Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 


This week’s question wanted to know who said “I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, “Give, Give.”

The answer is Abigail Adams in a letter to John Adams on 3/31/1776.  If you get a moment look up some of her other quotes.  Abigail was quite the spokeswoman for women’s rights.  

The answer was found in the Oxford Reference Online collection.  This reference tool provides quick reference and scholarly articles from a broad range of subjects in over 100 titles that include key titles from the Oxford Companion series and the complete Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.  Find Oxford Reference Online listed alphabetically under O on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

LA Made Programs this Fall…

 

LA Made is a cultural series featuring free music, dance, theater, and conversations with local entertainers at libraries throughout the city. In our current age of pandemic related social distancing this series has been re-imagined online. Join us on Thursdays throughout the fall for a wide variety of programming experiences.  Programs are aired at 4:00 via LAPL’s Facebook & YouTube accounts 

   LA Made Schedule: Thursdays at 4 pm unless noted otherwise   

October 1, ShakesQueer with Pickle

October 8, Breathwork with Ana Lilia

October 15, Inside Vincent Price with Kevin Dulude

Sunday, October 18 @ 2pm, AIDS DIVA: “The Legend of Connie Norman” film screening + discussion with filmmaker Dante Alencastre

October 22, Posada’s Unknown Calaveras with Gloria Arjona (presented in Spanish)

October 29, Papel Picado with Self-Help Graphics

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November 5, Don’t Call Me Ugly: A Fresh Look at Modernism presented by LA Conservancy

November 12, Belly Dancing with Amaya Mattei

November 19, Holiday Desserts with Acooba Scott

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December 3, Paper Crafts: Cards with Sarah Neill

December 10, Chinese Music with Christina Chu

December 17, Strong Words Holiday Show-- Silver Lake Storytelling crew lead by Larry Dean Harris


Make your plans & join us!


Monday, September 28, 2020

Arroyo Book Club October Pick…



For our October pick we chose The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder.  The book is described on Amazon with the following text:  

"On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Rey, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, one of the towering achievements in American fiction, and a novel beloved throughout the world.

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/12036881). 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 October reading. I will begin posting questions to discuss on the group’s web bulletin board space on October 14 and will add a new question each day until October 24 (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 October 24 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, September 27, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Monday

  • 3:30 Family Dance Party (email ddyer@lapl.org for link)
  • 6:30 Philosophy Discussion Group (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)
  • 11:00 Body & Brain Tai Chi & Yoga (email vmagaw@lapl.org for link)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)
  • 4:00 LA Made: ShakesQueer (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)

 Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)
  • 4:00 INCA: The Peruvian Ensemble (register here: http://tinyurl.com/LHMonth)

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:   

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


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Trivia of the Week…

 This week’s questions asks who said “I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, “Give, Give.”

Thursday, September 24, 2020

History of the Library....

 


This one is again about the Library, though this document does provide information & images of Highland Park’s Arroyo Seco branch.  Titled Los Angeles Public Library Branches this 1928 document provides a history of the branch libraries in Los Angeles. It includes lovely photographs of each.  Look at it for the pictures but stay for the interesting histories.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 


This week’s question asked what did the front page of the New York Times look like on 10/5/1945?  See image above for the answer.  

This question was mainly to highlight the fact that you can use your library card to access the New York Times Historical Archive. The Historical New York Times with Index (1851-1993) provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical New York Times.  Find the New York Times Historical Archive listed alphabetically under N on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Need Covid-19 Related Legal Assistance?

The city has LA Represents.  LA Represents is: “an unprecedented legal assistance initiative to help thousands of Angelenos who are facing extreme hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Visit their website at corona-virus.la/LARepresents to find more about what services they are offering and to learn how to take advantage of those services.

Sunday, September 20, 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 Live)
  • 6:30 Philosophy Discussion Group (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)
  • 1:00 Zumba Gold with Cynthia (email woodln@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)
  • 3:00 Grow Your Own Food: Fall/Winter Garden (email jcfrmt@lapl.org  for link)

Thursday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)
  • 4:00 Searching for Your Indigenous Roots in Mexico (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)

Friday

  • 10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/Youtube Live)
  • 4:00 Website Development Workshop for Teens (register here: https://bit.ly/laplwebdev)

Saturday

  • 3:00 Arroyo Book Club Discussion (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, September 19, 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

History of the Library...

 


We’ll take a break from the history of Highland Park this week and take a peek at a bit of LAPL history.  This will be a treat for fans of the library.  It is the full text of the Los Angeles Public Library’s Annual Report for 1918-1919 (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/14/522767.pdf).  Skim through it and you’ll find all sorts of fascinating details. From branch hours to statistical reports. Once hooked, you can move on to the reports of other years.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 


This week’s question was what was the “Hymn to the Nile?”  To quote from my reference source:

The “Hymn to the Nile“ is an ancient Egyptian composition also known as the “Hymn to the Inundation“ or the “Hymn to Hapy,” dating to the early twentieth century b.c.e. and attributed to a scribe called Khety. Consisting of about two hundred of lines of verse written in short columns, it is an unusual sort of hymn in that it was not part of any known temple ritual. Hapy, god of the Nile River and its flood, had no temple and perhaps no priests or temple ritual particular to his worship. Nonetheless, he was a very popular and extremely important god. This hymn was likewise very popular, and many ancient copies exist. It was no doubt sung or recited at festivals in honor of the god and the Nile’s life-giving inundation.

Fascinating.  Find this information in the Milestone Documents of World Religions reference tool.  Here you will find the text of, as well as analysis of the text, of documents important to religions from around the world.  Find the Milestone Documents of World Religions listed alphabetically under M on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Let’s Make Something…

 




Tissue paper pom-pom flowers to be specific.  You will need 
  • sheets of colored tissue paper
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaner, I find the twisties from bread bags will work here. You could probably also use fine gauge wire.
Lay out about 8 rectangular sheets of tissue paper.  Obviously, the larger the starting rectangle the larger the resulting flower. Here you can see I made one larger and one smaller flower. You can use all one color or mix it up a little.  

Square your sheets up and begin accordion folding them.  I accordion fold from the short end, results in more folds.  Use your twisty to fasten the center of the folded sheets (see image below). 


Use your scissors to trim either edge of the folded sheets. You can either found them off (as I did for the larger flower) or triangle cut them (as I did for the smaller flower).

Spread the sheets out from their now secured center and begin to carefully tease each individual sheet up from the rest to give you flower its pom-pom like shape.

Use your finished flowers any way you like.  Maybe as a decorative touch on a gift or to decorate place settings or to spruce up your d├ęcor.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Let's Vote L.A.

Registering / How to Vote / Sample Ballot / Language Assistance / Government Sites / Fact Checking / General Resources

   Next Election: 11/3/20   

Sunday, September 13, 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)
  • 6:30 Philosophy Discussion Group (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)

 Tuesday

  • 10:30 Baby & Toddler Storytime (email jko@lapl.org for link)

 Wednesday

  • 10:30 Virtual Baby/Toddler Storytime (email akagan@lapl.org for link)

 Thursday

  • 3:30 Yoga Storytime (email ddyer@lapl for link)
  • 5:00 Mindful Awareness Drop in Session (email jcfrmt@lapl.org for link)

Friday

  • 10:00 Movin’ & Grovin’ Adult Exercise (email bbirenbaum@lapl.org for link)

 Saturday

  • 11:00 International Health & Wellness Culinary Arts Class (email language@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, September 12, 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 


Check out the article A Long Line of Monte Vista Schools. Here you will find a brief article discussion Monte Vista Street elementary school that, most interestingly, includes photos of the buildings that housed it over time. The picture shared here is the first such building there are more to see. Check it out.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)…

 


This week’s question was what is the fourth amendment? The fourth amendment says:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The answer was found in the Milestone Documents in American History database.  This reference source provides full text of as well as textual analysis of documents that were important in American history.  

Find the Milestone Documents in American History listed alphabetically under M on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

New eResources

New Resource: medici.tv

medici.tv is a classical music streaming video platform that includes concerts, ballets, operas, documentaries, master classes, behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews, and live streamed events.  Access is unlimited with no holds or wait lists. Learn more: lapl.org/medicitv


New Resource: HyRead

Users can access Chinese language e-magazines on a variety of topics including current events, science, technology, beauty, health, and many more.  Learn more: lapl.org/hyread


Monday, September 7, 2020

Keeping Watch on Planet Earth...

 


NASA at my library has a fascinating webcast planned for October 15 at 1:00 (4:00PM EDT).  Let me share their description of the event with you….

Since its beginning, NASA has been watching Earth’s weather, atmospheric conditions, land use, and, over time, climate.

Join American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a live flight to view Earth as seen by satellites, and how its ecological system is divided into major life zones. Scientists will be in the chat to answer your questions live!

This live OpenSpace webcast is brought to you by the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program in partnership with the American Library Association, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Go here to see their page.  Go here to see the webcast.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Programming Coming up This Week

Here are some things to look out for this week…

Tuesday

  • 10:30 Baby & Toddler Storytime (email jko@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday

  • 10:30 Virtual Baby/Toddler Storytime (email akagan@lapl.org for link)
  • 11:00 Body & Brain Tai Chi (email vmagaw@lapl.org for link)

Thursday

  • 3:30 Yoga Storytime (email ddyer@lapl for link)
  • 6:15 Dormant Rose Poetry Writing Workshop (email nohlwd@lapl.org for link)

 Friday

  • 10:00 Yoga & Meditation with Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)

Saturday

  • 10:00 Western Edge Writers: Self Directed Writing (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 www.lapl.org/whats-on/calendar for the complete list of programming on offer.



Saturday, September 5, 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

Science Fun: The Night Sky….


 Want to know what to look for in the night sky in September? Check out NASA’s Skywatching page for all the things to look for as well as all the information explaining what you see.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

History of Highland Park…

 


Explore the Highland Park Post Office of the past with the article, Post office here handles 23,000 letters every day (http://dbase1.lapl.org/webpics/calindex/documents/10/520317.pdf).  Article provides a bit of history of the local post office as well as its inner workings. Take a look.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Trivia of the Week (Answer)….



See image. The question asked what the front page of the 7/13/1939 Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper looked like. This was really a what tool could you use question. And the answer there is the LAPL’s Los Angeles Sentinel Historical Archive.  This archive allows you to browse complete issues, cover to cover, from 1934 to 2005. Search by more than 20 article types, keyword, date ranges, specific dates, author, and more. View news articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, cartoons, and more for added context. Print and download articles and images in PDF format. A fascinating thing to explore and a way to get a look at what was going on in LA’s African-American community.

Find the Los Angeles Sentinel Historical Archive listed alphabetically under L on LAPL’s Research & Homework page (https://lapl.org/collections-resources/research-and-homework) and access it with your library card.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Virtual Tour of Central Library

 This is an invitation to explore our beautiful Central Library from the comfort of your own home. This virtual tour explores the first and second levels of Central Library via 360 photographs and floating text full of historical snippets of information. 

Find the tour at: http://lapl.org/virtualtour