Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library
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Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center
The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) exists to support the operation of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center. The SRFOL, through volunteer services, assists library patrons, hosts special events, operates a used book store (Grace's Book Nook), and provides financial support for acquisitions and community activities.
The SRFOL is an officially chartered, §501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization. As such, donations made to the SRFOL are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law under Internal Revenue Service tax regulations.
Please feel free to explore this web site to learn about the services provided by the SRFOL and by the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center itself.
Printable Calendar of SRFOL Monthly Events
A printable monthly calendar is available that shows all events scheduled to be held at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center. Please click on the link below:
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At the Teen Council meeting on Friday, March 1, at 3:30 pm, teens, ages 13-18, plan Scripps Ranch Library events and projects on a volunteer basis. New members welcome!
Special Programs for Children
Check out this lineup of March children's programs, most provided with support from Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL):
Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday with us on Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 am and enjoy a special themed storytime, Seuss-themed crafts, and birthday cake!
Enjoy Once Upon a Shamrock, an Irish folklore inspired puppet show with a story perfect for St. Patrick's Day, on Thursday, March 14, at 3:30 pm.
Experience StoryBox Theater, on Wednesday, March 20, at 3:30 pm. StoryBox is a Japanese storytelling tradition that combines dramatic storytelling with a wooden theatre to showcase illustrations in an engaging family-friendly storytime experience.
At the Afternoon Craft Club on Thursday, March 21, at 3:30 pm, come make your own DIY notebook! Recommended for ages 8-12. All supplies will be provided, but online registration is required.
Spring into STEAM is back! Kids 9-12 are invited to "Build Your Own Watershed," on Thursday, March 28, at 3:30 pm. Come learn: What is a watershed and do you live in one? In this workshop students will explore how humans impact local waterways, build their own watershed model, and discover how they can help keep our ocean clean.
Ongoing Programs for children continue, including the Lego Builders Club (all ages), Babies and Books (ages 0-2), Dance Pants Party (ages 1-5), Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5), Yoga Storytime (ages 2-5), and Paws to Read (all ages).
The "Pleasure of Your Company" music series presents internationally acclaimed vocalist and recording artist Allison Adams Tucker on Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 pm, performing "Jazz Mediterraneo," her mix of jazz inspired by the sun and infused with the sounds of France, Spain, Italy, and beyond. Featuring guitarist Joe Amato and drummer Claudio Rochat-Felix, the program will include gypsy jazz music of Django Reinhardt. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the artists and mingle with fellow music lovers at a complimentary post-concert reception.
Special Production of "The Fire in Me"
"The Fire in Me," will be presented in partnership with Asian Story Theater and Access, Inc., on Saturday March 16, at 2:00 pm. Playwright Thelma Virata de Castro wrote this play based on her interviews with diverse community members. The production features professional actors and was made possible with grant support from The San Diego Foundation and California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Recommended for ages 18 and up due to mature content. Reservations appreciated at sandiego.librarymarket.com.
Books and Breakfast!
Looking for your next great read? This program on Saturday, March 23, at 10:00 am will provide book lovers with new titles and hidden gems recommended by San Diego Public Library staff. A light breakfast and coffee will be served, courtesy of SRFOL.
Book Discussion Group
This month the group is reading is Dark Money: The Hidden History of Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer. Join the discussion on Wednesday, March 27, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for April is Still Life by Louise Penny. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.
Grace's Book Nook
Make Grace's Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library, your first stop for amazing bargains on nearly new books and media for all ages and tastes. Thanks to all the very recent donations of books to the library, Grace's Book Nook shelves are teeming with lots of new CDs, children's books, classics, sci-fi, fantasy and more! It's a great time to use that coupon you may have received at the book sale! The Book Nook is open daily during library hours. Stock is continuously updated, so stop by often. Tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome and help procure new books and media as well as program support for our library. We currently have openings for a few additional enthusiastic volunteers. If you are interested in joining our Book Nook team, please email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or call (858) 663-8828.
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Celebrate with Us!
National Library Week is April 7-13 and we are celebrating! Please join us for "A Love Letter to Libraries" on Wednesday, April 10, at 3:00 pm. Kids and families are invited to come write about what they love about their library, and adults can learn more about library advocacy in San Diego. All participants will receive a free limited edition library button (while supplies last)! The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) is pleased to acknowledge funding and encouragement for this program from the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary of supporting and advocating for our libraries in San Diego.
The "Pleasure of Your Company" music series welcomes back jazz guitarist Peter Sprague performing with vocalist Rebecca Jade on Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 pm. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the artists and mingle with fellow music lovers at a complimentary post-concert reception.
April at the library is packed with special programs for children and families, most provided with the support of SRFOL.
Spring into STEAM is back for the "Making Waves Tour." On Thursday, April 11, at 3:30 pm, The League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers will teach us about the science behind marine plants in a free, fun, hands-on workshop geared towards ages 9-12; online registration is required.
Join us for a Traveling Symphony Performance on Saturday, April 13, at 10:00 am. Inspired by this year?s NEA book selection, Station Eleven, about a performing troupe living in a post-pandemic society, a current day troupe will visit the library to perform music and recitations for all ages.
StoryBox Theater returns on Wednesday, April 17, at 3:30 pm with another engaging family-friendly storytime experience. StoryBox is a Japanese storytelling tradition that combines dramatic storytelling with a wooden theatre to showcase illustrations.
Come join the fun at Eggstravaganza, on Thursday, April 18, at 3:30 pm. This seasonal party for kids and families will have treats, games, and (of course) an egg hunt!
At the Afternoon Craft Club, on Thursday, April 25, at 3:30 pm participants will make Earth Day planters. In honor of Earth Day, let's repurpose and upcycle materials to create the perfect container for some plants! Recommended for ages 8-12; all supplies will be provided, but online registration is required.
Ongoing programs for babies and tots through teens continue, including the Lego Builders Club (all ages), Babies and Books (ages 0-2), Dance Pants Party (ages 1-5), Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5), Yoga Storytime (ages 2-5), and Paws to Read (all ages), and the Teen Council (ages 13-18).
Book Discussion Group
This month the group is reading is Still Life by Louise Penny. Join the discussion on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for May is Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.
Grace's Book Nook
Each time you visit the library, make a point to check out Grace's Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library, for great buys on books, magazines, DVDs. CDs, and more—we even have special floating waterfowl food for that visit to adjacent Evans Pond to feed the ducks! This month the Book Nook is featuring a buy-one-get-one-free special on cookbooks. Stock is continuously updated, so stop by often. If you're spring cleaning, you can give your unwanted books a new lease on life by donating them. We'll find them new, loving homes, and you'll be supporting our library. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome. If you are interested in joining our Book Nook team, please email [email@example.com] or call (858) 663-8828.
Courtyard Renovation Update
It's been a year since the 25th Birthday Celebration for our library, and time for a progress report on the courtyard enhancement project. A new Australian willow was recently planted in the courtyard, replacing the one affectionately called the "Charlie Brown" tree, which wasn't thriving. With time, it will provide shade and natural beauty, together with its four companions. Several newly engraved pavers have been awaiting installation, with the work having been rescheduled more than once due to rain. On warmer days library users are taking advantage of the newly refinished chairs and benches. What's next? We're waiting for the City of San Diego to present plans and costs for building a shade structure. We need this information to allocate current funds, conduct additional fund-raising, and create a timeline to completion. Our goal is to enhance the courtyard experience not only with the shade structure, but also with better lighting, tile maintenance, comfortable seating, and lovely drought-tolerant plants. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation towards the Courtyard Enhancement Project, please send a check (payable to "SRFOL") to Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, Attn: Celebrate25, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. All donations are tax-deductible and will be matched!
For library events, please allow extra time to park on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved and lighted walkway to the library.
For the latest information on special programming, please check this website or check (and like!) the library's Facebook page.
Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center
10301 Scripps Lake Drive
San Diego, CA 92131