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Coker and Katasty Duo

Discovery Concert to Present Duality
The Interplay of Violin and Viola

Natalka Kytasty and Judith Coker will perform a Discovery Concert chamber concert at the Rancho Bernardo Library at 3 pm Saturday, March 10. They will perform Beethoven’s Duet, the String Duo by Mozart, Frideric Handel's Passacaglia, arranged by Norwegian violinist Johan Halvorsen, and Three Rags by the contemporary American composer William Ryden. J

udith and Natalka are highly regarded musicians in the San Diego area, performing in a wide range of orchestras and chamber ensembles. Natalka began her musical career in Kyiv, Ukraine, and has a Master's degree in violin from the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Judith has a Master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory and is a former member of the San Diego Symphony.

 The Discovery Concerts at the library serve to educate the public about various music forms and to expand the opportunity for local musicians to perform. There is no charge for this performance and all ages are welcome.

Submitted by Jeffrey Meyer Publicist Rancho Bernardo Library

Spring Book Sale Staff Photo

Spring "Grab Bag" Book Sale at Rancho Bernardo Library Mar. 3

A spring "Grab Bag" Book Sale at the Rancho Bernardo Library is set for 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Mar. 3. A bag full of books is $3 for members of the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library and $5 for nonmembers.

The sale is presented and staffed by the nonprofit Friends, whose mission is to raise money and public awareness in the community to support the services and programs of the library. Millie Boaz, RB Friends vice president, said the sale is not only a great bargain for books CDs and DVDs, but a chance to meet other library patrons and learn about new, free programs at the library.

"This library means a great deal to people in our community and every penny from this sale goes toward new products for the library, new programs for both children and adults and the presentation of cultural events like concerts," she said.

SuSubmitted by Jeffrey Meyer RB Friends Publicity Chair

Aviara Piano Trio

Aviara Piano Trio
in Concert February 28

Award winning trio performance sponsored by the Friends of the RB Libraryh4>

Winners of numerous chamber music awards, the Aviara Piano Trio will bring their renowned talent to north county Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Rancho Bernardo Library. The concert will be from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm in the Library Community Room, 17110 Bernardo Center Drive. Children seven years and older are welcome to attend with their parent.

Compositions by Mozart, Fauré, Mendelssohn and Piazzolla will be performed. The Aviara Trio is comprised of Ines Irawati on piano, Robert Schumitzky on his 1694 Stradivarius violin and Erin Breene on cello. Schumitzky plays first violin for Orange County's Pacific Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Breene plays cello with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Irawati was a frequent soloist with Orchestra Nova and is currently a vocal coach at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Waterlilies Oil Painting by Pat TitusArt Winners Reception and Classical Vocalist to be Featured at RB Library

"Spring Fling" Art Exhibition to be Celebrated at April 7 Event

A "Spring Fling" art show and reception is set for 1 to 3 pm Saturday, April 7, at the Rancho Bernardo Library.  The event is to show appreciation to all the local artists who have shared their personal art work at the Rancho Bernardo Branch Library.   It will also include a performance by vocalist Emily Peterson, first place winner of the southern California Classical Singer competition.  

Organizers encourage the public to meet local artists at the event and view their work.  This celebration of art is sponsored by the North County Society of Fine Arts (NCSFA) and the Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library.  It will be held in the library community room on the second floor of the library.

For more information on NCSFA and RB Friends, please visit ncsfa.org a and friendsoftheranchobernardolibrary.org/about.

Submitted by Jeffrey Meyerr>Publicity Chair RB Friends 

New Information on February and March classical Concerts

February New Book List

Every month except January we purchase up to ten new books for the enjoyment of our Friends. Here is the February list:

Biden, Joe Promise  Me Dad
Burke, Alafair The Wife
Burke, James Lee Robicheaux
Crais, Robert The Wanted
Finn, A. J. Woman in the Window
Kilmeade, Brian Andrew Jackson
Preston & Child City of Endless Night
Reich, Christopher The Take

April 14 Concert to Present Preview of Poway Symphonette European Concert Tour

Poway Symphonette

Free Concert at RB Library to Feature Music to be Performed in Austria and Czech Republic this Summer

The Poway Symphonette's upcoming summer European concert will be presented by the Discovery Concert Series at the Rancho Bernardo Library at 3 pm Saturday, April 14. The concert, to be performed this July in Austria and the Czech Republic, will feature the music of Handel, Vivaldi and Bach.

The Poway Symphonette is a chamber orchestra composed of local residents that specializes in classical symphonic music of the Baroque and Classical era. It was founded in 2009 by Ulli Reiner, its Artistic Director, Concertmaster and Conductor and is offered through the Poway Unified School District Adult Education Department.

The Discovery series of concerts at the library serve to educate the public about various music forms and to expand the opportunity for local musicians to perform and provide insights to their music. There is no charge for this performance and all ages are welcome. The performance will be in the second floor community room at the library.

Submitted by Jeffrey Meyer
RB Library publicity volunteer

Steve Roman Appointed Youth Service Librarian

Book Cover Read on Science Fiction

The Friends Operations Committee met with and warmly welcomes Steve Roman our new Youth Service Librarian.

Steven A. Torres-Roman has seventeen years of experience working in public libraries for diverse communities of patrons. He created the first graphic novel discussion group for teens, “Heroes@Your Library,” which won the Illinois Humanity Council’s 2007 Lawrence W. Towner Award for “risk-taking in a public humanities project.” His work with teens led Gale-Cengage to recognize him as a Librarian Superhero at the 2010 A.L.A. Conference. He is the author of Read On…Science Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste, and co-author of Dragons in the Stacks: A Teen Librarian’s Guide to Tabletop Role-Playing, which won a 2015 Judges’ Spotlight ENnie Award, one of the premier role-playing game industry awards. He has a Master of Arts degree in English from Northern Illinois University, and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Whether you have young children or not, stop by and welcome Steve.

The SandCastle Girls, the 2017-2018 One Book, One San Diego Title

Cover of the Sand Castle Girls and Author PictureKPBS and San Diego Public Library are proud to present The Sandcastle Girls by New York Times bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian.


The Sandcastle Girls is a multi-generational tale that spans nearly 100 years. It is initially set in Syria during World War I and focuses on the Armenian Genocide. “These days it is very important for me to tell people that I am the grandson of two Middle Eastern immigrants,” Bohjalian said. “We are a nation of refugees and immigrants. The novel is set in Aleppo - yes, that Aleppo that has broken all of our hearts the last five years - and the city as it appears in the novel exists now only in romance and memory.”

Library Location

The Rancho Bernardo Library is located at 17110 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego  92128, across from the Souplantation Restaurant.

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer J. Adler, philosopher, educator, and author (1902-2001)