Descanso Branch Library - 9545 River Dr. (619)445-5279
Library Hours       Closed Sunday and Monday.
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9:00-6:00, Thursday: 12:00-8:00,
Friday: 9:00-5:00       Saturday 9:00-4:00
Main Library Catalog - use this link to request books.



Site Menu:

Check our Book Room Facebook site,
created by Tony Meyer

And our Garden Facebook site,
created by Tony Meyer

Donate to the Friends through
Amazon Smile. Don't forget to use this link instead of the regular link when you order.

We are also listed with Many online shops are associated with Igive.

Always remember to start your shopping at one of these handy sites!


BlueBird Report

By Norm Machado

There were  5 new western bluebirds at the Descanso Library garden this year.  For some reason there were no bluebirds hatched last year.  The bluebird offspring number in the 100's since inception of the library landscaping.  One of the babies flew to a nearby tree soon after the attached photo was taken.

Mama Bluebird Bluebirds ready to fledge

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Saturday Service at the Library:

Every Saturday: Book Concierge Service with Christine Buckmaster

EBOOK HELP Drop in for one-on-one help with e-books, Saturdays 10:00am-12pm with Christine Buckmaster beginning April 9th, 2016

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Dates to Save:

Senior Luncheon Provided by Mountain Health every Third Wednesday at noon. $3 for ages 60 and up
$6 for ages under 60. Call Descanso Library (445-5279) to sign up by the previous Tuesday (events).

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Backcountry Veterans' Group @ 6:00 on first Thursday, – Open to all Veterans, Military personnel and Gold Star Mothers

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Friends Book Sale
Every Wed and Sat from 10 am to 1 pm

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Use the Link to the main library catalog at the top of each page to request library materials.

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Library Garden in Spring
The Library Garden in Spring - photo by Tony Meyer

One of our first projects was to raise funds to assist with the construction of our new library building in 1997. So far this year, we have completed the following activities.

We raise funds to purchase items the library needs.

Friends' volunteers man our book store, which provides a steady income.
We hold an annual yard sale to provide extra funds.
We sponsor fundraising events, such as our Hulburd Grove Tour.
Individual members donate money in the form of annual membership fees, scholarship donations, and general donations in our Leavs of Knowledge Tree Project.
Members also donate time and materials.

Please support our Activities. Join the Friends.

Donate money to one of our programs.
Purchase books at our book store.
Donate your time as a volunteer.
Attend the monthly board meeting. We volunteer for library activities Individuals lead and assist with children's programs.
We provide library support.
We lead and assist with adult programs and crafts.
We donate our time and energy for many tasks.
Volunteers provide landscaping and maintenance of our library garden.
Volunteers collect, sort and organize our book store donations.
Volunteers collect, sort, price for our annual yard sale. The book store donates items for the sale.
Our history committee collects and records Descanso and library history. This year the commitee wrote and published the Hulburd Grove magazine.
Members lead tours and provide hours of behind-the-scene preparations.
Our scholarship committee advertises the annual Mollie Jean Featheringill scholarship for local seniors. It spends many hours reading essays, interviewing applicants and selecting recipients. This year, we provided $1,000 scholarships to two deserving high school seniors.

We provide funds for special programs:

So far this year, we have purchased:
Braille children's books. (There was a need, we met it.)
A sign language program. (Another need, we met it.)
Several classroom sets of "reading club" books that teachers can check out.
magazine subscriptions
children's books
Replacement controls for our Teen room Wii and new games
bottled water, snacks, food and paper goods for library activities
Art and craft supplies
$400 for the summer reading program
Plants and materials for our library garden.

One of our members generously donated the new TV you see in the Teen room. The TV has wi-fi capability and we plan to offer connection to the school district's website and online movies for our teens. We recently received a grant to help update our garden irrigation and make other needed improvements.

What do we do? A lot!
But we want to do much more, with your help.