Wednesday, September 30, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

This week’s question was what is a totchka?  A totchka is a unit of measurement equivalent to 0.01 of an inch or 0.2540005 of a millimeter.  It was a measure used in Russia, Estonia, and Latvia.


The question (& answer) were taken from p. 47 of For Good Measure by William D. Johnstone.  The book was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1975

Monday, September 28, 2015

Library Events in October…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

The library has a number of interesting events planned in October.  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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10/5 @ 4:00
Make It Monday!
Join us for a building block challenge.

10/6 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.

10/10 @ 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. 

10/11 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.

10/15 @ 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. 

10/17 from 10:00-2:00
Practice SAT Test
This is the first of a free intensive SAT preparation series conducted over five consecutive Saturdays. Students are strongly encourage to attend all sessions.

10/20 @ 4:00
Teen Program
Join us for an exciting teen read week program. 

10/22 @ 5:30
Navigating Health Care Coverage
Are you getting the full benefits of your health insurance?  Come to this seminar and learn how to: navigate your plan, choose a primary care doctor, schedule visits, pay for services, and more.  Bring your questions.

10/24 from 10:00-2:00
English/Reading Review Workshop
This is the second of a free intensive SAT preparation series conducted over five consecutive Saturdays. Students are strongly encourage to attend all sessions.

10/24 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a lively discussion of the book The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.

10/25 @ 2:00
Game Day
Join us for Scrabble and/or Cribbage or bring your own favorite games in and pitch them to participants.

10/26 @ 4:00
Make it Monday!
Join us in constructing at Day of the Dead Altar.

10/27 @ 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. 

10/31 from 10:00-2:00
Math Review Workshop
This is the third of a free intensive SAT preparation series conducted over five consecutive Saturdays. Students are strongly encourage to attend all sessions.

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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 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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Arroyo Book Club October Pick…

Book Jacket for: The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War IIThe Arroyo Book Club will be reading The Girls of Atomic City in October. This book, by Denise Kiernan, tells the story of the women who spend the war (the second world war, of course) working in the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Library Journal says this about the book:
Kiernan (Signing Their Lives Away) writes compellingly of the women who toiled in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during World War II as part of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. Living and working with thousands of others in a secret city built almost overnight, those involved in the "Project" were unaware that they were contributing to the most revolutionary scientific discovery of the 20th century. Moving between the individual narratives of the women workers and the story of the development of atomic fusion, Kiernan emphasizes the secretive nature of the work yet gives readers a greater understanding of the larger historical context. The endnotes provide comprehensive information about primary sources consulted as well as oral interviews Kiernan undertook with surviving workers. However, no complete bibliography is included. VERDICT This work complements Russell Olwell's At Work in the Atomic City: A Labor and Social History of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Kiernan capably captures the spirit of women's wartime opportunities and their sacrifices in what is ultimately a captivating narrative.
Sounds intriguing.  Pick up your copy and plan to join us for discussion on October 24 at 3:00.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Events for the Week of September 27….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Choose Health LA Kids Parenting Workshop on Monday (9/28) at 10:30
  • Make It Monday Rainbow Scratch Art Project on Monday (of course) at 4:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday (9/29) at 4:30
  • STAR Reader on Wednesday (9/30) at 3:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (10/1) at 3:00
  • Fun with Tablets Program also on Thursday at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (10/2) at 3:30
  • STAR Reader on Saturday (10/3) 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, September 25, 2015

Day Shift

Book Jacket for: Day shiftCharlaine Harris continues her story of the inhabitants of Midnight, Texas with Day Shift (previous book Midnight Crossroad (see earlier post)).  In this book Manfred Bernardo, a psychic, has a client die mid-reading and must then cope with accusations from the client’s deranged son.  Meanwhile he discovers just what Olivia does for a living and the Reverend has a strange house guest.   As with the first book, this is a book to read for the characters and the mystery behind each of them.  Recommended for fans of Harris and those who like light fantasy. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Alphabetical

Book Jacket for: Alphabetical : how every letter tells a storyIn Alphabetical Michael Rosen takes a look at the modern English alphabet, letter by letter.  Each chapter includes a history of the letter in question as well as the author’s stream of consciousness thoughts about the letter.  Truthfully the book is not what I was expecting.  I was hoping for something a little more scholarly and informative and less one man’s thoughts on the things the letter “k” makes him think of.  I failed to finish the book.  I’m not sure I would recommend the book to anyone though people who are already fans of the author might enjoy it.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Events for the Week of September 20….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • Choose Health LA Kids Parenting Workshop on Monday (9/21) at 10:30
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday at 5:30
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (9/24) at 3:00
  • Managed Health Care Seminar also on Thursday at 6:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (9/25) at 3:30
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Saturday (9/26) at 1:00
  • STAR Reader 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, September 18, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

This week’s question was what is the American Spirit Honor Medal?  The American Spirit Honor Medal is, to quote directly from our source:
given to any person who while undergoing a course of basic training in the United States armed forces demonstrates outstanding qualities of leadership, best expressing, in the words of the citation, “the American Spirit-honor, initiative, loyalty and high example to comrades in arms.”
The question (& answer) were taken from p. 58 of American War Medals and Decorations by Evans E. Kerrigan.  The book was published by Viking in 1964.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Prudence

Book Jacket for: PrudenceGail Carriger carried her Parasol Protectorate series into the next generation with the start of a new series, The Custard Protocol, featuring the children of principal previous series characters (if you could follow all of that).  In Prudence we meet Rue (i.e. Prudence), her best friend Primrose and assorted other characters.  Rue is given a dirigible and sets off to India to see into investing in a new type of tea… the novel is set in a steampunk/paranormal version of Victorian England.  Rue does travel to Indian and succeeds in her tea mission but that is, of course, the least of what happens.  

Readers need not be familiar with the original series to enjoy this one.  Recommended for those who enjoy steampunk and paranormal tropes and don’t mind an annoyingly Victorian aesthetic.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Karen Memory

Book Jacket for: Karen MemoryKaren Memory by Elizabeth Bear is a fascinating book that probably can be best categorized as steampunk.  It is set in a fictional late 19th century past and follows the life of Karen Memery a girl who winds up working in a bordello (yes as a prostitute) after her parents die.  This aspect of the story is not, however, by any means the focus of the book.  Plot threads involving a crooked politician (who has access to a brain altering device - obviously not something you’d want in the hands of any politician), a serial killer who has fled to their town, a (very outrĂ©) plot by foreigners to take over Alaska, and more.  In true steampunk fashion there are plenty of machines around as well as dirigible (of course) and a “guild of mad scientists”.  

All in all an excellent adventure story for those who like anachronistic stories.  

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Events for the Week of September 13….

Events going on at the library this week include…
  • MediCal/CalFresh Information Table on Sunday (9/13) from 1:00-5:00
  • Make It Mondays “building blocks” challenge on Monday (9/14) at 4:00
  • Teen Loteria Program on Tuesday (9/15) at 4:00
  • STAR Reader on Tuesday at 5:30
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (9/16) sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • Drop in Computer Lab also on Wednesday at 6:00
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (9/17) at 3:00
  • Fun with Tablets Program on Thursday at 4:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (9/18) at 3:30
  • STAR Reader on Saturday (9/19) at 2:00
  • Film Showing (book club book) 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, September 10, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

History of Highland Park….

Today we have a newspaper article by Eston McMahon all about the Southwest Museum.  The article is titled Southwest Museum Rich Storehouse (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520229.pdf) and delves into the history and collection of the museum.  The article has a large number of included photographs.  Published by the Los Angeles Herald Examiner on 3/4/1967 it provides an interesting snapshot of a museum & its exhibits.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

TOW (& Answer)...

Book Jacket for: Gemstones of the worldThis week’s question was where do you find the most important ruby deposits?  Some of the most important ruby deposits are in Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

The question (& answer) were found on p. 84 of Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann.  The book was published by Sterling Publishing Co. in 1998.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Events for the Week of September 6….

Remember that the library will be closed for Labor Day on Monday 9/7.  Events going on at the library during the rest of the week include…
  • Little Ones’ Storytime on Wednesday (9/9) sessions at 10:30 & 11:30
  • STAR Reader on Thursday (9/10) at 3:00
  • Navigating Health Coverage Seminar also on Thursday at 5:00
  • Drop in Computer Lab on Friday (9/11) at 3:30
  • STAR Reader on Saturday (9/12) 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, September 3, 2015

Pocket Apocalypse

Book Jacket for: Pocket apocalypseSeanan McGuire continues her InCryptid series with Pocket Apocalypse.   In this book, Alexander Price follows his girlfriend to Australia to deal with an outbreak of lycanthropy-w (otherwise known as werewolves).  Once there he has to deal with the local group that deals with non-human populations and who don’t welcome outsiders, his girlfriend’s family (who really don’t welcome him), some misconceptions about werewolf ability, and more.  Readers can enjoy this book without having read the previous works in the series.  I would recommend it to fans of urban fantasy that is leavened with humor.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September’s eResource of the Month….

September’s eResource of the Month is lynda.com.  Lynda.com is an award winning online learning site that offers thousands of courses and video tutorials on business, technical and creative skills.  It proffers Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to LinkedIn profiles.  Access the site by going to the library website’s Research & Homework page… you’ll want to scroll down to the L’s. (http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework#L).  You will need your library card number and PIN.

For more information take a look at this flyer (http://www.lapl.org/sites/default/files/articles-and-information/pdfs/09-15-lynda.com-flyer.pdf).