Build Your Library Tech Skills

Are you confused about how to use the library’s downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks? This summer, Library Volunteer Connie Dreisbach will provide instruction on getting started with eBooks using the library’s free Overdrive collection using your device. Classes are available for iOS (Apple) devices and Kindle devices.

Using Overdrive with Your Device: June 24 – 2-3 pm (iOS), 3:30-4:30 pm (Kindle) July 8 – 10-11 am (iOS), 11:30 am -12:30 pm (Kindle) August 5 – 2-3 pm (iOS), 3:30-4:30 pm (Kindle) 

Be sure to register for the class covering your device, and feel free to bring your device with you!

Building a Better Search 

If you have ever felt frustrated trying to find library items to use, wanted to learn to place your own holds on popular items, or just want to learn how to search more effectively using the library’s catalog, this is the class for you! On July 26, 6-7 pm Library staff will show you the ins and outs of library searching and accessing your account so you can save time and get the exact materials you need. All tech classes require registration. Space is limited. Visit http://www.prcity.com/government/departments/library/calendar.asp to sign up.

Bird Olympics at the Library

Bring the entire family for an avian extravaganza! Learn all about the Central Coast’s unique and diverse avian community. In conjunction with the California State Parks, Ranger O’Brien will present the interactive and entertaining Bird Olympics!

Two programs are planned: Thursday, July 6, 1:30 pm at the Library Study Center (3600 Oak St., Ste. #101) and 3:30 pm at the City Library (1000 Spring St.)

Club Ghibli at the Library

Anime Activities for Teens – Teens are invited to watch, craft and snack with Club Ghibli in the Library Conference Room from 3-5 p.m. on:

Wednesday, July 19 – Create your own Soot Sprite while munching on snacks direct from Japan! We will be showing the Studio Ghibli classic film about two little girls and their friend Totoro. 

Wednesday, August 16 – Create your own Kaonashi (No-Face) paperweight while munching on snacks direct from Japan! We will be showing the Studio Ghibli story of Chihiro Ogino, a sullen ten-year- old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world. 

Bucket Busters return to the City Library

The Bucket Busters are an award-winning ensemble of young drummers who bang, clatter, and whomp on an assortment of buckets, trashcans, and water jugs—pumping out fast-paced percussive and world beats rhythms that will challenge you to sit still.

Directed by Music Motive director Steve Hilstein, and led by drummer Micah Grogg, the Bucket Busters collect scholarship donations for kids’ music lessons and programs. These teen and pre-teen drummers aren’t just beating on buckets, they’re investing in their community and achieving awards in competitions and local parades, winning for ‘Best Band’, ‘Most Entertaining’, and ‘Judges’ Favorite.’ Two programs are planned: Thursday, July 20, 11 am – City Library (1000 Spring St.) and 1:30 pm – Library Study Center (3600 Oak St., Ste. #101)

Local Artist Mallory Caloca to Display in July

For the past several years, local artist Mallory Caloca has explored organic shapes and textures in nature from feathers to insect parts to fungi and juxtaposed those components with cubist lines and shapes. Eventually she discovered a “micro-world” trend that she continues to explore. “I like people to explore my work in segments and then view a piece as a coherent unit. My earlier work concentrated in black and white portraiture, but for now, I enjoy the challenge of working with different colors and patterns,” states Caloca.

The public is invited to enjoy Caloca’s artistic expression on display in the Paso Robles City Library the month of July.

You’re Never Too Old to Play with LEGOS! 

Come to the Library’s LEGO Build in the Story Room from 4-5 pm on Monday, July 10 and Monday, August 14 and see if you’ve got what it takes to be a Master Builder. Each build will have a different theme and challenge to put your building abilities to the test. Those that complete the challenge will see their creations on display in the Library following the build.

Make It @ Your Library Series 

Next in the Library’s adult Make It @ Your Library series this summer is a Magnet Board and Magnets. On Friday, July 7, 6-8 pm, in the Library Conference Room, create a handy memo board for your kitchen or office! The perfect size for your to-do or grocery lists, it can be hung near the front door, and you will never leave those lists on the counter again. With its cute coordinated magnets, this set can be made to match any décor.

Visit www.prcity.com/government/departments/library/calendar.asp – space is limited. This event is appropriate for ages 18 and up.

Maker Mondays! 

The Paso Robles City Library invites children ages 7-12 to participate Maker Mondays! The last Monday of every month, July 31 and August 28 at 4 pm in the Library Story Room, children will experiment and explore the world around them through art, crafts, and experiments. Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey states, “Our projects will be focusing more on engineering and architecture during these months and challenges will involve things like building bridges and testing structural integrity.”

The program is free but limited to the first 30 participants. Tickets will be available at the Children’s Desk beginning at 3:30 pm the day of the program. For more information about Maker Mondays, contact Melissa Bailey at mbailey@prcity.com or visit www.prcity.com/library.

Calling All Mini-Mad Scientists 

Bring your Mini Mad Scientist, ages 1-3, for some hands-on creativity in our outdoor laboratory! Teen Volunteers have built our scientists some top-notch equipment, creating a water-powered lab that is sure to keep your little ones busy and cool this summer. This drop in session will be wet and wild, so dress accordingly and please wear shoes to protect your feet! Sessions are scheduled for Tuesdays, July 18, August 1 and August 15, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on the Children’s Patio.

Make it @ Your Library—TEEN TAKEOVER! 

Every other month at 3 pm in the Library Conference Room, the PLibrary hosts a “Teen Takeover” of the Library’s adult Make It @ Your Library program. Middle and high school students learn, create, and collaborate on projects that focus on upcycling, inventing, and DIYing! The program is free and there is no registration. Scheduled summer dates are:

Wednesday, July 5, Solo Cup Shrinky-Dinks 

Looking for the perfect swag for your keys, backpack, or purse? Come learn how to make your own awesome Shrinky Dinks out of Solo Cups! Use your personalized Shrinky Dinks to make jewelry, zipper pulls, key chains, or magnets!

Wednesday, August 2, Magnet Board 

Create a cool memo board for your locker or bedroom! The perfect size for your notes, reminders or photos, it can be hung by your desk and you will never lose those important due dates again.

According to Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey, “Our Teen Takeover class is a great way for teens to engage in creative collaboration. We start with a project idea and basic instruction, and the teens take it from there. It always amazes me how imaginative out teens can be when given the materials and the freedom to be creative.”

Traveling Lantern Theater Company Coming to the Library 

The fun begins on Friday, July 14, at 6 pm in the Library Conference Room when the Traveling Lantern Theater Company presents The Ribbles Build a Residence! 

Help Mr. and Mrs. Ribble draw up a plan for their new home. Will Thia Tweet, the bird architect, and Gerry, the ant contractor, be able to build the Ribbles a dream home in time for baby Ribblet?

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