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Authorís Gala 2013 to Feature
Take one famous French cookbook and one discontented thirty-something and mix together, and what do you get? A warm, witty account of one womanís attempt to find direction in her life by setting herself the goal of cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's voluminous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in one year. Julie & Julia became a national best seller and was the inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Treat yourself to a very special evening! Come enjoy an evening with Julie Powell. The Authorís Gala will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the San Mateo Public Library.
Event nearing sellout. To reserve and purchase tickets, please contact our Foundation office at 650-558-9100.
Gala on ABC 7 News website
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3rd Prize Case of French Wines
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Past Foundation Events
Books Bring in Bounty for the Library
Blue Light and Treasure Hunt specials highlighted this lively event. On Saturday, a talented pianist performed, adding a special ambiance to the setting while collectors and buyers browsed through thousands of books donated throughout the year by library patrons.
Book lovers were delighted by the extraordinarily large collection of books offered for sale this year. There was something for everyone. Friends of the Library volunteers had been working tirelessly all year – pricing, sorting, and collecting donated books for the event. The Friends volunteers also maintain the Friends of the Library bookshop located in the library lobby. The bookshop is open to buyers during library hours year round. Funds that are raised through the Friendsí book sales help the Library develop its collection.
Friends of the Library are always in need for gently used books. For more information, please go to the library's website (www.sanmateopubliclibrary.org) for guidelines regarding donations. Book donations are tax deductible.
Foundation Swings into Action
Professional golfer George Archer had a secret that he kept throughout his life Ė he could not read beyond a third grade level. Determined that others would not face the same struggles, he encouraged his wife Donna to establish a foundation to fund programs that promote literacy and reading. The San Mateo Public Library Foundation is honored to be a recipient of Archer Foundation funding. At the library, Archer funds support the George Archer Reading Program. The program, organized in concert with the local elementary schools, targets students in grades 1 through 3 to participate in a fun reading challenge. Over 200 children participate in the program each year.
First Annual Author's Gala - 2012
Special thank you to our feature speaker and bestselling author, Khaled Hosseini of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and Carolyn Johnson, ABC7 News Anchor, KGO-TV for generously serving as our Master of Ceremonies.
Additional gratitude to our sponsors:
"Swings and Kicks": Exercise Your Mind and Body - 2012