Daly City Public Library Associates

St. Patrick's Day Luncheon

March 15, 2016

Lloyd LaCuesta, retired broadcast journalist and adjunct journalism professor, was the guest speaker at the 4th annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon presented by the Daly City Public Library Associates on March 15 at the Colma Community Center in Colma.

 

LaCuesta, whose topic was “Let Loose in the Library,” spoke about the importance of libraries, specifically how them impacted his life over the years. He also attributes what success he has had to his parents as they instilled in him that education is the path to a better life, and that, as a born American, I can make whatever dreams I had a reality. “Since both my parents, Filipino immigrants, worked, they told my brother and me to go to the library after school,” said LaCuesta. “It was a safe place filled with books that ignited my imagination, took me to places far away, and set the foundation of my future. My brother and I became so addicted to reading that when we moved to Los Angeles from the island of Kauai, we rode the bus for an hour to the downtown library to browse the bookshelves."It was in the library where I worked at stringing words together to make some sense,” stated LaCuesta. “Writing years later became the basis of how I made a living...by telling stories as a journalist.

 

“The more you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you will go,” said LaCuesta in quoting author Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. A public library started me on that journey.”

 

Marie Villarosa, DCPLA president of the board of directors and San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier, vice president of the DCPLA board, welcomed nearly 140 people to the luncheon, which featured corned beef and cabbage prepared by Dennis Fisicaro and his chefs. Guests also enjoyed bagpiper Joe Sheridan, of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department; lovely Irish music in the background, and a blessing by Patrick Sweetland. Joseph Curran, library and recreation services director, gave a report on how last year’s funding made a difference, and Chela Anderson, library services director, brought a new 3-D printer to show off as it busily made a green shamrock.

 

During a Fund the Need:

Maritess Lagandaon, a DCPLA board member, encouraged everyone to donate to a “Collection Boost” to add nonfiction books for children and how-to books for adults;

 

Tom McGraw, First National Bank of Northern California CEO, promoted donations to a “Westlake Library Program Space” for tilt-top tables with casters that can be easily moved and put     away and for chairs that accommodate everyone and can be stacked out of the way when not needed;

 

Carole Groom, San Mateo County supervisor, pitched the “Teen Space” renovation at the Serramonte Library so there is welcoming space just for teens, social seating for peer groups, soft seating for readers, power outlets for devices, and display space.

 

The three motivators raised $970 towards the Collection Boost goal of $5,000; $3,515 for the Westlake Library Program Space $6,500 goal; and $2,538 towards the $10,500 goal.

 

Donations are still welcome at any time to any or all of these “Fund the Need” goals. Send a check made payable to the Daly City Public Library Associates to: Daly City Public Library Associates, P.O. Box 3283, Daly City, CA 94015-3283 or visit: www.dcpla.org to use PayPal and be sure to note for which “need” your donation is designated.

 

First National Bank of Northern California, Kaiser Permanente, Lucky Chances, Priscilla Reagan Miller and Richard Miller, Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center, Republic Services, and Serramonte Center were gold sponsors of the event.

 

Written by:

 

Carolyn Livengood

San Mateo County Times

www.mercurynews.com/Carolyn Livengood