Scheduled Speakers and Topics from September of 2016
September 17, 2016 MaerWilson New book, Biography of Philip K. Dick
Montecello, The Biography of a House
November 19, 2016 WilliBear New Book, The Corksuckers
December 17, 2016 TBA
January 21, 2017 DennisSuter Museums I Have Visited
February 18, 2017 JohnSalacan The Art of Book Binding
RobinNiedecker Carnegie Libraries
Regina Zeitlan Law
Enforcement on Two Borders
May 20, 2017 TBA
Summer Picnic – No speaker - BookDiscussion
At our February meeting, John Salacan, spoke about The Pencil and the culmination of 5,000 years of development in writing.
Our January speaker was FOL member Dennis Suter presenting a slide show of museums he has visited.
The Friends of the Library meeting on Saturday, September 17th featured
author Maer Wilson. Her new memoir is titled 'The Other Side of
Philip K. Dick' and covers her friendship with Phil the last ten years
of his life. Philip K. Dick wrote numerous science fiction books and
stories which ended up on Hollywood screens.
December speaker was Jo A. Wilkins, an experienced author and publisher from
Henderson. Mrs. Wilkins is founder and CEO of two publishing
groups: 1) Mystic Publishers, a very economical guide to the
author who chooses to self-publish his/her works; and 2)
Nightfall Publications, a full, traditional publishing company.
Her lively presentation was very factual, with special emphasis on the
need to use competent editors, and hints regarding the marketing of
your book. A successful writer needs to read two books: for
non-fiction, The A P Manual of Style, and for fiction, The Chicago
Manual of Style.
May 2010 Speaker
Local author and historian, Robert McCracken,
spoke at the Friends Of The Library May 1st meeting.
December 2009 Speaker
Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce director spoke on authoring books, business experiences and the local chamber.
November 2009 Speaker
Local historian and Pahrump Mirror columnist John Weisser spoke about
woman prospectors from the Nevada gold and silver mining era.
January 2009 Speaker
Speaker: Brian Brown, China Ranch Date Farm
BRIAN BROWN, owner of the unique
oasis called the China Ranch Date Farm, addressed the Friends of the
Library at their January meeting. His presentation answered the
question most frequently asked: Why is his date orchard called The
China Ranch? Brian has searched many resources looking for that
answer. “Loafing Along Death Valley Trails,” a 1950 publication by Mr.
Caruthers, and the Inyo County records were especially informative.
In 1882, The Pacific Coast Borax Company recruited Chinese workers to
mine the abundant borax crystal found in Death Valley. (Remember the
old radio show, Death Valley Days, advertising the 20-mule team borax
products?) Because of the intense summer heat in Death Valley, the
Company would transfer their workers to another borax mine about seven
miles from the present Date Farm. A Chinese man named Ah-foo was sent
to a “ranch in the region” to grow vegetables for the workers.
Presumably, this ranch was the present Date Farm where there was plenty
of water and good soil. Inyo County records verify two references to
Ah-foo: a 1895 court action, and a 1900 quit-claim deed to Misters
Morrison and Walsh, who bought the “Chinaman’s Ranch” for $1,000 in
From 1919 to 1925 Brian’s great aunt owned the ranch and built a home
there. She ordered generic date seeds by mail, which she then planted
along the drive-way up to the house. The trees, planted in 1920, still
line the drive, towering over the other, younger trees in the orchard.
(Dates from the original trees, called the China Ranch Variety, are
In 1969, Brian’s father bought an interest in the ranch. Since 1990,
Brian and his wife have worked to enhance the orchard with specific
varieties of dates, and build the business. In recent years, Brian
came to an agreement with the Nature Conservancy to designate a portion
of the acreage for further development of the orchard, but dedicate the
larger surrounding area in perpetuity to conservation, thus preventing
residential development. The China Ranch Oasis, with its flowing
creek, will always be there for future generations to enjoy.
October 2008 Speaker
Local history teacher Bob Mobley, spoke about the Comstock Lode
and silver mining in Virginia City, Nevada.
June 2008 - Julie Moreo
Julie Moreo autugraphs her book You Are More Than Enough:
Every Woman's Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power for member Helene Campton.
May 2008 - Geoff
the May 3rd Friends of the Library meeting, guest speaker,
his book, Howard
Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue for
member Nancy Suter.
April 2008 - Ronald Wayne
Ronald Wayne talked about the value of money