Sacramento Public Library

What you missed in July

State Fair, farewell to two librarians, history and maker kids.
Did you come see the Library at the State Fair? We had a booth that was part of the Dream Big exhibit, with volunteers holding four Story Time Reading Adventure sessions for kids every day. Here are Poppy Louthan, the Fair’s mascot Poppy and our mascot Otterby (who is an otter, not a squirrel, as he has sometimes been mistaken for).

Librarians Marc Pezzell (left) and Amy Loseth (right) are moving on to other jobs. However, we’ll always remember what good sports they were for appearing in our READ poster campaign in April. They’re shown with our graphic designer, Laura Koivunen, who created the posters.


Sacramento Public Library is hosting Maker Camps at five branches this summer. These are hands-on sessions where you can make an object, learn some electronics and learn some useful engineering and science. This photo shows some of the crew at the Sylvan Oaks Maker Camp on July 18. If you’re between the ages of 12 and 19 and would like to attend a camp, we still have five scheduled for August.

The Bee Book Club hosted a panel of four mystery authors—all northern California residents, all friends (they showed up together)—in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on July 31. From left: Cara Black, Catriona McPherson, Terry Shames and Rhys Bowen.

On June 28, Reva Headley from the Junior League of Sacramento and her dad, Gary Headley, put together two picnic tables that the Junior League donated to the Read & Feed Garden at the Rancho Cordova Library.

James Scott, librarian and the author of several books on local history, speaks to a crowd of more than 90 people on July 6 during the first session of his five-part “World War I Revisited” program.

Haley Sullivan shows off the book purse she made during a craft session at the Arden-Dimick Library. Participants took old books that were set to be discarded and turned them into handbags using fabric, glue and hairbands.

Librarian Stephenee Borelli—the force behind our “How Outlandish” event series and the reason “Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon came for an appearance in Sacramento on June 13—was an invited guest at the premiere of the “Outlandertelevision series on July 25 at Comi-Con in San Diego (where she was frequently greeted by cries of “Sacramento!”). Here are some of the stars of the Starz show onstage at the famed Spreckels Theater, including Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser), Catriona Balfe (Claire Randall) and Gabaldon herself. The “Outlander” display on the conference floor was a small castle, and included time-travel stones that vibrated when someone got close to them.

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