Modesto Library 1500 I St. Modesto CA 95354 558-7800November 2018NEWSLETTERThe Library Sleuth Goes ExploringBy Maree HawkinsTruth seeker that I am, I recently decided to explorethe Modesto Library basement. My goal: Discover ifit fits into the “basements are always dark and scary”category. The adventure did not require specialclothing, snacks or a passport, but a guide wasnecessary since the area is not accessible to the public.The intrepid Chris Moreno, Modesto Library Supervisor,agreed to act as my guide.Planning for the new library began in the mid-’60sduring the Cold War era which is why the librarybasement and other local government buildingswere built for emergencies and designated as bombshelters. The first floor and basement total 62,000 sq.ft. with more than half that space used by the public.That leaves about 25,000 sq. ft. in the windowlessbasement.When the library opened in November 1971,employees must have marveled at the space. It wasvery different from the small behind-the-scenes workspace at the old library (now the McHenry Museum).The basement’s evolution to its current configurationis the story of a library that changes to meet itscustomers’ needs. What was once a wide-open andsparsely used space, is now a mixture of offices, people,work stations, magazines, books and boxes.Discoveries I made on this tour: The basement is a base for the library’s InformationTechnology (IT) Department. IT’s five staffmembers are instrumental in maintaining amodern library. In addition to offices, there is aspace set up with computers so all library staff canlearn new programs before those programs areoffered to the public and staff. Magazines, periodicals, microfilm and otherreference materials are housed here. Originallylocated on the first floor, the collection wassent to the basement a few years ago. The areathat previously housed the magazine desk andmaterials will be converted to a makerspace. Manyitems have been digitized or microfilmed, but theModesto Library retains magazines that are usedfor school projects such as “what happened the dayI was born,” Cold War era research assignments andadvertisement research. Government documents,city directories and world almanacs dating back to1914 can also be retrieved from this space. There is a large area for checking in books andsorting them onto carts. Those carts are linedup end-to-end in a long hallway with each cartfeaturing a number so the pages know where totake the books. Each day Modesto Library patronsreturn about 1,900 books to the curbside book dropor inside the library. The children’s department has a storage/workspace where staff creates the magic for the manychildren’s events and story times. As in any hub, there are staging areas for IT,Community Outreach and the Marketing andFund Development Department. There is even awork and storage space for Friends of the ModestoLibrary. There are lots of boxes of varying shapes andsizes, not to mention bubble wrap. But Chris saysnothing goes to waste since boxes are saved andused or recycled. All books destined for other libraries within thecounty have an overnight stay until deliveriesbegin before 9 a.m. each day. Other departments housed in the basement(some of which have been featured in previousnewsletters) include community outreach,acquisition (book ordering), book processing, bookmending, marketing and fund development.Does the basement meet the library’s needs? Askyourself that question about your own living quartersand your answer will probably mimic the “there couldalways be more space or just reconfigured space”answer from Chris.By the way, the Modesto Library basement is not darkand scary—at least not while people are working. Butat night, who knows?These photos from the 1970s depict activities that used to take place in the Library basement,including cataloging and home delivery services.Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday Closed

This newsletter is publishedquarterly by the Friends of theModesto Library. Copies may berequested by [email protected] Friends of the ModestoLibrary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofitregistered in California. Allcontributions are tax-deductibleas allowed by law.(ID#77-0038333)The Friends promotes goodwilland community support for theModesto Library, stimulatespublic awareness of ModestoLibrary needs, and seeks sourcesof cultural and educationalprograms for the ModestoLibrary.Meetings are held the firstWednesday of March, June,September and December andare open to all members orinterested individuals.Mail:FOMLP.O. Box 4565Modesto, CA d of Directors 2018-2019OfficersPresident:Denise NordellVice-President: Pat GlattkeSecretary: Anne BrittonTreasurer: Jonaca DriscollDirectorsChristine BreretonCandace BrodyEllen DambrosioMarilyn DrewJean HavenMaree HawkinsCathie PeckCarmen PedrioliBarbara QuinnBeverly SchlegelNewsletter Layout:Gerbo DesignsMany thanks tofor printing ournewsletter2FROM THE PRESIDENTDear Friends,They say if you have your health, you haveeverything. With the passage of Measure Sand a pretty robust economy, not to mentionvisionary leaders and dedicated staff andvolunteers, the Stanislaus County Libraryseems to be in excellent health.Furthermore, American libraries are alsodoing well. Take a look at the State ofAmerican Libraries report highlighted inthis issue.Throughout this issue, you’ll see healthyindications that our library is in very goodhealth: from a solid, 2-year operating budgetapproved by the Board of Supervisors toincreased Friends memberships, vibrantprograms, and energetic fundraisingactivities, I’d say the library’s future looksbright and healthy.Denise NordellPresidentMEMBERSHIP UPDATE:In friendship,By Ellen DambrosioWelcome to our newest members who joined in late summer and fall. We’re so glad to have you!Ann AguilarMaria J. Arevalo and JohnFrailingCoe and Ruth BarnardCarol BenakGary & Kathleen BoudreauxJ. Michael BoydClaire BurnsLaurie and Chuck CarleyCarl and Carolyn ClaybaughJohn Crabb and Mel NomannSally EganEileen FariaErnest J. Gallo and Ryan RothGalloMelanie HardyJanet HarperSandra HegwoodMike and Anne IjamsMarian IsaacCathy JennisonBarbara and NormanLafaunceStan and Adele Littledebee loydBrian McCoyTom and Donna PereiraDan and Marilyn RickettsRobert and SuzanneRobinsonMarge E. ScheuberHenrietta SparkmanLeo and Lucy StutzinGordon and Pat SweenyLynn Telford-SahlJoan TheakerElizabeth UstachDr. Bruce and Grace ValentineJessica L. WestGary and Helen WickJames and Alice YipAnd a big“Welcome and Thank You!”to our newest businessmembers:McHenry Bowl(Dallas and Marsh Garrad)Ross W. Lee, Inc., APLC(Ross W. Lee)Modesto Teachers AssociationValley First Credit UnionThanks to all our new members, we will finish 2018 with as many members as 2017—butour goal is always to have more! So, if you have not yet paid dues for 2018, it’s not too late.Use the membership form on page 4 or, to pay online, go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top right. (Here’s an idea: Save time and join for both 2018 and 2019 at thesame time; just indicate this when you pay.) If you indicate you are paying just for 2019, we’llprocess your donation as soon as we receive it and start your membership early.

Pages from the PastFor anyone who ever worked in a library, you know that a page is more thanwhat you find in a book. Library pages are those tireless individuals who checkin and reshelve library books and materials. We’re looking for folks who ever hada job as a library page to feature in an upcoming newsletter article. If you everworked as a page or know someone who did, please contact Maree Hawkinsand (209) 529-1517 or [email protected] LibraryBusiness ManagerCurtis LeeLibrary Budget ApprovedThe Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors recently approved its final budgetfor fiscal year 2018-19, including 12.4 million for the Library system. Thebudget aims to support key countywide initiatives, including “promoting firstrate learning opportunities for all residents in support of community and individualprosperity” for which the library is wholly responsible.At the Library, this means providing early literacy services and parentengagement programs to help promote and support the success of childrenin meeting important 3rd grade reading milestones. The library’s portionof the budget, which was prepared by Library Business Manager Curtis Lee,County Librarian Diane McDonnell and County staff, notes that Story Time,as well as children’s programs like crafts, games and STEM activities, are inplace throughout the library system. Attendance for early childhood literacyprograms was more than 40,000 in 2017-18, about twice that of the statewideaverage for similar programs.Holiday Shopping ReminderYour Holiday Shopping Can Earn Money for the FriendsWith the holidays just around the corner, it’s quite likely you’ll be doing someshopping soon. If you do any of your shopping online, you may be able to earnmoney for the Friends of the Modesto Library.We participate in AmazonSmile and programs, both of whichdonate a percentage of your purchases to charitable organizations such as theFriends—at no cost to you. For details about participating stores and how youcan sign up, please visit cts/Calling allBook Clubs!Before transferring to the library in March2017, Curtis worked in the Stanislaus CountyAuditor-Controller Department for 9 years asan Accountant III. He has also worked in publicaccounting, internal audit and manufacturingindustries.Curtis enjoys the complexity of his job. “Mostpeople think of a Library as just a place to getbooks,” he says. “But the Library is also a business.It entails all the workings of a localized retailchain with multiple locations. The direct andbehind the scenes framework that deliversour goods, services and programing to thecommunity is quite elaborate and rivals anymodern-day business model.”Curtis’s work as manager of the BusinessOperations Division, which includes bothAccounting and Storekeeping, involves muchmore than the annual budget. The positioncomprises policy development, project planningand implementation, safety and facilitiesexpansion and maintenance. Often, his teamhandles large projects, such as the recentconversion of Library staff payroll from papertimekeeping to electronic timekeeping inPeopleSoft, which cut payroll processing time inhalf.Originally from Oakland, Curtis has lived in theCentral Valley for 25 years. He enjoys chess,fantasy football, playing sports, and beingoutdoors.Who loves reading or appreciates literacy more than book club members? Haveyou considered a Friends of the Modesto Library membership for your Book Club?A club membership is only 25 for a full year and entitles each and every one ofyour members to a complimentary copy of the Friends newsletter. Plus, join byDec. 31 and your club will be entered to win a fabulous prize!Visit

Join the Friends Today!Sign me up for Reader ( 25 - 49) Friends of the Modesto Library provides funds to enhance the programs Storyteller ( 50 - 99) and services at the Modesto Library. Novelist ( 100 - 249) Dues are paid on a calendar-year basis (Jan. 1– Dec. 31). Please select a Bestseller ( 250 - 499) membership level and indicate the amount of your donation. Classic ( 500- 999) Name(s) Epic ( 1,000 and above) AddressCity/ZIPMethod of payment: cash check #PhoneIf paying by check, make payable to FOML. Provide informationEmail:on form, then mail to:Today’s date:Friends of the Modesto LibraryThank you for giving us your email! It reduces our postage cost and lets PO Box 4565us keep in touch.Modesto, CA 95352-4565Join FOML:You can also go to and clickI am a new member renewing member returning member Donate Now to pay with PayPal or a credit card.GIVING THE GIFT OF READING - ONE CHILD AT A TIMEBy Anne Britton, Book Fair Co-Chair“Let your imagination grow.” Imagine giving the gift of reading to just one more child.SAVETHEDATES!EVERYONE’SWELCOME!In traditional fall fashion, the Friends of the Modesto Library will again hostthe Scholastic book sale, an annual literacy event, November 7 – 10. This year'stheme is Enchanted Forest Book Fair: Let Your Imagination Grow. Not only doesthe book fair offer new, low-cost, high-quality books for children and teens, it is away we generate books for library programs like Día De Los Niños/Libros.It also is our way of helping community members give the gift of reading to manyfamilies with children who cannot afford or do not have easy access to books forthe home, or who are away from home through unhappy situations. Here’s howit works:Local youth-serving agencies post "Wish Lists" at the book fair. Donationscollected during the book fair are used to buy books for those agencies, whichinclude:Children's Crisis CenterLearningQuestFamily Resource CenterRedwood Family ShelterHaven Women's CenterRed Shield CenterHutton HouseStanislaus READS!JOIN US AT OUR*SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR.NEW books for kids and the young at heart!November 7 - 10, 2018Wednesday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.MODESTO LIBRARY AUDITORIUM1500 I STREETCome see CLIFFORD the Big Red Dog! Sat. 1:30 p.m.(Bring your camera.)online shopping at*Sponsored by Friends of the Modesto Librarywww.modestolibraryfriends.orgInfo: 209-996-15314Be like the woman last April who, when she learned that each child at theModesto Library's Día De Los Niños/Libros celebration went home with a"forever" book to keep, drove home and then returned with two neighborchildren, who had never even been in the library before. "I just wanted to makesure they had at least one book in their house!" was her explanation.Please come and shop, starting at 3p.m. on Nov. 7 for yourself, youngreaders and the community. For more information contact Anne Britton [email protected] or (209) 996-1531.

The Modesto Library’s All-Kids Craft Fair on Oct. 13 was a greatsuccess! More than 140 kids were on hand to sell their handmadewares. The outdoor portico was lined with tables that stretchedall the way down the portico from the stairs to the parking loton the farmer's market side to the middle of the 15th street sideof the building. Parents were thrilled to see their kids so excitedabout participating. One wrote, "I just wanted to thank you somuch for organizing this fantastic event! Today was my daughter’sfirst time selling and she absolutely loved it. She’s already thinkingof ideas for next year's craft fair."In August, the Library hosted a Stuffed AnimalSleepover. Children’s Dept. staffers Amber andMichele did a teddy bear-themed story timeand 17 pajama-wearing friends came withtheir stuffed animals to join in the fun. Afterstory time, the stuffed animals made their waythrough the library touring interesting areasand getting into some mischief. The followingmorning our story time friends were invited topick up their stuffed animals and see what funand shenanigans took place after lights out.5

American Libraries: State of American LibrariesEarlier this year, the AmericanLibrary Association (ALA) releasedThe State of America’s Librariesreport for 2018, an annualsummary of library trends thatoutlines statistics and issuesaffecting all types of libraries.The report affirms the invaluablerole libraries and library workersplay within their communities byleading efforts to transform livesthrough education and lifelonglearning.During this time of rapid social change, libraries of all typesare providing welcoming spaces to an increasingly diversepopulation; working with the community to offer socialservice support and health resources, career, and smallbusiness development assistance; and combating fake newsby providing tools to assess and evaluate news sources.The function of libraries as community centers is readilyrecognized. A Brookings Institution article even referred tolibrarians as “ad hoc social workers and navigators” who“help local people figure out the complexities of life.” Thisrole is especially evident, and never more essential, than intimes of crisis, and 2017 had its share of adversity—fromnatural disasters to shootings on school campuses.You can see the full report at Books to Read at the Int’l Space StationForget the beach. What would you want to read if you wereworking at the International Space Station? Remember, space(no pun intended) is limited. Would you opt for a favorite bookor tackle something new?Let us know the one book you wouldn't leave Earth without.Send an email to [email protected] and watchfor reader responses in the next issue.Meanwhile, check out what astronauts have been reading inspace at

EVENTSRegular Story TimesWiggle Worms Story TimeMondays & Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.Preschool Story TimeTuesdays 6:15 p.m. & Wednesdays 10:15 a.m.Bilingual Story TimeSaturdays 10:15 a.m. through Nov. 17Cuentos en Español/ Spanish Story Time -- TBAPlease check with the Modesto Library Children’s Department forinformation.Family Story TimeNEWDIY Kids!PROGRAMSFamily Book ClubCOMING INJANUARY!NOVEMBER 2018Saturday, Nov. 3 12:30 – 4:30p.m.Scrapbooking FunStop by the Modesto Library to learn about and practice scrapbooking.This program is open to scrapbookers of all levels. Some materials willbe provided but you are encouraged to bring your own. This programoccurs regularly and you are welcome to drop in at any time. Prizes aregiven out at every meeting.November 7 - 10Scholastic Book FairHosted by Friends of the Modesto Library. Low-cost, high-quality newbooks for children and teens, as well as books of interest for parents-- and grandparents!Friday, Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m.Medicare BasicsHealthcare advisor Denise Cagle will discuss basic information regardingMedicare such as what Part A and Part B covers, qualifications forenrollment eligibility, Medicare Supplement vs. Medicare Advantage,and more.Thursday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m.Great Valley Museum: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric LifeStep back 65 million years and explore some of the creatures that onceroamed Earth. Learn how dinosaurs were different from other animals.Program includes lots of fossils. STEAM program presented by ModestoJunior College Great Valley Museum staff.Wednesday, Nov. 21 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.LEGO PlayMonday, Dec. 24, Library CLOSES AT NOON for ChristmasHolidayThursday & Friday, Nov. 22 & 23Library CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holidays(open Saturday, Nov. 24)Tuesday, Dec. 25 CLOSED for Christmas HolidayMonday, Nov. 26, 6p.m.Real Talk Real Estate: InvestingFree series focusing on residential real estate topics. Realtor CyndyHackett will help guide you on the right path to home buying andselling. This month, Cyndy will be joined by Anna Felix, financial advisorwith NexVision, to discuss investing as it applies to homeowners. Q & Asession to follow. No sign-up required. (209) 558-7814.Wednesday, Nov. 28 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.LEGO PlayThursday, November 29, 4 p.m.Comix ClubLike to read? So do we! Come hang out on with us to discuss thefeatured comic. Comix Club is suggested for ages 8 and up. Pleasecontact the Modesto Library's Children's and Teen Services Departmentat 209-558-7810 for more information.November 7 - 10Story Times under the TreeDECEMBER 2018While the book fair is in the auditorium, nestle under Ryan's ReadingDec.1-31Tree in the Children's Room for Wiggle Worms, Preschool Story Time andAll Story Times ON BREAK until January 2Bilingual Story Time -- your usual story time in a special place!Monday, Dec. 3, 10:15 a.m.Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Dance and PlayLEGO PlayWe're going to break out the shakers, scarves, and Story Time music!In the Children’s Department this week.Join us for this music filled 30 minutes of fun for kids.Friday, Nov. 9 (Open Hours)Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.Coloring DayAdd some color to your world! All ages can join us to unwind and have DIY Kids: Box BuildingAfter a story we’ll break out the boxes and build. Constructive playfun in a comfortable environment. Crayons and a variety of artisticis essential for building large motor skills, problem solving, flexibledesigns will be available!thinking, and encouraging creativity. All ages welcome. Children underSaturday Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m.4 must have direct parental supervision.Clifford the Big Red DogWednesday, Dec. 5, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.The beloved costume character will visit the Scholastic BookLEGO PlayFair. Bring Grandma and Grandpa and your camera for thisphoto opportunity for the whole family.Thursday, Dec. 6, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Game DayMonday Nov. 12Get your game on! Bring the family and play Jenga, Dominoes, andLibrary CLOSED in observation of Veterans Daymore. Ginormous fun? You bet! In the Children’s Dept.Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.December 8, 12:30– 4:30p.m.LEGO PlayScrapbooking FunChildren will have the opportunity to build LEGO displays for thelibrary. LEGO play helps children develop fine motor skills. ChildrenWednesday, Dec. 12, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.under 4 are welcome, but must have direct adult supervision.LEGO PlayWednesday, Nov. 14Friday, Dec. 14 (Open Hours)World Diabetes DayColoring DayWe’re decking out the Children’s Department in blue toAdd some color to your world! All ages can join us toshine a light on diabetes. This year’s theme is Diabetesunwind and have fun in a comfortable environment.Concerns Every Family. www.worlddiabetesday.orgCrayons and a variety of Harry Potter themed designswill be available!Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:30-7:30p.m.MoSt Poetry Book ClubFriday, Dec. 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.Join us for a quarterly poetry book club sponsored by the ModestoHogwarts Yule BallStanislaus Poetry Center (MoSt) and the Friends of the Modesto Library. Enjoy a magical evening of crafts, dancing, snacks and activities inspiredEach meeting will focus on a different book of poetry. Teens and adults by the Harry Potter books. This special after-hours family friendly eventcan share their favorite poems, discuss the poet's style, and write ais most suitable for Hogwarts-age students (11 - 19) but siblings,poem in the style of the poet. At this meeting, we will discuss the book parents, and fans of all ages are welcome. FREE TICKETS are availableI Know Your Kind by William Brewer. Pick up a copy of the book at thestarting December 1, while supplies last. TICKETS REQUIRED.Modesto Library Reference Desk while supplies last.Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 - 4 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m.Read to a DogGreat Valley Museum: Owl PelletsFree program for independent readers up to age 12. Drop by theLearn about owls and predator-prey relationships during this hands-on Children's Department to read to a certified therapy dog. No sign-upsSTEAM* science program presented by Modesto Junior College Greatnecessary. This program gives children a relaxed, nonjudgementalValley Museum Traveling Teachers.atmosphere in which to practice reading aloud. (209) 558-7810STEAM Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6:15 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Glow in the Dark Story TimeInternational Games DayIt's dark outside but we'll light up the auditorium with stories thatCelebrate International Games Day! All ages areglow! Lights out for most of this Story Time but glow sticks will bewelcome to drop in to play. We will provide games,provided.but you are welcome to bring your own. Don’t missout on all the fun! The Oculus Rift Virtual Realitygear will be available for ages 13 & up from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the Library Teens Area.Friday, Dec. 28, 10:15 a.m.Dance and PlayWe're going to break out the shakers, scarves, and Story Time music.Join us for this music filled 30 minutes of fun for kids!Friday, Dec. 28, 10:15 a.m.Quilling; The Art of Paper CurlingDiscover the wonder of paper curling, also known as quilling. Make agreeting card to take with you and add something to our communityproject. Best for ages 8 through adult but all ages are welcome.Monday, Dec. 31, LIBRARY CLOSES AT 5p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 1, CLOSED for New Year's DayJANUARY 2019Wednesday, Jan. 2Story Times ResumeNEW REGULAR PROGRAMSFamily Story Time Second Tuesday each monthDIY Kids! Fourth FridayFamily Book Club, last ThursdayThursday, Jan. 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Game DayGet your game on! Bring the family and play Jenga, Dominoes, andmore. Ginormous fun? You bet! In the Children’s Dept.Saturday, Jan. 5, 12:30 – 4:30p.m.Scrapbooking Fun.Tuesday, January 8, 6:15 pmFamily Story TimeN E W Something fun for everyone! We’ll share stories & activitiesperfect for families to enjoy together.Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m.Real Talk Real EstateFree series focusing on residential real estate topics. Realtor CyndyHackett will help guide you on the right path to home buying andselling. Q & A session to follow the program. No sign-ups required. (209)558-7814.Friday, Jan. 11Coloring DayAdd some color to your world. All ages can join us to unwind and havefun in a comfortable environment. Crayons and a variety of artisticdesigns will be available all day.Thursday, Jan. 17, 4 pmGreat Valley Museum: OceansThe ocean is a rich and fascinating ecosystem. This program exploresdifferent ocean habitats and the flora and fauna that live there. Lots ofspecimens for kids to see and touch. This STEAM program is presentedby our very own local scientists from the Modesto Junior College GreatValley Museum.Friday, Jan. 25, 3:30 – 4:30 pmDIY Kids: Craft-a-paloozaN E W Join us on the fourth Friday of each month for DIY Kids. Thismonth we’re having Craft-a-palooza! Create one-of-akind projects using a variety of craft supplies. The only limit is yourimagination. In the Children’s Dept. Children must be supervised by anadult.Thursday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m.Family Book ClubN E W Come together for a fun family read-aloud and discussion.We’ll get you started and meet you next month to talk aboutthe book. This month we’re reading My Father’s Dragon by Ruth StilesGannet. In the Children’s Dept.Sign up to receive the monthly

PO Box 4565Modesto, CA 95352ModestoLibraryFriends.orgQUICK STARTSA SAMPLING OF FIRST AND LAST LINES FROM BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY’S NEW BOOKS SECTIONFirst Lines That morning, Florence had woken up twice: from a night’s sleep, and from the sluggishness of a summer that had been too hot and too long.From “A Florentine Death” by Michele GuittariSo this is how you discover your husband is having an affair, Josie Moore thought.From “The Ever After” by Sarah PekkanenThe bus to Kilburn is a long time coming, and while waiting Anna looks back and forth between two versions of the Edgeware Road, the real and the digital.From “Kismet” by Luke TredgetAnd Last Lines A little bit closer to the stars, anything seemed possible.From “I’ll Meet You There” by Heather DemetriosHis eyes never left my face and, out of my peripheral vision, I saw the tip of his tail give the slightest of twitches. Yes, you.From “The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool” by Richard YanceyShe framed his face with her hands. “Yes, it’s very good to be home.”From “The Other Lady Vanishes” by Amanda Quick8

Curtis Lee Before transferring to the library in March 2017, Curtis worked in the Stanislaus County Auditor-Controller Department for 9 years as an Accountant III. He has also worked in public accounting, internal audit and manufacturing industries. Curtis enjoys the complexity of his jo