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  • Summer at the library

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Jun 8, 2024

    It's time once again for the annual Summer Reading Challenge at the library. This year's theme is "Read, Renew, Repeat," emphasizing our responsibility to care for the earth and the other creatures we share it with. The Summer Reading Challenge gives everyone (child, teen or adult) the opportunity to read books and enter a prize drawing. When someone completes 10 books or 10 hours, the reader can choose a free book from our supply. For each additional 10 books or 10 hours, the reader gets a...

  • Library Audio Sale, Spring Book Sale

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Apr 27, 2024

    If you enjoy CDs, DVDs and audiobooks, the Friends of the Library are having a pop-up Audio Sale at the Golden Hills CSD Yard Sale on Saturday, May 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a "Bag" sale where you can fill up a bag with CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for just $5 a bag. The funds generated from all Friends of the Library Book sales go to support programs for children, youth and adults. This includes programs like the upcoming Summer Reading Challenge. As a reminder, the Friends of the...

  • Library Spring Book Sale, May 18

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Apr 13, 2024

    The Friends of the Tehachapi Library's Spring Book Sale will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library courtyard at 212 S. Green Street in Tehachapi. There will be two areas of books set up in the library courtyard. The first area will have vintage/specialty books and will include very reasonably priced antique and other specialty books. The second sale area is the always popular "Bag Sale" area where you fill a provided bag with books and pay $5 for each bag of books at...

  • Awakening

    Mark Fisher|Apr 13, 2024

    spring dances across these greening hillsideswhere all the chill winter rains came fallingyet through the clouds the golden sun now shineswhose gentle warmth gives the seeds their prodding to this year paint impressionist landscapesen plein air on the blank fertile canvaswith a fractal brush ‘cross this open spacein lupines and poppies among the grass seasons turn turn turn heralding new lifewhile now all the trees work towards fruitingwe hold onto these moments as we drivetwinkling images w...

  • Traditional Christmas Book Market, Craft Event, Dec. 2

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Nov 18, 2023

    Holiday traditions in our mountain community include the Tehachapi Hometown Christmas. This includes all the Festivities on Green Street and the Annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 2. Many of us will remember making ornaments as one of our own family traditions. This year, the Tehachapi Library will be having a free Make Your Own Ornament Craft Event. On Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., adults and children are invited to come to the Library and make their own ornament on the upper floor near the...

  • Library Big Book Sale, Oct. 14-15

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Sep 30, 2023

    Coinciding with Tehachapi's Apple Festival, the Friends of the Library's "Big Book Sale" takes place on Oct. 14 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Oct. 15 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) This will be another 2-in-1 sale. There will be two areas of books set up in the library's courtyard. The first area is the "Friend's Boutique" where we will have individually priced vintage and coffee-table books, as well as DVDs and signed-by-author books. This year we are featuring a beautiful collection of leather bound editions...

  • Library Big Book Sale, Oct. 14-15

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Sep 23, 2023

    Coinciding with Tehachapi's Apple Festival, the Friends of the Library's "Big Book Sale" takes place on Oct. 14 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Oct. 15 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) This will be another 2-in-1 sale. On Saturday there will be two areas of books set up in the library courtyard. The first area will have individually priced books. These will include a number of reasonably priced antique and other specialty books. The second section of books for sale will be the ever popular "Bag Sale." For these...

  • Library Book Sale, June 3

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|May 27, 2023

    The Tehachapi Friends of the Library's "Big Book Sale" this year is on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is going to be another 2-in-1 sale. On Saturday, there will be two areas of books set up in the Library's Courtyard on 212 S. Green St. The first area will have vintage/specialty books, and will include a number of very reasonably priced antique and other specialty books. The second sale area is the always popular "Bag Sale" where you fill a provided bag with books, and pay $3 for...

  • Tehachapi Library's new branch supervisor

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Apr 29, 2023

    The Tehachapi Friends of the Library are happy to welcome our library's new Branch Supervisor, Teresa Skousen. Some of you may have already met her, when she started at the library about a month ago. And she says she's already feeling like she's part of the community. Community engagement is one of her goals for our library. She wants to continue to build on community activities that the library provides. Such as the weekly story time, Doodle Club or Lego Club. She would also like to provide a...

  • Fall Book Sale, Oct. 15-16

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Oct 1, 2022

    Coinciding with Tehachapi’s Apple Festival, the Tehachapi Friends of the Library’s “Big Book Sale” this year is on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is another 2-in-1 sale. On Saturday there will be two areas of books set up in the library’s courtyard. The first area will have individually priced books, and will include a number of reasonably priced antique and other specialty books. The second section of books for sale will be the ever popu...

  • Summer's coming to a close

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Sep 3, 2022

    The Summer Reading Challenge at the Tehachapi Library was a big success, with over 500 people signing up for it, 7,000 books read and over 82,000 minutes of reading accomplished. In addition, the summer programs had almost 1,300 people in attendance, that number has some overlap since some people came to several of the programs. The Tehachapi Friends of the Library funded many of the Summer Reading Challenge prizes and provided funds for several of the library's programs, including Bubble Magic...

  • Classes and events

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Jul 9, 2022

    Another Tehachapi Arts Center Paint Night is coming up on July 16 (every third Saturday of the month) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Sculpting Basic Hand Building class with Lucinda Thomas continues each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in July. Students will learn to sculpt with various techniques to create 3D artwork. The cost is $12. Every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. is the Children’s Art Class taught by Grayson. In addition, private classes for parties or groups can be arranged with Grayson. And don...

  • Big 'thank you' to the community

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|May 28, 2022

    The Tehachapi Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale on April 23 was a tremendous success. The community came out and helped us earn over $2,500 by buying books. That money is being put to use immediately to purchase some really nice prizes for the library's Summer Reading Challenge. Bringing in this much money will help with our library's plan to have two or three times as many prizes as in previous years. The Summer Reading Challenge will run from June 1-July 31 at the Tehachapi Library,...

  • Spring Book Sale at the library, April 23

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Apr 16, 2022

    The Tehachapi Friends of the Library is having their Spring Book Sale on Saturday April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be both vintage and specialty books on sale at great prices, and the traditional "bag sale" books with lots of fresh inventory. For the popular Bag Sale you pay $3 for a provided bag, then you can fill it up with books from the Bag Sale area. These books will include an abundance of fiction and non-fiction books for you to choose from. The vintage and specialty books are...

  • Big book sale at the library, April 23

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Mar 19, 2022

    The Tehachapi Friends of the Library is planning their first big book sale of 2022 on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will primarily be one of the popular “Bag Sale” events. For these books, you get a bag for $3 and then can fill it up with the books from the Bag Sale area. These books will include an abundance of fiction and non-fiction books for you to choose from. There will also be a selection of some individually priced vintage and specialty books to buy. Funds raised from th...

  • Welcome Michael O'Neill to the Tehachapi Library

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Mar 5, 2022

    The Tehachapi Friends of the Library want to welcome the new head of our local Branch Library, Michael O’Neill. Michael is a fairly recent graduate from California State University Bakersfield and recently began working with the Kern County Library. He started at the Tehachapi Library on Feb. 14. And is currently working on getting acclimated to his new position here. Things are still in flux with the Library system and with our Tehachapi Branch. We’ve only recently gained an extra day (the Lib...

  • Fossil Discovery Center

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Mar 5, 2022

    Recently we visited the Fossil Discovery Center in Fairmead, up in Madera County. This is a small facility outside Chowchilla which showcases the prehistoric life that once flourished here in what is now California. There were fossil exhibits (reconstructions) of smilodon (saber-toothed cats), dire wolves, ground sloths and a huge mammoth. There are other exhibits for smaller animals too, plus some exhibits on the Native American culture of the area. In addition, there is an area for children...

  • Holiday Book Sale, Dec. 10

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Dec 4, 2021

    This year the Friends of the Library are having a one day Holiday Book Sale on Friday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This sale is going to take place upstairs in the library. The sale is going to be small, but will have a large number of special books (antique, rare, coffee table, etc.) for 50% to 75% off the marked prices. In addition, there will be some "Books into Art" items for sale. Books have long been traditional gifts, and are likely to have been some of the first mass-produced...

  • A day trip to Devils Creek Distillery

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Nov 20, 2021

    Driving through Mojave for the past several months, you might have seen the billboard at the south end of town that says "BOURBON" in huge letters. This sign is for the Devils Creek Distillery in Mammoth Lakes. As we'd drive by I would usually say, "I'd like to go there, sometime." Well, back in September, Sharon dragged me there for my birthday. It's a kind of tradition that she takes me someplace different each year, like the Steinbeck House in Salinas or the Forestiere Underground Gardens in...

  • Book sale success

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Nov 20, 2021

    The Tehachapi Friends of the Library had a very successful book sale on Oct. 16 and 17, bringing in over $2,700. This is a remarkable amount of money that the Friends of the Library will be using to help our Tehachapi Branch Library provide services to the community, including programs and services for children, teens and adults. Even if you don’t personally take part in the services and programs, the library provides significant value to the community. In terms of dollars, I have been l...

  • Upcoming Big Book Sale

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Oct 9, 2021

    The Friends of the Library "Big Book Sale" this year is Oct. 16 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and 17 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is going to be another 2-in-1 sale. This means that there will be a section with individually priced books and a section with Bag Sale books. On Saturday there will be a typical book sale with individually priced books in one area. Some of these include a 4th edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales, a copy of Doctor Dolittle in the Moon by Hugh Lofting, and signed copies of Am...

  • Upcoming Big Book Sale

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Sep 25, 2021

    The Big Book Sale this year is October 16 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and 17 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is going to be another 2-in-1 sale. This means that there will be a section with individually priced books and a section with Bag Sale books. And there are some amazing books that are going to be available, one example is a 4th edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales. Another is a biography of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman from 1891, the year of his death. Among the other books you'll...

  • The business of the library

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Sep 11, 2021

    We're very lucky that we have access to resources at Tehachapi Branch of the Kern County Library. From the obvious, books, to resources that might be unexpected, like a sewing machine, the library is there to help the community. Computers are available, as well as other reference sources. And now, the library's programming is starting to ramp up. Storytime has moved to Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m. This is to provide a resource to children in the early stages of literacy. There is also Toddler...

  • Library Book Sale, Aug. 5

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Jul 31, 2021

    The Friends of the Tehachapi Library is having a Clearance Book Sale on Thursday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This sale is going to have some of our antique, coffee table and audio books for half price. In addition, there will be mixed fiction and nonfiction books for just 25¢. There are also several screenplays that will be for sale. These include scripts for movies like: "Juno," "Hurt Locker," "Her," "The Butler" and "Black Swan," among several others movies. These are also going to...

  • Rediscovering library book sales

    Mark Fisher, contributing writer|Jul 17, 2021

    We know that it’s been a long time, but with the Tehachapi Library reopened one of the best places in Tehachapi to buy books is once again available. In case you’ve forgotten, or didn’t know, downstairs in the Library the Friends of the Library has their Continuing Book Sale. Books are classified into broad categories and set up on two walls – and the prices are cheap. The Library is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you come down to Farmer’s Market on Thursday,...

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