TEMPLETON — A small, rural town nestled between the two larger commuter towns of San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles, Templeton is often overlooked when driving along Highway 101. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, however, Templeton has a population of about 7,500 residents, nearly one quarter of which is made up of children under the age of 18.
Although older generations can hardly imagine a time without having to physically visit a library to research anything, today’s children are accustomed to online communication to engage in and maintain contact with the surrounding world. Public libraries have suffered greatly since this move toward digital connections.
The local Templeton Community Library Association (TCLA) has made it their mission to reintroduce public spaces, such as a library, to the city.
Small donations have reportedly become the driving force that is helping the association inch closer to its goal. In fact, this past Monday, Jan. 9, TCLA received a generous $50,000 donation from longtime Templeton resident Margaret Anderson Radunich.
Radunich, who is TCLA’s largest donor to date, has been supporting the association since 2002.
“Radunich is a longtime Templeton resident,” said TCLA treasurer Gwen Pelfrey. “Her dad, Elven Anderson, was the first Templeton school bus driver and her mom taught at several of Templeton’s schools.”
Currently the TCLA, in conjunction with the Templeton Youth Recreation Department, offers a smaller community gathering place for local youth.
The Book Room, established in September 2012, is located at Lynn’s Place, 599 South Main St.
With help from faithful and generous donors like Radunich, TCLA is actively working toward its goal of providing the small, rural town of Templeton with a public library of their own.
For more information about the Templeton Community Library Association, contact Gwen Pelfrey at 805-801-8782.
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