Why the library is important to us...
My parents and I moved to Yolo in 1944. My sister, Suzanne, was born in 1946, and as soon as we were old enough, we started using the Yolo Public Library. In the 50’s and into the 60’s, the Yolo Library was our ticket to the “outside world”. Miss Clara Voissard, the librarian, was wonderful. She could get us whatever books we wanted or needed. I learned the Dewey Decimal System and how to use the “card catalog” from her, and carried it with me to the Woodland High School.
The “high tech” California of today is a different world from the old, rural Yolo of the 50’s and 60’s, but the free Yolo Public Library is still, for some of us, our only connection to the “outside world”. When I moved back to Yolo five years ago, the first thing I did was get a new library card. As a result, I read books from across the state (library loans), have been able to access blogs with the library computers, and can choose from a wide range of DVD offerings.
The free Public Library system is and remains a cornerstone of knowledge and an inherent element of democracy.
Seeing all the kids at the Yolo Library participating on storytelling, puppet shows and show and tell is heartwarming! Kids have something to look forward too. They are inspired by the adults of this community, in showing that they care about them! Something good is happening in this town of Yolo! We all care and look forward to the future of our new generation!
As a longtime resident of Yolo I have always encouraged my children and grandchildren to use the library. To use the library as a resource in their learning to read, use of the technology and programs it offer. The more you learn the better you will be at everything you do in life. The library is the heart of this town. It provides a service that we need here in Yolo. Join us in keeping our library, meeting the needs of our children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. Support our library.
Growing up in very small communities usually there were no libraries. I remember how exciting it was to have a bookmobile come to the school periodically once we moved to an area where that was available. When we moved to the Woodland area we had two small children and we visited the Yolo Library at least once a week. How lucky I felt we were to have such a facility near our home with a great librarian to assist us in our reading endeavors.
Larry Jo Cruz
The Yolo County Library Fundraiser means a lot to me because I have used the library for many years. I used to bring my son when he was a little boy. Now I bring my grandkid’s here, Joseph Jr. and Hailey. They both enjoy the library even my great nephews come here. They all enjoy the library and all it has to offer to them. I sincerely hope that the Yolo County Library will always be here for the many generations of kids in and about Yolo for years to come.
Yolanda Sue Gruwell
When I was young (about 8 years old), I had vision problems and after getting my first pair of glasses, I was voracious about reading books – I would walk up to the local public library in Florissant, Mo, and read there for hours (with my parents’ permission, of course!). My parents had started me reading books at a very young age. Every month when we went shopping in Wellston, Mo., my Mom bought a Bobbsey Twin book for me and she would read it to me (until I was old enough to read them myself) --- to this day, I still have them at my home! GREAT MEMORIES!!!
Also….as I do not care too much for television, as a rule, I try to read every evening from my Kindle – fantastic thing to have for a reader like me. I have always felt that if a person can read well, they can do ANYTHING IN LIFE, as most things are written down “somewhere” and you only have to find them and read them to be successful in anything you try.
Mary Jo Hoes
When I was young my grandmother took me to the local Carnegie library. Reading was important to her. It is important to me also. Andrew Carnegie said “The best means of benefiting the community is to place within its reach the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.” I use the Yolo Library and see how much it is used in this community. I believe that it is important for people to have the resources available to better themselves and to broaden their view of the world.
One of the first things I noticed when my family moved to Yolo 20 years ago was the charming library. I have always wanted to find a way to help with library services. I am proud to be a member of the newly formed Friends group. I look forward to working everyone in this wonderful community to preserve this important treasure and make it an even better place for gathering, learning and growing.
As an avid reader, this project is of utmost importance. The Yolo Branch (Library) is the only cultural, educational, and literary core of this small town - a spark in a rural setting, it has promoted community interest and encouraged involvement in its activities and usage of the facilities, especially for children.