Michael Peter Garofalo


P. O. Box 181
Proberta, California 96078


Professional Employment

Academic Qualifications and Education


Community Service and Volunteer Efforts



Teaching Experience

Personal Information

References and Recommendations




Professional Employment

Technology and Media Services Supervisor,  2003- 
Employed by the Corning Union Elementary School District (K-8), Corning, California  
Manage five school libraries, three computer labs, and one media center
Manage websites for five schools and District, and coordinate assistant webmasters
Supervise five employees
Teach productivity, educational, and web development software applications
Collaborate with teachers and administrators on many educational support projects
Library and technology support fundraising projects
Research, write and manage grants  
From 2004-2011 helped write and manage grant awards for over $2,500,000
Part-time classified supervisory employee, .6 FTE  

District Librarian, Library Media Teacher, 1999-2003
Employed by the Corning Union Elementary School District (K-8), Corning, California.
Taught information literacy and provided readers' advisory services to students
Managed four school libraries, one computer lab, and one media center
Supervised 3 employees
Developed four school library websites
Wrote grants and did fundraising for school libraries
Part-time certificated teacher, .6 FTE.  

Mind/Body Movement Arts Teacher, 2000-
T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Qigong, and Philosophy Instructor, 2000-
Yoga, Meditation and Fitness Instructor, 2004-
Valley Spirit Center Services, Red Bluff, California  

Web Publishing and Design Services, 1998-
Green Way Research, Red Bluff, California

Library Administrator, 1984-1998

East County Region, County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Supervised 17 library managers, 1 assistant administrator, and 4 regional coordinators
Regional Administrator for 17 public libraries and 2 bookmobiles
Managed an operating budget of $11,860,000.  
Automated Circulation System Implementation Steering Group Chairperson
Collection Agency Project Manager, Top Ten Productivity Award from Los Angeles County
County Library Strategic Planning Committee Member
Public Services Division leadership responsibility for many budget and personnel projects
Public Services Personnel Committee member managing $45,000,000
Administered the public library services provided in 13 incorporated cities
Developed the Public Services Management Information System
Led fundraising efforts in East Region that raised $1,873,000 from 1992 -1997
Led the development of the Library Activity Index
Represented library management in meetings with SEIU Union representatives 
Served as the Acting Chief of Public Services Division on many occasions
Organized 263 part-time staff to circulate 3.7 million items to 483,000 registered users
Three new libraries constructed and seven remodeled during this period in East Region
Oversight of facilities open 42,197 hours to serve 3.1 million walk-in customers
Leader of the East Region City Relations program with 13 incorporated cities
Responsible for investigating and resolving complaints, grievances, and problems
Held various committee and leadership positions with the California Library Association, 
      American Library Association, and Los Angeles County Managers Association.  
Member of the Administrative Council of the County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Retired in 1998 after a 32 year career in public services in Los Angeles County.  


System Audio-Visual Services Coordinator, 1982-1984
Member of the Administrative Council of the County of Los Angeles County Public Library System
Supervised 9 audio-visual services and 3 media production employees
Developed the Management Film Showcase Program for the Los Angeles 
      County Managers Association
Implemented VHS videotape collections  
Expanded vendor and ordering options  
Oversight of numerous media production projects   
Coordinated and trained 6 Regional Media Services Coordinators 
Developed and marketed the County Library Management Media Collection
Planned Media Services move into the new Library Administrative Headquarters Facility
Implemented the County Library Audio-Visual Services Newsletter
Member of the Administrative Council of the County of Los Angeles Public Library System

Regional Audio-Visual Services Coordinator (Librarian IV), 1981-1982

Southeast Region, Norwalk Regional Library Headquarters, County Library System
Led numerous media production projects
Coordinated media services at 22 County libraries
Acting In-Charge as needed at numerous libraries in the Southeast Region  
Reference librarian at the Regional Headquarters Library in Norwalk  
Represented SEIU Union employees in meetings with library management

Library Manager (Librarian IV), Reference Librarian, and Audio-Visual Librarian, 1975-1981
East Los Angeles Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library System

Supervised 2 librarians, and 15 other employees 
Co-writer of the Chicano Resource Center Grant, 1976
Developed the Chicano Resource Center Media Collection, 1977-1981

Library Manager (Librarian II) and Children's Librarian, 1974-1975
Bell Gardens Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Supervised 4 employees  
Chairperson, Bicentennial Commission, City of Bell Gardens

Reference Librarian (Librarian I), 1973-1974
Compton Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library System
Helped develop the African-American Resource Center collection
Acting Library Manager

United States Air Force, Staff Sergeant, Personnel Specialist, 1969-1973.  
Keesler Air Force Base, Air Training Command, Biloxi, Mississippi
Officer Records Review and Personnel Information Systems Section
Supervised 2 employees 

City of Commerce Public Library, 1963-1969
City of Commerce, California
Chief of Technical Services and Librarian, 1968 -1969
Reference Assistant and Supervisor, 1965 -1968
Library Circulation Services Clerk, 1963 -1965



Academic Qualifications and Education

Master of Science, Library Science, University of Southern California, 1967-1968, 3.5 GPA
     Full-tuition scholarship award from USC

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, California State University at Los Angeles, 1963-1967
    Honors at Entrance Certificate

Graduate Studies, 28 Units, Philosophy, California State University at Los Angeles, 1974-1977
     Graduate Student of the Year Award, CSULA, 1976  4.0 GPA

Graduate Studies, 32 Units, Education, California State University at Chico, 1999-2003, 3.8 GPA

Honors Diploma, Cantwell Catholic High School, Montebello, California, 1963, 3.8 GPA

St. Alphonsus Catholic Grammar School, K-8, East Los Angeles

Current Certificates




American Library Association
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association    
International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America  
Tai Chi for Health Community  
California Yoga Teachers Association
American Association of Retired Persons    
Tehama County Commission on Aging
University of Southern California Alumni Association



Community Service and Volunteer Efforts

Tehama County Commission on Aging, 2005-

School Board Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Gerber Union Elementary School District (K-8),
Red Bluff, Tehama County, California, from January 2000 until November 2004.

Literary Festival Committee member, Tehama County, California, 1999-2003.  

Web Publisher, Green Way Research, 1993-

String Figures performer at schools, libraries, and community events since 1975-

Substitute Teacher, Tehama County Schools, K-12, 1999-

Adult Literacy Tutor, Tehama County Public Library, 1998-2000.  

Valley Friends of the Libraries, San Gabriel Valley, California, 1995 -1997.  
Helped in convincing voters to pass the Los Angeles County Community Libraries 
Facilities Bond measure in 1997

Organized and expanded fundraising efforts in the East Region of the County of 
Los Angeles Public Library through a donation program, Friends of the Library efforts,
grant writing, and an active city relations program.  We raised $1,873,000 from 
1992-1997 in East Region.  

Hacienda Heights Public Library, Friends of the Library, 1983-1998.  
Helped with fundraising events, hosting speakers, and lobbying for library improvements.
Karen Garofalo, my wife, was President of the Hacienda Heights Friends of the Library 
from 1985-1992, and the County of Los Angeles Public Library Citizen of the Year in 1993.  

AYSO soccer referee, 1985-1989.  

United States Air Force, Staff Sergeant, Personnel Specialist, 1969-1973.  




Above the Fog
   Zen Poems   

Pulling Onions    Over 500 Aphorisms of a Gardener   

Cloud Hands Blog  

Taijiquan Standard 24 Form 

Eight Section Brocade Qigong   

Magic Pearl Qigong  

Green Way Research    Index to Works in Progress   

Reviews: Awards and Kudos for my Web Publishing and Publications    

Scores of my poems, articles, aphorisms, timelines, and short essays have been published at
other websites, and in print articles, newsletters, newspapers, and books.  Citations for 
publication are found on the webpages listed above.  




Teaching and Instructional Experience

Teaching Yoga at the Tehama Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff, California,
since October, 2004   

Teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan at the Tehama Family Fitness Center in Red Bluff,
California, since March, 2004

Lecturer and workshop presenter on a variety of topics: web publishing,
gardening, haiku and short poems, webpage design, string art, and fitness for seniors.  

Teaching Qigong and Taijiquan since January, 2000 in Red Bluff, California

Teaching staff and students how to use Microsoft Office software, webpage
design software, Internet software, and Follett Library software from 1999-2005

Library Media Teacher and District Librarian, certificated teacher, 1999-2003, 
for the Corning Union Elementary School District (K-8), Corning, California.

Substitute Teacher Credential in the State of California (3/99-4/06) and have
worked as a substitute teacher in Tehama County, grades K-12, since 1999 

Graduate Studies, 32 Units, Education, California State University at Chico, 
1999-2003, 3.8 GPA

Mentor, trainer, instructor, staff developer, and management group leader while 
working as a Library Administrator, County of Los Angeles Public Library, 1984-1998.  

Line manager, supervisor, or coordinator with daily training, staff development, 
discipline, motivation and evaluation responsibilities from 1975-2005.  




I was born in 1946 and grew up with my two brothers in East Los Angeles in the 
Bandini neighborhood.  

Karen Eubanks and I were married in 1967.  We raised a daughter, Alicia, and a son. Mick, 
in Hacienda Heights, California.  In 1998, we moved from a suburban and urban area in the San 
Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County, to a rural area in Red Bluff, Tehama County, California.
Our adult children are married and live in Portland.  

My personal interests and hobbies include: gardening and landscaping at our home, 
and sports activities, developing Internet web sites, walking adventures, poetry
research and writing,  string figures, computer software, blogs, natural history, graphical arts
music, martial arts, yoga, philosophy, and enjoying activities with family and friends.  

I am very active in many fitness programs both as a teacher and participant.   I specialize in 
health, fitness and recreational activities for older persons.  

I first read classical and modern Western and Eastern philosophers when I was fifteen, and 
have since considered myself a person with a humanistic, pragmatic, secular and philosophical 
outlook on most  matters.  




Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit, 4/1999 - 4/2007
Certified by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Certified by the Tehama County Department of Education

YogaFit Level 1 Teacher Training, 12/2004
YogaFit Level 1 Teacher Training, Reintegration, 12/2005
YogaFit Level 2 Teacher Training, 4/2005
YogaFit Level 2 Teacher Training, Reintegration, 1/2006
YogaFit Level 3 Teacher Training, 5/2005
YogaFit Level 3 Teacher Training, Reintegration, 3/2006
YogaFit Level 4 Teacher Training, 8/2005
Certified by YogaFit Training Systems, California

Indoor Cycling Workshop Certificate, 6/2005
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America  

Practical Pilates Workshop, 11/2005
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

CPR and AED, Healthcare Provider, BLS, 9/02 -1/2007
Certified by the American Heart Association

Community First Aid and Safety, 9/99 - 7/2007.
Certified by the American Red Cross

Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor's Certificate, 10/2003
Certified by Paul Lam, M.D., Australia

Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor's Certificate, 4/2/06
Certified by Troyce Thome for Paul Lam, M.D.

Karen Garofalo, Reiki Services




References and Recommendations

Available upon request.  




June 10, 2006

Michael P. Garofalo
23005 Kilkenny Lane
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Cell Phone: 530-200-3546
Work Phone:  530-824-7730  x 3110
Home Phone: 530-528-2054

Brief Biography