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FALL 2015

VOLUME 7, ISSUE 2

Born of generosity, striving to explore new horizons

REDLANDS Ron Hasse PUBLISHER & CEO

Don Sproul MANAGING EDITOR

Jim Maurer V.P. SALES & MARKETING

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HE STAFF and volunteers of Albert K. Smiley Public Library are honored to be the subject of this edition of Redlands Magazine. Although the building bears Albert’s name in recognition of his unsurpassed generosity in borrowing the money to finance construction, Albert’s identical twin brother Alfred deserves equal credit. For it was in 1894 that Alfred began Redlands’ first public library in a modest room in the old YMCA building. Both brothers believed that public libraries were vital components of the cultural life of a community. Libraries have evolved greatly since that time. Although lending traditional bound books is still an integral part of our service, new offerings such as e-books and electronic databases are helping us evolve with the needs of 21st-century patrons. We have a growing adult literacy program, computer workshops, and administer a nationally recognized museum, the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the American Civil War. We are also responsible for a second museum dedicated to Redlands history which has secured a location and will hopefully become a reality in the near future, and we are especially proud of our Young Readers’ Room, for there is no greater indicator of a child’s future academic success than becoming an early and avid reader. Then, as now, Smiley Library’s most

important charge is to inspire our patrons to advance their knowledge or to broaden their horizons by providing them with stimulating programming and a wide range of reading material. Inspiration can come from a variety of sources, whether it be the serendipity of discovering a sublime new read, or just contemplating the beauty of our National Historic Register Landmark building. While we are grateful for our City of Redlands General Fund support, we would be unable to provide the high quality service our patrons have come to expect without the financial support provided by the Endowment Fund and Friends of the Library. Founding Library Board President Alfred Smiley hoped that the small library that he had invested so much time and effort into making a reality would eventually become the “pride and glory of the town.” On behalf of current Board President Bill Hardy and his colleagues, Rosa Gomez, Bill Hatfield, Marty Davis and Jim Dunn, we hope this edition of Redlands Magazine inspires you to visit our library and take advantage of the many offerings we provide.

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CONTENTS

Copyright 2015 Redlands Magazine. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher.

Calendar 6

Lincoln Memorial Shrine 22

Redlands Opera 8

Tom Medlicott, glass artisan 27

A.K. SMILEY PUBLIC LIBRARY SPECIAL REPORT

Presidential connections 34

Children’s programs, Family Day 10

ON THE COVER Youth Services Librarian Pamela Bunch with Aliyah, left, and Olivia Schenkel Photo by Eric Reed

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arts&culture T H E C A L E N DA R

APPLE SEASON THROUGH NOVEMBER

– Visit orchards, taste fresh apples and cider, enjoy hot apple pie at one of the several family restaurants, feed the animals in the animal parks, or browse through some of the many specialty shops. Oak Glen, east of Yucaipa and nor th of Beaumont, off Interstate 10; www.oakglen.net.

REDLANDS SYMPHONY OCT. 17 – Jon Rober tson opens his final season as the symphony’s conductor with a program that includes cellist Doniyor Zuparov performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Cello Concer to No. 1,” what Rober tson calls one of the most challenging pieces ever written for the instrument. Memorial Chapel, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 8 p.m.; 909-748-8018; www.redlandssymphony.com.

CLASSIC CAR CRUISE NIGHT – Pre-1980s cars, hot rods and trucks take center stage during a family oriented event that continues the first Friday of every month. Yucaipa Valley Center, 33600 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa; 6-9 p.m.; free; www.pastpleasurescarclub.com. OCT. 2

‘THE KITCHEN WITCHES’ OCT. 3-25 – Two rival cable-access cooking show hostesses find themselves together on a new show. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; 909-793-2909; www.redlandsfootlighters.org. Also: “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 28-Dec. 20; “Radio Gals,” Feb. 6-28. CAR SHOW – 25th annual Veteran’s Memorial Car Show featuring 1,100 vehicles, a pancake breakfast and other food throughout the day, contests, scavenger hunt, bingo and other activities. Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, 11201 Benton St., Loma Linda; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; www.veterancarshow.com.

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www.lifehousetheater.com. Also: “Miracle on 34th Street,” Nov. 21-Dec. 30. VICTORIAN HALLOWEEN – Halloween-inspired crafts for the kids plus photos of Mary Kimberly Shirk’s favorite costumes and festive pieces found in the mansion. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 1-4 p.m.; 909-792-2111; www.kimberlycrest.org.

OKTOBERFEST OCT. 5 – Fifth annual Redlands Optimist Club event, featuring a German band playing polkas; costume, yodeling, stein-holding and other contests; and a play area for kids. Sylvan Park, 601 N. University Ave., Redlands; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; redlandsoktoberfest.com.

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AUDITIONS OCT. 5-6 – Seeking five actors in a wide age range for “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s A Christmas Carol,” directed by Vicki Janis. Redlands Footlighters Theater, 1810 Bar ton Road, Redlands; 909-793-2909; www.redlandsfootlighters.org. Also: Audition for “Radio Gals,” Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

OCT. 16-18

R. KELLY OCT. 8 – In concer t. San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 800-359-2464; www.sanmanuel.com. Also: Paquita La Del Barrio, Nov. 12. ‘PRIDE & PREJUDICE’ OCT. 10-NOV. 8 – Jane Austen’s classic story of romance. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037; 6 | redlandsmagazine.com | fall 2015

MEAT LOAF – In concer t. Pechanga Resor t & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 877-711-2946; www.pechanga.com. Also: Slash, Oct. 24; Jericho Rosales and Maja Salvador, Oct. 31; Dwight Yoakam, Nov. 6; Truc Tiep Thu Hinh, Nov. 14; Jennifer Nettles, Dec. 13.

OCT. 23

FESTIVAL OF QUILTS – Show and bazaar with quilts, challenge quilts, vendors and basket drawings, plus Cathy Kreter and the “Home of the Brave” quilt project. Event presented by Citrus Belt Quilters. Yucaipa Community Center, 34900 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; www.citrusbeltquilters.org. OCT. 24-25

ART FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE – Annual ar t show and sale features works from more than 60 ar tists in a variety of media, including acrylics, oils, watercolor, jewelry, photography, pottery, metal sculpture and stained glass. Redlands United Church of Christ, 168 Bellevue Ave.; free admission; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18; 909-793-3520; www.ar tforheavenssake.org. HALL OF FAME CEREMONY – Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony. Or ton Center, University of Redlands, 1200 E. Colton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 909-793-0642; www.rhsathletichalloffame.org.

OCT. 22

DIRT HEAD DRY TRIATHLON – 5K trail run, strength course and agility station. Hulda Crooks Park, Mountain View at Beaumont avenues, Loma Linda; check-in at 6 a.m., triathlon begins at 7 a.m.; www.better-life-fitness.com/dir t-head-dry-tri.

OCT. 25

MANSION MUNCHKINS – Preschool- and elementary-aged “mommy and me” class, with cooking, crafts, play time and devotions, followed by a group picnic. Theme is Halloween Hoot. Burrage Mansion, 1205 W. Crescent Ave., Redlands; mansionmemories.org OCT. 29

FILM AND BEER FESTIVAL OCT. 22-25 – Second annual celebration of local film and and craft beer. Locations are Ritual and Escape breweries and the University of Redlands; 909-747-9455; slate-inc.org.


MELISSA ETHERIDGE NOV. 7 – In concer t. Morongo Casino Resor t and Spa, 4955 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 9 p.m.; 888-667-6646; www.morongocasinoresor t.com.

decorations and holiday traditions of the Kimberly and Shirk families plus champagne and hors d’oeurves. Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 4-6 p.m.; $20; 909-792-2111; www.kimberlycrest.org.

VETERANS DAY PARADE NOV. 11 – Parade star ts at 9 a.m. from Redlands High School then travels to Jennie Davis Park via Citrus to Eureka to State to Texas to Redlands Boulevard to New York. Ceremony at the park star ts at 10:45 a.m., followed by a picnic with food trucks, beer garden, vendor booths and a fun zone for child-ren. Event hosted by American Legion posts 106 and 650. Free; www.redlands-events.com.

CHRISTMAS PARADE DEC. 5 – Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Redlands, the annual event’s theme this year will be “The Magical Music of Christmas.� Arrive early to get a good viewing spot. Par ticipants line up star ting at 4. Rain date Dec. 12. Downtown Redlands; 6 p.m.; free; 909-748-0637; www.redlands-events.com/XMAS.htm.

‘FAUST’ NOV. 14-22

– Dark tale about a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for youth and the affection of a beautiful woman, presented by the Redlands Opera Theatre. First Congregational Church of Redlands, 2 W. Olive Ave.; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21, 3 p.m. Nov. 15 and 22; $25; 909-653-5677; www.redlandsoperatheatre.com. Also: “Amahl and the Night Visitors,� January date TBA.

HARVEST HOEDOWN NOV. 28 – Old-fashioned hoedown featuring music by Riley’s Mountaineers. Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho, 39611 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen; 6-9 p.m.; $30 adults, $20 ages 3-12; 909-797-1005; www.losriosrancho.com.

SAFE TRICK-OR-TREAT OCT. 31 – Halloween treats for the kids plus music at Ed Hales Park (corner of State and Fifth streets), from 3-5 p.m., followed by a pet costume contest at Furry Face, 419 E. State St., downtown Redlands.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE NOV. 29 – Kimberly Crest at Christmas, with a tour of the mansion, information about the

HISTORICAL GLASS MUSEUM ONGOING – More than 7,000 items — dating from the 1800s to today — made by American glass-makers and ar tists are available for display. 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, weekday group tours by appointment; 909-798-0868; historicalglassmuseum.com. MARKET NIGHT – One of the most successful cer tified farmers markets in Southern California features more than 150 food and merchandise booths. East State Street (between Orange and Ninth streets), downtown Redlands; 6-9 p.m. Thursdays; 909-798-7629.

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Opera falls in with ‘Faust’ nonprofits

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EDLANDS OPERA THEATRE is warming up for a 2015-16 season that will include classic works and must-see shows in the months ahead. “Faust,” the grand opera by Charles Gounod that made its debut in Paris in the late 1850s, opens the series with performances Nov. 14-15 and 21-22 at the First Congregational Church of Redlands. “Amahl and the Night Redlands Opera Theatre has four shows set for its 2015-16 season. Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti will be the sophomore production, scheduled for January. Commissioned by NBC and first presented in one of the network’s New York studios in 1951, the piece is the first opera specifically composed for television in this country. “Songs of Eventide” continues the season on Feb. 20, when a concert of night-themed music will be performed at the Mission Gables Bowl House. “Don Giovanni,” written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the late 1700s and based on the legends of Don Juan, wraps the season on April 23-24 and 29-30. For information about the Redlands Opera Theatre, visit www.redlandsoperatheatre.com.

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Oct. 4 – Eighth annual Believe Walk, to celebrate and honor cancer survivors during an event that benefits Inland Empire organizations suppor ting cancer patients and their families. Downtown Redlands; www.believeinlandempire.com. Oct. 4 – Kimberly Crest Soiree, a garden par ty featuring fine food and drinks from local outlets and enter tainment from local talent. Proceeds benefit the preservation of Kimberly Crest House & Gardens. 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands; 4 p.m.; 909-792-2111; kimberlycrest.org/soiree. Oct. 23 – Mansion Masquerade, a Halloween-themed costume ball to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands Riverside. Food, dancing, drinks, silent auction and a tour of the Burrage Mansion. 1205 W. Crescent Ave., Redlands; 7-11 p.m.; 909-798-4599, www.begreatie.org. Nov. 2 – Building A Generation’s 10th annual golf tournament to benefit programs that will help youth have a stable and healthy childhood. 9:30 a.m. registration, 10:30 a.m. brunch, 11 a.m. shotgun star t, 3:30 p.m. social time, 4 p.m. reception. Redlands Country Club, 1749 Garden St.; 909-793-8822, www.buildingageneration.org.

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traditions | programs & commitments

A room of their own Library offers young readers a place to explore the world By CARLA SANDERS

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INETY-FIVE YEARS AGO, the children of Redlands received a marvelous gift, one that has sparked imaginations and enchanted visitors ever since. In 1920, A.K. Smiley Public Library opened its Young Readers’ Room, a separate wing that was made possible through the generosity of Daniel Smiley, half brother to the library’s benefactors, Alfred H. and Albert K. Smiley. The library itself –

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12th Annual Family Day When: Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: A.K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands Cost: Admission is free Ages: Events are geared for kindergartners through fifth-graders, but everyone is welcome Special guest: Author and illustrator Bryan Collier, who will do a presentation and book signing at 11 a.m. Fun stuff: Nicholas, the reading therapy dog; refreshments; live music; craft stations that tie in with Collier’s books Bonus: Each child will receive a free book Information: www.akspl.org or (909) 798-7674

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Smiley Library’s annual Family Day offers activities for kids and their parents that promote reading and literacy.

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which opened in 1898 — already had a children’s book section, but it was Daniel Smiley’s gift that was transformative. “He donated $5,000 and had the room built,” explained Pamela Bunch, Youth Services librarian. “He believed the children of Redlands deserved a room of their own.” And so continued in a big way what has become a beloved part of growing up in the city, where generations have passed through the doorway into a land of awesome wonder and limitless possibilities. Stocked with 39,000 books, today’s Young Readers’ Room offers every type of genre, from nonfiction books about the founding of America to the science fiction wizarding worlds of Harry Potter and Oz. “We’ve had older people who came to the library as children come back with their grandchildren,” Bunch marveled. The room itself invites dreams to take shape. An enormous mural across the doorway shows children of yesteryear reading, drawing and sailing a toy sailboat.

“It’s really a fantastic place. There is a lot for kids to do and the consistency of the programs helps them develop a love and appreciation for reading.” It was painted by acclaimed author and illustrator Leo Politi, whose smaller works grace the walls throughout the room. Stained glass windows depicting various children’s stories, including “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Charlotte’s Web,” pay tribute to locals whose connections to the library and/or reading are cherished. The windows were all created by artist Tom Medlicott. Two large paintings, by well-known California artist Dorothy Dowiatt, offer a glimpse into the longevity of the Young Readers’ Room. The works show Bettie Finch and her brother Richard Finch snuggled in chairs, both reading books

checked out from the library. The portraits were painted in 1930 and donated to the library decades later. It is just such a love of reading that drew Sharon Thomas and her three children to the library when the family relocated from Ohio about two years ago. “We’re pretty heavy readers,” she said. “The library is one of the first places we look for in a new town.” Her children, Talitha, 10, Elizabeth, 8, and Enoch, 6, have participated in the summer reading program and are usually at the library about once a week checking out books. “It’s really a fantastic place,” Thomas said. “There is a lot for kids to do and the consistency of the programs helps them develop a love and appreciation for reading. It’s a very welcoming environment.” That is precisely the aim of the Young Readers’ Room, which is about books, certainly, but so much more. The place is constantly abuzz with programs for a

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variety of audiences. The veritable Story Time, a fixture of most libraries, is offered not only in English, but in Hindi, Spanish and Chinese. (French is in the works — and there’s a Pajama Story Time as well). Children can practice their reading skills with the assistance of therapy dogs Sassy and Daisy. Tiny Tots can hear a story read by a local state senator. Visitors can be entertained by a puppet show or a craft day. Parents and younger children can stretch their minds and bodies with Kids Yoga. “We try to get the community involved; we are constantly reaching out,” Bunch said. “We try to find programs that will intrigue.” That is accomplished through research and networking with other libraries, she explained. Sometimes, though, as is the case with the yoga class, it comes about as an idea from a community member. Then a proposal is written up and sent to the library’s Board of Trustees for approval. One of the library’s largest efforts has been the annual Family Day each fall. This year’s 12th annual event is planned for Oct. 3 and will feature author and three-time Caldecott Award winner Bryan Collier. Among the entertainment for the event will be live music and 10 stations, set up both inside the library and on the grounds outside, each having a theme relating to one of Collier’s books. These will include the Redlands Art Society making handprints (a tie-in with Collier’s “These Hands”) and the Boy Scouts teaching boating safety (“Freedom River”). Collier also will be signing many of his books including “Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship” in the Assembly Room. He co-wrote it with Nikki Giovanni and provided the illustrations. The backbone of the library — “tons of volunteers” — will be helping with Family Day. Stater Bros. annually donates cookies (about 900 of them!) and the 14 | redlandsmagazine.com | fall 2015

Books in the Young Readers’ Room open doors to adventure and learning for children of all ages, including Enoch, 5, and Elizabeth Thomas, 8.

Stained glass windows, inspired by “Hey Diddle Diddle” and other children’s nursery rhymes and stories, are some of the fun décor elements in the Young Readers’ Room.


library provides lemonade for refreshments, which are handed out in the garden near the Young Readers’ Room. The first 100-200 families to arrive at Family Day will be given a hardback book, courtesy of Smiley Library. For others, every child in attendance will receive a free paperback book. It’s all part of an effort to keep children reading and, hopefully, to show them — and their parents — that in today’s high-tech gadgetry society, the public library is still relevant. It’s a message that has garnered tremendous support in the city. “This is such a great, committed community,” said Bunch. “They are very much behind education and success.” Through the years the library has received not only monetary and book donations, but other items including models of the California missions and a set of beautiful puppets, which are often used at story time. Redlands resident Sarah Schenkel appreciates the library’s role in her children’s lives. She previously taught English and was an elementary school librarian. “Books are a passion of mine. I hope to pass that on to my kids; both of them love any book that is read to them.” Daughters Aliyah, 7, and Olivia, 5, attended story time as preschoolers and have also joined in the summer reading program. Both read every day and enjoy their outings to the library about once a week. “My girls love looking at the stainedglass windows, love playing in the yard by the Lincoln Shrine,” Schenkel said. And while she knows that technology will eventually play a role in her children’s future, she hopes they will always make room for books. “We have lots of books in our home,” she said. “Hopefully, having lots of books around and readily accessible, and through visits to the library, our children will be lifelong readers.”

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operations | finances & administration

A public-private partnership By DON SPROUL

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HILE California’s Education Code describes free public libraries as places for the “general diffusion of information and knowledge” and sets the legal framework for A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, this local institution — established in 1894 and expanded to its current location in 1898 — is much more. It’s a nexus for reading and education, a repository for the local history (in which its own story is entwined) and a place of beauty and respite. This public institution, along with its Heritage Room and Lincoln Memorial Shrine, relies both on city financing and ongoing community philanthropy. A quick overview of library operations, financial structure and origins: Funding: ‘No city lives by taxes alone’

UÊ/…iÊ ˆÌÞʜvÊ,i`>˜`ýÊVÕÀÀi˜ÌÊ General Fund allocation to the library is $1.9 million, the bulk of these funds, almost 95 percent, goes to personnel costs. UʘVœ“iÊvÀœ“Ê̅iÊ°°Ê-“ˆiÞÊ Endowment Fund and the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library covers almost all other day-to-day expenses, including the cost of operations, library programs and the acquisition of books and other materials. Established in 1922, the Endowment Fund generates roughly $400,000 in annual income. The fund is managed by the library’s five-member Board of Trustees, with the assistance of Don McCue, library director. The library welcomes endowment gifts which, unless otherwise specified, go to support programs, as well book and material purchases. Inquiries about donations should be addressed to the library director. Thanks to ongoing community support, the library holds a fundraising gala only once every four years. The gala isn’t held annually, according to archivist Nathan Gonzales, so the library doesn’t place itself

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Acclaimed Santa Barbara-based artist Fred George Gowland frequently paid tribute to his Redlands hometown through his work. His airy, bright brushstrokes above captured the library prior to the reconstruction of its distinctive tower.

in ongoing competition with community nonprofits like the Redlands Community Music Association, the symphony or the YMCA. The Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dating from 1973, raises funds through book auctions, bag sales and sales from a basement book store which spans a warren of several rooms. The Friends group also coordinates volunteers and helps fund an adult literacy program at the library. Since its inception in 2003, the program has helped more than 600 adults learn how to read. During that time, 95 volunteers contributed 5,451 service hours to the effort. History and outreach

Also managed under the auspices of the Smiley Library are three distinct community resources not normally found at other similar institutions: the Heritage Room, a repository of local history; the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, a collection of historic documents and artifacts; and more recently, the nascent Redlands Historical Museum.

While the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, opened in 1932, serves the memory and history of the fallen Civil War president, it also is a lasting tribute given by Robert Watchorn in memory of his son, Ewart. The Shrine is operated as part of the library’s Special Collections Division and is sustained through the Watchorn Lincoln Memorial Association and its endowment. The Heritage Room serves as a repository for photos, maps and documents which capture moments in the history of Redlands, Southern California and the West. (For more information about the Shrine and Heritage Room, please see the story on Page 22.) Development of the Redlands Historical Museum, in partnership with the Redlands Historical Museum Association, was launched in 2000 at the direction of the City Council and also falls under the jurisdiction of the library. In late 2014, the museum, also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, acquired a permanent home: the old Redlands Daily Facts building at 700 Brookside Ave. Fundraising to renovate the building, targeted to open in three to five years, is underway.


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HE HEART of any library is, of course, the books that line its shelves, those tomes that have passed through dozens, perhaps even hundreds of hands during their years in circulation. But more and more, today’s libraries are not only taking that book-reading to new and innovative levels, but providing other related services as well. A.K. Smiley Public Library is no exception, and its patrons are the lucky beneficiaries of an institution that continues to be an integral and relevant part of the community. Digital direction

Smiley Library offers electronic books through OverDrive. Its Southern California Digital Library is a consortium of local libraries that have pooled resources to share their digital book collections. Registered borrowers at Smiley Library are able to use their library cards to download any e-books (OverDrive Read) or audiobooks (OverDrive Listen) available from SCDL to their home computer in PDF or mp3 format. Digital books are available 24/7 and have a seven- or 14-day loan period. Also available from the Southern California Digital Library is the Medio Do Reader, which is used for Japanese language e-books. Adult literacy

The library and its nonprofit Friends of the Library offer a muchneeded community service with the Redlands Adult Literacy Program. Working with community volunteers, the mission is to provide free professional one-on-one tutoring in reading and writing to adults, 18 years and older,

who seek such help. Lessons are individualized, confidential and goaloriented. The literacy tutors are volunteers from the Redlands community. Those interested must be at least 18 years old; have the ability to speak, read and write English; be compassionate and sensitive to the needs of adult learners; and be willing to be trained to assist in meeting the learner’s goals. No previous teaching experience is required. Tutor/learner pairs schedule dates and times for tutoring to fit their schedules. Meetings occur at Smiley Library or at designated school sites in the community. Tutors are provided with recommended teaching materials and techniques to assist with any challenges that may arise. Learners must be at least 18 years old and out of the traditional high school environment. A learner must be able to speak to and understand Englishspeaking staff and tutors. Learners are interviewed and assessed before being matched with a tutor, and then are asked to make a

six-month commitment to the program. Learners meet with their tutor once or twice a week for 1½ to 2 hours. For more information, call the Redlands Adult Literacy Program at 909-798-7565, ext. 4138 or email literacy@akspl.org. Coffee, please

One of the bonus pleasures of a good book is that mug of coffee or cup of tea to go along with it. Smiley Library has patrons covered on that front as well with Will J’s Coffee Café. The café is located on the library’s lower level and offers a variety of coffees, teas and hot chocolate. It has tables and chairs where patrons can sit and enjoy their drinks, but visitors also are welcome to partake of their covered beverages throughout the library, except in areas near public computers. The newly designed coffee bar was funded by the Will J. Reid Foundation — hence the name — and was specifically designed to be enjoyed by study groups, wireless users and book lovers.

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The Children’s Room Story times in different languages Monday and Tuesday evenings. Pre-schoolers and tiny tots progams Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Details on these and other programs at pbunch@akspl.org or call (909) 798-7674 for more information.

Save the date Family Day at the Smiley Library, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This free event includes family activities, music, storytime, book signings and a new book for every child. Programs are geared for K-5th grade children.

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ROM ITS DEDICATION IN 1898, made possible in large part through the gifts of the Smiley brothers, twins Alfred and Albert, to the expanded, air-conditioned facility of today, the library and its accompanying Lincoln Memorial Shrine serves as a working treasure for the city. The reference wing has multiple windows, including two that feature rose-inspired designs. The one on the east wall, at the far end of this photo, was created in 1898. During an early expansion, that wall was disassembled, moved then reassembled at the end of the new section of the wing in 1906 — the same year the second rose window, at left, was made to mimic the first. Also note, the four vertical stained-glass windows on the east wall represent avenues of learning: art, literature, music and science. PHOTOS BY ERIC REED

The Scott Conservatory, at left, named in honor of Louise and Alex Scott and their family for their contributions to the project, was part of the 1990 expansion and renovation. Mixing old and new, the bookshelves in another part of the Conservatory date to the library’s early days and the large windows throughout allow views of the garden area outside. “It’s one of my favorite spaces in the whole building,” says Nathan Gonzales, the library’s archivist. “The architects did a great job of tying in a period feel. It feels like it flows, even though it’s brand new.”

By JERRY RICE

Alfred, left, and Albert K. Smiley

Designed in the Moorish style, the look of A.K. Smiley Public Library grew out of conversations in the 1890s between Albert K. Smiley and T.R. Griffith, a local architect. With its contrasting red brick slurry with sandstone trimming and topped with a roof of heavy red tile, the building drew rave reviews, according to “A Brief History: A.K. Smiley Public Library,” by Larry E. Burgess, the longtime library director who retired in 2012. During a celebration of the building’s dedication on April 29, 1898, Albert K. Smiley said he hoped it would be “an inspiration to the inhabitants of this fair city for untold generations.” The library has been that and more during the intervening decades, serving as a community gathering spot and a place for learning that has grown and changed — from the horse-and-buggy era to the Internet and digital age — right along with the city of Redlands. summer 2015 | redlandsmagazine.com | 19


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Towering achievement The upper section of the library’s iconic tower was dismantled in the 1930s due to earthquake retrofit issues, altering the original design of the building for decades. In the 1990s, to celebrate the centennial, the library’s Board of Trustees launched a campaign to fund reconstruction of the tower. Private contributions, ranging from 25 cents to $175,000, paid for the effort.

V An early view A perspective sketch, circa 1905, shows the original scheme for A.K. Smiley Public Library. Some of the expansion plans shown here were realized, and others were not including part of the addition on the right, according to Nathan Gonzales, library archivist. That said, the facility is considerably larger than it was when it was dedicated on April 29, 1898. The first of several additions, the reference wing, was financed by Albert K. Smiley in 1906-07. Archival and paintings courtesy of the Heritage Room of A.K. Smiley Public Library.

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CONNECTING WITH HISTORY From local to Lincoln, memorial shrine and Heritage Room preserve artifacts and keep the past alive

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1930s-era photo of a former slave who was freed at the end of the Civil War; also, shackles and a slave tag

Recent acquisitions The Shrine recently acquired a carpet bag from 1861 and a tag from 1840 that helps tell the story of slavery during Lincoln’s time. The tag was worn around the neck of a slave rented to another person. Its purpose was to show that the person renting the slave had paid the fee (or tax) required, based on the value of the work the rented slave was providing. The traveling bag was made from carpet, hence its name, “carpet bag.” Northerners who traveled to the South during Reconstruction got that name from this type of luggage. The bag was acquired at auction and will go on display and be used as a teaching tool after a professional conservator stabilizes its condition.

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STEP into the Lincoln Memorial Shrine and the Heritage Room at A.K. Smiley Public Library is an immersion into a collection of millions of rare and valuable artifacts on Redlands, Southern California, the Civil War era and President Abraham Lincoln. the Shrine are a marble bust The Shrine is a unique of Lincoln, made by famed museum, library and research sculptor George Grey Barnard in facility dedicated to Lincoln the early 1900s, and an original and the Civil War. Founded in Normal Rockwell oil-on-canvas 1932 by philanthropist Robert painting from 1945, called Watchorn, the Shrine is the “Thoughts on Peace on Lincoln’s only museum, library and Birthday.” The Rockwell painting archives west of the depicts a disabled World Mississippi exclusively War II-era soldier and an dedicated to Lincoln image of Lincoln. and the period in The Shrine is alive which he lived. with Civil War history. Housing original On display are an manuscripts, 1865 Cavalry soldier’s artwork and wool coat, Confederate artifacts related to currency, hats, Lincoln, his life and newspapers, a rare funeral the Civil War, the Lincoln bust Shrine welcomed 17,000 at the Shrine wreath that lay atop Lincoln’s casket, and strands visitors last year. The of the late president’s hair, which Shrine draws a wide range of are included in a display about people, from elementary school his assassination at Ford’s students on field trips to scholars Theatre in Washington, D.C. like James McPherson, a top As a repository of rare period Civil War historian, and documents, the Shrine serves “everyone in between,” said as an important research Nathan Gonzales, archivist and facility on Lincoln and his head of special collections for contributions. Smiley Library and curator Books, pamphlets and of the Lincoln Memorial Shrine. newspapers detailing Civil War Among the major artworks at

Most significant Perhaps the single most-valuable item at the Shrine is a 1945 oil-on-canvas Norman Rockwell painting, “Thoughts on Peace on Lincoln’s Birthday.” The artwork shows a World War II veteran with symbols of the time. Curtis Publishing, the publishers of the Saturday Evening Post, took February 1945 and the occasion of Lincoln’s birthday to ponder the peace about to come and the nation’s ambiguous future. They chose poet Carl Sandburg to write a poem and commissioned Rockwell to paint a work for this endeavor. Sandburg wrote “The Long Shadow of Lincoln,” inspired by Lincoln’s December 1862 message to Congress. The poem and Rockwell’s painting, a symbolic work with a disabled soldier and an image of Lincoln over his right shoulder, were featured in the Saturday Evening Post on Feb. 10, 1945. The painting came to the Lincoln Shrine three months later at Rockwell’s request.

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Rarest artifact Six strands of Lincoln’s hair, clipped from his head by attending physicians on the night of his assassination

Most popular (among children) The gruesome exhibit on surgery and medical care for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. On display with hairs from Lincoln’s head is a copy of a life mask which was originally cast in 1865.

news and accounts about Lincoln tell the story of the era and the self-made man who was born into poverty on the frontier but became one of America’s most accomplished presidents. Noteworthy artifacts include Lincoln manuscripts, a Civil War medal of honor, and relics including Civil War-era muskets, a Cavalry saber, a cannon ball from Fort Associate archivist Maria Carrillo surveys several artifacts in the Heritage Room. The library acquires historic relics from various sources, including auctions and donations.

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Sumter and a 34-star battle flag. Over the years, the collection has grown thanks to donations of rare items and of funds which are used to buy pieces at auction or from collectors. Exhibits are rotated regularly so different artifacts are on display each year. “It’s an incredibly important collection,” Gonzales said. “We’re fortunate because people who live in Redlands really feel a

responsibility to ensure the Shrine and library endure.” The Heritage Room at the A.K. Smiley Public Library also is much-loved and especially valued by locals, with its vast collection of rare books, newspapers, photos, citrus industry artifacts and many other pieces of Redlands and California history.


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Glass, color and light are his media — Tom Medlicott at work in his home studio.

Let the light shine in Smiley Library is a showcase for a Redlands artisan who tells stories in glass By CANAN TASCI s Photos by ERIC REED

T In addition to Medlicott’s work, Smiley Library also features the efforts of other artists, including this window by Liz McClure Christensen. It depicts colorful pansies, a favorite of the Smiley twins who were unable to grow the flowers in New York because deer would eat them.

OM MEDLICOTT may not think he’s famous, but his art is definitely a staple in this town. Through the years, the 68-year-old Redlands resident has made a living as a glass artist and has had a hand in the restoration or creation of thousands of glass windows in the city. His most recent project is a 2-by-5-foot stained glass window that will be placed in the Heritage Room of A.K. Smiley Public Library to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Kimberly Juniors, an organization for young women. summer 2015 | redlandsmagazine.com | 27


“I would drive around town, drop off my card at churches if “These windows can last for hundreds of years, and it’s nice I thought they needed work, and that’s how I made it. That helped to know my hands will have played a role in that,” Medlicott said. me get established in Redlands,” he said. “Redlands Glass helped “I doubt that makes me super famous in the microcosm of this me, too. They directed universe, or puts my their customers to me windows in the national “These windows can last for hundreds if they needed jobs they spotlight, but to know that of years, and it’s nice to know my hands couldn’t do.” people will continue to come In 1977, Medlicott moved here for a long time and see will have played a role in that.” to Redlands proper to set my windows, well, that’s up shop. And after several special for me.” locations downtown, he Medlicott was born in relocated once again. Tacoma, Wash., and grew up “We moved to a home in New York. He later moved in 1983 and it had a home to Colorado and, after high studio area, so I decided school, headed to Los to work out of there and Angeles to attend the have been here ever since.” Chouinard Art Institute, now In studio, Medlicott known as CalArts. He took works with a laundry list classes for two quarters, but of tools: beveling equipcouldn’t afford to continue. ment, hand-made wooden As it turned out, it didn’t sticks for pushing tiny bits matter. The artist learned the of fine glass, iron pliers, rudimentary skills of his knives, a small diamondcraft in Colorado, everything tipped router to smooth out else he picked up along the the glass, wire brushes and way. Before Medlicott knew even a toothbrush to clean it, he was married and back the glass. in the Rocky Mountain state. He purchases materials “I just learned how to from Hollander Glass make stained glass windows, Company, a family-owned and I did it very well in distributor in Stanton, and Colorado. But that was in the mostly uses European glass early 1970s,” he said, adding, from France and Germany. “No one else around was Once the glass is broken, doing it. I was young and Medlicott crafts it into all was good enough to make types of shapes and sizes. good money, so I thought Some projects have more I could do this anywhere.” than 5,000 pieces, some A few moves down the as tiny as his fingernail. road found him back in The glass is soldered California in 1974, in together with lead and, Running Springs to be exact. Medlicott created this window to honor the 40-year career of Larry Burgess, who was the longtime library director before retiring in 2012. It features several because Medlicott knows He has been been in the local landmarks, including the Smiley Library tower, Lincoln Memorial Shrine his craft so well, he can Golden State ever since. and the Memorial Chapel at University of Redlands. create spaces that allow “Even though I lived in colors to shift when natural light hits the glass. Once a project is Running Springs, most of my work came from Redlands,” he said, complete, it’s all about standing back and letting the color of those adding that he became familiar with the library after fixing a couple pieces pop, he says. of windows there within a year of his return to California. “I will use one shade of glass to highlight an area, but you don’t His first job in Redlands, however, was to repair a window in the want things to be too dark,” he continued. “What’s really nice to see Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery mausoleum. At the time, most is (that moment) when a window has no light directly on it, but the of the jobs were repairs, what Medlicott calls “low-hanging fruit.” colors from the glass still come to life.” He was 27, had two kids and had to hustle for work.

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“The way the light comes After 40 years of work, Medlicott “The way the light comes through through the glass in the morning estimates he’s created about 4,000 the glass in the morning hours hours really gets your attention,” pieces. Each has a different story: really gets your attention.” McCue said. “In the winter, in some larger, some more intricate particular between 9:30 a.m. and others more labor-intense. and 10 a.m., the gold glass shines In addition to glass, Medlicott on the wall and carpet. It’s quite has been experimenting with beautiful.” mosaics. He completed his first The library’s Heritage Room is this past May for the Olive Avenue the perfect spot for the Kimberly Market. He hopes to continue Juniors window. It houses the working in this medium. Special Collections Division Most of Medlicott’s pieces and history of Redlands and and jobs are priced reasonably, San Bernardino County, depending size, labor and glass including a history of the involved. While windows are what Kimberly family. he’s best known for, Medlicott has John Alfred and Helen made signs, tabletops and created Cheney Kimberly purchased the pieces in cities all over California Kimberly home in 1905. Helen including Hemet, Palm Springs and was known for her teaching Los Angeles. The most expensive of domestic science in schools. to date: a $45,000 church window. “She believed that young The piece for the Kimberly women should be educated Juniors likely won’t cost that much, for their future roles of wives but it will be rich in detail. and mothers,” according to Medlicott has been busy sketching a history of the Kimberlys on ideas for the window with the KimberlyCrest.org, and she Kimberly Crest home, young founded the group for young women with sailor outfits and ladies. other details he’s saving for the The Kimberly Juniors began unveiling. in 1916 with the purpose of “During the course of my career providing “young ladies the Tom has created a wealth of skills needed to function windows for us. He’s just a successfully in modern society Redlands treasure. His art is and gracefully involve themselves unique, one of a kind and very in community lives as good meticulous,” said Don McCue, citizens,” according to their the Smiley Library director who mission. started as an archivist in 1986. Their daughter, Mary Medlicott’s most recent piece Kimberly-Shirk, inherited the in the library honors the 40-year home when her parents died. career of Larry Burgess, who She was known in the served as an archivist and, later, community as a philanthropist as the library director for 26 years and supporter of education, leading up to his retirement in served as president of Scripps 2012. College from 1942-1943 and McCue says that Medlicott has continued her mother’s work a vision for each piece. He works Also in the library’s Heritage Room is this Medlicott-designed with the Kimberly Juniors. with the donor, and in his case, window that celebrates business in Redlands. Medlicott appreciates the the library staff, to find a common local history and his opportunity to share in it. theme that reflects the donor’s life or story. “At some point when I can’t make windows anymore (and) “Then he painstakingly finds glass and turns it into a beautiful I’m no longer here, that library will still be (here). … For me work of art,” McCue said. The stained-glass window that honors to be able to tell those stories and to have my story be a part Burgess was installed in March 2014 in an area that leads to the of the library is pretty cool.” then-director’s office. 30 | redlandsmagazine.com | fall 2015


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ITH a teacher-student ratio of two teachers for 15 students in its largest class to date, the scholastic focus and individualized attention that Redlands Unified School District’s new eAcademy lavishes on kids ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors is similar to top private schools. Yet eAcademy is a free public school, blending online study and communication with brick-and-mortar class time and social activities. Kids at eAcademy, which debuted in 2013, do rigorous coursework and online “attendance” at home, then visit the campus to do their homework, says Principal David Finley. Kindergarten - 4th grade students meet at the school in three-hour blocks three times weekly; 5th 8th grades twice weekly; and high school students in a day-long block once a week. Finley says the model not only often results in closer communication

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PRESIDENTIAL PARADE By JERRY RICE

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MONG historic libraries anywhere in the country, A.K. Smiley Public Library is unique in that it has a connection with several U.S. chief executives and leaders who could request an audience with one: UÊ7ˆÌ…ˆ˜Êiˆ}…ÌÊÞi>ÀÃʈ˜Ê̅iÊi>ÀÞÊ£™ääÃ]Ê̅ÀiiÊ «ÀiÈ`i˜ÌÃÊV>“iÊV>ˆ˜}ʜ˜Ê,i`>˜`ÃÊ>˜`Êi>V…ÊœvÊ Ì…i“ÊV>Õ}…ÌÊ>Ìʏi>ÃÌÊ>Ê}ˆ“«ÃiʜvÊ-“ˆiÞʈLÀ>ÀÞÊ while they were in town. UÊ“œ˜}Ê̅iʓ>˜ÞÊvÀˆi˜`ÃʜvʏLiÀÌÊ°Ê>˜`ʏvÀi`Ê °Ê-“ˆiÞÊÜ>Ãʈ˜`ÕÃÌÀˆ>ˆÃÌʘ`ÀiÜÊ >À˜i}ˆi]Ê܅œÊ became one of the most powerful men in the world.

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Effie Smiley (standing), with Albert, Ruth and Daniel Smiley in the back seat of a vehicle in front of the library

Andrew Carnegie, left, and Albert Smiley in March 1910.

Robert, left, and Alma Watchorn with their son, Ewart

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William McKinley rolled past the library on on May 8, 1901, riding in a carriage drawn by four white horses and accompanied by his wife, members of his cabinet and California Gov. Henry Gage. Two years later, on May 7, Theodore Roosevelt toured the young community and delivered a speech less than a mile away from the library. William Howard Taft visited on Oct. 12, 1909, riding in the first of a fleet of automobiles, each elaborately trimmed with brass and bearing two spare tires, according to a story in the Redlands Daily Facts.

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