Wildflowers, Autism, Dr. Seuss, Knitting, and Tax Assistance

Doris Lance Exhibit in March

The Paso Robles City Library invites the public to enjoy the work of Doris Lance. After relocating to Paso Robles in 2015, her passion and focus has been to walk and/or hike throughout San Luis Obispo County with her trusty camera and backpack. Wildflowers and selected trees, shrubs, reeds, rushes and ferns from San Simeon to Pismo Beach were found, digitally captured, and framed for this exhibit.

The Wild in Wildflowers has a vast array of macro blooms of red, yellow, blue, purple, and white. Each photograph is identified by scientific name and common name and, where space permits, the location with the county.

Autism Discussion at Paso Robles Library
Program kicks off Cuesta Book of the Year events

The Paso Robles City Library kicks off this year’s Cuesta Book of the Year classes and events on Thursday, March 1, 6-8 p.m., in the Library Conference Room, with a presentation by Debra Balke, a local doctor specializing in pediatric neurology. Balke will speak on the subject of autism, discussing what it is, its effects on families, and current treatments. This presentation will provide the perfect introduction to autism, the subject of this year’s Cuesta Book of the Year and the focus of the Paso Robles City Library’s March class and event offerings.

Signups for this event are recommended. Register online on the pr.city.com website. Space is limited. Children 13 and younger are welcome with adult supervision.

dr suessHats Off to Dr. Seuss!
A birthday celebration for Seuss fans young and old

Dr. Seuss fans are invited to celebrate his 114th birthday on March 2, from 1-5 p.m. in the Children’s Library.

Enjoy the photo booth, go on a scavenger hunt, and make a bookmark. And don’t miss a magical story time with special guest Cat in the Hat at 3 p.m.

Bath Bombs!
Next in the Make It @ Your Library Series

“Make It” in the Library Story Room on Saturday, March 3, at either 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or at 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy colorful, effervescent, and good smelling Bath Bombs made by YOU! Learn to make basic bath bombs at this sensory maker class, part of the library’s Cuesta Book of the Year offerings. Using simple ingredients, you will make 3 bath bombs – enough for you to enjoy and share with a friend.

This class is limited to age 16 and older. Signups for this event are required. Space is limited.
For more information, contact Adult Services Librarian Karen Christiansen at 805-237-3870.

Life AnimatedLife, Animated by Ron Suskind
Library Book Club’s Good Read for March

Join the library’s Book Club on Thursday, March 15, 7-8 p.m. for a compelling discussion of the book Life Animated by Ron Suskind.

This nonfiction work tells the story of Owen Suskind, the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. A boy with autism who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, and brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song, until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

The Library’s Book Club meets monthly throughout the year.

In addition to the book club, the Paso Robles City Library invites you to enjoy a showing of the award-winning documentary based on the book Life, Animated by Ron Suskind.

Knitting with Meta!

Learn to knit with master knitter Meta Nesbit on Saturday, March 17 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

The library is providing knitting classes for beginning and intermediate knitters, age 13 and up.

All the basics will be covered including casting on, knit, purl, and bind off. All supplies will be provided for the beginning knitter. More experienced knitters are welcome to bring their own projects, so get that half-finished scarf or sweater out of the closet and receive expert advice on how to complete it. A follow-up class will be offered on Monday, March 19 beginning at 6 p.m. Space is limited. For ages 13 and up.

Free Tax Assistance at the Paso Robles Library

As in prior years, the Library has partnered with AARP Tax Aide to provide free basic income tax return preparation assistance on Saturdays through March.

The Library is one of the few places you can go for assistance with both federal and state tax forms, instruction booklets for the most common forms, and Reference Desk staff assistance with accessing and printing forms from websites.

Please schedule an appointment; available time slots fill fast so call early. For more information , contact Karen Christiansen at 805-237-3870.