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When the Association of Northern California Records and Research (ANCHR’s predecessor) formed in the 1970s, members spent several years collecting and transcribing a number of oral histories. These histories have languished in storage files for decades. We rediscovered them this year and decided these voices and their stories needed to be heard…These personal accounts provide a priceless window to a past long gone. They also show that people back then did what we do now—live.

Next Meeting will be January 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Community Room at the Orland Free Library, 333 Mill Street, Orland.

Special Guests: the Editor’s of “Conversations With The Past,” have been invited to tell about this recent publication of the Association for Northern California Historical Research (ANCHR). From their Publications Editor comes the following message:

When the Association of Northern California Records and Research (ANCHR’s predecessor) formed in the 1970s, members spent several years collecting and transcribing a number of oral histories. These histories have languished in storage files for decades. We rediscovered them this year and decided these voices and their stories needed to be heard. Please join us as we present a brief presentation about our 2017 book, Conversations With the Past, to the Friends of the Orland Free Library. This book is a collection of oral histories from seven Northern California counties including Glenn and Colusa counties.

These personal accounts provide a priceless window to a past long gone. They also show that people back then did what we do now—live.

These memories range from personal accounts about the Bidwells, family cattle drives, early days in Paradise and Chico, hitching canoe rides on riverboat barges near Ord Bend, Chico’s first aviator, the discovery of Ishi in Oroville, western Colusa County Indian life from Stonyford’s very own Sharky Moore and John Bidwell’s explorations of the country that would become early Colusi County, herding geese on Dr. Hugh Glenn’s ranch, pioneer life in Orland and Newville as told by Llewellyn Gay (which includes a tale about a feud between two Civil War veterans from opposite sides), memories of Modoc County, the town of Prattville and Big Meadows before Lake Almanor flooded the areas, railroad torpedoes, and President Kennedy’s visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park in 1963.

Twelve local museums including your very own Orland Historical & Cultural Society/Alta Schmidt House Museum helped provide background and opened their archives to provide photographs that visually enhance this 256-page book. Putting together this book was a labor of love for us, and we hope you agree. History is best when shared!

Josie Smith, ANCHR Publications Editor

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The Library will be closed Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

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Bring in canned or nonperishable goods when you return your overdue items and we’ll waive $1.00 of fines for each item donated.

Do you have an old Library item, like a book or movie, laying around that you’ve been meaning to bring back, but wince at the thought of the potential fine involved? You’re in luck because we’ll waive your fines in exchange for donated nonperishable food items from now until January 31st. Damaged or lost books are not eligible for fine waivers.

The donated food is being collected for the Orland Pantry. The Orland Pantry is a non-profit public charity which distributes emergency food and Christmas Baskets to those with limited financial resources in the Orland, Artois, and Hamilton City areas.

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NorthNet digital

The Orland Free Library is on a mission: Get more people to try digital reading! While we have offered eBooks, and digital audiobooks to the community through our NorthNet Library Consortium partnership with OverDrive for years, we know that many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to over 8,000 free digital titles.

Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If we hit 336,454 digital checkouts by the end of the year, we will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for our OverDrive collection.

The library’s digital books are free for anyone with a library card. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players, and computers.   A variety of juvenile and young adult titles are also available. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://northnet.overdrive.com/

 

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The Orland Free Library is offering a Mental Health First Aid course on Saturday, October 28th, with instructor Estel Porras.
The program will take place at the Orland Free Library Community Room.
Class begins at 9 and ends at 5:30 with a 1/2 hour break for lunch.
This is a free course to help better serve our community.
For more information contact Estel Porras, 865-1640.

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WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

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