“Arizona Kicks on Route 66” FSL annual Membership Kick-off

Marshall Shore, “Arizona’s Hip Historian” undefined

Marshall Shore, “Arizona’s Hip Historian”

Mary Kopp

The Friends of the SaddleBrooke Libraries (FSL) annual Membership Kick-off event in conjunction with the Friends Lecture Series is scheduled for Thursday, January 15, 2015, in the MountainView Ballroom. The lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. Marshall Shore, a vibrant speaker known as “Arizona’s Hip Historian,” will present “Arizona Kicks on Route 66”.

In his lecture, Marshall Shore will share his passion of uncovering the weird, the wonderful and the obscure treasures from our past, the semi-forgotten people, places, and events that have made us who we are today. Shore uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs, ephemera and artifacts to bring our state’s heritage to life in entertaining and educational presentations.

U.S. Route 66, known as the “Mother Road,” was built in 1926. It ran from Chicago to L.A. During the depression of the 1930s it became the major path by which people migrated west, seeking work, warm weather and new opportunities. Shore shares the history of Route 66 in Arizona, including the impact it had on the state during its prime and what happened when the interstate ultimately bypassed some of the towns that drew life from the road. This multi-media presentation includes music, video clips, still photos and Shore’s storytelling magic.

This event kicks off the 2015 membership drive that provides needed funding for our three libraries. Thanks to your generous contributions, FSL is able to provide nearly 100% of the funding for new books, audio books and videos for our three libraries. Areas of particular focus this past year were the video collection at DesertView, expansion of the large print collection at the Cholla Library, ongoing funding for the special audio book cases for DesertView library, purchase of new paperbacks in several areas for the SaddleBrooke Library collection, and the magazine subscriptions for the Cholla Library. In 2014, FSL has also funded printing of new bookmarks for the libraries, partial support for the launch of the library’s new catalog system and purchase of a book cart for the Cholla Library at MountainView.

The annual membership renewal date is January 1. The 2015 membership application will be available on the FSL website mid-December in all three libraries. On the web please click “more details and membership form” under the January 15 Marshall Shore program description.

Please note lecture event change of DAY and TIME for 2015. The monthly FSL lectures will be on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. and in the MountainView ballroom.

This is a free lecture and is almost always filled to capacity. Lectures that do not require the fee have been underwritten through a grant from the Arizona Arts and Humanities.

So mark your calendars now and join us for an entertaining and informative event packed with fascinating details and door prizes, too!

Please visit Friends of the Libraries website www.FriendsSBLib.org for upcoming events, current information and unanticipated event changes.