Thursday, December 1, 2022

History of Highland Park

 

With the Los Angeles Public Library turning 150 on 12/7 we thought we’d revisit some articles touching upon the early library branches in our Highland Park area. We’ll start with this letter to the editor arguing in favor of purchasing the land upon which our branch would eventually sit.

Monday, November 28, 2022

The Arroyo Book Club's December Pick

 


As has been our tradition for 6 years, the Arroyo Book Club’s December pick will be one of Shakespeare’s plays.  This time around we’ll be reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  To summarize:

In a world between life and legend, an object of desire has many forms. It was a love potion designed to make a woman love a child, but in this comedy of chaos when the potion goes astray, suddenly it's freaky Friday in the fairy forest. "A Midsummer Night's Dream": the one with the man-sized donkey. (Courtesy of PBS’ In Search of Shakespeare)

As always I will procure copies of the No Fear Shakespeare edition of the play and place them on the window ledge where book club books always go. 

If you’re interested in viewing the play I proffer the following options, all found on the Library’s streaming services:

Finally, and a bit differently, I will be screening Strange Magic in the Library on December 11 at 2:30.  Strange Magic is an animated film with a plot that is loosely based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Once you’ve read or watched the play make plans to join us for discussion.  We will be holding a hybrid meeting so you may either come in person to the library or join us virtually via Zoom.  We will meet on December 17 at 3:00.  If you are interested in attending via Zoom, email us at ayosco@lapl.org.  


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are 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. Visit our online calendar for our complete program selection….

Monday
4:00 Building Blocks Club (In Person)
6:00-7:45 Telescope Night (In Person, Weather Permitting)

Tuesday
10:00 Introduction to Meditation (email wvally@lapl.org)
6:00 Sharing True Stories (email wwood@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
10:00 Baby Toddler Storytime (In person)
3:00 STAR Reader (In Person)

Thursday
1:00 Blue Jeans: The Invisible Garment (LAPL YouTube) 
6:00 Overcoming Stress and Anxiety With Meditation (email silver@lapl.org for link)

Friday 
10:00 Yoga & Meditation With Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)
11:00 Multicultural Literacy With Cyd (email literacy@lapl.org for link)

Saturday
1:15 Conversations About the News With Stu, Tim, and Jen (email literacy@lapl.org for link)

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

History of Highland Park

 


The 10/10/1947 article “Dorothy A. Pinneo, Local Librarian to Retire” provides a glimpse of Highland Park history that is very close to home as it details the work of a woman who worked for the Arroyo Seco Library. In the article Pinneo lauds “Highland Park for being a community of fine readers.” A sentiment that I echo here in 2022. Check out the article for some interesting library highlights.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Teddy Bear Concert: Meet the String Family

 

Musicians from the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will be coming by on Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 to provide us with a free concert! This delightful concert is perfect for your young children, for your toddlers, indeed it is perfect for the entire family. 

We invite you to bring your family to meet our orchestra family! Bring your favorite stuffed animal to this fun concert that demonstrates how sounds, melodies, rhythms, and instruments can bring music to life. Kids and stuffed animals alike will enjoy discovering the strings of the orchestra.


Sunday, November 20, 2022

Programming Coming up This Week

The library will be closed this week on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Enjoy friends, family, and food and catch up with us via our online resources available via www.lapl.org.

Here are the in person programs at our branch as well as a selection of the exciting, virtual programs offered by branches across the city for the non-holiday portions of the week. Visit our online calendar for our complete program selection….

Sunday
2:00 FOCAL Award 2022: Paper Son by Julie Leung (LAPL YouTube)

Monday
11:00 Virtual Toddler Storytime (Register)
6:30 Meditation Workshop With Doug Frankel (email mpanzera@lapl.org)

Tuesday
10:00 Introduction to Meditation (email wvally@lapl.org)
4:00 Tea and a Tale (email eaaronson@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
3:00 STAR Reader (In Person)
6:00 Círculo de Lectores (In Person)

Thursday
Library closed for Thanksgiving

Friday 
Library closed for Thanksgiving

Saturday
3:00 Arroyo Book Club Meets (In Person OR via Zoom, email ayosco@lapl.org)

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Friday, November 18, 2022

It’s NELA Holiday Parade Time!

 

The Northeast Los Angeles Holiday Parade will march down Figueroa Street from about where the library lives (York Blvd) to Sycamore Park on Sunday, December 4th.   The library will be participating and we invite you (& your family & friends) to join us.  Those daring souls who wish to join us in costume should feel free to go all out.  We will meet up in the Library parking lot on 12/4 at 12:15 before moving to the parade staging ground.

Please get in touch if you plan to join us so we can know to expect you.  Call us at 323-255-0537, email us at ayosco@lapl.org or drop by and sign up in person.  The more the merrier so pass along word of the event to everyone you know who might be interested.


Thursday, November 17, 2022

History of Highland Park

 


Here we have another of Luella Rice’s long biographical essays, this time about W. A. Roberts, for the Highland Park News Herald. Mr. Roberts was influential in early 1900s city politics and Rice provides all the details. Check out the many issues he had a hand in, including stumping for a “permanent bridge over the Arroyo Seco at the Ostrich Farm” (York Street Bridge).

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Monthly Trivia Question (Answer)….

 

This time we asked what is the full name of LA? Well, Los Angeles obviously, but let’s go fuller than that.  To quote from my reference source:

“…founded by the Spanish in 1781 as El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles ‘The Town of the Queen of the Angels’, that is the Virgin Mary. A fuller version is El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Angeles del Rio de Porciúncula ‘The Town of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of the River Porziuncola’. The angels in the title refer to a fresco of the Virgin Mary surrounded by angels in a little chapel given to St Francis (1181–1226) of Assisi by the Benedictines. It was called the Porziuncola ‘Little Portion (of Land)’, which now stands within a large basilica, St Mary of the Angels, so called because one day angelic voices were heard singing in the surrounding woods. The link with Los Angeles stems from a date: 2 August. This was the day that the feast of the Perdono, the Porziuncola Indulgence, was celebrated in the Porziuncola in Assisi. It was also the day in 1769 when a Spanish expedition, searching for mission sites, camped by a river in California. One of the expedition’s members, Father Juan Crespi, was a Franciscan priest who named the river Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Porciuncola ‘Our Lady of the Angels of Porciuncola’. When the settlement was founded it was given a name very similar to that of the river which is now called the Los Angeles River. For a time the settlement was simply called El Pueblo. In due course, the last two words of the full title, from the Spanish angel ‘angel’, were preferred for the shortened version…”

The question, and answer, were found in the “Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names” which can be found within the 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.


Sunday, November 13, 2022

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are 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. Visit our online calendar https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for our complete program selection….

Monday
11:00 Virtual Toddler Storytime (Register)
4:00 Bubblemania (In Person)

Tuesday
10:00 Introduction to Meditation (email wvally@lapl.org)
6:00 Opera Talk: Tosca (email wwood@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
10:00 Baby Toddler Storytime (In person)
3:00 STAR Reader (In Person)

Thursday
1:00 Anxiety & Depression in a Post-Pandemic Era: Practical Intervention for Children & Teens (LAPL YouTube) 
4:00 LA Made: Witnesses for the Dead (LAPL YouTube)

Friday 
10:00 Yoga & Meditation With Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Your Author Series: Zahra Omar Shansab and Bahram Rahman (LAPL YouTube)

Saturday
10:30 Storytime & Swap (In Person)

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

History of Highland Park

 


Here we have another of Luella Rice’s long biographical essays, this time about E. W. Roberts, for the Highland Park News Herald.  Roberts, at the time of the article, was head of his own garment factory. It was located at 5721½ Pasadena Ave (what Figueroa used to be called).  The article mentions that the factory was a few doors down from the newspapers offices which puts it around Ave 57.  The article goes on to include a lot of fascinating details about being a small business owner and designing and making clothing. Give it a read.


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

How To


How To by Randall Munroe (of comic xkcd fame) is a fun book for the science nerd in us all.  In this book Munroe takes a task, like how to dig a hole or how to charge your phone, and explores possible but improbable ways of accomplishing that task.  In the process you get to explore how science applies to a wide variety of the phenomena you encounter in everyday life, complete with equations.  For example, in answering how to dig a hole we explore using a shovel, the myth of a pirate’s buried treasure, how to calculate whether the effort of hole digging is worth whatever “treasure” will be obtained by doing the digging, what vacuum excavation is, and the biggest manmade holes in the world… all in the space of 5 ½ pages.

I strongly recommend this book as just fun to read with a way of encouraging you to ask questions and really go all in on thinking about how to answer those questions.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are 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. Please note that the library will be closed on Friday in celebration of Veteran’s Day. Visit our online calendar for our complete program selection….

Monday
11:00 Virtual Toddler Storytime (Register)
6:00-7:45 Telescope Night (In Person)

Tuesday
10:00 Introduction to Meditation (email wvally@lapl.org)
7:00 NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month - Write-in (email palsds@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
1:00 Q.Me Free Legal Clinic (Register)

Friday 
Library Closed for Veteran’s Day

Saturday
10:00 Social Justice Book Club for Kids (email cquinn@lapl.org for link)

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

History of Highland Park

 


Here we have a long biographical essay, penned by Luella Rice, about James M. Peebles for the Highland Park News Herald. Dr. Peebles was 95 at the time the article (circa 1917). In the article Rice takes a long, somewhat florid look at the many accomplishments and varied activities of a somewhat eccentric character.  It makes for interesting reading. Take a peek.