This week’s question is who was Marshal Warren?
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
In 2013 the Arroyo Book Club read 12 great books. We covered the classics… Moby Dick in September… historical fiction with The Virginian (historical now probably contemporary when written) & Master and Commander… travel with Travels with Charly… an American’s experience in pre-War Germany in In the Garden of Beasts… and more. Looking over all the titles and remembering each book I have to say that my favorite was probably Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
The library will close at 5:00 on Tuesday, December 31 & will remain closed on January 1. We will reopen at the normal time on Thursday (12:30). Things going on at the library during the week include:
- STAR Reader on Thursday (1/2) at 3:00
- Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (1/3) at 3:30
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Friday, December 27, 2013
The question was what is the brightest star in the sky? Bonus points what is its magnitude? The brightest star in the sky is Sirius with a magnitude of –1.4. Which leads to the interesting question of how can something that is the brightest have a negative magnitude? It has to do with the way the brightness scale was constructed historically. Ptolemy declared the brightest stars were of the first magnitude and continued on to the faintest starts at the sixth magnitude. When the scale was codified stars that were brighter then the first magnitude were accommodated by being given 0 & then negative numbers.
The question (& answer) were taken from p. 48 of A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets by Jay M. Pasachoff. The book was published by Peterson Field Guides in 2000.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
This article (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520209.pdf) from the H.P. News Herald on 12/4/1958 describes the plans for what would become the second building on our site. The article includes a description of the construction time line, the benefits of the new branch, and an artist’s illustration of what the branch would look like. Take a look at it.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Meg Cabot’s series featuring ex teen pop-star, current NYC dorm administrator (and frequent body discoverer & murder solver) Heather Wells continues in The Bride Wore Size 12. The series is light, fluffy, and amusing and this book continues the series in that fashion. Here we have Heather finding the body of an RA just as the freshmen are moving into the dorm. She (& her co-workers) are also dealing with a VIR (very important resident) and a obstructionist administration. And, oh yeah, Heather’s planning her upcoming wedding. Not to worry, of course, Heather works it all out.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
The library will be closing at 1:00 on December 24 and will be closed all day on the 25th. Things going on at the library during the remainder of the week include:
- STAR Reader on Thursday (12/26) at 3:00
- Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (12/27) at 3:30
- Arroyo Book Club meeting on Saturday (12/28) at 3:00
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Friday, December 20, 2013
There are any number of answers to this week’s question… can you think of a proverb that deals with interest (as in concern)? Among them are:
- Everyone speaks for his own interest.
- He who makes an idol of his interest makes a martyr of his integrity.
- Interest blinds some people, enlightens others.
- It is in his own interest that the cat purrs.
- When interest is lost, memory is lost.
- Would you persuade, speak of interest, not of reason.
The question (& answer) were taken from p. 333 of A Dictionary of American Proverbs edited by Wolfgang Mieder, et al. The book was published by Oxford University Press in 1992.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Stephanie Plum is back in Evanovich’s latest … TakedownTwenty. Fans of the series will enjoy this installment as it is as full of humor as the rest. In this volume Stephanie’s bounty hunting brings her into contact with a serial killer. She manages to have a career crisis (& resolve it), bring in her usual array of court dodgers, and even resolve the serial killer mystery, as well as uncover an urban giraffe on the loose. All of this is a normal day’s work for Stephanie.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
This article (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520212.pdf) published on 11/14/1947 in the Highland Park Journal reflects on the efforts taken to establish a library in Highland Park 53 years (from that date) earlier. If you’ve been following these history entries the information will all be familiar to you. A picture is included along with a bit of information about the first librarians. Take a look.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
If you are a fashionista you might enjoy Simon Doonan’s reminiscences of his experiences in the fashion world. In The Asylum we get a collection of his thoughts on a wide variety of topics. This book takes a very meandering journey through Doonan’s life and experiences. It is an interesting & amusing book and will appeal to those who find fashion interesting and not to others.
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Monday, December 16, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Things going on at the library during the week include:
- Budgeting Seminar on Monday (12/16) at 6:00
- Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (12/18) at 10:30
- STAR Reader on Wednesday at 3:00
- ACA Information table also on Wednesday at 4:30 – drop in with your health care enrollment questions.
- STAR Reader on Thursday (12/19) at 3:00
- Introduction to Spreadsheets Class also on Thursday at 6:30
- Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (12/20) at 3:30
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Friday, December 13, 2013
This article, “New Arroyo Seco Branch Library for Highland Park and Garvanza,” was published in the Highland Park Herald on 6/7/1913. It provides a description of the plan for building the new library and includes an artist sketch of the building and of the floor plan. Take a look.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013
The question was Where did the town of Claremont (CA) get its name? Let me answer by quoting from our source:
The Pacific Land and Improvement Company, a subsidiary of the Santa Fe Railroad, offered to name the town, which it platted in 1887, for H. A. Palmer, owner of the land. Mr. Palmer declined the honor and suggested a number of Spanish names descriptive of the grand view of the mountains. The directors, from Boston, called for equivalents in their own language, and influenced by one among them who formerly lived in Claremont, New Hampshire, chose the present name.
The question (& answer) were taken from p. 81 of California Place Names by William Bright. This edition of the book was published by the University of California Press in 1998.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Are you anxious to pick up some new skills for your job, for your personal life, for fun? Learn4Life is an electronic resource offered by LAPL. It…
Offers a wide range of highly interactive online courses. All of the courses are free, and led by expert instructors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Subjects offered are Career and Professional, Computers and Technology, Personal Development and Writing and Publishing.”You can find it on the library’s Research and Homework page in the L’s (http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework#L). To access it from a non-library computer you will need your library card. Check out the flyer (http://www.lapl.org/sites/default/files/articles-and-information/pdfs/13-02flyer.pdf) for additional information.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
When I belatedly discovered that one of my favorite authors, Jasper Fforde, had written a Young Adult series I immediately rushed out and got both entries. The books, The Last Dragonslayer and The Song of the Quarkbeast follow the adventures of Jenny Strange (a foundling) as she attempts to run Kazam Mystical Arts Management. Kazam Mystical Arts Management is a business that manages the activities of a number of magic users in a world where (at least initially) magic is gradually declining. Jenny deals with obstreperous employees, dastardly big business interests, egoistical government, & more as she strives to keep the business afloat and make the world a better place. The books are interesting, engaging, entrancing, etc. I would heartily recommend them.
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Monday, December 9, 2013
The ever-popular Telescope Night returns (weather permitting) to the Arroyo Seco Library on Wednesday, December 11. We will begin at 6:00 and wrap things up shortly before the library closes at 8:00. Mark your calendar and plan to drop by.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Things going on at the library during the week include:
- Teen Program – Gift Bag Decorating – on Tuesday (12/10) at 4:00
- Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (12/11) at 10:30
- Computer Basics Class also on Wednesday (12/11) at 12:00
- STAR Reader on Wednesday (12/11) at 3:00
- ACA Information table also on Wednesday (12/11) at 5:00 – drop in with your health care enrollment questions.
- Telescope Night on Wednesday (12/11) starting at 6:00 (weather permitting)
- STAR Reader on Thursday (12/12) at 3:00
- Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (12/13) at 3:30
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Barbara Ehrenreich provides us with a telling look at trying to survive in America while working for minimum or low wage in Nickel and Dimed. Although the book was published in 2001 the world described is still one that many Americans must deal with daily. Definitely a book worth reading.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The question was who designed the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library? The Central Library was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in 1924.
The question (and answer) were taken from p. 87 of California Architecture by Sally B. Woodbridge. The book was published by Chronicle Books in 1988.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone is set in a world quite different from ours. Gods exist, though they are vulnerable to outside agency, and people can develop (hone?) power. In this tale we follow the adventures of a young necromancer, assistant to a big wig, as they look into the circumstances surrounding the death of one of these gods. The book is quite enjoyable except for the fact that the villain is a little too villainous. What do I mean? There comes a point when a villain is so bad, evil, without redeeming characteristics that the whole thing just becomes ridiculous and you start wondering why the protagonist doesn’t just throw up her hands, say the hell with this, and kill herself. Anyway if you can overlook villainy that crosses over the border into pastiche then the book is worth a read.
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Monday, December 2, 2013
In How to Teach Physics to Your Dog Chad Orzel writes a basic introduction to the fundamentals of quantum mechanics through the lens of his dog Emmy. (Basically Emmy provides the narrative connection between the heavy science bits). The book is aimed at the layman and endeavors to cover the quantum mechanics concepts that people might have heard about in other contexts and explain them correctly. Among the topics covered are the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, the many-worlds interpretation, quantum entanglement, and the misuses of quantum physics.
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