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The Friends extend a hearty thanks to all of you who shopped at our inventory clearance sale this past Saturday.  While attendance and sales exceeded our wildest dreams, we were also heartened by all the readers who braved the long lines to find some good books.

Please note that all of the proceeds from this sale and all others benefit the AK Smiley Public Library.  The Friends is a group of volunteers dedicated to the support of the Library.  Along with the Board of Trustees of the Library, we work to purchase all of the Library's materials and programming.  

We appreciate your support!

A Sale at the Shrine

The Friends will be holding a sale of Civil War and Lincoln-related books at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine on February 4th from 10:30 to 3:00.  Come early for the best selection, and stay for the festivities!  (See more about February 4th at the Shrine below.)
Consider becoming an adult literacy tutor!  We invite you to attend a tutor orientation on January 30, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the A. K. Smiley Public Library Assembly Room.  At the meeting attendees will find out about the Redlands Adult Literacy Program and have the opportunity to ask questions.  To sign up, please contact Diane Shimota, Adult Literacy Coordinator, at 909.798.7565, ext. 4138 or email:
Ever wonder about the Adult Literacy Program and its impact?  Here's a little slice:  This is Monica Sanchez. She passed her citizenship test on December 29th.  The Program and some of its participants had a celebratory cake for her at the Conversation and Book Club.
Congratulations, Monica!

The Third Monday Book Club: 11 am. Assembly Room of Smiley Library

February 20:  The Tolling of Mercedes Bell: A Novel by Jennifer Dwight
March 20:  Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi

Contact Jane Lawrence-Gunn (909) 798-2689 or Carl Martz (909) 793-7704 for further information.

The Eclectic Readers: 1st Tuesday Evenings at 7:30 pm. Location varies.
February 7: Young Victoria by Alison Plowden
Contact Rhada Shah at (909) 528-2055 for further information.


Third Wednesday Book Club: 2:30 pm in the Assembly Room of Smiley Library

February 15: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
March 15:  Wild Swans:  Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
April 19:  The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
May 17:  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
June 21:  H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
July 19:  Truman Capote by George Plimpton
Contact David Bragg (909) 784-0770 or for further information.
At the Library...

45th Lincoln Shrine Open House

February 4, 2017

Visit the Lincoln Memorial Shrine on Saturday, February 4 at 11am for the annual Lincoln Shrine Open House. For the 45th year, the Shrine celebrates the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War with a day of music, reenactor presentations, and activities for the whole family. Renowned Lincoln presenter Robert Broski will be on hand to greet visitors, along with the 7th Michigan Cavalry on horseback and the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, whose cannon demonstrations are a highlight every year.
Given the success of the 2016 festivities, the Open House will once again be coupled with the annual Lincoln Pilgrimage, a program hosted by the Grayback District of California Inland Empire Council, Boy Scouts of America since 1940. Mark your calendar because this grand Lincolnpalooza is a can’t miss event!



January 30  

Adult Literacy Program tutor orientation.  Assembly Room. 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

February 4 

Block Kids' Program.  10:00-12:30.  Assembly Room

Bag Sale in the Bookstore. 10:30-11:30 members of the Friends only. 11:30-4:30 members and non-members welcome to shop.  Fill a bag for $6 ($5 for members).  Membership begin at $10 per year and are available at the door.

Book Sale at the Shrine. 10:30-3:00. Lincoln and Civil War-related books available.  Priced as marked.

Shrine Open House. 11:00-3:00

February 21

Live Performance - Poetry in Music.  6:00 pm.  Assembly Room




A.K. Smiley Public Library 
Lower Level 
125 West Vine Street, 

Redlands, California 92373 


Tuesday: 11:30am - 7:30pm 
Wednesday: 10:30am - 4:30pm 
Thursday: 10:30am - 4:30pm 
Friday: 10:30am - 4:30pm 
Saturday: 10:30am - 4:30pm 
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.  Cash and checks only.
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