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Don’t buy that new toy – borrow it

Six-year-old Sasha Stanchits checks out the foosball toy with the West Sacramento Toy Library program coordinator, library assistant Carly Brotherton. (Photos by Al Zagofsky)

Six-year-old Sasha Stanchits checks out the foosball toy with the West Sacramento Toy Library program coordinator, library assistant Carly Brotherton.
(Photos by Al Zagofsky)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 21, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

Have you ever had your child pull your sleeve, cry and beg that they need the latest and greatest toy that they saw on television or at their friends’ home?

And then, the next day you spend big bucks for the toy, they love it—they love you, and the following day it’s pushed aside, perhaps never to be played with again, and relegated to the junk pile. There is a solution—the West Sacramento Toy Library at the Turner Community Library.

“We have toys for kids of all ages,” explained program coordinator, library assistant Carly Brotherton. “The program focuses mostly on ages from newborn to 6 years old. We have puzzles, blocks, baby dolls, musical instruments, balls, gloves and even a T-ball set.”

The West Sacramento Toy Library is a membership organization, and is open on Tuesdays from noon to 2 pm, and on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. Membership is $15 per year and entitles members to take out up to five toys at a time for three weeks. Toys can be returned to the library circulation desk any time the library is open.

“Members can swap out toys, so they are constantly able to get fresh toys to take home,” Carlie said. “When they get tired of them, they bring them back, and go home with new toys.”

“The most popular toys are ones that make noise,” She explained. “This includes the big ambulance, various musical instruments, and the keyboard. The parents enjoy the advantage of having the toys returned after three weeks—often sooner.”

After they are returned, toys are cleaned by a volunteer before they are made available for the next person to check out. If a toy is returned broken, sometimes a volunteer can repair it, otherwise the borrower is asked to replace the damaged toy with one of a similar value.

Although the Toy Library is housed at the Turner Community Library, the five-year-old program is operated by Child  Care Services of Davis. For many years, the Toy Library was housed in the West Sacramento City Hall. The Toy Library currently has 50 members. They are always seeking new members and clean toys in good condition.

“The Toy Library helps cut costs for parents, and saves them the time and trouble of having to go out and buy a lot of toys,” Carly noted. “We get donations from our community, and that helps keep the supply fresh. Patrons are not seeing the same toys over and over again.”

The Toy Library is located at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento., telephone number: (916) 375-6465.

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Teens: September photo contest

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Teens are invited to submit an original photo in September for a contest at the library. Deliver your entry in person (1212 Merkley Avenue) or email it to teenlibrarycontest@gmail.com.

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Nature-curious? Free lectures on the wildlands, wildlife around us:

Hiking in the Snow Mountain-Berryessa wilderness to the west (photo by Charlotte Orr, Tuleyome)
Hiking in the Snow Mountain-Berryessa wilderness to the west
(photo by Charlotte Orr, Tuleyome)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 16, 2014 —

by Mary K. Hanson
Tuleyome Organization

Tuleyome is launching a new “Nature and You” – Thursday Talks at the Library lecture series in partnership with the Yolo County Library starting in this month.  All of the lectures are FREE to the public and will be held once a month on a Thursday evening at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis, CA 95616 in the Blanchard Room from 6:30-7:45 pm.

The series will focus on nature (including the earth-sciences, the environment and conservation, clean water, climate change, etc.).  Piggy-backing on the nationally acclaimed STEM program, which encourages young people — especially young women — to enter into the educational fields of science, technology, engineering and math, Tuleyome’s lecture series this year will predominantly feature female speakers: strong models of women in the scientific and academic fields.

Families, seniors, youth groups and women’s group are all invited to attend.

•    Thursday, July 24, 2014: “How Plants Deal with Environmental Stresses” with Anna Davidson, bioartist and host of WISE and LASER

•    Thursday, August 28, 2014: “Exploring virus-vector-plant interactions” with Diane Ullman, Professor of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis

•    Thursday, September 25, 2014: “Honey Bees and the Haven” with Christine Casey, Manager of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

•    Thursday, October 23, 2014: “What Does a Plant Taxonomist Do?” with Ellen Dean, Herbarium Curator at UC Davis

•    Thursday, November 20, 2014: “Solar Energy for Everyone” with Rebekah Casey of GRID Alternatives North Valley

More lectures are also slated for 2015, and there is a possibility that Tuleyome’s lecture series may dovetail with the Putah Creek Council’s CreekSpeak lecture series next year in order to provide more free lectures to the public!

For more information visit to the Tuleyome website at www.tuleyome.org or email mhanson@tuleyome.org.

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Shop for cheap books & more at ‘Friends of Library’ sale

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The West Sacramento Friends of the Library will hold a summer book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., July 19, and from 10-3 on Sunday, July 20, at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Hardback books for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, kids’ books for 10-25 cents, along with special-priced books, CDs, movies and puzzles. On Sunday, prices drop to $3 per bag.

For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 ext. 4 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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Cheap books! Friends of the library host summer book sale July 19-20

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The West Sacramento Friends of the Library will hold a summer book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., July 19, and from 10-3 on Sunday, July 20, at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Hardback books for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, kids’ books for 10-25 cents, along with special-priced books, CDs, movies and puzzles. On Sunday, prices drop to $3 per bag.

For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 ext. 4 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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Food Bank now collecting at West Sacramento library branch

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The Yolo County Library system is helping to collect food for the Yolo Food Bank throughout the summer. This year’s goal is to collect 2,000 pounds. You may drop off non-perishable foods at the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento, as well as other branches in the county and the library administration center, 226 Buckeye Street in Woodland.

Visit www.yolocountylibrary.org.

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Books wanted for high school library

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The library at River City High School could use your help stocking the shelves with books – particularly biographies.

If you have an extra copy of a book about such persons as Barack or Michele Obama, current sports or popular culture icons, people from the tech world such as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, or historical figures such as Malcom X, Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, etc., you can help. Call 375-7800, ext. 2321.

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