ValleyPBS is hosting a website that allows individuals to post videos and slide shows that showcase creative talents, local events, diversity, education, exploration, health, and/or leadership. Anyone of any age may submit their contributions to ValleyPBS byYou. To do this, first create a free account on their website. Next, choose the category under which you would like your video to be viewed and fill in the required identifying information for your submission. Then upload it. The videos will be examined for appropriate content and then published under the requested category. The goal of this project is to “inform, engage, and inspire.’’ All submissions must be valley or foothills oriented. Think Huell Howser! Further information, including rules and requirements for your submissions, can be found in the project's handouts. The handouts may be picked up at your local library.
September 2012 – 3M Cloud Library eBooks
The 3M Cloud Library eBooks are accessible to all Mariposa County Library card holders. Read eBooks on mobile devices with 3M Cloud app, or transfer to most eReaders, except Kindle, with a PC. Log in with a Mariposa County Library card. There is a 14-day loan period per eBook, a maximum of 3 eBooks may be checked out at any time, and a maximum 5 holds per user.
August 2012 – A great big heartfelt thank you!
The Mariposa County Library staff wishes to thank everyone who has donated books and videos through our Amazon Wish List. We also wish to thank the local chapter of DAR for their continuing and wonderful donations. And we cannot forget everyone who brings in books for the Friends of the Library Book Sales, and especially those who buy. The donations have been generous, and are greatly appreciated.
July 2012 – Videos for visually Handicapped
California State Library, Sacramento, CA — The Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) Descriptive Video Service (DVS) launched in 2012 and is going strong. New titles have been added to the collection. Descriptive videos are movies that have a second audio track with a narrator's voice describing the action on the screen during breaks in the dialog and sound effects. The Braille and Talking Book Library (BTBL) offers both DVD and VHS collections of descriptive videos that patrons may borrow for a two-week checkout. You must complete a separate “Descriptive Video Borrower Registration Form” before you can use the service. See Senior Services for more info.
May 2012 – Mariposa Library Upgrades Merlin
Merlin is an enhanced magnifier that enables the visually handicapped to read small print. It is an enhanced viewer in that you can see the item you are looking at in several different modes and magnifications. These modes change the color of the print and background in combinations that enable those with vision problems to read the print using a more comfortable means. Merlin is now connected to the Internet and available for anyone who is visually handicapped and wishes to go online but needs extra help reading the screen. Merlin is in the senior area of the library and available for anyone who needs a little extra help reading.
May 2012 – May is National Seniors Month
May is National Seniors Month and this year’s theme is “you are never too old to play.” For this reason, the library is hosting two “play dates” for seniors. This year our play time will be two dancing demonstrations to promote fitness while having fun. No prior experience or partner is needed, but you can bring a friend to increase your enjoyment! There is no minimum age, just come on in and play! On Wednesday May 30 we will have a zumba demonstration from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Zumba is a Latin-based dance workout. Kim Keyes and Vickie Blackwell from the Fitness Zone II are demonstrating their talents. They may include a Silver Sneakers workout demonstration as well. Silver Sneakers is specifically tailored to seniors. It's not dance, but it's a super fun workout, using chairs, light weights and resistance bands. On Thursday May 31 we will have a line dancing demonstration from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pat Cox is bringing this fun exercise to the library. Don’t forget your cowboy boots and 10-gallon hat! Both events will take place in the community room in the library. The purpose of these events is to encourage seniors to get out, stay active, and have fun with others. So ya’ll come on down and join the fiesta. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the library at 966-2140 and ask for Lea Ann. For additional opportunities and information for seniors, see Senior Services.
May 2012 – New Display Case at the Library
The Mariposa County Friends of the Library has presented a display case to the Mariposa Library. It is available for any organization or club that wishes to publicize their program by displaying items and information for viewing by the community. The case is lighted with three glass shelves and fabric backing, which allows items to be hung using Velcro. It is located near the Circulation Desk, beside the Large Print shelves. Any group wishing to use the case may call the library at 966-2140 and ask for Janet or Lea Ann. See display case photo under Community Services.
April 2012 – Mariposa Seed library Created
Mariposa County Library is pleased to announce the creation of a community owned seed library located in our main branch. A seed library is a self-perpetuating collection of seeds. So far we have received generous donations from Renee’s Garden, High Mowing Organic Seed, Seed Savers Exchange, and Southern Exposure Seed. We are seeking larger donations from the public as well. If you have special garden plants that you grow each year, please consider sharing your seeds with the community. We are looking for vegetables, herbs, and flowers that do well in our zone 7 climate. More information in Library Areas: Mariposa Seed Library.
September 2011 – Make library payments Online
Library users can use a credit card or debit card to pay their library fees and fines online via the SmartPAY system. Details about SmartPAY. Make a payment through SmartPAY.
February 2011 – Adult Literacy Program
Would you or someone you know like help with reading and writing skills? The Mariposa County Library offers free tutoring for English speaking Mariposa County residents age 18 or older. Trained volunteer tutors will work with learners on a one-to-one basis in the library or other public location. Learners work at their own pace to achieve goals they set for themselves. For example, if a learner wants to write a resume, help children with homework, or pass a driver’s test, instruction is directed to achieving those goals. All program materials are provided free of charge to learners. Hours are flexible to fit in with the learner’s schedule. This program is provided in conjunction with the Merced Library Read and Succeed adult literacy program. For more information, call the Mariposa Library, 209-966-2140 or stop by the library during normal hours of operation. Leave your name and phone number or email address and the Literacy Coordinator will contact you.
January 2011 – Free movies & popcorn
Come to the library for free movies and popcorn on the second Wednesday of every month, at 3:00 p.m. in the library Community Room. All ages are welcome; children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. See the library’s Facebook page for upcoming movie titles.
October 2010 – 'Wii for All' on Saturdays
Everyone is welcome to come join the fun at Wii for All, on Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Mariposa Library Community Room.
September 2010 – Adult Gathering
Physical and mental exercise combined with companionship are important factors for promoting healthy living for adults who may become isolated in our modern society. If you know of anyone who could use a short outing with friends, bring them by the library for some fun and camaraderie. Wii is available for anyone looking for some fun and exercise. Using Wii, bowling, race car driving, going on a safari, tennis, dancing, even playing in a band are all readily accomplished. Wii Fit can be used to increase balance and stamina. Brainage and puzzle books will be available for those wanting some mental challenges. Heard of Sudoku or Kakuro and are curious about them? Come on in and find out. Stop by and join the fun on the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the library Community Room. Refreshments are served.
September 2010 – Library's Amazon Wish List
Anyone who wishes to donate books or movies to the library can do so via the library's Amazon Wish List. The Wish List includes the library's ship-to address, so you can pick out an item and have it sent to the library as you checkout at Amazon. Each donor will have a ‘donated by’ notice placed in the item and have 'first read' if the donated item is a book, or 'first watch' if it's a movie. Please note: 'Donated by' plates will automatically be placed on items donated via the Wish List unless the library is notified that the donor wants to remain anonymous.
August 2010 – Teen Knowledge Needed
Teens who wish to share their knowledge of computers and Wii are needed at the library. Computer tutors are needed to teach adults basic computer skills. This after school program involves teens who teach these skills on a one-on-one basis. Wii instructors are also needed for the Friday morning adult gathering and for the Saturday afternoon Wii for all. This is a great opportunity for students who need community service time for their college resumes. Anyone interested in participating in these programs can contact Lea Ann at the library.
August 2010 – Library joins Facebook
The library's Facebook page is geared toward teens but also has information for their parents, and even parents of younger children. Find out about events like Teen Scene, where teens enjoy after school activities with snacks, Wii, board games, and free movies — at the library.
April 2009 – April is Poetry Month !
June 2008 – Read to Mr. Gunny at the Library
April 2008 – Celebrating National Poetry Month Poets, artists, writers, photographers and songwriters of all ages are invited to submit their work for display at the Mariposa County Library during the month of April, which has been designated National Poetry Month. The work will later be bound into a 2008 anthology, and each contributor will receive a copy. This year, a contest is also being held to select a title and cover artwork for the anthology. The winners will each be awarded a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Windows on the World Book Store in Mariposa. The deadline to submit contributions to the anthology and the cover contest is Wednesday, April 30 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced on May 5. Content must be original and suitable for all age levels to be considered. Written work, including short stories, memoirs, poems and songs, should be limited to 500 words and preferably submitted either by email or on floppy disk or CD, although neatly handwritten material will also be accepted. Scanned artwork is preferred; however, original pieces up to 11" x 17" will be accepted, as well as photographs of original 3-dimensional art. For more information or to submit contributions, contact Katie Hertfelder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-966-2140.
January 2008 – Library Extends Hours
December 2007 – Search for Old Photos
April 2007 Poetry Month at the Library!
February 2007 Library REOpens on Saturdays
October 2006 Library Closed on Saturdays
June 2006 Read, Baby, Read: Books for Babies
April 2006 April is National Poetry Month
August 2005 Teen blog
August 2004 Online Business Directory
August 2004 ebooks collection
2004 Library Hours and days
July 2003 Homebound delivery
October 2001 New Library Hours
October 2001 Million Penny
Project Benefits Library
June 2001 Red Cloud Forms New
Friends Chapter & Plans Expansion
December 2000 New Library Opens