Famed authors to help launch Yolo County Library Foundation

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A celebration of the newly formed Yolo County Library Foundation will be held at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Wednesday, May 1 starting at 6 p.m. Headlining the evening will be a talk by famed writers, James Fallows and Deborah Fallows, whose book featured a chapter on Winters. The book is titled “Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America.” Over a period of five years the couple flew their single engine prop plane to dozens of towns in all parts of the country.   They reported on the challenges – economic, political and cultural – that these towns faced, how they met them, and formulated what they called “10 ½ Signs of Civic Success.”   Reviews of the book were very positive. David Brooks, New York Times columnist wrote, “James and Deborah Fallows have always moved to where history is being made….They have an excellent sense of where world-shaping events are taking place at any moment – and a fervent commitment to be there to see it happen.” Joe Scarborough, co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, said, “I’ve been waiting for this book for years….This country is more united than divided…and this book will prove it.” The hardcover book was published in 2018, and the paperback is just being issued. A copy of the paperback book is included in the price of the ticket. The Yolo County Library Foundation was created to help the library provide services to the county’s diverse communities by raising funds and increasing public awareness. Yolo County Librarian Mark Fink sees the foundation as an excellent way for the library to explore new technologies, make grants available for pilot projects or make resources available to smaller libraries.  He emphasizes, “This foundation will not do any of the functions that the Friends of the Library groups do so well.” The evening will be a gala celebration. Light refreshments will be served to accompany a no-host bar. The Fallows will be introduced by Winters resident Woody Fridae, who brought Winters to their attention. After speaking, the Fallows will take questions from the audience and personalize the autographed copies of their book. The Fallows came to Winters after they asked, at a conference on cities held at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, for anyone who had a story of a city that reinvented itself to tell them about it. Woody Fridae, former mayor and city council member from Winters was in the audience and spoke up. That prompted the first of two visits and resulted in a chapter in their book. Some of the cities featured in the book are Fresno; Dodge City, KS; Sioux Falls, SD; Erie, PA; Greenville, SC and Ajo, AZ, among others. James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and across the United States.  Deborah Fallows has written for National Geographic, The Atlantic and The New York Times. Their appreciation of libraries stands out in their recent book. Deborah writes: “After visits to dozens of public libraries from Maine to Arizona, from Mississippi to Minnesota, I saw that America’s public libraries, the place people used to go primarily to find books or do research, have become the heart and soul of American communities. I learned that in the library I could discover the spirit of a town, get a feel for the people’s needs and wants, and gauge their energy and mettle. “By my calculation, I would say there are three areas where libraries today reflect and serve the people:  Technology, education and community.” “Libraries are the living room of the community,” says Sharon Hallberg, board member of the Yolo County Library Foundation. Tickets for the May 1 event at the Palms Playhouse in Winters are available online at www.YCLFoundation.org. Tickets are limited, so early purchase is advised.     Tickets are $20 per person and include an autographed copy of the Fallows book.]]>

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