Building on a Promise
Deliver a new modular library and provide library services in participation with SLO County for the Templeton Community.
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Legacy Donors to Remember
Margaret Anderson Radunich was an early loyal supporter of the TCLA Building Fund. She passed away in 2018 and left a large gift to TCLA to help build a library Another contributor George Hearst gave a personal donation of $100,000, which TCLA hopes to honor with a Reading Nook in the new library.
The purpose of this non-profit Corporation is to establish and maintain an association of persons in support of the establishment of a library within the Templeton area of San Luis Obispo County.
Templeton used to have a Library. It was built in 1915 as a Reading Room by the Templeton Women’s Civic Club on a lot on Main Street that the Templeton Board of Trade donated.
The Reading Room eventually became a library, listed in 1919 County records, and noted in last year’s SLO County Centennial Celebration of Library Services. However, the County had to close Templeton Library along with 4 other branches in 1978 after Proposition 13 was enacted. The County later re-opened the other 4 branches, but not the Templeton branch.
The Templeton Community Library Association (TCLA) was formed in 2000 as a 501(c)3 corporation to continue a young Boy Scout's (Josh Gibson) idea to build a community library in Templeton as his Eagle Scout project. In collaboration with SLO County Officials, the plan was to partner 50-50 on the funds needed with SLO County to build Templeton a public Library.
On April 30, 2001, TCLA and the Templeton Unified School District (TUSD) signed a lease agreement for a portion of the Petersen Property at the SE corner of Main Street and Templeton Road, Templeton as a library building site. Over the past 20 years TCLA organized and fundraised to match with the County for a traditional stick-built building on the site.
In 2012, TCLA opened a small Book Room lending library on Main Street, run by TCLA volunteers. That Book Room is now located in the Recreation Department, but is currently closed due to Covid19.
In March 2020, the County announced there would be no funds for building library facilities for the foreseeable future. TCLA is now pursuing building a smaller modular library on a reduced budget.