Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Trivia of the Month (Answer)...

Book Jacket for: The book of birthdays

The month’s question asked… what are the 12 zodiac signs?  They are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

The question (and answer) were taken from pgs 6-17 of The Book of Birthdays by Russell Grant.  The book was published in 1996 by Dell Publishing.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Events for the Week of December 29….

The library will close at 5:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and remain closed for New Year’s Day on the 1st. Events going on at the library during the remainder of the week include:

Monday – 12/30
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Fruity Storytime and Craft at 4:00

Tuesday – 12/31
Baby Storytime at 10:30

Thursday – 1/2
STAR Reader at 3:00
All Ages Zine Workshop at 4:00

Friday – 1/3
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 1/4
Family Storytime at 1:30

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 26, 2019

Library Events in January…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

Let’s start with the Winter Reading Challenge.  This year’s challenge runs from December 13 to January 13, so it’s not over yet.  You can still sign yourself up online or swing by the library and have someone sign you up.  There are a number of reading and activity tasks you can choose from to complete the challenge which will earn you a small prize and a ticket in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Moving on… the library has some interesting events planned in January.  Let me give you a run down so you can plan ahead.  Let’s start with the non-repeating events:

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1/2 @ 4:00
All Ages Zine Workshop
Create a zine all your own.

1/4 @ 4:00
Family Storytime
Stories and crafts for the whole family.

1/6 @ 4:00
Building Block Club
Show us what you can build.

1/7 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Teentastic fun

1/7 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

1/8 from 6:00-7:45
Telescope Night
Come take a look at local astronomical objects through telescopes with the Sidewalk Astronomers.  If it is cloudy on the 8th check with us after 3:00 for program status.

1/11 @ 11:00
Paper Craft Fun
Make cute things from recycled paper with us.

1/13 from 2:30-4:30
LA DOT Tap Information Table
Get your TAP card refilled, ask your metro related questions, and more.

1/13 @ 4:00
Make Slime
Have some slimey fun

1/13 @ 6:30
Philosophy Discussion Group
Everyone is invited to join us as we work our way through Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. We will be focusing on the introduction in this first meeting of the group.

1/21 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for some teen-riffic fun.

1/21 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

1/25 from 9:30-12:30
VITA Income Tax Preparation & Filing
Have a professional do your taxes for free. First come first served. There are income limits so check with branch to make sure you qualify.

1/25 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

1/27 @ 4:00
Silly Food Storytime
Storytime for all with a theme.

1/27 @ 6:30
Philosophy Discussion Group
Everyone is invited to join us as we work our way through Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.

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

Grupo de apoyo para la familia - - - Mondays at 10:00

Baby Storytime - - - Tuesdays at 10:30
Stories, songs, and rhymes await babies up to 18 months.

Toddler Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 
Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games.

LAPD Read Along - - - Tuesdays at 3:00
Officers from the LAPD read favorite stories with kids.

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Wednesdays at 3:00 and Thursdays at 3:00.
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.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Philosophy Discussion Group


We are introducing a Philosophy Discussion Group in January. This group will consist of anyone interested… no background in philosophy required. The first session will take place on Monday, January 13 at 6:30 pm.  The group moderator has provided us with the following text about what is planned:

"The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant arguably marks the beginning of modern philosophy. The idea of this discussion is to investigate Kant's work together from an amateur perspective and, by means of planned activities, to inspire creation and thought. The work we will be using is The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant. It will not be necessary to own a copy, but having one will benefit the participant. We will begin the first session by looking at and discussing the introduction."

You can stop by the branch to pick up a copy of the book or download a copy for yourself from Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4280)

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Events for the Week of December 22….

The library will close at 1:00 pm on Christmas Eve and remain closed for Christmas on the 25th. Events going on at the library during the remainder of the week include:

Monday – 12/23
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Trolls Holiday Movie at 4:00

Friday – 12/27
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 12/28
Arroyo Book Club discusses Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra 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 19, 2019

Telescope Night…

The ever-popular Telescope Night returns (weather permitting) to the Arroyo Seco Library on Wednesday, January 8.  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.  Do note that the event is weather dependent, so if there are clouds on the day give us a call after 3:00 for word on the status of the program.

For those who don’t know what Telescope Night is…  During Telescope Night a group of local astronomers, the Sidewalk Astronomers (http://www.sidewalkastronomers.us/), sets up telescopes outside the library and points them at objects of interest in the night sky.  Everyone is invited to take as many turns as they’d like looking through the telescopes.  The Sidewalk Astronomers are very knowledgeable and will answer your questions & chat about how they made the telescopes.  Bring your questions with you.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

History of Highland Park…

Did you know Highland Park was home to the Highland Park Symphony for many years?  Nelda Thompson elegizes the organization in her 7/26/64 article “Highland Park Sympony…A success story”  Check it out for a picture of what looks like a truly impressive organization.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Trivia of the Month...

This month’s trivia question is one you’ll probably be able to get… what are the 12 zodiac signs?

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Events for the Week of December 15….

Events going on at the library during the week include:

Monday – 12/16
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Census Jobs Info Table from 3:00-5:00
Felt Ornament Making at 4:00

Tuesday – 12/17
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Teen Fun at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 12/18
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 12/19
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 12/20
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 12/21
Holiday Caroling with the Holiday Lights 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 12, 2019

Clean Sweep

Book Jacket for: Clean sweepIn Clean Sweep Ilona Andrews gives us an amusing fantasy story featuring vampires & werewolves (really aliens), an intrepid innkeeper who has amazing powers (in order to run her inn), a small dog that is a lot more than that and more.  Dina, the innkeeper, feels compelled to investigate whoever has been eviscerating dogs in her neighborhood and soon discovers a predatory alien run amok who she must deal with. 

This is a light weight story that is quite humorous and is an easy read.  If you’re looking for a bit of diversion and a laugh and like fantasy/sf I’d recommend picking it up.  I liked it enough that I’ve checked out the second in the series.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December’s eMedia Resource


Interested in learning a new language? Want to brush up a language you know but haven’t used in a while? Check out December’s eMedia Resource of the Month… Transparent Language Online.  This language learning tool provides access to lesson plans at all levels for more than 120 languages.  These lesson plans are designed to help with all aspects of a language; speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  They include pronunciation practices, speech analysis, grammar, writing activities, and vocabulary-building activities.

Transparent Language Online is free to use with your library card.  Access it from the library website’s Research & Homework page (https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework#T). Find it alphabetically in the T’s.  The first time you use it you will need to create an account using your library card under register.  This is an RBDigital product so if you already have an account for accessing eAudiobooks, just use that.  There is also an app you can download and install on your phone to learn anytime, anywhere.

So get a jump start on the New Year’s resolution of learning a new language and check out Transparent Language Online.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Events for the Week of December 8….

Events going on at the library during the week include:

Monday – 12/9
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
LA DOT Tap Info Table from 2:30-4:30
Building Blocks Club at 4:00

Tuesday – 12/10
LAPD Read Along at 3:00

Wednesday – 12/11
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 12/12
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 12/13
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 12/14
Shrinky Dink Fun 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 5, 2019

Holiday Lights

Enjoy a dose of holiday spirit as we head ever deeper into the season.  Holiday Lights, a local chorus group, will be performing on December 21 at 1:00.  They will perform a selection of seasonal music.  Sing along to the songs you know, enjoy the songs you don't know.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Arroyo Book Club’s December Pick

Book Jacket for: Antony and Cleopatra.

The Arroyo Book Club will continue our tradition of the past 3 years and read one of William Shakespeare’s plays for our December meeting.  This time the play selected is Antony and Cleopatra.  As always I will turn to the synopsis produced by the PBS program In Search of Shakespeare to describe it:
He is a Roman general, handsome and brave. She is the Queen of Egypt, beautiful, and proud. Together they will defy the power of an Emperor. Together they will destroy that which they strive to uphold.
"Anthony and Cleopatra": Love kills.
Stop by the library for a copy and make plans to join us for our discussion on December 28 at 3:00.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

History of Highland Park…


Here (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520342.pdf) we have a 1975 reprint of a 1935 article that discusses the first Yule Parade in Highland Park.  A notable detail mentions the planned decoration of a 25 foot Christmas tree to be set in the “island” at York and Figueroa.  Take a look for yourself.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Events for the Week of December 1….

Events going on at the library during the week include:

Sunday – 12/1
NELA Holiday Parade meet in Library Parking lot at 12:30

Monday – 12/2
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Dave Winstone Holiday Music from around the world at 4:00

Tuesday – 12/3
Teen Program at 3:00
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Teen Henna Program at 3:00
Círculo de lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 12/4
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 12/5
STAR Reader at 3:00
Make your Mark … Design a Zine at 4:00

Friday – 12/6
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 12/7
Family Storytime at 1:30
Design a Mug at 3:00 (limited supplies so first come first served)

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 29, 2019

Trivia of the Month (Answer)...

Book Jacket for: The poisons and antidotes sourcebook

This month’s question was if you are misfortunate enough to suffer a poisoning by digitoxin what should you do?  Digitoxin is a cardiac glycoside used to regulate the heart’s rhythm.  To counteract its adverse affects you should wash the stomach with strong tea and keep the victim lying down. Give stimulants such as caffeine, ammonia or atropine.

The question (and answer) was found on p. 147 of The Poisons and Antidotes Sourcebook by Carol Turkington. The book was published by Facts for Life in 1999.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Witchmark

Book Jacket for: WitchmarkIn Witchmark C.L. Polk gives us an imaginative tale of a land reminiscent of Edwardian England but only vaguely.  Our hero is Miles Singer a doctor returned from war who is busy treating the mentally war torn.  Miles has magic which he must keep hidden lest he be sent to an asylum or enslaved for his power.  Using his magic he notices that many of the veterans have a miasma.  A man dies in his arms after asking for his help and Miles is on the road to trying to figure out both mysteries with lots of larger consequences.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to those who like fantasy with an element of mystery mixed in.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Library Events in December…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

Let’s start with the Winter Reading Challenge.  This year’s challenge runs from December 13 to January 13.  You can sign yourself up online or swing by the library and have someone sign you up.  There are a number of reading and activity tasks you can choose from to complete the challenge which will earn you a small prize and a ticket in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.  Sign yourself and your friends and family up!

Moving on… the library has some interesting events planned in December.  Let me give you a run down so you can plan ahead.  Let’s start with the non-repeating events:

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12/1 meet at 12:30
NELA Holiday Parade
Join us as we march down Figueroa in the 75th NELA Holiday Parade.

12/2 @ 4:00
Dave Winstone Music
Join us for an afternoon of holiday music from around the world.

12/3 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for a henna themed teen program.

12/3 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

12/5 @ 4:00
Leave Your Mark : Create-a-Zine
Free workshop for all ages. Craft your own custom zine.

12/7 @ 1:30
Family Storytime
All ages storytime followed by free play session.

12/7 @ 3:00
Design a Mug
Customize a mug just for yourself (or to give to that special someone). Limited supplies so be early.

12/9 from 2:30-4:30
LA DOT Tap Information Table
Get your TAP card refilled, ask your metro related questions, and more.

12/9 @ 4:00
Building Block Challenge
Just what can you build?

12/14 @ 3:00
Shrinky-Dink Fun
Design your own custom amulet or magnet in the shrink-dink medium.

12/16 @ 4:00
Felt Ornaments
Design your own lovely ornaments.

12/17 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for some teen-riffic fun.

12/17 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

12/21 @ 1:00
Holiday Lights Caroling
Join us for some caroling of songs from around the world.

12/23 @ 4:00
Make It Monday
Join us for some good, science fun.

12/28 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a discussion of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

12/30 @ 4:00
Make It Monday
Join us for some good, science fun.

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

Grupo de apoyo para la familia - - - Mondays at 10:00

Baby Storytime - - - Tuesdays at 10:30
Stories, songs, and rhymes await babies up to 18 months. (No program on 12/10 or 12/24)

Toddler Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 
Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games. (No program on 12/25)

LAPD Read Along - - - Tuesdays at 3:00
Officers from the LAPD read favorite stories with kids. (No program on 12/24 or 12/31)

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Wednesdays at 3:00 and Thursdays at 3:00.
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. (No readers on 12/25 or 12/26)

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.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Events for the Week of November 24….

As you no doubt know, Thanksgiving is this week.  The library will be closed, in consequence, on both Thursday and Friday.  Events going on at the library during the remainder of the week include:

Monday – 11/25
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Native American Heritage Storytime and Craft at 4:00

Tuesday – 11/26
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00

Wednesday – 11/27
STAR Reader at 3:00

A reminder that the Library will be participating in Sunday’s Holiday Parade and that you are welcome to join us if you wish. Meet us in the library parking lot on Sunday, December 1 at 12:30 and we’ll move from there to our parade staging point.

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 21, 2019

Winter Reading Challenge

The library will be offering a Winter Reading Challenge this year.  Think of the WRC (or winter reading challenge) as a counterpart to the one we do in the summer, except maybe a bit lower key.  The purpose is to keep everyone reading and engaged across the winter holidays.

The WRC will begin on December 13 and run until January 13.  You can stop by the branch to register and obtain a paper game board or you can register yourself online and use the computer to keep track of your progress. There will be small prizes available for you to win as you work your way through the challenge and completion earns you a ticket in a branch raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Look for the link to the online component of the Winter Reading Challenge on the library’s webpage at www.lapl.org on the 13th.

Make plans to enroll your entire family and see who is first among you to complete the game board!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Upcoming Craft Programs

December means gifts which means arts and crafts programs.  We have a couple of exciting ones on the books.

First up is a Design-a-Mug program we have set for December 7 at 3:00.  You’ll be provided with a mug and all the necessary tools to personalize it for that special someone.  We only have supplies for 12 participants so be sure to arrive early.


Then we have a fun Shrinky Dink program set for December 14 at 3:00.  Design your own fun amulets or magnets and then watch the power of heat transform them.  We have plenty of material for this program so bring all your friends.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Events for the Week of November 17….

Events going on at the library during the week include:

Monday – 11/18
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Disney’s Frozen Crafts & Activities at 4:00

Tuesday – 11/19
Teen Program at 3:00
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Círculo de lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 11/20
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 11/21
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 11/22
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 11/23
Arroyo Book Club 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, November 15, 2019

Saturday's Program Cancelled

Sorry for the late notice but unfortunately the program on Graffiti Art we had scheduled for tomorrow, November 16, has been cancelled.

The second program from the series, scheduled for December 5 at 4:00, will go on as scheduled.  Join us on that day to make your own mark via a zine of your own creation.

Link to library calendar's event description: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/leave-your-mark-create-zine

Trivia of the Month....

This month’s question is if you are misfortunate enough to suffer a poisoning by digitoxin what should you do?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Trail of Lightning

Book Jacket for: Trail of lightningTrail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse is set in the near future on the land of the Dinétah (the Navajo reservation).  It takes place after cataclysmic global warming has drowned most of the world.  There has been a (literal) rebirth of the gods and heroes of myth in the aftermath of this cataclysm.  Maggie Hoskie, our heroine, is a monster slayer and in this volume she is sent on an adventure that tests origins and skills. 

This is an exciting story that highlights the myths & legends of the Navajo people in the context of post-apocalyptic fantasy.  Recommended for those who like a good all-out fight with gods and demons.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NELA Holiday Parade


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 1st.   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 12/1 at 12:30 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.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Events for the Week of November 10….

The library will be closed on Monday 11/11 in celebration of Veteran’s Day.  Events going on at the library during the remainder of the week include:

Sunday – 11/10
Afternoon Movie at 3:00

Tuesday – 11/12
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00

Wednesday – 11/13
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 11/14
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 11/15
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 11/16
Man One on Graffiti Art 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 7, 2019

History of Highland Park…


Here (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/11/520691.pdf) you will find a complete copy of  the December 3, 1910 issue of the Arroyoside Forum, a small weekly paper.  Read about the Arroyo Seco Chamber of Commerce, check out some local advertisers, find out what’s up with education, read an article about “local happenings in Arroyoside twenty-two years ago,” read the local happenings column and more.  All in all, just fascinating.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November’s eResource of the Month


Learn about the history and contemporary experiences of more than 150 Native American tribes from all regions of North America with The American Indian Experience --- November’s e-resource of the month.  On the American Indian Experience you will find articles and essays from Native American authors and contributors, giving voice to the American Indian experience with respect to colonial conflict, trade economies, decisive wars, parsing of Native American land enabled by American policy, assimilation, and native claims to land, to mention some of the things covered by this database.

You can find The American Indian Experience via the LAPL website on the Research and Homework page (https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework), look for it alphabetically in the A section.  If using the resource from home you will need to have your library card number and PIN handy. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Events for the Week of November 3….


Events going on at the library this week include:

Monday – 11/4
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Building Block Challenge at 4:00

Tuesday – 11/5
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Teen Fun at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 11/6
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 11/7
STAR Reader at 3:00
All Ages Create-a-Zine Workshop at 4:00

Friday – 11/8
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 11/9
Arts & Crafts: Collage Magnets 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, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween

Enjoy a few images of tykes in costume pulled from the LAPL photo collection. These images all came from 1962, so the kids pictured are likely grandparents now.
 


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Trivia of the Month (Answer)...

This month’s question was how long have the pine family (think trees) been around?  The pine family (Pinaceae) have been around since at least the Lower Cretaceous period (135 million years ago).

The question (and answer) were taken from p. 63 of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Trees of the World  edited by Bayard Hora.  The book was published in 1981 by Oxford University Press.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Arroyo Book Club’s November Pick…

Book Jacket for: A wizard of Earthsea

The Arroyo Book Club will be reading something a bit different for November, to wit a fantasy novel originally written as a children’s book. Specifically, we will be reading Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea

To quote from a New York Public Library blog entry:
This classic about a young magician who hones his powers at a wizarding school on the fictional archipelago of Earthsea is one of Le Guin's most beloved novels. Originally published as a children's book in 1968, it's become widely regarded as a high fantasy novel, cited as an influence by David Mitchell and a "wellspring" of fantasy by Margaret Atwood. If you can't get enough of Earthsea after you finish this, check out the rest of the books in Le Guin's Earthsea Cycle to immerse yourself in the lore of this richly crafted world.
Find information about the book and author as well as related resource materials on the NEA’s Big Read site here: https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/a-wizard-of-earthsea.

It should be a fun read ending in a discussion right before the Thanksgiving holiday.  Pick up a copy at the library and join us on November 23 at 3:00 for that discussion.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Events for the Week of October 27….

Events going on at the library this week include:

Monday – 10/28
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Halloween Storytime and Craft at 4:00

Tuesday – 10/29
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00

Wednesday – 10/30
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 11/1
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

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 24, 2019

Library Events in November…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

The library has some 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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11/4 @ 4:00
Building Blocks Club
Can you make something super cool?

11/5 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for some teen-riffic fun.

11/5 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

11/7 @ 4:00
Create-a-Zine
Free workshop for all ages. Craft your own custom zine.

11/9 @ 3:00
Collage Magnets
Create cute little magnets while playing with collage as an artistic medium. All ages welcome.

11/10 @ 3:00
Sunday Movie
Join us for a fun, animated film.

11/16 @ 1:00
Man One on Graffiti Art
Listen to a Los Angeles artist speak about his passion.

11/18 @ 4:00
Disney’s Frozen Crafts & Activities
Join us for some thematic fun.

11/19 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for some teen-riffic fun.

11/19 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

11/23 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a discussion of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea

11/25 @ 4:00
Native American Heritage Storytime & Craft
Join us for traditional stories and crafts.

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

Grupo de apoyo para la familia - - - Mondays at 10:00

Baby Storytime - - - Tuesdays at 10:30
Stories, songs, and rhymes await babies up to 18 months. (No program on 11/19)

Toddler Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 
Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games. (No program on 11/27)

LAPD Read Along - - - Tuesdays at 3:00
Officers from the LAPD read favorite stories with kids.

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Wednesdays at 3:00 and Thursdays at 3:00.
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.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Proust and the Squid

Book Jacket for: Proust and the squid : the story and science of the reading brainIn Proust and the Squid Maryanne Wolf explores the question of reading acquisition… both the acquisition of reading in our species and its acquisition by the individual.  She begins by exploring the development of reading in various human cultures and how various regions of the brain had to be co-opted to make this new skill work.  Because reading is a “cultural tool” we foist upon our brain it is not genetically there, consequently every new reader most reiterate the process required to get the brain reading and reading at a rate of fluency.  Wolf uses this bridge to continue on with an examination of the individual reader’s development of the skill with a particular focus on where and why this process can go wrong.

All in all this was a fascinating book with some implications about how you can help your reluctantly reading children and suggestions about when you need professional help so the child does not fall irredeemably behind.  I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in exploring how reading works.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Events for the Week of October 20….

Events going on at the library this week include:

Monday – 10/21
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Family Storytime and Craft at 4:00

Tuesday – 10/22
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Teen Program at 3:00

Wednesday – 10/23
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 10/24
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 10/25
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 10/26
Arroyo Book Club meets 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, October 17, 2019

Exhibit & Programming


The Library Foundation is currently running an exhibit that is based around the recently published book The Autograph Book of LA which is itself based around the Library’s collection of “improved pages” or autographs.  All of this is relevant to our branch because the Library Foundation is also sponsoring programming around the themes of the exhibit and the book, two of which will be here.

The Exhibit asks the question, how can you leave your mark on the city?  We are exploring that question in two different programs…

The first explores Graffiti Art.  Man One, a Los Angeles based artist, will speak about leaving his mark on the world via the transformation of graffiti into an art form.  This program will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m.

The second program encourages you to make your own mark on the city, in this case via the design and creation of your own zine which you will then share with the world.  The good folks from DSTL Arts will be helping you through the process.  This workshop is open to all ages so bring the whole family and join us on Thursday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Let me conclude this blog entry with a series of links that provide more information about the various organizations and exhibits mentioned herein:

Find information about the Autograph Book exhibit here: https://www.lapl.org/events/exhibits/autograph-book-la

Browse through the portion of the Library’s autograph collection that is online here: https://tessa.lapl.org/cdm/search/collection/autograph

Find the catalog entry for The Autograph Book of LA here:
https://ls2pac.lapl.org/?section=resource&resourceid=2056860158

Find the Library Foundation’s website here: https://lfla.org/

Find Man One’s online portfolio here: https://www.manone.com/

Find DSTL Arts website here: https://www.dstlarts.org/

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Challenge (with prizes)…



Money Matters at the Los Angeles Public Library, and we want to help send you On Your Way to financial freedom. 

Through the end of October, the library is hosting On Your Way: Winning Tips for Financial Success, a free, online challenge that allows patrons to win a series of great prizes just by using some of the library’s many online financial resources.  Once signed up for the game you will challenge yourself by completing activities related to your own financial journey — earning badges along the way, and a chance to win rewards. Don't settle, take control of your savings and wealth!

This is a game with prizes… three completers will win $100 Visa Gift Cards, while 5 others win a Financial Budget Planner.

Visit www.lapl.org/onyourway to sign up.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Trivia of the Month...

This month’s question is how long have the pine family (think trees) been around?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Events for the Week of October 13….

The library will be closed on Monday, October 14 in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day.  Events going on at the library during the remainder of the week include:

Sunday – 10/13
Presentation on the Origins of Sherlock Holmes at 2:00

Tuesday – 10/15
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 10/16
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00
Financial Literacy for the Self-Employed at 6:30

Thursday – 10/17
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 10/18
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

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 10, 2019

Prodigal Tongue

Book Jacket for: The prodigal tongue : the love-hate relationship between British and American EnglishIn Prodigal Tongue linguist Lynne Murphy investigates the relation between British and American English.  She, an American who has spent most of her adult life in England, gives us the story of the language from both sides.  The British worry about the language being corrupted by American English and the Americans have a verbal inferiority complex.  She manages to make the case that both are wrong by presenting us with the compelling story of the two varieties of English in relation to each other since the Revolutionary War. 

This is a fascinating book that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the vagueries of language and language usage.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October’s eResource of the Month


The electronic resource of the month for the month of October is the Testing & Education Reference Center.  This database is an excellent source of school & career prep tools.  On it you will find over 300 practice tests and courses, information on over 4,000 accredited schools, ebooks containing study materials, a scholarship search, a resume builder, and career modules with subjects from career change to salary negotiations.  If you have a test of any kind… standard SAT or GRE, new job placement test, career specific test, and so on, and so on… then this is the resource for you.

The Testing & Education Reference Center is accessible from any computer though you will need to have your library card & PIN handy if you are not on a library computer.  Access it by going to the library’s web page (http://www.lapl.org/), clicking into the Research & Homework section, and then scrolling down the alphabetical list of resources to the T’s (http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework#T). 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Events for the Week of October 6….

Events going on at the library this week include:

Monday – 10/7
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
CA Saves Table from 2:30-4:30
Building Block Challenge at 4:00

Tuesday – 10/8
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Teen Fun at 3:00

Wednesday – 10/9
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 10/10
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 10/11
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 10/12
Indie Author Day, panels from 10:00 through 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, October 3, 2019

History of Highland Park…


Here is a report titled “Uptown” Los Angeles Through the Years: A History of Highland Park by Evelyn Byard.  Written in 1979 it is exactly as described by its title.  The screen clip is from the article and is a memory test for those who've lived in the area for a while.  Check it out.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Arroyo Book Club’s October Pick

Book Jacket for: The library book

The Arroyo Book Club will be reading Susan Orlean’s The Library Book for its October meeting.  In this book Orlean recounts the events leading up to and following the Central Library fire, providing lots of interesting details about the Los Angeles Public Library, and sharing an enthusiastic (and contagious) love for the institution of the library.  This will be a fun book because we are all LAPL adjacent and can bring our own knowledge to the discussion.

Pick up a copy of the book at the library and join us on October 26 at 3:00 for discussion.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Trivia of the Month -Answer

Book Jacket for: Discover science almanac : the definitive science resource

This month’s question was who developed laws of simple machines and buoyancy? The answer is Archimedes, well known (at least in my mind) for his quote about moving the world if given a lever.

Question and answer were taken from p. 257 of Discover Science Almanac published in 2003 by Hyperion.


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Events for the Week of September 29….

Events going on at the library this week include:

Monday – 9/30
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
I Survived! Games and Crafts at 4:00

Tuesday – 10/1
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 10/2
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 10/3
STAR Reader at 3:00
Create-a-Zine Workshop at 4:00

Friday – 10/4
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

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 26, 2019

Indie Author Day 2019

More details about our upcoming Indie Author Day.


Join fellow local indie authors on October 12 for a day of informational panels and networking opportunities.

Schedule:

10:30 a.m. – Editor DeAnna Burghart will discuss how to find the right editor for your project, and what to expect once you do.

11:15 a.m.  –  Freelance writer and journalist Kristin Wong will speak about the path to becoming a freelance writer for various publications and the lessons she has learned.

1 p.m.  –  Darcy Fray, the 2018 winner of the California Author Project’s top prize in Young Adult Fiction for her book, The Unofficially Official Files of Dr. Gordon B. Gray, will reflect on her past mistakes and how to overcome them.

1:45 p.m.  –  Cody Sisco, author and managing editor of Bookswell, and Sandra Ann Miller, author and founder of the Los Angeles Local Authors (L.A.L.A) Society, will address the top challenges for indie writers in Los Angeles.

2:30 p.m.  –  Guests will be able to take part in a Q&A session and ask advice from the panelists to learn the ins and outs of indie publishing. Authors are also invited to bring their book proposal elevator pitches to share and discuss with the group.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Library Events in October…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

The library has some 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:

- - - - - - - - - -
10/1 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

10/3 @ 4:00
Create-a-Zine
Free workshop for all ages. Craft your own custom zine.

10/5 @ 1:30
Family Storytime
Stories for the whole family.

10/7 from 2:30-4:30
LA Saves Table
Learn about meeting your financial goals.

10/7 @ 4:00
Building Blocks Club
Can you make something super cool?

10/8 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for some teen-riffic fun.

10/12 from 10:00 to 4:00
Indie Author Day
Join fellow local indie authors for a day of informational panels and networking opportunities.

10/13 @ 2:00
Celtic Origins of Sherlock Holmes
Join us for a lecture on the Great Detective. Share your own thoughts.

10/15 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

10/16 @ 6:30
Let’s Talk Money
Personal Finance for Writers, Freelancers, and the Self-Employed

10/21 @ 4:00
Family Storytime & Craft
Stories and craft fun for all.

10/22 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for some teen-riffic fun.

10/26 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a discussion of Orlean’s the Library Book.

10/28 @ 4:00
Halloween Storytime & Craft
Join us for spooky stories and crafts.

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

Grupo de apoyo para la familia - - - Mondays at 10:00

Baby Storytime - - - Tuesdays at 10:30
Stories, songs, and rhymes await babies up to 18 months. (No program on 10/8)

Toddler Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 
Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games. (No program on 10/1)

LAPD Read Along - - - Tuesdays at 3:00
Officers from the LAPD read favorite stories with kids.

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Wednesdays at 3:00 and Thursdays at 3:00.
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.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Let’s Talk About Money

Personal Finance for Writers, Freelancers, and the Self-Employed

Whether it's negotiating a book advance, budgeting with a variable income, or paying estimated taxes, there are a handful of money situations unique to freelancers and creatives. Please join us for a personal finance panel addressing these unique challenges, followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A on

Wednesday, October 16 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Panelists will include:

Paco de Leon, founder of The Hell Yeah Group, a financial firm focused on inspiring creatives to be engaged with their personal and business finances. She’s been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Business Insider. She owns a boutique bookkeeping agency called Hell Yeah, Bookkeeping, is the co-host of the Money Diaries Podcast, and is a co-founder of the arts-based nonprofit organization, Allies in Arts.

Quinisha Jackson-Wright, a freelance journalist who covers finance and the dynamics of workplace culture. She has been published in The New York Times, The Muse and The Financial Diet. You can follow her work on Twitter and on her website.

Jackie Lam, an L.A.-based money writer whose work has appeared in Forbes, Business Insider, and GOOD Magazine. She is currently studying to be a financial coach (AFC®) to help artists and freelancers with their money. In her free time, she blogs at heyfreelancer.com.

Kristin Wong will be moderating. She is an Author’s Guild co-ambassador and author of the book Get Money: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford.

Interested?  RSVP to losangeleschapter@authorsguild.org

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Events for the Week of September 22….

Events going on at the library this week include:

Monday – 9/23
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Tin Foil Art at 4:00

Tuesday – 9/24
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00

Wednesday – 9/25
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 9/26
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 9/27
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 9/28
Arroyo Book Club meets 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 20, 2019

Watch this space…



Indie Author Day is October 12 and this year the Los Angeles Public Library will be celebrating that day at the Arroyo Seco Branch. 

This daylong event invites local indie authors, writers, and their communities to come together for education, networking, mingling, writing, open mics, panels, and so much more! Stay tuned (so to speak) to this spot and I will reveal more details about what will happening at our branch as the day approaches. 

So… whether you’re an aspiring writer, an already published writer, or someone who plans to get their writing out there someday mark your calendar and plan to join us. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Celtic Origins of Sherlock Holmes

Fascinated by Sherlock Holmes? Interested in hearing one man’s take on the great detective? Enjoy contributing in a free-wheeling discussion (not a requirement, you can just listen)?  Join us for a lecture and discussion of “The Celtic Origins of Sherlock Holmes” presented by Tom Louie.  Tom will be sharing his thoughts on:

  • The Celtic origins of the characters and author
  • The history of the detective in real-life and in fiction
  • Celtic references in the stories
  • Their legacy to modern science and police work

This lecture will take place on Sunday, October 13 at 2:00.

Tom Louie is a local Highland Park resident who serves as Vice-President of the An Claidhamh Soluis (The Celtic Arts Center). Everyone is welcome to join us.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Money Matters at LAPL!

October is financial planning month.  Whatever your goal may be let the library help you figure out how to accomplish it.  One way to get started is to drop by the library during the month to talk with the folks from America Save$ (https://americasaves.org/local-campaigns/los-angeles-saves) for ideas that will help you take the steps you need to take to meet your goals. 

They’ll be at Arroyo Seco on October 7 from 2:30-4:30.

On a related note and while we’re talking about financial literacy be sure to take note of the splendid Financial Literacy day that will be taking place at Central Library all day on October 5. In addition to workshops throughout the day you will have the opportunity for a free private consultation on financial issues that matter to you with highly qualified Certified Financial Planner professionals. There will also be an opportunity for one-on-one consultations with financial coaches.  Find the event listing with more details here: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/los-angeles-financial-planning-day

The best part of all this financial information is that it’s FREE.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Trivia of the Month

This month’s question asks who developed laws of simple machines and buoyancy (hint: think ancient Greek)?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Events for the Week of September 15….

Events going on at the library this week include:

Sunday – 915
Afternoon Movie at 3:00

Monday – 9/16
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Make Play-Doh at 4:00

Tuesday – 9/17
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 9/18
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 9/19
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 9/20
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

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 12, 2019

History of Highland Park…


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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Let’s Talk About…

Just a quick reminder about a program that will be coming up this Saturday at 3:00...

Have you ever wondered when and how you should talk to your children about the changes of puberty and questions of sex and sexuality? If you have, join us for a free workshop that will help you navigate conversations with your children about just these issues.  We’ll go over tips and tools you can use to answer questions for each age group and developmental stage.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 3:00.  It is put on by the fine folks from Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and everyone is welcome to join us.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Events for the Week of September 8….

Events going on at the library this week include:

Monday – 9/9
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
LA DOT Tap Information Table from 2:30-4:30
Building Block Challenge at 4:00

Tuesday – 9/10
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Teen Program at 3:00

Wednesday – 9/11
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 9/12
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 9/13
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 9/14
How to Talk to Your Kids Workshop 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 5, 2019

September eResource of the Month


The September eResource of the Month is VOX books.  While VOX books are an actual physical object they do have an “e” component and they are an exciting new thing you can check out from the library.  So what are they?  VOX books are audio enabled books.  More specifically, VOX Books are the world’s first audiobooks that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one. Children simply push a button to listen and read, from beginning to end. VOX Books combine outstanding children’s books with audio recordings that capture children’s attention and make learning and literacy fun.

All LAPL branches now have a collection of VOX books available for checkout.  Take a look at them the next time you visit your local branch.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Broad Band

Book Jacket for: Broad band : the untold story of the women who made the Internet

Broad Band by Claire L. Evans is subtitled The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet and attempts to tell just that tale.  The book sounded interesting and since my own mother had spent her life working as a programmer I was interested.  Unfortunately the book did not deliver what I would have liked.  It started off well telling the tale of the theoretical origins of computers in the work of Babbage and Lovelace and continued well with the story of the development of computers through the early WWII and post WWII years.  Then the author lost me and I’ve been trying to put my finger on why.  I think it might be because she chose to focus in detail on a few specific women in a way that left me with the belief that the untold history of the women who made the Internet is that they were sidetracked from the main lines of thought and preoccupied with just exactly those aspects of the phenomena that are ghettoized as feminine. 

I was ultimately disappointed because I know women have played a big role in computers, computer programming, and the development and growth of the Internet but I would be unable to use this book to justify my belief to a skeptic.  In the final analysis I would say pick up this book for the parts through the 1950’s and stop reading after that.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Events for the Week of September 1….

The library will be closed on September 2 in celebration of Labor Day.  Events going on the rest of the week include:

Tuesday – 9/3
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 9/4
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 9/5
STAR Reader at 3:00
Create-a-Zine All Ages Workshop at 4:00

Friday – 9/6
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

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, August 30, 2019

Trivia of the Month (Answer)...


This month’s question is what was imagism?  To quote directly from our source:
A school of poetry founded by Ezra Pound, derived from the ideas of the philosopher T.E. Hulme.  The imagist poets were in revolt against excessive romanticism and proclaimed that poetry should use the language of common speech, create new rhythms, be uninhibited in choice of subject and present a precise image. Imagism was a key influence on modernism in English-language verse.
The question, and answer, were taken from p. 346 of Brewer’s Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable. The book was compiled by Adrian Room and published by Cassell & Co in 2000.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Library Events in September…

(Mark your calendars accordingly)

The library has some interesting events planned in September.  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:

- - - - - - - - - -
9/3 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

9/5 @ 4:00
Create-a-Zine
Free workshop for all ages. Craft your own custom zine.

9/9 from 2:30 - 4:30
LA DOT Tap Information Table
Questions about LA metro systems? Just want to refill your TAP card? Stop by.

9/9 @ 4:00
Building Blocks Club
Can you make something super cool?

9/10 @ 3:00
Teen Program
Join us for some teen-riffic fun.

9/14 @ 3:00
How to Talk to Your Kids
Join us for a free workshop to help you figure out how to talk age-appropriately to your kids about puberty and sexual development.

9/15 @ 3:00
Sunday Afternoon Movie
Join us for a showing of a 90s era comedy featuring Steve Martin & Goldie Hawn.

9/16 @ 4:00
Make it Monday
Join and make yourself some play-doh.

9/17 @ 6:00
Círculo de Lectores
Hay café, pastel casero, ye conversación amena sobre el libro que estamos leyendo

9/23 @ 4:00
Make it Monday
Create tin foil art with us.

9/28 @ 3:00
Arroyo Book Club
Join us for a discussion of Gaskell’s Cranford.

9/30 @ 4:00
Make it Monday
Join us for I Survived! games and crafts.

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

Grupo de apoyo para la familia - - - Mondays at 10:00

Baby Storytime - - - Tuesdays at 10:30
Stories, songs, and rhymes await babies up to 18 months. (No program on 9/10)

Toddler Storytime - - - Wednesdays at 10:30 
Little Ones’ 3 and under & their grownups are invited to join us for stories, music, & games. (No program on 9/11)

LAPD Read Along - - - Tuesdays at 3:00
Officers from the LAPD read favorite stories with kids.

STAR Volunteer Readers - - - Wednesdays at 3:00 and Thursdays at 3:00
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.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Arroyo Book Club’s September Pick…


The Arroyo Book Club will be visiting the Victorian era in England with our September book, Cranford by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell.  Gaskell depicts the lives of middle to lower class women in a small village and uses humor to limn her stories.  Amazon describes the book with:
Cranford is a witty portrait of small town life in early-Victorian England. The story unfolds through the eyes of Mary Smith, a young woman who observes the comedic struggles of two middle aged sisters in their efforts to maintain a level of refined dignity amid poverty.
This book is available from Project Gutenberg so you may download a copy for yourself from their website (you’ll find this title here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/394) or you can stop by the library for a paper copy.  Then make plans to join us for a discussion of the novel on September 28 at 3:00.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Events for the Week of August 25….

Check out the events going on at the library this week and join us:

Monday – 8/26
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Make it Monday Science Fun at 4:00

Tuesday – 8/27
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00

Wednesday – 8/28
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 8/29
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 8/30
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 8/31
Smart Gardening Workshop at 11:00

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, August 22, 2019

Gardening Class Reminder


Here's a circa 1920 photograph from LAPL's photo database depicting a gardening class. Join us on Saturday, August 31 at 11:00 for a modern day gardening class that will cover topics ranging from water-wise gardening to worm composting and beyond. 

Everyone is welcome to join us.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Let’s Talk About…

Have you ever wondered when and how you should talk to your children about the changes of puberty and questions of sex and sexuality? If you have, join us for a free workshop that will help you navigate conversations with your children about just these issues.  We’ll go over tips and tools you can use to answer questions for each age group and developmental stage.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 3:00.  It is put on by the fine folks from Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and everyone is welcome to join us.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Events for the Week of August 18….

Check out the events going on at the library this week and join us:

Monday – 8/19
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Make it Monday Science Fun at 4:00

Tuesday – 8/20
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 8/21
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 8/22
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 8/23
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 8/24
Arroyo Book Club meets 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

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time Was



Time Was by Ian McDonald is a slender lyrical story about two WWII soldiers who wide up crisscrossing the 20th century, seemingly seeing only the most violent parts, after an experiment goes awry.  The story is told by Emmett Leigh a seller of old books and begins when he finds a letter hidden in the pages of a book of poetry.  This puts him on the track of Ben and Tom, our time drifting soldiers.

The book was not quite what I was expecting.  I thought the story would be more about the two who were lost in time but it wound up being more about the narrator.  Nevertheless I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Events for the Week of August 11….

Check out the events going on at the library this week and join us:

Sunday – 8/11
Afternoon Movie (a Hitchcock Rom-Com) at 3:00

Monday – 8/12
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
LA DOT Tap Information Table from 2:30-4:30
Make it Monday Science Fun at 4:00

Tuesday – 8/13
LAPD Read Along at 3:00

Wednesday – 8/14
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 8/15
STAR Reader at 3:00

Friday – 8/16
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

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, August 9, 2019

History of Highland Park



Have you ever wondered about the mechanics of fighting fires before the modern days of fire trucks and modern pumping technology?  Take a look at this 5/9/1981 article (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520381.pdf) from the Highland News Herald that talks about a “water-spewing ‘tower’” that fought fires in early Los Angeles.  The article includes pictures.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Smart Gardening Workshop

When: August 31 from 11:00-12:30
Where: The Arroyo Seco Branch Library

Join us for a free workshop and learn the basics of backyard composting, water-wise gardening, worm composting, grasscycling, and edible gardening.  The workshop is designed to help you improve your lawn and garden as well as to learn how to reduce waste.

No reservation is needed.  Everyone is welcome so bring your friends and neighbors.

This workshop is sponsored by CleanLA.com and Los Angeles County Public Works (smartgardening.com).  Workshop attendees will be eligible to purchase a backyard compost bin and/or a worm compost bin at a substantial discount. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Events for the Week of August 4….

One more week of the summer reading challenge. You can still sign up. Visit www.lapl.org/summer or swing by the library and have us do it for you. 

Then, check out the events going on at the library this week and join us:

Monday – 8/5
Grupo de apoyo para la familia at 10:00
Magic Show at 4:00

Tuesday – 8/6
Baby Storytime at 10:30
LAPD Read Along at 3:00
Círculo de Lectores at 6:00

Wednesday – 8/7
Toddler Storytime at 10:30
STAR Reader at 3:00

Thursday – 8/8
STAR Reader at 3:00
Teen Slime Program at 4:00

Friday – 8/9
Drop in Computer Lab at 3:30

Saturday – 8/10
Tai Chi at 10:00
Shrinky Dink Making 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