Current & Upcoming Events

Book Sale

The Spring 2024 Book Sale is April 12-14

Your donated materials are sold at our book sales held in the Spring and Fall of each year at the American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Road, Martell/Sutter Creek 95685, at the corner of Highway 49 and Airport Road.

Each book sale culminates months of collecting, sorting, and categorizing thousands of donated volumes and has become one of Amador County’s go-to events. Over the years, the sale has grown from one day to three, and the incredible number of quality books has skyrocketed into the thousands. This event provides much-needed funds to help maintain the quality of the Amador County Library.

Three days, thousands of books (and more), thrilling bargains! Featuring gently used fiction and nonfiction, kids’ books & games, puzzles, All Things Christmas, and much more. Fri. 4/12, 4-7pm (members only; join at the sale); Sat. 4/13, 10am-4pm (Community Day; don’t miss it!); Sun. 4/14, 11am-3pm (50% off everything). American Legion Hall, 12134 Airport Rd at Hwy 49, Sutter Creek. More info: #AmadorLibraryFriends, 209-217-1911, friendsoftheaclibrary@gmail.com.

STEAM Team at the library

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) is a free weekly after-school program at the Jackson main library. It’s open to all students in grades 3 through 6. No reservations are necessary – just drop in! This project is made possible by a grant from the Amador Community Foundation, Kingsbury Family Fund.

(Please note: STEAM Team is on hiatus due to staffing issues. Please contact the library for updates.)

Children’s Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program takes place every summer in June and July. Each year features a different theme. Children discover reading for enjoyment, take part in a variety of events and activities, win prizes, and much more. Summer fun at the library, sponsored by FACL. Contact the library at 209-223-6400 for more information.

Recent Events

Spring 2024 Book Drive, February 24

Book Drive is our pre-book-sale donation day, when the community is invited to bring their donations of gently used books, puzzles, games, and CDs/DVDs to our Book Storage Room. We are so grateful for the literally thousands of items that we received at the Spring 2024 Book Drive, most of which will be available for sale at the Spring Book Sale, April 12-14. Fortunately our new Book Room has a lot more space to accommodate all the great donations! Donations are now paused until after the Book Sale, so if you couldn’t make it on February 24, please contact us to get on the list for when we resume taking donations.

Fall 2023 Book Sale: October 13-15

Thank you to our most generous community! We had a slightly smaller turnout than usual, but we were still able to raise more than $4,700, more than 90% of which will support materials, programs, and projects at our library system. Thanks to your amazing wealth of donations we had a huge selection of books, games, puzzles, music, and our children’s and Christmas sections were larger than ever before. Don’t worry if you missed the sale – we’ll be back in April with another three days of thrilling bargains!

Volunteers and Sponsors – We Couldn’t Do It Without You!

This wonderful event is only possible because of the labors and generous donations of many individuals and organizations in the community. The book sale takes five days to assemble, host, and disassemble, but it is truly a labor of love.

More than 70 FACL volunteers make this huge undertaking possible, and it is so wonderful to work with all of the enthusiastic, competent volunteers. The sale’s success is largely due to the many volunteers who help sort, set up, “fluff” (keep the displayed books neat and accessible), tally, and cashier.

Contact us if you’d like to be a Book Sale volunteer, or your organization or business would like to become a sponsor along with generous sponsors like these from our Fall 2023 sale:

American Legion Post 108 Cost Less Foods Grocery Outlet
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp Round Table Pizza Safeway
Save Mart

Thank you one and all for your support.

2019: Library Centennial Celebration

The Amador County Library celebrated 100 years of service with a free Community Party at the Jackson Main Library on June 15, 2019, sponsored by the Friends of the Amador County Library. Families enjoyed  complimentary snacks and beverages, fun entertainment for kids, and an opportunity to discover all that the library has to offer. Outside in the parking lot: face painting, balloon animals, free books for kids and adults, a performance by the Amador County Folklorico Dancers, and birthday cake cutting with local celebrities, followed by a program featuring Kat Everitt, 2019 Amador County Poet Laureate.

2016-17: Save Our History: Digitizing 150+ Years of Amador County Newspapers

A joint project of Friends of the Amador County Library and the Amador Ledger Dispatch newspaper, this first phase comprised a searchable, online archive of the Ledger Dispatch and its predecessor newspapers through 2008. The archives include most Amador County newspapers from 1855 to 2008 and are keyword searchable. It is a great resource for historians, local history buffs, and genealogists.

In order to digitize this 153-year history, nearly $40,000 was required. Friends of the Amador County Library received generous donations from businesses, clubs, and organizations, long-time Amador County families, the Ledger Dispatch, and many others who agreed that protecting this history for future generations is an important cause. We are extremely grateful to all who donated. The Save Our History project is now being operated and maintained by the Ledger Dispatch newspaper. Access the archive at amadorgov.org/departments/library.

2015-18: Library Shelving

Friends of the Amador County Library completed a multi-year campaign to raise funds to replace antiquated shelving in the main library in Jackson. FACL raised nearly $40,000 through grants and private donations. As a result, modern, versatile shelving was installed in the children, teen, and adult nonfiction areas of the Jackson library, making books and audio-visual materials much more accessible and inviting.