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April 24-26




FALL 2020
October 16-18



For renewing or new members and those making donations who prefer to mail in their information, we have created forms for submitting their information along with their payments:


Just a reminder ... of our ongoing project to SAVE OUR HISTORY
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Friends of the Amador County Library (FACL)

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, FACL is not accepting book and media donations until further notice, and the Spring Book Drive and Book Sale have been postponed. We wish you and your loved ones safety and health during this period.


In Memoriam

FACL regrets the recent passing of our board member Patt McHugh.
Her smiling face, thoughtful input, and dry, witty sense of humor will be missed.



What's Happening?

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp News

For several years, twice a year, the young men at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp have been doing the heavy lifting of moving books from the Book Room to the Book Sale at the American Legion Hall, and moving unsold books back to the Book Room. Here is some news about the Camp. Please note that as a nonprofit, FACL cannot and does not take a position on political and governmental issues.

On May 26, 2020, the Amador County Board of Supervisors voted to send a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to keep the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp program alive. On May 28 there is a meeting of the California Senate Budget Committee, which has to act on the Governor's proposals. Comments can be emailed to More information on the Camp is at


News from the Library

CLOSURE.   All Amador County Libraries remain closed until further notice.

CURBSIDE PICKUP OF LIBRARY HOLDS AT ALL LIBRARY LOCATIONS IS NOW AVAILABLE. To take advantage of this service you MUST call ahead to arrange for pickup. Pickup times are as follows: Jackson: 10-4 Mon-Fri. Ione: 10-2 Mon-Fri. Plymouth: 12-4 Tue-Fri. Pine Grove: 11-3 Tue & Wed. Pioneer: 11-3 Thu & Fri. Please contact the individual library to arrange for pickup of your library material.

RETURNS. Please use the BOOK DROP at each branch for all returns. No fines will be assessed during the closure.

RENEWALS. Renew your materials over the phone and online with your library card number and PIN.

ONLINE SERVICES. Remember we have many online services, including streaming movies, e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and much more. All you need is your library card number.

Call the Library if you need assistance: 209-223-6400.




Thank you for your incredible generosity on GivingTuesday, this past December 3. Through your donations and memberships, you contributed nearly $2,000.00. This is the most we've ever raised in the three years we've been part of GivingTuesday, and your support of our work for our libraries is invaluable.
If you missed GivingTuesday, it's never too late to help us help our library. Visit our Donations Page, or to join or renew your membership, visit our Membership Page. FACL also actively welcomes gift-giving such as memorials, estate sales, donations, and group contributions. 2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for us, and your support is particularly valuable at this time.


Amador County Library Celebration



Looking for information on people, places, or events in Amador County's past? The Save Our History project has made it possible to search online for stories and ads in Amador County newspapers dating back to 1855. Phase 1 of the project includes newspapers through 2004, and we are currently working on bringing the website up to date. Generously funded by the Ledger Dispatch and by many local donors including Stan Lukowicz, the Native Sons of the Golden West, Rotary, and numerous individuals and families, the project is co-sponsored by the Ledger Dispatch and the Friends of the Amador County Library.

The archives are available free of charge to everyone. No library card is needed. Access is via the library home page (

More details about the project and this milestone are on the SAVE OUR HISTORY page.


FACL Brings California's Poet Laureate to Amador County

California's Poet Laureate visitDana Gioia, the California State Poet Laureate, is on a mission to visit all 58 California counties during his two-year term. Amador's turn was June 15. 2017.

Gioia was appointed by the Governor in December 2015 for a two-year term as California's Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate serves as the state advocate for poetry and literature in libraries, classrooms, and boardrooms across California. Born in Hawthorne, California, Dana Gioia was the first person in his family to attend college. As National Endowment of the Arts chair (2003-2009) he launched several nationwide programs, including Poetry Out Loud, a national competition for high school students to learn poetry, perform it, and win prizes. He is also a prolific essayist, reviewer, critic, and translator.

SEE MORE ABOUT THIS .... in the Summer 2017 Newsletter >>






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