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Annual Meeting Notification

Members and Public Invited

The Friends of the Rancho Bernardo Library will hold its Annual Meeting
Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:30 am
In the Community Room of the Library
At 17110 Bernardo Center Parkway.

Patricia E. Jenkins, Branch Manager of the Library will speak on
"What the Future Will Bring To Our Branch Library"

Elections will be held for the following positions:

Vice-President of Membership and Support
Members-at-Large (6) to fill the following chairs:

Refreshments will be served.

 Go to the Events Page for the 2018 Book Sales Calendar

Orvieto Piano Trio

Jan. 24, A Medley of Classical Music, Nuanced With Tango and Jazz

Orvieto Trio PcitureThe popular Orvieto Piano Trio will perform an exciting and unique medley of classical music at the Rancho Bernardo Library on Wednesday, January 24, at 6:15 pm. The concert will include the passionate and memorable Piano Trio in F# minor by Babajanian, the heartrending Piano Trio in G minor by Smetana, the lively tango Buenos Aires Summer by Piazzolla and Kapustin's jazz/classical fusion Divertissement no. 1, from Op. 126.

For those unfamiliar with these longtime local favorites, the Orvieto Piano Trio met in 2009 at a music festival in the Italian hill town of Orvieto. With each contributing significant musical backgrounds, they were moved by their musical synergy and its compelling art to form their group. They are violist/pianist Dr. Byron Chow, violinist Lauren Basney and cellist Daniel Frankhuizen.

The concert will be in the 2nd floor community room and there is no charge for this concert. Free-will donations are encouraged. This concert is part of a series of classical music presentations by the nonprofit RB Library Friends.

Jeffrey Meyer, RB Friends Publicity Chair

RB Library Discovery Series to Present Carnival of the Animals

Jan. 13 Performance of Whimsical Concert to Include Art and Poetry

Carnival of the Animals Banner

The humorous musical suite Carnival of the Animals, by French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns, will be presented at 3 pm, Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Rancho Bernardo Library. This free Discovery Series concert is being performed by students of the nonprofit All About Music San Diego, dedicated to inspiring the musical abilities of youth in orchestral settings, small chamber groups and solo opportunities. The group is led by Mary Gerard, a highly regarded music director and conductor in the San Diego area.

Carnival of the Animals is all about fun, featuring fourteen movements, each representing a different animal or animals. The experience will be enhanced with original art and humorous poetry verses about each animal written by Ogden Nash, revered the world over for his clever and whimsical poetry. The group will also perform Telemann's Concerto for Viola, Ricketts' Colonel Bogey March and "City of Stars" from the recent hit movie, La La Land.

The Discovery series of concerts at the library serves 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.

Jeffrey Meyer RB Friends Publicity Chair

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.

Holiday Bag of Books Sale a Complete Success

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 - 10am - 4pm 

Bag with "Sale" on itWhat a work crew! We accomplished so much Saturday, December ninth. First, we brought in $505 (the official count by new treasurer, Jan Ash) in new funds for supporting our Library. Overall, the proceeds from the 2017 Bag Sales are close to $2,200. Fantastic!
Then, we gathered together our complete inventory of books from several storage spots in the library, a move which will help us vacate some areas needed by the library. We did this by gathering together members of the Friends, Library staff, and those from our community. We had fun, exhausting though it may have been. Many thanks for all the work in the set-up, the two shifts of the sale and the teardown.
A warm thank you to the Library staff who put up with our scrambling about and with our demands for their help. Your support is much appreciated.
Millie Boaz
Vice President Operations

December New Book List

Each month except January the Friends purchase up to ten books for the Lending Library. These are December's:

Allende, Isabel                 In the Midst of Winter
Balducci, David   End Game
Child, Lee   The Midnight Line
Clark, Mary Higgins   Every Breath You Take
Connelly, Michael   Two Kinds of Truth
Hanks, Tom   Uncommon type
Patterson, James   The People vs. Alex Cross
Smith, A. McCall   The House of Unexpected Sisters
Weir, Andy   Artemis

The SandCastle Girls, the 2017 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)