Thursday, December 31, 2020

History of Highland Park….


Today’s article looks at the earthquake fault lines that run through Highland Park. The article by Nelda Thompson is titled: Public must be told about active fault lines starting Jan.1, ’77.  The article goes into some detail about the various fault lines that were being studied at the time. Read it for historical interest.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Bi-weekly Trivia Question (Answer)….


This time we asked what is the carbon cycle.  The carbon cycle is the circulation of carbon in various forms through nature.  Hopefully the graphic is visible enough to provide you with details.

The question and answer were found in Britannica School.  Britannica School is accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required. This digital resource is a three-part multi-subject encyclopedia with portals for elementary, middle, and high school students.  Find it listed alphabetically under B on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework)


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Speak out for Highland Park

 Become a Neighborhood Council Board Member

 

If you’ve ever wanted to advocate for our community as you speak up to represent the issues you consider important then now is your time.  File to run for the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council. All Highland Park stakeholders are eligible to run.  Find more information, including links to the filing portal, on the HHPNC website’s election page: https://bit.ly/3nRNqmp

    Important Dates:    

December 12, 2020     Candidate Filing Period Begins

January 26, 2021         Candidate Filing Period Ends

February 12, 2021       Vote-By-Mail Application Period Begins

March 15, 2021           Ballot Mailing Period Begins

 

April 6, 2021               Vote-By-Mail Application Period Ends

 

April 13, 2021             Election Day!

Monday, December 28, 2020

Arroyo Book Club January Pick


For our January pick we chose Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott.  This classic little story, first published in 1884, is “an odd, amusing and still provocative fantasy. The narrator is a Square who lives in a world of two dimensions, and whose vision of a third gets him into grave trouble with the authorities.” This “masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years” and now it is our turn to give it a try.

This book is available from Project Gutenberg. Find it here: www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/201.  It is also an always available book from the Overdrive collection. Find that copy here: lapl.overdrive.com/library/available/media/784579.  You can also get in touch with me at ayosco@lapl.org for a physical copy of the selected book, while supplies last, if you prefer.    

The plan is for everyone to obtain a copy and spend the first couple of weeks of January reading. I will begin posting questions to discuss on the group’s web bulletin board space on January 13 and will add a new question each day until January 23 (our regular meeting day).  I encourage members to log on each day to answer the day’s question as well as review, and respond to, the answers other members provided for the previous days questions.  We will then meet via video-conference on January 23 at 3:00.  

If you’re not already a member of our web bulletin board space email me at ayosco@lapl.org. I will send you the details you need to know to sign yourself up.  

Make a note: if you plan to join the video-conference you’ll need to send an email to ayosco@lapl.org so I can get the conference link to you.


Sunday, December 27, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

The Winter Reading Challenge began on December 7. Have you & your family signed up yet? Do so here: www.lapl.org/winter. Then join us this week for…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Baila Baila (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 2:00 Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Maker Talk: FTC Lockdown Robotics (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 6:00 Learning Circle: Climate Change (email ayosco@lapl.org)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 3:00 Language Immersion for Kids: Korean (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday

  • Closed… Happy New Year!

Saturday

  • 10:00 Western Edge Writers Group Discussion (email shannah@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Thursday, December 24, 2020

History of Highland Park…



Today’s article takes a close look at the Mystic Dharma Temple.  At the time the article was written the temple was one of the largest Buddhist temples in the United States and housed one of the US’s largest statues of Buddha.  The statue in question is 2.5 tons and carved out of white marble. For more information about the temple check out the 4/7/1984 article: Church landmark over 50 years old.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Monday, December 21, 2020

Let’s Make Something


This time a festive holiday tree.  You will need:

  • Paper… I’m using pages cut from a no longer usable book
  • Scissors
  • Clue

Create a template shape that has bilateral symmetry, that is, when you fold it in half the two sides are identical. It can be as simple as a triangle or a more complicated shape (see image 1).  Use the template to cut a number of the shapes. The more you cut the fuller your tree. I would say at least 8.  Fold your shapes in half and stack them on top of each other (see image 2).  Take your glue and glue all the shapes together (see image 3). Allow the glue to dry.  Finally glue the top to the bottom creating the final 3d shape (see image 4).




Sunday, December 20, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

The Winter Reading Challenge began on December 7. Have you & your family signed up yet? Do so here: www.lapl.org/winter. Then join us this week for…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Song Circles with Miss Serena (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 2:00 Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Maker Talk: Cardboard Superheroes (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Backyard Nature With Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday

  • Closed for the Christmas Holiday

Saturday

  • 3:00 Arroyo Book Club (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Friday, December 18, 2020

Newly Added e-Resource

Brainfuse JobNow/VetNow is a versatile online service that supports job seekers, veterans, and their families with all stages of job searching, employment transition assistance, navigating the VA bureaucracy, preparing for standardized tests, and building marketable academic skills.  Users can access anytime, anywhere with their library card number + PIN. Find it listed alphabetically on the libaray’s Research & Homework page (https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework)


Thursday, December 17, 2020

History of Highland Park….

 

Today’s article brings us a retelling of the history of our local Highland Park Church of the Nazarene. The article: Nazarenes celebrate golden anniversary from 2/10/1964 provides an in depth look at their time in Highland Park. Check it out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Bi-weekly Trivia Question (Answer)….


This time we asked how fast can a giraffe run. The answer is 60 kilometers (or 37 miles) per hour over short distances. Speeds of 50 kilometers (or 31 miles) per hour can be maintained for several kilometers.

The question and answer were found in Britanica School in an article chock full of other fascinating facts about giraffes.  Britannica School is accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required. This digital resource is a three-part multi-subject encyclopedia with portals for elementary, middle, and high school students.  Find it listed alphabetically under B on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework)


Monday, December 14, 2020

Science Fun…

Sign up to enjoy a look at Mayan Astronomy. The program for elementary students is called "Two Eyed Seeing: Mayan Astronomy & NASA Moon to Mars” and will examine Mayan astronomical cycles.  It will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm pst.  Visit https://nativeskywatchers.com/two-eyed-nasa-maya.html for details and to sign up.

Since we’re talking astronomy…. Save the Date: Perseverance Rover Landing

Perseverance will touch down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, at approximately 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST). 

Landing on Mars is challenging. Only about 40 percent of the missions ever sent to Mars – by any space agency - have been successful. Perseverance is only the fifth rover to attempt landing on Mars. More details about how you can watch as we near the date.


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

The Winter Reading Challenge began on December 7. Have you & your family signed up yet? Do so here: www.lapl.org/winter. Then join us this week for…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Armenian Children's Songs with Ms. Stephanie (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 2:00 Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Podcasting for Teens With Locatora Radio (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 3:00 Dive into Language: Language immersion for kids—Japanese (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 LA Made: Strong Words Holiday Show (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Your Author Series: Mike Curato  (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday

  • 10:00 Health and Nutrition Class with Celina (email literacy@lapl.org for link)
  • 10:30 Zumba for Kids (email vmagaw@lapl.org  for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

History of Highland Park…


 The article There’s plenty of water in LA, if you want to dig by Nelda Thompson takes an in depth look at local underground rivers while providing a fascinating look at water in our own Northeast LA.  Garvanza, for example, found its water being shipped off to Pasadena… in fact the article makes the case that a need for water is what drove Highland Park & Garvanza to throw their lot in with LA. Check the article out.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Science Fun: The Night Sky….

 

Want to know what to look for in the night sky in December? Check out NASA’s Skywatching page (https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/whats-up-skywatching-tips-from-nasa/) for all the things to look for as well as all the information explaining what you see.  This month features the winter solstice as well as a meteor shower and a close meet up between Jupiter and Saturn.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Science Fun: Explore Mercury….

Take an up close and personal look at Mercury with NASA via their Solar System exploration page (https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mercury/overview/). Start with an overview to glean basic facts and then dive deep to see what has been learned about the Sun’s closest planet. 

 


Sunday, December 6, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

The Winter Reading Challenge begins on December 7. Have you & your family signed up yet? Do so here: www.lapl.org/winter. Then join us this week for…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Baila Baila (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 2:00 Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Podcasting for Teens With Locatora Radio (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Journeys to The Past: Native American Stories (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 LA Made: Chinese Music With Christina Chu (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Your Author Series: Torrey Maldonado (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday

  • 10:00 Western Edge Writers: Self Directed Writing (email shannah@lapl.org for link)
  • 10:30 Zumba for Kids (email vmagaw@lapl.org  for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Friday, December 4, 2020

Act on Climate: A Learning Circle


If you would like to investigate climate change with an eye to figuring out steps you can take to address and respond to it then make plans to join our learning circle.  

In a learning circle, you sign up for an online class to take individually and then meet with your learning circle to work and think through the class materials.  The learning circle provides you the additional support you need to finish the class as well as giving you the richness of peer feedback to help you refine what you are learning.

Our learning circle will be taking the University of Michigan’s online class - Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action. Read the course description, preview the syllabus, and enroll here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/act-on-climate

Our learning circle will meet weekly via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning on January 5 and ending on February 23.  The January 5 meeting will be a shorter orientation session where we introduce ourselves, make sure everyone is correctly enrolled & any lingering questions are answered, and decide collectively on the procedures we will follow.

Enroll at P2PU (https://learningcircles.p2pu.org/en/signup/online-1497/) to make it easy for me to get in touch with you and/or by emailing ayosco@lapl.org.  Meeting links will be sent to enrolled students each Monday via email.

So start the New Year by putting your brain to work learning something that will help you make positive change in the world!



Thursday, December 3, 2020

History of Highland Park…


 Do you know what Highland Park’s first bank was? Do you know where it was located? Read the article Security Bank fetes its 61st year in Highland Park for the answers to these questions as well as other interesting details about historic Highland Park.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 


This week’s trivia question was what is baladi?  Baladi, or Sudanese round bread, is traditionally baked in an outdoor clay oven, which imparts a smoky aroma. In addition, the nigella sativa seeds sprinkled on top give baladi a pungent taste and smell. The Sudanese tear pieces of this bread and use them to scoop up stews, vegetables, or pieces of meat. Find the recipe in the database the question & answer was found in. 

This question (and answer) were found in A to Z World Food.  A to Z World Food is an online resource containing traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world and a food glossary with over 800 terms.  Includes articles on ingredients, food quotes, and historical timelines. Find it listed alphabetically under A on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.  


Monday, November 30, 2020

Arroyo Book Club December Pick…

 

The Arroyo Book Club will be continuing our long standing December tradition of reading one of Shakespeare’s plays this year making Shakespeare’s Hamlet our pick for the month.  Hamlet… to be or not to be….

There are several ways you can obtain this month’s book. First, I have a number of copies of the No Fear Shakespeare edition of the play available for you to pick up via appointment. Contact me at ayosco@lapl.org if you’d like one of these. Second, check out a copy from Overdrive. You’ll find an always available copy here: https://lapl.overdrive.com/library/available/media/784594. Third, download a copy from Project Gutenberg. You’ll find a copy here: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1524

You can also take advantage of the Library’s streaming media to view a performance of the play or a documentary about it.

Search Hoopla with “Hamlet” and you’ll find:

  • Michael Mundell’s 2003 version of Hamlet starring William Houston
  • Kenneth Branagh’s 1996 version featuring Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Kate Winslet, Sir Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Judi Dench
  • Rodney Bennet’s 1980 filming of the play featuring Claire Bloom, Derek Jacobi, Eric Porter, Patrick Stewart
  • Williams and Frankcom’s 2015 Royal Exchange Theater production of Hamlet, with renowned British actress Maxine Peake in the title role

Search Kanopy with “Hamlet” and you’ll find:

  • Rodney Bennet’s 1980 filming of the play featuring Claire Bloom, Derek Jacobi, Eric Porter, Patrick Stewart
  • Williams and Frankcom’s 2015 Royal Exchange Theater production of Hamlet, with renowned British actress Maxine Peake in the title role.
  • Hamlet with David Tennant, part of the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered”

Booth Hoopla and Kanopy can be accessed from the Library’s web page (www.lapl.org). If you look on the page for the Movies, TV and Video section you will see the two platforms listed. For either platform you will need to create an account if you don’t already have one.

 So…. Read and watch the play then join us for our two pronged discussion.  I will begin posting questions to discuss on the group’s web bulletin board space on December 16 and will add a new question each day until December 26 (our regular meeting day).  I encourage members to log on each day to answer the day’s question as well as review, and respond to, the answers other members provided for the previous days questions.  We will then meet via video-conference on December 26 at 3:00. 

 If you’re not already a member of our web bulletin board space email me at ayosco@lapl.org. I will send you the details you need to know to sign yourself up. 

 Make a note: if you plan to join the video-conference you’ll need to send an email to ayosco@lapl.org so I can get the conference link to you.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

 Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Nathalia's Bilingual Family Concert (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 11:00 The Role of Dads & Partners (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 12:00 Getting Ready For Tax Season (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 3:00 Dive Into Language: Language immersion for children, this week Persian (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 6:00 LA Made: Paper Crafts: Cards with Sarah Neill (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Your Author Series: Ashlyn Anstee (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday

  • 10:00 Western Edge Writers (email shannah@lapl.org for link)
  • 11:00 Inner Peace This Holiday Season Through Meditation (email woodln@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Friday, November 27, 2020

Winter Reading Challenge

 A New Day in LA


This year’s Winter Reading Challenge runs from December 7 through January 9.  It is an activity based, Beanstack challenge with a general theme of sustainability.  There will be 20 activities offered with those finishing at least 5 tasks considered as completers and entered into our prize drawing.  Activities are appropriate for all ages and include reading books in popular genres, attending a variety of virtual library programs, participating in STEAM programs - Neighborhood Science, makers and coding, etc. You will find the tasks listed on Beanstack and will use that program to mark your completion of tasks.   

As to prizes - 25 winners will be given access to a special collection of eco-friendly items from The Library Store so they can select their own prize. These prizes will be shipped directly to the winners.   

Visit https://lapl.org/winter to pre-register for the program now and begin the challenge on the 7th 

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


Thursday, November 26, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 


Do you remember Boys Market? Check out this brief article, Boys markets store remodeled as new corporate offices, for a brief history of the business and its local ties.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 


This week’s trivia question was what is the name of traditional Mongolian beverage? While there is probably more than one answer, the answer I was going for is airag, a sour drink made from fermented mare's milk. Airag is an important part of the traditional summer diet for Mongols.

This question (and answer) were found in A to Z World Food.  A to Z World Food is an online resource containing traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world and a food glossary with over 800 terms.  Includes articles on ingredients, food quotes, and historical timelines. Find it listed alphabetically under A on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.  


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Share Your Holiday Traditions (2nd Call)...


 Calling Highland Park! Let’s share our holiday traditions. We’ll create a book. So….

The challenge: create a page that celebrates your own holiday traditions. This page could include favorite recipes, images, memories, stories of the season, you could give it to your children and let them write or draw what the holidays mean to them, really what goes on your page is up to you.

Then: send the page to us here at the library. You can email it to us at ayosco@lapl.org. Or put it in an envelope labeled “Attn: Sarah – for holiday book” and stick it in a book you’re returning to us.

What then: I’ll compile all contributed pages into a book which I’ll save as a pdf file for distribution to all who would like a copy.

So get started creating your page and get it to me by 12/12/20


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Baila Baila (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 11:00 Racism & Maternal Mental Health (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 3:00 Guitar & Songwriting (email teens@lapl.org for link)  

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 3:00 It’s Sew Cool: Knit and Crochet Circle (email twelch@lapl.org for link)

Thursday & Friday

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday

  • 10:30 Zumba for Kids (email vmagaw@lapl.org for link)
  • 3:00 Arroyo Book Club (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Trivia of the Week…

 This week’s trivia question is what is the name of traditional Mongolian beverage?

Friday, November 20, 2020

You Are What You Speak


In You Are What You Speak, Robert Lane Greene takes on “grammar grouches, language laws, and the politics of identity” as he argues against a prescriptivist view of language.  Greene notes that there has always been a set of people who see the glory days of a given language rooted firmly in the past (probably in the time of their youth) and take new slang, usage change, and the speech of second-language learners as proof that things are only going downhill.  Greene notes that this has always been the case, that no language has ever degraded, and that language change is just a natural thing.  Reading Shakespeare, Chaucer, or Beowulf is evidence enough of this fact.

Greene’s sort of secondary point is that language policing is a marker of a kind of reactionary politics that in itself is not good.  All in all this is an enjoyable look at language and language use written for the amateur that is not going to tell you when to correctly use whom or how to correctly tone the end of your sentences.  Give it a shot.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 


(Garvanza edition) Check out the article The Long Siesta ended in the Valley of the Highlands by Wilfrid Delquest for a fascinating look at the historical development of the Highland Park region. Check it out. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)….

 

This week’s trivia question asked what are the 3 main areas included in the Mayan’s territory?  Let me quote directly from the source to provide the answer: 

The territory occupied by the Maya included three main areas:

  • The highlands of what is now southern Guatemala: this area was heavily influenced culturally by Mexico and is sometimes not considered part of the true Maya territory.
  • The central area of the Guatemalan lowlands: this was the most developed and populous area of Maya civilization.
  • The Yucatán Peninsula, which was also lowlands: this area was a source of salt, honey, cotton fabrics, slaves, and other specialized goods for other parts of the Maya region.

This question (and answer) was found in the American Indian Experience database.  This database illuminates the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America. This resource includes references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps. Find it listed alphabetically under A on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.  


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week...

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Russian Children's Songs with Ms. Lana (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 3:00 NaNoWriMo Teen Writers Group: Genre Author Panel (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Podcasting for Teens With Locatora Radio (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 Learn about Northern Traditional Native American Dance (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 LA Made: Holiday Desserts With Acooba Scott (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 3:00 Fremont Foodies: Delicious Thanksgiving (email jcfrmt@lapl.org for link)

Saturday

  • 11:00 International Health and Wellness Culinary Arts Class (email language@lapl.org for link)
  • 1:00 Genealogy Garage: Create an Interactive Family Album! (email jhuffman@lapl.org for info & link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:   

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Trivia of the Week…

 This week’s trivia question asks what are the 3 main areas included in the Mayan’s territory?

Friday, November 13, 2020

Share Your Holiday Traditions

 

Calling Highland Park! Let’s share our holiday traditions. We’ll create a book. So….

The challenge: create a page that celebrates your own holiday traditions. This page could include favorite recipes, images, memories, stories of the season, you could give it to your children and let them write or draw what the holidays mean to them... really what goes on your page is up to you.

Then: send the page to us here at the library. You can email it to us at ayosco@lapl.org. Or put it in an envelope labeled “Attn: Sarah – for holiday book” and stick it in a book you’re returning to us.

What then: I’ll compile all contributed pages into a book which I’ll save as a pdf file for distribution to all who would like a copy.

So get started creating your page and get it to me by 12/12/20


Thursday, November 12, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 

(Garvanza edition) Check out this document titled: Abstract of Title of Garvanza Lands and find numerous land plats and deed descriptions all referencing Garvanza. A fascinating glimpse into the layout of (& consideration cost) of our local Garvanza. Take a peek.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 

This week’s trivia question asked when (approximately) did Motezuma I rule the Aztec Empire? The answer is 1440-1469.

This question (and answer) was found in the American Indian Experience database.  This database illuminates the histories and contemporary cultures of the Native peoples of North America. This resource includes references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps. Find it listed alphabetically under A on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.  


Monday, November 9, 2020

New Online Resource

 The Black Freedom Struggle


The Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: A Selection of Primary Sources Accessible from any computer.  This online resource focuses on African American U.S. history, featuring historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, and correspondence. It contains approximately 1,600 primary source documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom.  

Find it on the library’s Research & Homework page listed alphabetically under B (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework#B).


Sunday, November 8, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Tagalog Children's Songs with Ms. Jona (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  
  • 6:00 Zumba with Cheryl (email vmagaw@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 TEENtastic Tuesdays: Leah Johnson (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)  

Wednesday

  • Holiday—Veteran’s Day

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 4:00 LA Made: Argentine Tango: The Truth, The Lies and The Magic! (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday

  • 10:00 Western Edge Writers (email shannah@lapl.org for link)
  • 11:00 Meditation as a Strategy for Stress-Free Living (email mschatkun@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

   Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Saturday, November 7, 2020

Trivia of the Week…

 This week’s trivia question asks when (approximately) did Motezuma I rule the Aztec Empire?

Friday, November 6, 2020

Science Fun: The Night Sky….

 


Want to know what to look for in the night sky in November? Check out NASA’s Skywatching page for all the things to look for as well as all the information explaining what you see.  There will be good planet viewing this month & check out the Pleiades. 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 

(Eagle Rock edition) Do you know who Conrad Buff is? He was a noted California artist.  This article, Eagle Rock Artist's love of southwest evidenced in current exhibit of work describes his work and provides a little biographical detail.  Check it out.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 

This week’s trivia question asked what is the range of the Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard? The answer is easy… California. To be a little more specific the San Joaquin Valley.  This lizard is endangered.  Let me quote from the source for a bit more information about the Blunt Nosed Leopard Lizard:

Blunt-nosed leopard lizards feed primarily on insects (mostly grasshoppers, crickets, and moths) and other lizards; some plant material is eaten rarely or is perhaps consumed unintentionally with animal prey.

Blunt-nosed leopard lizards inhabit open, sparsely vegetated areas of low relief on the San Joaquin Valley floor and in the surrounding foothills.

The question and answer were found in Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America. This book is available as a Gale Virtual Reference e-Book. Extensive data on the habitats and ecosystems of more than 1,200 species identified by U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, arranged taxonomically, 6 volumes.  Find it listed alphabetically under B on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card. 


Monday, November 2, 2020

New Resource

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is an award-winning online resource for lifelong career exploration and planning. Users can assess their career goals and interests, plan their education, learn workplace skills, find apprenticeships and internships, conduct a job search, and much more.

Find it on the library’s Research & Homework page under F (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework#F) and access it with your library card.


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 4:00 Laughter Yoga (email eaaronson@lapl.org  for link)
  • 5:00 Día de muertos Family Celebration (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday

  • Library is closed as all staff are on furlough
  • Go Vote!

Wednesday

  • 11:00 Chinese (Mandarin) for Beginners (email language@lapl.org for link)
  • 3:00 It’s Sew Cool: Knit & Crochet Circle (email twelch@lapl.org for link) 

Thursday

  • 4:00 LA Made: Don't Call Me Ugly: A Fresh Look at Modernism (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
  • 6:00 Edendale Film Discussion Series (email eden@lapl.org for link)

Friday

  • 12:30  Medicare 101 (email wwood@lapl.org for link)
  • 4:00 Your Author Series: Kelly Starling-Lyons (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday

  • 10:00 Western Edge Writers (email shannah@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

    LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    


Saturday, October 31, 2020

Trivia of the Week…

 This week’s trivia question asks what is the range of the Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard?

Friday, October 30, 2020

Learning Circles

 

We are looking to start a learning circle. What is a learning circle you ask? Well… Learning circles are free study groups for people who want to learn something together. Most learning circles meet weekly for the length of the course. Each learning circle is led by a facilitator who sets up the (virtual) space each week and helps to ensure that things flow smoothly. Without a teacher in the room, learning circles succeed through peer learning, a practice in which every participant is expected to bring their own experiences, share with one another, and give feedback.

What can you learn? Almost anything. Learning circles use free online courses as the basis of study. These courses come from online course providers, universities, and non-profit organizations from around the world. The universe of available courses is huge so a learning circle can be started for almost anything you can imagine.

I’d like to start by getting feedback from anyone who would be interested in participating in a learning circle with us. Specifically about what subjects you’d be interested in and what meeting day/time would be most appropriate.  Here is a quick survey form for you to fill out: https://forms.gle/MKftBwgEEQMdxcpP9

Thank you for your response and keep your eyes peeled for the next step.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

History of Eagle Rock…

 



Not quite Highland Park but it’s an interesting article. The article Famous outlaw was a visitor to ‘ER’ details the life of Tiburcio Vasquez.  Vasquez was apparently a noted late 19th century California outlaw.  The article allows the outlaw to tell his side of the story and the whole thing is a long, interesting portrait of one man that reads a bit like a classic western novel.  Check it out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Trivia of the Week (answer)…

 

Today’s trivia of the week question asked what do you know about Charlotte Eugenia Hawkins Brown?  Brown was known for almost-single handedly creating a school as well as the “African-American Miss Manners” because of her book The Correct Thing to Do—to Say—to Wear (1941).  She also published many short stories and articles. 

Read about her in the Encyclopedia of African-American Writing, a Salem Press ebook.  Access it from the Salem Press & Grey House Publishing Reference Shelf which you can find under S on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Electronics 101 for Kids

 


LAPL's very first Electronics 101 For Kids Virtual Workshop Series is now open for registration!  Curious about electronics? Or wondered if resistance truly is futile? Wednesdays in November. For ages 8-12. Limited to 30 participants. Registration required by Sunday, November 1. Register here: http://bit.ly/laple4k

Monday, October 26, 2020

Arroyo Book Club November Pick…


For our November pick we chose Alive by Piers Paul Read.  In this true-life adventure, a team of rugby players survive a plane crash deep in the desolate, snow-covered Andes Mountains, where they must overcome incredible odds to stay alive.

This is a book from Hoopla.  You can also get in touch with me at ayosco@lapl.org for a physical copy of the selected book, while supplies last, if you prefer.    

Access the copy via Hoopla (https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11694584). If you don’t already have a Hoopla account you will need to create one.  Go to https://www.hoopladigital.com/ and select “get started today.” Enter email and make up a password. You will be prompted to select a library, look for Los Angeles Public Library. You will then need to supply your library card number.

The plan is for everyone to obtain a copy and spend the first couple of weeks of November reading. I will begin posting questions to discuss on the group’s web bulletin board space on November 18 and will add a new question each day until November 28 (our regular meeting day).  I encourage members to log on each day to answer the day’s question as well as review, and respond to, the answers other members provided for the previous days questions.  We will then meet via video-conference on November 28 at 3:00.  

If you’re not already a member of our web bulletin board space email me at ayosco@lapl.org. I will send you the details you need to know to sign yourself up.  

Make a note: if you plan to join the video-conference you’ll need to send an email to ayosco@lapl.org so I can get the conference link to you.


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Nathalia's Bilingual Family Concert (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 6:00 Meditation for a More Positive and Fulfilling Life (email wwood@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday

  • 2:00 Halloweek: Monster Mash (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 4:00 TEENtastic Tuesdays: Introduction to Tarot (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Wednesday

  • 12:00 Systems in Concrete: Cars, Trains & the Relocation of Chinatown (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 2:00 Halloweek: HallowSTEAM (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Thursday

  • 2:00 Halloweek: Tricks & Treats (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 4:00 LA Made: Papel Picado with Self-Help Graphics (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Friday

  • 3:30  Game Day for Teens (email teens@lapl.org for link)
  • 4:00 Halloweek: Author Event (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Saturday

  • 9:30 Zumba with Lula (email vmagaw@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

   LAPL platforms:    

    Arroyo Seco Social Media:    

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Trivia of the Week…

 Today’s trivia of the week question asks what do you know about Charlotte Eugenia Hawkins Brown?

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Labyrinth Index


Charles Stross continues his Laundry Files series with The Labyrinth Index.  This volume switches the focus of action to Mhari Murphy, original HR rep from hell who switched to banking and was converted to the local version of vampirism.  Mhari is tapped by the Prime Minister, now the elder god N’yar Lat-Hotep, to America and tasked her with rescuing the President who has been forgotten by all American citizens as the result of a plot by an occult agency determined to awaken Cthulhu.  

As you can tell, Stross’ series has at this point departed quite radically from the world we live in.  The pathway of this divergence has actually been one of the fun things to watch across the course of the series.  This book, despite the rather outlandish sounding plot, was quite enjoyable.  Although the book could be understood independently from the series you will get more nuance from it if you’ve read the series.  Recommended.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

History of Highland Park…



 In the article Resident recalls drilling for water, chasing cows  a long time Highland Park resident provides a few tales his early days in the area. The undated article is referencing the period of the late 1800s. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)….

 



This week’s trivia question asked what was the cost of a pound of sugar in 1896? In 1896 you could get a pound of sugar for $0.04.

This question (and answer) was found in the “Value of a Dollar.” This is an ebook.  Find it listed alphabetically under V on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.  


Monday, October 19, 2020

Let’s Make Something…

This time around let’s make a cute little magnetic bookmark.  


You will need:

  • Scrap of cloth
  • Self-adhesive Magnetic Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors


Cut your cloth into a rectangle.  My rectangle was about 5 inches by 2.5 inches.  Cut two small pieces of the magnetic tape to place at the center top and center bottom of the back of your rectangle scrap. Note that magnets can both attract and repel each other so before fixing the magnet bits in place make sure you have them oriented so that when the cloth bends over and they are brought together they attract. Use the magnet tape’s adhesive property to fasten into place. Fold one half of the cloth over to the middle and stick down with the glue.  Do the same with the other half. You now have a 5 inch long tube of cloth with magnets at either end.

To use the bookmark simply fold it over the top of the page you wish to mark allowing the magnets to attach to each other through the page.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 10:00 Music Mondays: Song Circles with Miss Serena (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 6:30 Philosophy Discussion Group (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 3:00 TEENtastic Tuesdays: Jonathan Hill (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 4:00 Focus on Parenting: Born Reading with Jason Boog (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 4:00 LA Made: Posada's Unknown Calaveras (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 6:00 Introduction to Estate Planning (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Saturday

  • 3:00 Arroyo Book Club (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

Catch up with us on various sites...

   LAPL platforms:   

   Arroyo Seco Social Media:   

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Trivia of the Week…

 This week’s trivia question asks what was the cost of a pound of sugar in 1896?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 



Today I share with you a library flyer.  But not just any library flyer this is one that was produced for an event in January of 1942.  The event was a Victory Book Drive and, in the days before computers, it is quite clearly hand produced… You’ve got to admire the person who created the (quite lovely) illustration.  Take a look at the flyer here: http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/11/520705.pdf

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)….

 



This week we asked if you could easily find a book for young children featuring elephants.  Now of course there are many right answers and many paths to the right answer. Let me provide one answer and one path.  So… a book featuring elephants, Twenty-One Elephants: and Still Standing by April Jones Prince 

I found this answer by using one of our database tools.  In this case it was TeachingBooks.net.  This online resource is a wealth of multimedia resources about K-12 books to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas.  Find it listed alphabetically under T on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

LAPL is Fine Free

 …How does that work…

You will never be charged a late fee for returning overdue items. However, overdue items can impact your card. Here’s how:

  • More than 11 items overdue—your card is blocked
  • Item more than 21 days late, it counts as lost—your card is blocked
  • Have more than $50 of lost items on your account—you will be charged a $15 agency collection fee. This charge is non-negotiable

To unblock your card simply return overdue or lost items. If lost items are truly lost you will need to pay for or replace the item to unblock your card.

So… for full use of your card (and to face no non-negotiable charges) make sure you return books on time, don’t allow books to go lost, and never let lost items build up to $50


Monday, October 12, 2020

Financial Planning Week…

 October 19 to October 24

   Educational Workshops - Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23

Throughout the week there will be a series of educational workshops presented by financial professionals on such topics as education and tuition planning, investing basics, and retirement and estate planning. Each workshop will be live-streamed on LAPL’s YouTube and Facebook channels at 6 p.m. PDT on the scheduled day.

   Pro Bono Financial Planning Day - Saturday, October 24 from 10 am to 2 pm   

Don’t miss the opportunity to have a free, private telephone consultation with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, where you can discuss your personal finance questions, concerns, and interests from the comfort of your home. Schedule your appointment here: https://financialplanningday.paperform.co/.

Individual event listings and more information can be found on the Financial Planning Week LAPL webpage: https://lapl.org/financial-planning.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • Holiday (Indigenous Peoples' Day) so no programming today

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 3:00 TEENtastic Tuesdays: Introduction to Virtual Reality (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 4:00 Focus on Parenting: The ABCs of Diversity (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 4:00 LA Made: Inside Vincent Price: Inside the Man Inside the Man (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)
  • 3:30 Game Day! (Contact teens@lapl.org for program link)

Saturday

  • 11:00 Genealogy Garage: Think Like an Archivist! (LAPL Facebook/YouTube Live)

Catch up with us on various sites...

   LAPL platforms:   

   Arroyo Seco Social Media:   

Check out the Library’s online calendar at https://lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Trivia of the Week….

 This week we’ll ask if you can find a book for young children featuring elephants.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 



Do you remember the middle library?  Are you curious about it whether you remember it or not? Check out the article Bare plans for new $361,000 HP library from the HP News Herald.  The 12/4/1958 article describes plans for a new Highland Park library and includes a picture and building details.  Check it out.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 


This week’s trivia question was who sung the first song heard on radio? The answer, Enrico Caruso sang songs from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on January 13, 1910. 

The question (and answer) were found in the Pop Culture Universe database.  This database is an irresistible yet authoritative authority on popular culture in America, both past and present—in a package as dynamic as the topic it covers. Included are references, scholarly works, primary documents and papers, photographs, audio clips, and maps. Find it listed alphabetically under P on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.