Welcome to TBLA

The Tomales Bay Library Association (TBLA) provides financial support for Marin County Library branches in Point Reyes Station and Inverness and for the West Marin School library.
 
TBLA raises money through memberships and special appeals for the purchase of books and materials in English and Spanish, for improvements to buildings and grounds, and for programs that encourage reading and library use.

Bienvenida a TBLA

La Bahía de Tomales Library Association (TBLA) ofrece apoyo financiero para la Biblioteca del Condado de Marin ramas en Point Reyes Station e Inverness y para la biblioteca de la Escuela West Marin.
 
TBLA recauda dinero a través de membresías y hace un llamamiento especial para la compra de libros y materiales en Inglés y Español, para la mejora de edificios y terrenos, y para los programas que fomentan la lectura y el uso de la biblioteca.

Dear Friends

As the time of year rolls around for our annual appeal to join (or re-join) the Tomales Bay Library Association, I think back on a very productive year.
First of all, thanks so much to all of you who contributed funds during the past year. Your generous support has allowed TBLA to fulfill our mission to support our local libraries of Inverness, Point Reyes and West Marin School.
This support enabled us to fund events and activities for the Point Reyes and Inverness libraries chosen by our librarian, Bonny White, and her amazing staff, such as snacks for Reading on the Ranches, origami workshops, music performances, and other programs. One notable event TBLA sponsored was the retirement party for Nancy Hemingway. After serving for forty years, Nancy retired as librarian of the Inverness Library. Her party at The Dance Palace was filled with food, music, and wonderful speeches and celebrated Nancy as the "dancing queen" of the libraries. TBLA was happy to fund this wonderful occasion.
This Spring, a mini daffodil field bloomed outside the Point Reyes Library due to new and re-furbished planter boxes. TBLA funded these boxes and filled them with hundreds of daffodil bulbs. We will continue to fund planting and maintenance of the Point Reyes planter boxes.
Financial assistance to the West Marin School Library allowed school librarian Colleen Conley to purchase new books and re-new magazine subscriptions both in the Spring and again at the start of the new school year. TBLA funded the doubling of the very successful paperback book shelves and additional bean bag chairs. TBLA firmly stands in support of the importance of the school library.
In April, TBLA held our Second Annual Used Book Sale in the little yellow house on the Point Reyes Commons. Our sale was even more successful then the first year and we would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make it such a productive event.
Throughout the Spring, TBLA supported the very important passage of Measure A, the library bond measure. TBLA donated money to the Measure A committee, paid for advertisements in the local paper, wrote several letters to the editor, and distributed lots and lots of Yes on Measure A signs throughout the area. Thanks to everyone who voted Yes on Measure A, this bond was passed with a whopping margin of support and the Marin County library system can count on steady funding for years to come.
This letter is asking you to join us or re-new your membership in the Tomales Bay Library Association, so that we can continue to fulfill our mission of supporting our libraries.
There are several other areas where we could use help. We ask anyone with any free time to consider contacting Colleen Conley at the West Marin School Library. She would love help from volunteers with weekly shelving of books and processing new books into the system. Also, TBLA would appreciate more volunteers at the Spring book sale, and we are currently looking for new board members to join us. If you would like to be a board member, please let us know.

Thanks in advance for all your continued support,

Sincerely,

Laura Scott, President
Tomales Bay Library Association,
on behalf of the board of TBLA

Yellow House Book Sale

Once there was a little yellow house that stood on the corner of the Main Street.
Day after day, the little house watched as people walked by on the sidewalk, bicycle
riders stopped to rest, and cars parked in front while their drivers shopped in town.
Mostly, the little house stood empty, just watching and waiting for an adventure.

Then one day, some people arrived and opened the door of the little house. Next, tables
appeared and lots and lots and lots of boxes were delivered. Cars and trucks parked out
front and people unloaded more and more boxes. A banner was hung from the trees: Tomales
Bay Library Association. Signs were posted: Book Sale Here! As the people set up the tables
and unpacked all the many boxes, the little house began to fill with books, books, and more
books. When the house was filled, more tables were put on the deck and around the outside
until the little house was filled with books inside and surrounded by books outside.

For two glorious days, many people came and sorted through the books, taking some home.
A little girl jumped up and down with joy, hugging a copy of "Charlotte's Web", small boys
delighted in baseball books, gardener's found gardening books, bird watchers found birding books,
and everyone seemed to find just the right books to take home or give to their friends. Locals and
tourists alike were delighted to visit the little yellow house filled with books.

When the weekend was over, the little house was empty again and the board members of the Tomales
Bay Library Association were very tired, but very happy.

Many thanks from TBLA to the West Marin Commons, Elizabeth Barnet and Mark Switzer for the use of the
little yellow house and to Madeline Hope for connecting us with the school rummage sale and the Recycle
Circus, the perfect Earth Day trifecta. A special thanks to Rigdon and Trish Currie for their twenty boxes
of excellent books, setting a high mark for our sale, and thanks to all the local people who generously brought a bounty of high quality books. Thanks to Kate and Steve at Point Reyes Books for all their support
and encouragement. Thanks to our librarians Nancy, Dan, Jennifer and Bonny for their help and thanks to
Bruce Mitchell and Jon Langdon for their trucks. Lots of thanks to all the volunteers who ran the sale and thanks to everyone who bought books. All our proceeds (over $2,000.) will be used to support our local
libraries.

Perhaps next year, the little yellow house will be full of books again.

Laura Scott on behalf of the members of the board of the Tomales Bay Library Association (TBLA): Ariana
Aparicio, Meg Linden, Heather Foote, Gus Conde and Marybeth Shenton.

TBLA Photo Gallery

Nancy Hemmingway of the Inverness Library celebrated 40 years with the Marin County Free Library and her service was honored by TBLA with a check for the Inverness Library of $1000
Nancy Hemmingway of the Inverness Library celebrated 40 years with the Marin County Free Library and her service was honored by TBLA with a check for the Inverness Library of $1000
TBLA funded a Secret Writer's Workshop with instructor, Frances Lefkowitz in spring 2012
TBLA funded a Secret Writer's Workshop with instructor, Frances Lefkowitz in spring 2012
2012 Reading on the Ranches program. JoAnn Kempf and John Littleton are hand-cranking the ice cream
2012 Reading on the Ranches program. JoAnn Kempf and John Littleton are hand-cranking the ice cream
For last year's Reading on the Ranches program, TBLA funded the t-shirts for participants, so here are the 2011 participants in their t-shirts.
For last year's Reading on the Ranches program, TBLA funded the t-shirts for participants, so here are the 2011 participants in their t-shirts.
Reading on the Ranches program participants are sporting their new summer reading t-shirts.
Reading on the Ranches program participants are sporting their new summer reading t-shirts.
After school children with  2 bean bags
After school children with 2 bean bags
Nancy Hemmingway of the Inverness Library celebrated 40 years with the Marin County Free Library and her service was honored by TBLA with a check for the Inverness Library of $1000
TBLA funded a Secret Writer's Workshop with instructor, Frances Lefkowitz in spring 2012
2012 Reading on the Ranches program. JoAnn Kempf and John Littleton are hand-cranking the ice cream
For last year's Reading on the Ranches program, TBLA funded the t-shirts for participants, so here are the 2011 participants in their t-shirts.
Reading on the Ranches program participants are sporting their new summer reading t-shirts.
After school children with  2 bean bags