Martinez Library got lucky!

Martinez Library’s Branch Manager, Ruth Boyer, during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)
Martinez Library’s Branch Manager, Ruth Boyer, during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary Club. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)
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Ruth Boyer is our head librarian! Ruth is a non-stop bundle of energy and ideas. She showed Rotary her “musical bananas” during a recent meeting of the Martinez Rotary. Real bananas. Touching them makes music. The educational “thing of it” is that her bananas are a synechdoche (gotta use a big word in a library story) for a way to demonstrate the concept of electrical resistance. (For more on “Bananas” see Woody Allen!)

Ruth has started lots – and I mean LOTS – of projects. There are events for little kids; there are events for Alhambra High School students; there are events for adults. Books are hardly Ruth’s only focus. Starting this summer, the Martinez Library will be serving meals to library-going kids who otherwise wouldn’t eat well. Now that’s a great library function I never would have thought of!

For years I’d believed the Internet would make physical libraries obsolete. Wrong! Libraries are used more than ever. At the Martinez Library there are a bunch of computers. These are almost always in use. Sometimes for searching for Contra Costa Library books. Often for using the web. And sometimes for searching one of my favorite CCLibrary tools: LINK+. LINK+ is a data base which includes dozens of libraries which have agreed to loan books to each other. If CCLibrary doesn’t have a book, one of the other libraries may well have it. It’ll show up in Martinez in a few days.

The Martinez Library has entered a new phase. A couple years ago Measure-H funds were used to upgrade the physical plant. A physical plant is necessary, but a physical facility is nothing without “know-how.” Ruth is supplying “know-how.” The library is doing great. Visit our great local library! You’ll have a great experience.

Rotary Report offers a look into weekly presentations at Martinez Rotary Club meetings. Rotary meets most Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez. For more information, visit

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