Monday, October 25, 2021

The Arroyo Book Club’s November Pick



The Arroyo Book Club’s November Book Club book is Animal Farm by George Orwell. The ebook description is quite succinct:

The most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories, Animal Farm is the account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message. Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.

We will meet to discuss the book via Zoom on Saturday, November 27 at 3:00. Email ayosco@lapl.org if you would like the program link.

Stop by the branch for a copy of the book or access it via Hoopla here: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/14477046


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Programming Coming up This Week

Check out some of the exciting programming on offer from the library this week.  Visit the online calendar for the complete selection…

Monday
4:00 Laugher Yoga (email eaaronson@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
6:00 Life Stories Open Mic (email wwood@lapl.org for link)
6:00 A Conversation With Author Cecilia Brainard: Selected Short Stories (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday
3:00 Dive into Language: Korean for Kids (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 Dia De Los Muertos - Face Painting Workshop (email wbermeo@lapl.org for link)
 
Thursday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 LA Made: Life on a String (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday
10:00 Walk Highland Park (meet in branch lobby)
4:00 Edendale Up Close Concerts Presents Kirstin Fife (email eden@lapl.org for link)

Saturday
3:30 Film Club Discussion of Four Weddings & a Funeral (email grnhls@lapl.org for link)

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

History of Highland Park…


 Did you know it was the presence of a saloon in Sycamore Park that inspired citizenry to petition for Highland Park to join LA? Read the article Sycamore Grove attracts thousands annually by Fred Allen to learn this story and others about our lovely local park.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Bi-weekly Trivia Question…

 This time the question is what endangered California mammal is among the smallest that hibernate?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Middle Game


 In Middle Game by Seanan McGuire we meet Roger and Dodger.  The product of an alchemist’s experiment they are the embodiment of human knowledge and the key to unlocking the Impossible City and gaining god like powers.  We follow Roger and Dodger from their childhoods as they entangled, gradually begin to realize things are not as they seem, and eventually begin playing with time as they strive to find a path to a future that is acceptable to them.

The book has an interesting plot line that can be quite grim.  While I didn’t love it I also didn’t stop reading it which is, if nothing else, a measure of acceptability.  I would recommend it to readers who enjoy fantasy that takes a 90 degree turn from recognizable reality without leaving recognizable reality.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Programming Coming up This Week

Check out some of the exciting programming on offer from the library this week.  Visit the online calendar for the complete selection…

Monday
11:00 Italian Conversation Group (email language@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Laugher Yoga (email eaaronson@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
1:00 Alzheimer's Los Angeles: Keeping Your Brain Healthy (email nohlwd@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
4:00 In Conversation With Author Molly Wizenberg (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
6:00 Edendale Film Discussion: The Alchemist Cookbook (email eden@lapl.org for link)
 
Thursday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 LA Made: An Afternoon with TC Boyle (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday
11:00 Introduction to Mediation (email wvally@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Your Author Series: Lilliam Rivera (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday
3:00 Arroyo Book Club discusses Killers of the Flower Moon by Grann (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

History of Highland Park(ish)….


 

Curious about the Mount Washington Railway? Here (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520302.pdf) we have an article that describes the short life of the inclined railway that ran from Ave 43 & Marmion up the hill to the Mt. Washington Hotel.  The article was published in 1974 and was written by Roger Swanson.  Photographs are included.  

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Messenger Clerk Job Opening at the Branch

Are you interested in a part-time job with the Library?  The Arroyo Seco Branch is currently accepting applications for the position of Messenger Clerk.  A messenger clerk is responsible for a number of tasks that include searching the shelves for books or other items requested by patrons and delivering materials to the public desk, shelving books and other items, keeping shelves and library public spaces neat and orderly, assisting patrons with computer access, preparing deliveries, emptying book drops, setting up rooms for programs, and other duties as assigned.

This entry-level, civil-service exempt, position pays $16.54 per hour.  You must be available to work any hours between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm, including weekends.

Application includes a performance exercise which must be passed before you can move on to an interview.

Stop by the branch if you have questions, need more details, or would like to apply.


Bi-weekly Trivia Question (Answer)….


This time the question is who was Ellen Taaffe Zwilich? Ellen Taaffe Zwilich is a highly regarded American composer who received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1983 for her Symphony No. 1 (Three Movements for Orchestra). Her style of composition is lyrical, well-constructed, and appealing, combining modern tonal language with older compositional devices.

Check out her music using the libraries streaming musical service Freegal.

Find out this and other interesting information about the composer in the article about her in the Encyclopedia of World Biography.  The Encyclopedia of World Biography is a Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. It includes over 7,000 biographies on notables from every part of the world and from all time periods, includes photos, 23 volumes.  Find the ebook listed alphabetically under E on LAPL’s Research & Homework page and access it with your library card.





Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Dreyer’s English

 


Benjamin Dreyer injects quite a lot of personal wit into the topic of English grammar with his Dreyer's English : an utterly correct guide to clarity and style.  Dreyer is a copy editor for Random House and so has years of experience polishing up the written word, correcting grammatical errors, fixing up spelling or suggesting the correct word, tightening up phrases, and weeding out the linguistically illogical.  He shares that experience in this book in an effort to help his readers improve their written English.  He takes a problem per chapter, frequently devolving into a numbered, descriptive list approach but maintains interest in this somewhat dry topic by including his own opinions and anecdotes every step of the way.

I read the book for the sheer fun of reading it and would recommend it to others who enjoy examining language under the hood.  I would also recommend it to those who would like to polish up their own writing.


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Programming Coming up This Week

Check out some of the exciting programming on offer from the library this week.  Visit the online calendar for the complete selection…

Monday
Library Closed in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day

Tuesday
9:00-3:00 COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic (in person at R.L. Stevenson Branch)
12:30 Spanish for Beginners (email language@lapl.org for link)
6:00 Investor Protection (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday
12:00 Your Savings (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
6:00 Cultures of Ancient Mesoamerica: A Learning Circle (email ayosco@lapl.org for information)
 
Thursday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 LA Made: AMA With a NASA Scientist (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday
11:00 Introduction to Mediation (email wvally@lapl.org for link)
6:00 Estate Planning - Getting Your Financial House in Order (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday
10:00-2:00 Financial Planning Day: Consult 1-on-1 with a Financial Planner
(Register: https://planningday-oct16.paperform.co/)

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Highland Park History (The First Store)…


 The first store in Highland Park was located on the corner of Ave. 56 & Monte Vista.  Run by J. P. Stocksdale it opened in 1891 and incorporated a Post Office a year later.  Check out this newspaper article (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520321.pdf) from the California Index for a blurry photo of the building.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

Take a Brief Survey


The Los Angeles Public Library is currently running a patron survey.  The goal of the survey is to better understand how the library meets patron needs, and how people feel about the library as a welcoming and safe place.  The survey is available online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korea, Tagalog, and Armenian.  The survey is available to fill out through the month of October.  You will find it here: https://www.lapl.org/survey.  

Feel free to stop by the library if you need help accessing it or filling it out.