelpNow!, the program is funded by the California Library Services and Technology Act.