Monday, January 30, 2023

The Arroyo Book Club February Pick

 

February is a non-fiction month for the Arroyo Book Club. The book we will be reading is One Summer by Bill Bryson.  Bryson is an author I’ve long admired for his travel writing but this is no travel book. In this book Bryson captures 1927’s “outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.”

As always I’ll have copies available for you to check out on the window shelf by the Circulation Desk (or just ask one of our employees). There are a few e-copies available. Find them on Overdrive here.

We will meet to discuss the book on February 25 at 3:00. This will be a hybrid meeting so you are welcome to join us in person or via Zoom.  If you’d like to join us via Zoom send an email to ayosco@lapl.org so we can get you the link. 


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Programming Coming up This Week

Find the in person programs at our branch as well as a selection of the exciting, virtual programs offered by branches across the city this week below. Visit our online calendar for our complete program selection….

Monday
11:00 Virtual Toddler Storytime (Register)

Tuesday
10:00 Introduction to Meditation (email wvally@lapl.org for link)
3:00 Bark: Read to a Dog via Zoom (email ahowe@lapl.org for link)
6:00 Sharing True Stories (email wwood@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
11:00 Virtual Toddler Storytime (email shrmno@lapl.org for link)
3:00 STAR Reader (In person)

Thursday
10:00 Russian for Beginners (email language@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Laughter Yoga (email studio@lapl.org for link)

Friday 
10:00 Yoga & Meditation With Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)

Saturday
9:30-12:30 Free Income Tax Preparation and Filing (In Person)

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

History of Highland Park….

 


Today I give you a floorplan sketch of the 1st Arroyo Seco Library (the Carnegie building) on its lot.  Interesting.

(pictured is the outside of the building in question)


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Do It Yourself Memory Lab


Good news! Central Library’s Do It Yourself Memory Lab is back in operation.  What’s a do it yourself memory lab I hear you ask.  It’s a service that allows you to do your own personal archiving and digitizing: converting VHS tapes and Super 8 to digital, scanning photos and negatives, and much more. 

  • Things to know before making a reservation to use the Memory Lab:
  • The Memory Lab is located inside the Octavia Lab (https://www.lapl.org/labs) the Central Library's makerspace on LL2 across from the Science, Technology and Patents Department.
  • Reservations are only taken by phone, 213-228-7150 or in-person. 

In order to make a reservation, an orientation is required. If you took the in-person Memory Lab orientation pre-pandemic, you’re good to go. If you’re new to DIYML you will need to complete the new virtual orientation accessible on Niche Academy (https://my.nicheacademy.com/labs), and receive a passing score on the quiz (71% or above). Create a free email login and password on Niche Academy before beginning the orientation to receive full credit.

Note that the Octavia Lab hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday and city holidays: Closed
Email memorylab@lapl.org for any questions and or check out lapl.org/memorylab for other resources.


Sunday, January 22, 2023

Programming Coming up This Week

Find the in person programs at our branch as well as a selection of the exciting, virtual programs offered by branches across the city this week below. Visit our online calendar for our complete program selection….

Monday
3:00-5:00 ELARC Outreach Table (In person)
4:00 Children's Crafternoon: Lunar New Year Crafts (In person)

Tuesday
10:00 Introduction to Meditation (email wvally@lapl.org for link)
3:00 Bark: Read to a Dog via Zoom (email ahowe@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
10:30 Baby Toddler Storytime (In person)
3:00 STAR Reader  (In person)
6:00 Círculo de Lectores (In person)

Thursday
4:00 Laughter Yoga (email studio@lapl.org for link)

Friday 
10:00 Yoga & Meditation With Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Your Author Series: Torrey Maldonado (LAPL YouTube)

Saturday
9:30-12:30 Free Income Tax Preparation and Filing (In Person)
3:00 Arroyo Book Club (In person OR via Zoom / email ayosco@lapl.org)

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Free Income Tax Preparation & Filing

Saturdays from January 28th through April 15th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



The branch will be offering Free Income Tax Preparation & Filing this year courtesy of the California State University, Los Angeles through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  
Appointments are preferred but not required.  Book your appointment with a visit here

Tax forms volunteers prepare are Form 1040 (U.S. Individual Income Tax Return), CA Form 540 (California Resident Income), and Form 1040NR (Nonresident Income Tax Return). Both spouses must be present for joint returns.

What to bring on the day of your visit:
  • A valid CA Driver's License, ID, or Passport
  • Social Security Numbers or ITINs for the Taxpayer, spouse and dependents
  • Tax Documents (Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-MISC, and all other tax documents)
  • Blank "voided" check for direct deposit of refund
If this applies to you, also bring:
  • All Forms 1095, Health Form Statements
  • California Renters' Credit - Landlord's name, address, and phone number
  • Daycare Providers Information, including total amount paid for daycare per child, daycare provider's name, address, phone number, and tax ID number
  • Total Education Expenses (books, laptops, etc.)


Thursday, January 19, 2023

History of Highland Park

 


Check out this “Book Corner” article penned by Arroyo Seco Library workers of the past that tells of a library exhibit featuring the books and paintings the local Dr. Henry Smith Williams.  The short article provides details of the life and work of an interesting man as well as the contents of a library display of yore.  Take a look.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Monthly Trivia Question (Answer)….

 


This time we asked what is Abhinaya? It is an Indian term for acting. To quote extensively from the source, it is “acting, or the medium of ‘carrying’ the meaning of a dramatic text to the spectator. It covers all histrionic activity: the physical, verbal, mental, and decorative.” To continue “Traditionally, Indian theatre classifies abhinaya as fourfold: angika (physical), vacika (verbal), sattvika (internal or emotional/ mental), and aharya (external or ‘added’, of costumes, props, make-up, as well as decor).”

The source provides much more fascinating information about the art of Indian acting. Check it out:

(2004). Abhinaya. In Lal, A. (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 3 Aug. 2022, from https://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/acref/9780195644463.001.0001/acref-9780195644463-e-0002.

The question, and answer, were found in “The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre” which can be found within Oxford Reference Online.  This database provides quick reference and scholarly articles from a broad range of subjects in over 100 titles that include key titles from the Oxford Companion series and the complete Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.  Find it on the library’s Research & Homework page and access it with your library card. You’ll find it under O.


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Asian American Experience

 


The Asian American Experience is a digital resource that illuminates the histories and contemporary culture of Asian Americans. This resource includes:

  • A rich and diverse variety of primary sources, including images, audio clips, documents, and video, covering multiple dimensions of Asian American history and culture
  • Scholarly perspectives on issues of enduring importance to the Asian American community and Asian Studies researchers
  • An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the historical and current experiences of Asian Americans in the United States

You can access all this wonderful information from home with your library card or at any of the library’s Internet computers.  Find the Asian American Experience on the library’s website on the Research & Homework page. Scroll down the alphabetical list looking for Asian American Experience.


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Programming Coming up This Week

The library will be closed Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Find the in person programs at our branch as well as a selection of the exciting, virtual programs offered by branches across the city this week below. Visit our online calendar for our complete program selection….
 
Monday
Closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
 
Tuesday
3:00 Bark: Read to a Dog via Zoom (email ahowe@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Tea and a Tale (email eaaronson@lapl.org for link)
 
Wednesday
10:30 Baby Toddler Storytime (In person)
3:00 STAR Reader  (In person)
 
Thursday
4:00 Laughter Yoga (email studio@lapl.org for link)
 
Friday
10:00 Yoga & Meditation With Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)
 
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    LAPL platforms:    
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lapubliclibrary/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lapubliclibrary/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/losangeleslibrary
 
    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    
Blog: arroyoseco5.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArroyoSecoLibrary
Instagram: www.instagram.com/arroyosecolapl
Twitter: twitter.com/arroyoseco5
 
 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

History of Highland Park

 


The February 14, 1947 article from the Highland Park Journal entitled "Local police division has 110 officers, detectives, workers" gives us a look at local policing and includes a bit of area police history as well.  Take a look.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The Girl at the Baggage Claim

 


Gish Jen attempts to explain the East-West culture gap in The Girl at the Baggage Claim.  Her explanation resolves to a different concept of self backed up and reinforced by the social systems their possessors are raised with.  She calls the western self a “big pit” self, the reference here is an avocado with the I being a big distinct thing that is different for everyone.  So your big pit of self is distinct and individual, craves recognition, and tends to examine things by breaking them into small pieces and seeing how those pieces work.  She calls the eastern self a “flexi-self.”  The flexi-self has more porous boundaries with other individuals, prizes the whole over the individual, looks at the whole picture and is more apt to find patterns and appreciate the impact of context.  Jen looks at these two conceptions of self and how they interact with the world and with each other, finishing with a look at bicultural individuals who have both influences.

The book was an interesting read. It proposed a framework for understanding two different cultural conceptions of self.  As with all things that attempt to universally address aspects of human behavior it doesn’t really succeed in making its case.  It remains, however, an interesting take that I would recommend


Sunday, January 8, 2023

Programming Coming up This Week

Find the in person programs at our branch as well as a selection of the exciting, virtual programs offered by branches across the city this week below. Visit our online calendar for our complete program selection….

Monday
12:00 Monday Meditation With Don Cadora (email eden@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Building Bricks Club (In person)

Tuesday
3:00 Bark: Read to a Dog via Zoom (email ahowe@lapl.org for link)
6:00 Poetry Open Mic (email wwood@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
10:00 Baby Toddler Storytime (In person)
3:00 STAR Reader  (In person)
6:00 Círculo de Lectores (In person)

Thursday
4:00 Laughter Yoga (email studio@lapl.org for link)

Friday 
10:00 Yoga & Meditation With Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)
2:00 French Conversation Group (email wwood@lapl.org for link)

Saturday
3:00 LA Made: Sauerkraut & Other Fermented Foods (In person)

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

History of Highland Park (& environs)

 


Today let’s take a look at the Highland Park adjacent development of Monterey Hills. Here we have a “Fact Sheet” for the project from the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. The undated document (though the text indicates a composition date of late 1970) includes a map and basic facts about the project.