Thursday, December 31, 2015

January’s Arroyo Book Club Pick….

Book Jacket for: Outlander : a novelThe Arroyo Book Club book for January is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Outlander is a genre crossing book that can be variously read as historical fiction, fantasy/science fiction, and romance.  Let me entice you with this review from the Library Journal:
Time-travel stories that combine swashbuckling adventure, romance, and vivid historical details don't get any better than Gabaldon's now classic debut. Claire Randall and her husband Frank are taking their second honeymoon in Scotland when Claire stumbles across a mystical stone circle that whisks her back to the 18th century. There she meets the wounded clansman Jamie Fraser and unexpectedly finds shelter and even love while trying to find her way in a tumultuous historical time. VERDICT With vividly drawn, relatable characters and a respectful, loving eye for the history of the Scottish Highlands, Gabaldon's Outlander series launch is a lush, romantic epic.
Some of you may be familiar with the work from the current TV series.  In any event, stop by the library for a copy of the book and join us for discussion on January 23rd at 3:00.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Trivia of the Week...

This week’s question is what might a Native American in New Mexico use as a remedy for a backache?

Monday, December 28, 2015

Library Events in January…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

The library has some interesting events planned in January.  I thought I’d take a minute and give you a run down so you can plan ahead.  Let’s start with the non-repeating events:

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1/4 @ 4:00
Make it Mondays: Edible Jewelry
Join us for a fun craft project that you can eat.

1/9 @ 12:00
Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

1/9 from 1:00-5:00
ACA Information Table
Do you have questions about Covered California? Do you want to know if you qualify for low-cost or no-cost health insurance?  Stop in to meet with Enrollment Counselors who will talk to you face-to-face to explain your health coverage options through Covered California and help you select the best plan for your medical needs and budget.

1/11 @ 4:00
Make It Mondays: Building Block Challenge
What magnificent structure can you create?

1/19 @ 4:00
Teen Program
Come and join us for our monthly teen program.  Do something fun and share your thoughts about life & the library.

1/19 @ 6:00 
Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

1/23 from 1:00-5:00
ACA Information Table
Do you have questions about Covered California? Do you want to know if you qualify for low-cost or no-cost health insurance?  Stop in to meet with Enrollment Counselors who will talk to you face-to-face to explain your health coverage options through Covered California and help you select the best plan for your medical needs and budget.

1/23 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a lively discussion of the book Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

1/25 @ 4:00
Make It Mondays: Building Blocks
Come wow everyone with your solution to the building block challenge.

1/28 @ 2:00
Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

1/30 @ 2:00
Storytime at the Park
Join us for an outdoor storytime (weather permitting).  We will be in the park next to the library.

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Each month the library also has a number of ongoing classes & events.  They are:

Little Ones’ Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 & 11:30 (for the 1st two weeks, 10:30 only as of 1/20)
Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games.  We offer two sessions, pick the one that is convenient for you.  

Preschool Storytime - - - Tuesdays at 10:30 (beginning 1/19)
Get ready for kindergarten with stories, puppets, songs, stretches, and rhymes for children ages 3-5.

Baby Storytime - - -  Thursdays at 10:30 (beginning 1/21)
Bounces, rhymes and songs for prewalkers (age 0-12 months) and their caregivers.

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Available on Tuesdays at 3:00, on Wednesdays at 3:00, on Thursdays at 3:00 & on Saturdays at 2:00
STAR readers present the fun of storytelling and reading to children one-on-one or in small groups. Kids earn a free book to keep after 3 visits. 

Drop in Computer Lab - - - Fridays at 3:30
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

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Please do not hesitate to call the library at 323-255-0537 if you have any questions or would like more information.  Remember that you can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

Book Jacket for: The Barnhart abbreviations dictionary
This week’s question was to what does NGF refer?  NGF stands for nerve growth factor and comes to us from the field of biochemistry.

The question (& answer) come from p. 177 of The Barnhart Abbreviations Dictionary edited by Barnhart and published in 1995 by John Wiley & Sons.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Events for the Week of December 27….

The library will be closing early on New Year’s Eve (5:00) and remain closed through New Year’s Day.  We will reopen on January 2.  Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Make it Monday on Monday (12/28) features a building block challenge. Starts at 4:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday (12/29) at 3:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab also on Tuesday at 6:00
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (12/30) --- sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader also on Wednesday at 3:00
  • Noon Year’s Eve Party for Kids on Thursday (12/31) at 11:00 (am if that wasn’t clear)

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

LAPL Reads Best of 2015 Lists…

For the past several years staff of the Los Angeles Library have compiled their favorite fiction, non-fiction, young adult, and children’s titles into annual Best of Lists.  The 2015 edition of these lists have been published.  Go to http://www.lapl.org/bestof2015 where you will find the entrance to each of the four lists and give them a look.  You’re bound to find a title that you missed that you want to read.  The listed books provide direct links to the catalog… so when you find that book that you must read you can click over and immediately place a hold.  Convenience that can’t be beat.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Armada

Book Jacket for: Armada : a novelArmada by Ernest Cline was a book that left me torn.  I enjoyed parts of it and it did keep me reading until the end but I kept getting pulled up by factual errors and its characters had very odd, and in my experience, unrealistic relationships.  The book centers on Zack Lightman, a high school senior with a dead father and a serious video game addiction.  Daydreaming in school one day Zack sees a UFO out the window.  This is not just any UFO it is the same as the ships he fights in his favorite game.  Things escalate quickly from there and soon humanity is engaged in a real all-out war with aliens in a scenario that is suspiciously like all the ones depicted in movies & games.  

So… if you like a good 80’s era cheesy movie plot and you can sit still for oddly unhuman, human relationships you might want to give this book a try.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Events for the Week of December 20….

The library will be closing early on Christmas Eve (1:00) and remain closed through Christmas Day.  We will reopen on December 26.  Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Game Day on Sunday (12/20) at 2:00
  • Make it Monday on Monday (12/21) features holiday cards. Starts at 4:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday (12/22) at 3:00
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (12/23) --- sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader also on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Saturday (12/26) at 2:00
  • Arroyo Book Club Meeting also on Saturday at 3:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

Book Jacket for: The Encyclopedia of religion
This week’s question was who (or what) is amma?  Amma is the supreme god of the Dogon people of Mali.  Check out the associated creation myth in the source for this question (& answer) p. 237 of Volume 1 of The Encyclopedia of Religion.  The book was published by Macmillan Publishing Company in 1987.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Eye of Zoltar

Book Jacket for: The eye of ZoltarJasper Fforde continues his Chronicles of Kazam with The Eye of Zoltar (see earlier entry at 12/10/13).  I actually think I like this one more then I liked the previous stories in the series though it’s hard to say much about it without giving away important plot points.  Our heroine, Jennifer Strange, has been tasked with finding the eye of Zoltar --- a jewel with the ability to channel wizidrical forces.  To do so she has to travel to a neighboring country known for providing hazardous vacationing experiences.  She brings with her Perkins (a wizard), Colin (a dragon), and Laura (a princess who’s been body swapped into the body of a handmaiden).  Once there they pick up a number of other companions and the arduous adventure begins.

Recommended for those with a taste for amusing fantasy adventure and while you can read this book without having to read the other entries in the series you’ll be missing out on a treat if you do.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Websites I Like…

GCF Learn Free (http://www.gcflearnfree.org/) is a site that offers online tutorials for a number of subjects.  I have personally used it with patrons seeking help with Microsoft office programs & technology more generally.  They also offer reading, math, work & career, everyday life, and mobile devices.  These are simple easy to understand lesson on basic topics for those new to a topic or seeking remedial help.

Recommended for its basic approach to helping you with the office programs alone.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Events for the Week of December 13….

It's busy this week.  Events going on at the library include…
  • CalFresh/MediCal Information Table on Sunday (12/13) from 1:00 to 5:00
  • Make it Monday on Monday (12/14) features holiday wreaths. Starts at 4:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday (12/15) at 3:00
  • Teen Program also on Tuesday at 4:00
  • Spanish Book Club meets on Tuesday at 6:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (12/16) --- sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader also on Wednesday at 3:00
  • Telescope Night on Wednesday --- starts at 6:00 (assuming the sky is clear)
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (12/17) at 3:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (12/18) at 3:30
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Saturday (12/19) at 2:00
  • STAR Reader also on Saturday at 2:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Blood of the Cosmos

Book Jacket for: Blood of the cosmosBlood of the Cosmos by Kevin J. Anderson is book 2 of the Saga of Shadows series.  The story is set in the same universe where the Saga of the Seven Suns took place.  In this volume we find the humans & Ildirans continuing the fight against the Shana Rei (aliens intent on destroying all life) and their robot allies.  Anderson, as is his habit, tells the story by hopping around from character to character.  The technique plausibly allows us to follow events across a galaxy wide setting.

The story is quite entertaining and ends (as you’d expect a middle series book to) with a cliffhanger.  Although you could definitely read the book without having read the Seven Suns series you will need to have read book 1 of this series --- The Dark Between the Stars.  The series is recommended for lovers of good old fashioned space opera.  

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

This week’s question was what is the Miller Standard?  The Miller Standard refers to the test for obscenity in America.  The standard demands 
Book Jacket for: The encyclopedia of censorship“that the basic guidelines must be (a) whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to prurient interest; (b) whether the work depicts of describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law…”
The question (& answer) were taken from p. 189 of The Encyclopedia of Censorship by Jonathon Green.  The book was published in 1990 by Facts on File, Inc.

Monday, December 7, 2015

December’s eResource of the Month….

December’s eResource is FindMyPast.com.  FindMyPast.com is a genealogical research tool specializing in British records.  It features a large collection of Irish documents as well as parish documents.  Parish documents include baptism, marriage, and burial records and coverage dates back to 1538.  Also included are passenger lists of ships leaving the UK, British Army records, and a collection of local records that include school, admissions, workhouse registers, and apprenticeship records.

This particular resource is one that is available ONLY from computers at the Central Library so mosey on down and check it out.  You'll find their hours, directions, and other details here: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Events for the Week of December 6….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Make it Monday on Monday (12/7) features building blocks. Starts at 4:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday (12/8) at 3:00
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (12/9) --- sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader also on Wednesday at 3:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Thursday (12/10) at 12:00
  • STAR Reader also on Thursday at 3:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (12/11) at 3:30
  • ACA Information Table on Saturday (12/12) from 10:00-2:00
  • STAR Reader also on Saturday at 2:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dietland

Book Jacket for: DietlandIn Dietland by Sarai Walker we meet Plum Kettle.  Plum works for a girls’ magazine answering emails sent to the editor Kitty.  Plum is a large woman who has spent her life constantly fighting her weight.  As the book opens she is looking forward to her scheduled stomach stapling and assuming that that operation will solve all her problems.  Things begin to change when Plum notices that she is being followed.  This encounter soon leads to her introduction to a cadre of women who commence changing Plum and her conception of beautiful as well as her expectations of the world.  In the background of the story (& intertwined in some ways) there is a vigilante group that is punishing men (& some women) who have seriously harmed women.  All in all an interesting book and an entertaining read though the author gets a bit carried away from time to time and I wish the vigilantes had proven to be more substantive.

Recommended.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Websites I Like…

If you’ve a fondness for comics and would enjoy perusing the crazy “behind the stacks” antics of working in a library take a look at the comic Unshelved (http://www.unshelved.com/) by Ambaum & Barnes.  Check it out for an amusing (& sometimes unfortunately) true to life tale of working in a library.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December’s Arroyo Book Club Pick….

Book Jacket for: Death by black hole : and other cosmic quandariesThe December Arroyo Book Club pick is Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Although we’ve read science books before I don’t think we’ve every explored the realms of astronomy & physics --- which this book does.  Let me tempt you with the book’s description:
“Loyal readers of the monthly "Universe" essays in Natural History magazine have long recognized Neil deGrasse Tyson's talent for guiding them through the mysteries of the cosmos with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. Here, Tyson compiles his favorite essays across a myriad of cosmic topics. The title essay introduces readers to the physics of black holes by explaining the gory details of what would happen to your body if you fell into one. "Holy Wars" examines the needless friction between science and religion in the context of historical conflicts. "The Search for Life in the Universe" explores astral life from the frontiers of astrobiology. And "Hollywood Nights" assails the movie industry's feeble efforts to get its night skies right.
Known for his ability to blend content, accessibility, and humor, Tyson is a natural teacher who simplifies some of the most complex concepts in astrophysics while simultaneously sharing his infectious excitement about our universe.”

This time around I would like you to read the book with paper and pen in hand and note down discussion questions as you read.  Bring your questions with you and we will take turns using our own questions to direct the conversation.

Stop by the library for a copy of the book and plan to join us for discussion on December 26 at 3:00.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Events for the Week of November 29….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • CalFresh/MediCal Information Table on Tuesday (12/1) from 1:00-5:00
  • STAR Reader also on Tuesday at 4:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (12/2) --- sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader also on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (12/3) at 3:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (12/4) at 3:30
  • STAR Reader on Saturday (12/5) at 2:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Library Events in December…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

The library has some interesting events planned in December.  I thought I’d take a minute and give you a run down so you can plan ahead.  Let’s start with the non-repeating events:


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12/1 from 1:00-5:00
Sign up for MediCal and CalFresh
Eligibility specialists from the LA County Department of Public Social Services will be on hand to help you and your family sign up for Medi-Cal, Covered California, CalFresh, and other government assistance programs.

12/7 @ 4:00
Make It Mondays: Building Blocks
What magnificent structure can you design? Come show us.

12/10 @ 12:00
Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

12/12 from 10:00-2:00

ACA Information Table
Do you have questions about Covered California? Do you want to know if you qualify for low-cost or no-cost health insurance?  Stop in to meet with Enrollment Counselors who will talk to you face-to-face to explain your health coverage options through Covered California and help you select the best plan for your medical needs and budget.

12/13 from 1:00-5:00

Sign up for MediCal and CalFresh
Eligibility specialists from the LA County Department of Public Social Services will be on hand to help you and your family sign up for Medi-Cal, Covered California, CalFresh, and other government assistance programs.

12/14 @ 4:00
Make It Mondays: Holiday Wreaths
Come make your own holiday wreath.

12/15 @ 4:00

Teen Henna Program
Learn about the history of henna in various cultures and get some henna decorations.  Limited to first 20 teens.

12/16 from 6:00 to 7:45

Telescope Night
Come take a look at the night sky with the Sidewalk Astronomers.  Get a close up look at the moon and planets.  If the weather seems iffy call after 3:00 for final word on whether the program will go on.

12/19 @ 2:00

Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

12/20 @ 2:00

Game Day
Join us for some competitive Scrabble and Cribbage.  Bring your own favorite game for play.

12/21 @ 4:00
Make It Mondays: Holiday Cards
Design a special holiday card for your loved ones.

12/26 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a lively discussion of the book Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

12/28 @ 4:00
Make It Mondays: Building Blocks
Come wow everyone with your solution to the building block challenge.

12/29 @ 6:00
Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

12/31 @ 11:00
Noon Year's Eve Party
Kids! Join us for a celebration of the coming New Year.
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Each month the library also has a number of ongoing classes & events.  They are:


Little Ones’ Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 & 11:30

Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games.  We offer two sessions, pick the one that is convenient for you.  

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Available on Tuesdays at 3:00, on Wednesdays at 3:00, on Thursdays at 3:00 & on Saturdays at 2:00

STAR readers present the fun of storytelling and reading to children one-on-one or in small groups. Kids earn a free book to keep after 3 visits. (Be aware that the library closes early on 12/24 & 12/31 - impacting STAR Reader program)

Drop in Computer Lab - - - Fridays at 3:30

Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers. 

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Please do not hesitate to call the library at 323-255-0537 if you have any questions or would like more information.  Remember that you can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

This week’s question was name a toy dog.  The toy breeds include: Affenpinscher, Brussels Griffon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, English Toy Spaniel, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Papillon, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Poodle, Pug, Shih Tzu, Silky Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier.  

The question (& answer) were taken from page 406 of The Complete Dog Book.  The book was published in 1998 by the American Kennel Club.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Long Utopia

Book Jacket for: The long UtopiaTerry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter continue their saga of the long Earth with The Long Utopia.  Here we meet familiar characters some 40 to 50 years after the defining “stepping” revolution of the first book (see 7/9/13 for entry on the Long War -- the second book of the series).  In this volume we have that an insect (or possibly von Neumann robot) threat has been encountered on one of the Earths. The insects are busy on some massive engineering project with a potential impact on everyone.  We also have some backstory on the stepping phenomenon and life vignettes of many of our favorite characters.

Not typical Pratchett fair but nevertheless enjoyable.  If you’ve been reading the series you won’t need me to tell you to pick up this volume.  If you haven’t seek out The Long Earth and get started.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Events for the Week of November 22….

Please remember that the library will be closed on 11/26 and 11/27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Events going on at the library the rest of the week include…
  • Make it Mondays features a Cartoon Class with Dave Boatman on Monday (11/23) at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Tuesday (11/24) at 12:00
  • STAR Reader also on Tuesday at 4:30
  • Covered California Information Table on Wednesday (11/25) from 10:00-2:00
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday --- sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader also on Wednesday at 3:00
  • USC Thornton Gluck Hollywood Trio on Saturday (11/28) at 2:00
  • STAR Reader on Saturday also at 2:00
  • Arroyo Book Club Discussion on Saturday at 3:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Highland Park History….

Check out this short 1985 article on the proposed Arroyo Seco Bikeway.  The bikeway they are talking about is the one that begins up near the York Avenue Bridge and goes down (partially in the Arroyo Seco) to Ave 42.  It includes a few pictures.  http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520379.pdf

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How to Start a Fire

Book Jacket for: How to start a fireLisa Lutz departs from her Spellman books with How to Start a Fire.  Here we have the tale of 3 different, but very unique, women who meet in college. The book is told in an extremely non-linear fashion which actually serves to increase interest as it turns the thing into a bit of a puzzle.  You’ll read a section that has the characters reacting to an event that occurred earlier but that hasn’t yet been presented in the book.  As a device for keeping interest up it is surprisingly successful.  The characters are completely standard Lutz.  Once you’re familiar with one of her characters you could definitely pick another out of a lineup anytime… they’re kind of similar…. Which also means you have to like her style of character if you’re going to like one of her books.

I am a fan of Lutz so I enjoyed the book.  I would definitely recommend it to fans of her work.  I would also recommend it to those who haven’t read anything by her.  It’s a nice introduction to her style and if you like it you could then turn to the Spellman series.  

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Events for the Week of November 15….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • CalFresh/MediCal Information Table on Sunday (11/15) from 1:00-5:00
  • Teen Program on Tuesday (11/17) at 4:00
  • STAR Reader also on Tuesday at 4:30
  • Covered California Information Table on Wednesday (11/18) from 10:00-2:00
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday --- sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader also on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (11/19) at 3:00
  • Fun with Tablets also on Thursday at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (11/20) at 3:30
  • USC Thornton Gluck Woodstock Duo on Saturday (11/21) at 2:00
  • STAR Reader on Saturday also at 2:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Friday, November 13, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

Book Jacket for: A biographical handbook of Hispanics and United States film
This week’s question was where was actor Anthony Quinn born? Anthony Rudolph Oaxaca Quinn was born, during the Mexican Revolution --- specifically on 4/21/1915, in Chihuahua, Mexico. 


The question (& answer) were taken from p. 159 of A Biographical Handbook of Hispanics andUnited States Film by Gary D. Keller.  The book was published in 1997 by Bilingual Press.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Websites of interest….

Today I’m going to shill for the library and recommend a visit to LAPL’s Money Matter$ Financial Resource Guide (http://www.lapl.org/money-matters).  Here you will find suggested library and online resources providing information, education, and tools covering savings, credit, investments, budgeting, financial planning, and consumer protection.  

So if you’ve a money related question or issue check this page out for places to find answers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Boys in the Boat

Book Jacket for: The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsIn The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown tells the tale of the men who sought and eventually won the 1936 Olympic Gold medal for 8-man rowing.  While the author does that thing I dislike in non-fiction books of pretending he can provide point of view and individual thought of the people and events depicted, if you make the conscious decision to just read it as if it were a novel you will be rewarded with an interesting and entertaining experience.  The boys in this particular boat were crew from the University of Washington and as such were primarily the sons of farmers, loggers, and the like.

I recommend the book as an interesting read but would be a bit wary of offering it as unbiased non-fiction.   Give it a try and form your own opinion.

Monday, November 9, 2015

USC Thornton Gluck Music….

Join us for a couple of delightful musical afternoons at the library.  The USC Thornton Gluck program, which has put on such lovely concerts for us in the past, is sending us two groups to entertain.  We will have…

The Woodstock Duo on Cello and Guitar treating us to songs of food & friendship on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00

The Hollywood Trio (a Soprano, a Tenor, & a Keyboardist) regaling us with favorite songs from the movies on Saturday, November 28 at 2:00

Mark your calendars and be sure to come by. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Events for the Week of November 8….

Remember that we will be closed on Wednesday the 11th for Veterans Day.  Events going on at the library the rest of the week include…
  • Make it Monday featuring a building block challenge on Monday (11/9) at 4:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday (11/10) at 4:30
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (11/12) at 3:00
  • Movie Showing also on Thursday at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (11/13) at 3:30
  • SAT Practice Test on Saturday (11/14) starting at 10:00
  • STAR Reader on Saturday at 2:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Saturday at 2:00
  • Zentangle Mania on Saturday at 4:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Superposition

Book Jacket for: SuperpositionSuperposition by David Walton is a mystery adventure that is most fascinating for its use of quantum physics in both positing the murder and telling the story.  Jacob Kelley is a physicist who is accused of killing a former colleague found dead.  He is arrested and put on trial for murder so must of course work out who really did the murderous deed.  The whole thing is complicated by the fact that the murdered guy had been working on quantum computing and had found a way of achieving macro level quantum effects. 


The physics as explained in the book was fascinating.  The mystery was a bit too easy to figure out, I knew the real killer before any of the book characters did.  In addition I really did not like Jacob (our narrator).  I found him surprisingly violent and irrational for someone who is supposed to be an intelligent scientist.  Now I suppose scientists can be violent but the irrational part seems less likely.  I would recommend the book for the fun science ride and say ignore the obviousness of whodunit as well as the fact that you wind up wishing an unhappy ending for our hero.  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

November’s eResource of the Month…

The eResource of the month for November is Overdrive’s Digital Magazines & Newspapers.  You may already be familiar with Overdrive for books or for movies but they have recently launched a magazine & newspaper feature.  In their collection you will find over 200 English and 40 Spanish language digital newspapers and magazines.  Do note that they are formatted for a Nook reader so you will have to use one of those or a Nook app for access.  

Having trouble? Try the Overdrive for Magazines help page here: http://help.overdrive.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1758808-getting-started-with-periodicals-from-your-library.  I generally find that Overdrive’s help is actually useful.

Finally… check out the flyer on the topic that you will find here (Overdrive Magazines Newspapers Flyer).   

Monday, November 2, 2015

TOW (& Answer)....


Book Jacket for: The food chronology : a food lover's compendium of events and anecdotes from prehistory to the presentThe week’s question was where did Colby cheese originate? Colby cheese had its beginnings in Vermont around 1824.  Alfred Crowley started a factory that would go on to make the cheese for more than 170 years.

The question (& answer) were taken from p. 212 of The Food Chronology by James Trager.  The book was published in 1995 by Henry Holt.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Events for the Week of November 1….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Zentangle Mania on Sunday (11/1) at 2:00
  • CalFresh/MediCal Information Table on Tuesday (11/3) from 1:00-5:00
  • STAR Reader also on Tuesday at 4:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (11/4)… Sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (11/5) at 3:00
  • Fun With Tablets also on Thursday at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (11/6) at 3:30
  • SAT Workshop on Saturday (11/7) at 10:00
  • STAR Reader on Saturday at 2:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Touch

Book Jacket for: TouchClaire North has a knack for unusual premises when writing fiction and Touch demonstrates that.  In Touch the narrator is essentially a non-corporeal being that exists by taking over people on touch.  He/she (it’s never clear) was originally human but was murdered.  On death he/she plead for life and found he had taken over the murderer’s body.  Thenceforward she could become anyone she touched, taking over their body while the original inhabitant just sort of loses time until she is gone.  She is not the only one of her kind.  The narrator spends the course of the book fighting a shadow organization that is trying to kill off her kind (or is it?) and the result is an interesting thriller.  

While I was interested in the premise initially by the end of the story I was fully on board as viewing these creatures as non-human parasites that really needed to be exterminated.  So all in all an interesting story that I’d recommend to people who don’t require a sympathetic narrator.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Library Events in November…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

The library has a number of interesting events planned in November.  I thought I’d take a minute and give you a run down so you can plan ahead.  Let’s start with the non-repeating events:

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11/1 @ 2:00
Zentangle Mania
Zentangle (R) is "mindful doodling". It is meant to provide you with the opportunity to relax and de-stress while at the same time creating lovely looking artwork. Join us to learn how and make a piece or two of your own.

11/3 from 1:00-5:00
Sign up for MediCal and CalFresh
Eligibility specialists from the LA County Department of Public Social Services will be on hand to help you and your family sign up for Medi-Cal, Covered California, CalFresh, and other government assistance programs.

11/7 @ 10:00
SAT Review Session
Join us for a Writing Review Workshop and polish your skills in advance of taking the SAT.

11/9 @ 4:00
Make it Monday: Building Block Challenge
Can your construction meet the challenge?

11/12 @ 4:00
Enjoy a Movie 
Join us for a showing of a film set in WWII and featuring some aspects of Native American history.

11/14 from 10:00-2:00
Practice SAT Test
A practice SAT Test will be administered.  

11/14 @ 2:00
Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers.

11/14 @ 2:00
Zentangle Mania
Zentangle (R) is "mindful doodling". It is meant to provide you with the opportunity to relax and de-stress while at the same time creating lovely looking artwork. Join us to learn how and make a piece or two of your own.

11/15 from 1:00-5:00
Sign up for MediCal and CalFresh
Eligibility specialists from the LA County Department of Public Social Services will be on hand to help you and your family sign up for Medi-Cal, Covered California, CalFresh, and other government assistance programs.

11/17 @ 4:00
Teen Program
Join us for an undisclosed teen program.

11/18 from 10:00-2:00
ACA Information Table
Do you have questions about Covered California? Do you want to know if you qualify for low-cost or no-cost health insurance?  Stop in to meet with Enrollment Counselors who will talk to you face-to-face to explain your health coverage options through Covered California and help you select the best plan for your medical needs and budget.

11/23 @ 4:00
Make it Monday: Cartoon Class with Dave Boatman
Learn how to draw cartoons from your imagination with the very funny cartoonist Dave Boatman.

11/24 @ 12:00
Drop in Computer Lab
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers.

11/25 from 10:00-2:00
ACA Information Table
Do you have questions about Covered California? Do you want to know if you qualify for low-cost or no-cost health insurance?  Stop in to meet with Enrollment Counselors who will talk to you face-to-face to explain your health coverage options through Covered California and help you select the best plan for your medical needs and budget.

11/28 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a lively discussion of the book The Narrow Road in the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.


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Each month the library also has a number of ongoing classes & events.  They are:

Little Ones’ Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 & 11:30
Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games.  We offer two sessions, pick the one that is convenient for you.  (Library will be closed for Veteran’s Day on 11/11)

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Available on Tuesdays at 4:30, on Wednesdays at 3:00, on Thursdays at 3:00 & on Saturdays at 2:00
STAR readers present the fun of storytelling and reading to children one-on-one or in small groups. Kids earn a free book to keep after 3 visits.

Fun with Tablets - - - 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 4:00
Join us for a tablet based activity.  Your suggestions for future projects welcome.

Drop in Computer Lab - - - Fridays at 3:30
Bring your questions about computers, tablets, eReaders, or other electronic devices.  We will do our best to help you figure out answers.

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Please do not hesitate to call the library at 323-255-0537 if you have any questions or would like more information.  Remember that you can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

November’s Arroyo Book Club Pick….

The November Arroyo Book Club book is The Narrow Road into the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.  The recent announcing of this year’s Man Booker prize winner got me thinking that we should read last year’s and so that is just what this book is.  To quote from the book’s flap description:
Book Jacket for: The narrow road to the deep north : a novelMoving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo Evans and his fellow prisoners to that of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
Sounds like an interesting potentially depressing read.  Stop by the library for a copy of the book and plan to join us on Saturday, November 28 at 3:00 for our discussion.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Triva of the Week...

This week’s question is where did Colby cheese originate? Bonus points for when.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Zentangle Mania…

Zentangle® is "mindful doodling". It is meant to provide you with the opportunity to relax and de-stress while at the same time creating lovely looking artwork. Books that discuss the topic include:


Check out the book covers below for an idea about how pretty zentangle can be then plan to join us at either of our upcoming sessions to learn how to do zentangle and to make a piece or two of your own.  We have a session scheduled on Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 and on Saturday, November 14 at 4:00.  Come to either or both!

Book Jacket for: The beauty of zentangle : inspirational examples from 137 tangle artists worldwide   Book Jacket for: Creative tangle : creating your own patterns for Zen-inspired art   Book Jacket for: Pattern play : a Zentangle creativity booster

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Events for the Week of October 25….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Game Day on Sunday (10/25) at 2:00
  • Choose Health LA Kids Parenting Workshop on Monday (10/26) at 10:30
  • Make It Monday --- Day of the Dead Crafts on Monday (of course) at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Tuesday (10/27) at 12:00
  • STAR Reader also on Tuesday at 4:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (10/28)… Sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (10/29) at 3:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (10/30) at 3:30
  • SAT Workshop on Saturday (10/31) from 10:00 to 12:00
  • STAR Reader on Saturday at 2:00
  • Library Trick or Treating also on Saturday from 3:30 to 5:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Friday, October 23, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

This week’s question was what do the two scallop-shaped entry points flanking the entrance to the Maguire Gardens at the Central Library represent?  Well the one on the left represents the archaic.  It, to quote my source, “represents the urge to build and embellish…”  Its look is derived from the Mixtec and Inca.  The one on the right represents the post-literate.  It contains mathematical equations from early in the twentieth century. These equations “suggest the contemporary intellectual ground in which it is precisely known that nothing is certain.”

The question (& answer) were taken from p. 18 of Spine: The Jud Fine art plan at the Maguire Gardens, Central Library, Los Angeles by Jud Fine and Harry Reese.  The book was published by the Los Angeles Library Association in 1993.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I’ll Give You the Sun

Book Jacket for: I'll give you the sunIn I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson we meet twins Jude and Noah.  We see Noah’s take on the events of their lives when they are 13, almost 14 and pick up with Jude’s take 3 years later.  When we first meet them the twins are inseparable but something happened in the intervening years and when we pick up the story they are barely speaking.  The book explores the twins' experiences as they approach this terrible event and as they attempt to recover from it.  

The book was compelling and hard to put down.  I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a good dramatic exploration of emotion.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

History of Eagle Rock….

Here (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520288.pdf) we have an article that discusses the history of the land the Eagle Rock Plaza was built on.  While the article definitely has the tone of a press release by the mall in question the history described is nevertheless interesting.  The article is from 9/30/1973.  Take a look at it.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Events for the Week of October 18….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Choose Health LA Kids Parenting Workshop on Monday (10/19) at 10:30
  • Teen Read Week Program on Tuesday (10/20) at 4:00
  • STAR Reader also on Tuesday at 4:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (10/21)… Sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (10/22) at 3:00
  • Navigating Health Coverage Seminar also on Thursday at 5:30
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (10/23) at 3:30
  • SAT Workshop on Saturday (10/24) from 10:00 to 12:00
  • STAR Reader also on Saturday at 2:00
  • Arroyo Book Club meets on Saturday at 3:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Trivia of the Week...

This week’s question is what do the two scallop-shaped entry points flanking the entrance to the Maguire Gardens at the Central Library represent?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Seveneves

Book Jacket for: SevenevesI have long been a fan of Neal Stephenson and found his latest work, Seveneves, to live up to my expectations.  The book grabs you from its opening line of “The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.”  The first & second parts of the book explore the consequences of that event (extremely catastrophic) and the race to save something of Earth’s biosphere.  In the third section we jump ahead 5,000 years to see what the result of all the struggle we just witnessed was.  Throughout the book we are treated to some excellent explorations of scientific & engineering questions with imaginative solutions to the problems our protagonists encounter.

The book was very moving (hard to avoid when almost everything dies) yet didn’t sink into moroseness or saccharine reflection.  Ultimately it celebrates survival and provides the reader with an epoch spanning adventure though I do quibble that (spoiler) we never did find out if the Moon’s destruction was a deliberate act or very long shot accidental event.  Recommended.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

Book Jacket for: A new dictionary of eponyms
This week’s question was what is a martinet & where did the word originate?  A martinet is someone who is a strict disciplinarian.  The original martinet was Jean Martinet a lieutenant colonel in Louis XIV infantry.  To quote my source:
He was an autocratic drill master, known for sharp military efficiency and his insistence that his orders be carried out exactly to the last detail.  He drove his men to their limits, demanding maximum effort, and accepted nothing less than instant obedience and a polished performance.  His men were taught to ask no questions.
The question (& answer) were taken from p. 160 of A New Dictionary of Eponyms by Morton S. Freeman.  The book was published by Oxford University Press in 1997.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Events for the Week of October 11….

Please remember that the library will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday.  Events going on at the library during the rest of the week include…
  • CalFresh/MediCal Info Table on Sunday (10/11) from 1:00-5:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday (10/13) at 4:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (10/14)… Sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (10/15) at 3:00
  • Tablet Fun also on Thursday at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Thursday at 6:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (10/16) at 3:30
  • SAT Practice Test on Saturday (10/17) starts at 10:00
  • STAR Reader also on Saturday at 2:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ms. Marvel: No Normal

Book Jacket for: Ms. Marvel. Vol. 1, No normalI’m not normally a fan of graphic novels but I picked this one up out of curiosity and found it quite appealing (Ms. Marvel, Vol 1, No Normal).  I would still rather read a description and build my own picture then look at a picture and read a few lines of dialog so this is not a book, or series, that I would ever buy but it was definitely worth reading so it is a series that I would check out of the library to read. 

This was the first of the series so we are introduced to Ms. Marvel aka the teenaged Kamala Khan.  We learn how she became Ms. Marvel and follow on her first adventures in the life of superhero-ing.  As an absolute non picture person I didn’t really look at the pictures so I can’t comment as to their quality and addition to the story but the story itself was engaging and reasonable interesting.  

I would definitely recommend this to those who like graphic novels and would even recommend it to non-graphic novel readers with a taste for interesting, non-traditional heroes.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Websites I like….

I recently stumbled across the blog Separated by a Common Language and have been enjoying it a lot.  As you can probably guess from the title it is principally about the difference between American English and British English.  The writer is an American Linguist who is married to an Englishman and living and working in England.  She has an interesting tone and each article is quite informative.  Perfect for those who love delving into the minutiae of language.  Take a look.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Southern Comfort

Book Jacket for: Southern comfort.Skyy brings us a light romance in Southern Comfort.  Katrina (or Tree) is left broken hearted and at loose ends when her girlfriend leaves her to move to LA.  Seeking recovery she takes off on a European tour where she meets Willow and the two hit it off.  Willow seeing a chance at love goes to Memphis, hoping to connect with Tree only to find that Tree’s ex is not as out of the picture as everyone had supposed.  Who will win Tree’s heart?  

This is a straight up romance novel with interesting, personable characters (we follow the exploits of Tree’s & Willow’s friends as well). Recommended with those who like romance and don’t require that such romance happen between a man and a woman.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Trivia of the Week...

This week’s question is what is a martinet & where did the word originate?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Events for the Week of October 4….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Choose Health LA Kids Parenting Workshop on Monday (10/5) at 10:30
  • Make It Monday Building Block Challenge on Monday (of course) at 4:00
  • CalFresh/MediCal Information Table on Tuesday (10/6) from 1:00-5:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday at 4:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (10/7)… Sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader on Wednesday at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (10/8) at 3:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (10/9) at 3:30
  • STAR Reader on Saturday (10/10) at 2:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Saturday at 2:00

You can always check the Branch Page (http://www.lapl.org/branches/arroyo-seco) on the LAPL website for upcoming events or check out the Master Calendar (http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar) where you can search for something specific across multiple branches.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October’s eResource of the Month…

Hoopla is the October eResource of the Month.  Hoopla is a digital streaming platform that provides access to more than 300,000 digital entertainment titles.  Use your computer or mobile device to stream or download up to 15 full length feature movies, episodic television programs, full music albums, e-books, graphic novels, and e-audiobooks every month.

You can access hoopla from your personal computer via the hoopla link on the library’s emedia page (http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/e-media) or download the hoopla app to your tablet or smartphone.  You’ll need an email address and your library card number and PIN to get started.

Once on the hoopla main page you'll find a selection of new titles separated by format.  You can also search for titles via the field at the top of the page.  If you're looking for entertainment give it a try.