■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed
The seventh annual Gold Classic Fundraiser for the Hemet Public Library, organized by the Hemet Library Foundation took place last Saturday, Sept. 29, under beautiful blue skies and perfect weather for golfing.
The annual fundraiser is a critical part of funding for the Hemet Library programs, which include keeping the library’s holdings current and a wide variety of services. As such, the Hemet Library is unique in the area.
Hitting its enrollment goal, the 45 golfers that signed up each paid an average of $50 to participate in the event. Other sources of funds included the drinks sold and gift baskets, which allowed the event to reach its stated goal.
This was the third year that the annual golfing fundraiser coincided with the luncheon meeting of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) at the same clubhouse.
Besides its collection of over 650,000 books and periodicals, the Hemet Library has assembled an amazing number of resources for the community, all available through membership. Library cards are free to all California residents with a picture ID. You will eventually have to furnish a utility bill, but you have three months to do that. Visitors and nonresidents can purchase a visitor’s card for $5.
You can browse through the Hemet Public Library, search for material, place a request or renew your material with any SmartPhone, iPad, iPhone or Android phone by downloading the Bookmyne App from the App Store/Play Store. Then go to Nearby Library and you will be able to select Hemet Public Library. Sign in with the barcode on the back of your library card and the PIN you established when you obtained the card, and you will be ready to go.
Some special events, including two book clubs, that meet regularly are worth noting. Director’s Book Shelf meets the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. in the Director’s Office. In beTWEEN the Pages group meets the last Friday of every month from 4-5 p.m. The Diamond Valley Writers Guild (DVAG) meets the fourth Saturday of the month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Go to www.CityofHemet.org and then to Library and to Events to see a list of all the events at the Hemet Public Library.
Besides books and periodicals, members have access to a large number of videos and audio recordings, including recently-released recordings of popular singers and groups … no need to fork out hard-earned money to Amazon for Lady Gaga’s albums. You can access them with your library card.
The Children’s Library offers an impressive array of resources in a creative learning area designed just for children. Besides a large area for books and lounging, the library regularly hosts events for children, including a Fall Crafts event on Oct. 13 and a Creepy-Crawler “bug-viewing” with an etymologist on Oct. 20.
The library’s new monthly book club for middle school students meets the last Friday of the month from 4-5 p.m. This month’s book is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
The library also has a wide variety of free tutorials available … everything from citizenship practice tests, to college SAT practice tests, reading/literacy improvement, math skills, computer skills, mobile apps and career training.
Tied into career training is a little-known resume service for cardholders. You can drop off your resume at the front desk and a skilled resume reviewer will look it over, edit it if necessary, and return your new and improved resume in just a few days. This service has proved useful for vets and others looking for work.
One of the most exciting additions to the library is the 24X7 kiosk located outside and to the right of the front door. Members can order books or electronic materials online, and if they are not in the library, can order them to be placed in the kiosk when they arrive. You will receive a notice when your materials are in the kiosk and can come by anytime to pick them up by inserting your card into the machine.
The Library Manager at the Hemet Public Library is Kathye Caines who is available to listen to your needs and ideas. The library is open Wednesday – Saturday and closed Sunday – Tuesday
Wednesday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hemet Public Library
300 E. Latham Ave.
Hemet, CA 92543