Thursday, December 30, 2021

Highland Park History

 


The article “Clyde Browne and the Abbey San Encino” by Charles Cooper takes a close look at a local resident and his architectural obsession. You may have seen the Abbey… it’s directly across the street (and down the dell) from the library. You will learn that the Abbey includes a wedding chapel, a dungeon, and a bell tower that housed the bell that used to call Garvanza children to school. Take a look at the article for lots of fascinating detail.

The image is from the article and depicts Clyde’s noted descendant Jackson Browne.


Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The Well-Dressed Ape

 


Hannah Holmes turns on naturalist eye on herself in TheWell-Dressed Ape.  Chapter by chapter she looks at the human animal in the same way a discerning observer would examine a butterfly or an antelope.  In these various chapters she examines a human’s physical description, brain, perception, range, territoriality, diet, reproduction, behavior, communication, predators, and ecosystem impacts.  The book is interesting and easily accessible to the non-expert. I quibble a bit with the way she’ll go from her example, usually of herself under personal scrutiny, to a universal principal of behavior for all humans. However the book does remain charming and guides readers to a generally objective look at themselves and their species.


Sunday, December 26, 2021

Programming Coming up This Week

First… the Winter Reading Challenge is underway. Sign up online at: https://www.lapl.org/winter or swing by the branch and let us sign you up.  Complete assorted tasks and earn a chance to win cool prizes. Then check out some of the exciting programming on offer from the library this week.  Visit the online calendar for the complete selection…

Monday
11:00 Baby & Toddler Storytime (Register: http://tinyurl.com/EdendaleStorytime)
4:00 Laughter Yoga (email eaaronson@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 Skate Bud Presents: Doin' Tricks (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday
3:00 Dive into Language: Vietnamese for Kids (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 Let's Talk About Books (grades 3-5; email ahowe@lapl.org for link)
 
Thursday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
5:00 Climate Cafe and Garden Club (email ecalla@lapl.org for link)

Friday & Saturday
Library closed for New Year Celebration

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Highland Park History

 


This article from the 3/16/1984 edition of the Highland Park Journal talks about the history of the Ebell Club, a cultural landmark since 1913 (as the article’s title notes).  Read this article for a fascinating look at the origins and work of the Ebell Club.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Bi-weekly Trivia Question (Answer)….

 


The question this time was what is bibingka?  Bibingka is a Filipino rice cake traditionally eaten around Christmas. The popular dessert or snack is made with rice, coconut milk, eggs, and milk, along with various other ingredients.

The question, and answer, were found on A to Z World Food.  It 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. The resource can be found on LAPL’s Research & Homework page under A and you can access it with your library card.


Monday, December 20, 2021

Arroyo Book Club January Pick

 


The Arroyo Book Club will be reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff for discussion at our January meeting.  The book is described by the publisher as follows…

Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

While the hold list on the ebook means that it is unlikely that you will be able to check out an ebook copy before the meeting, there are plenty of physical copies.  Swing by the branch at your convenience and pick one up.

We will meet to discuss the book on January 22 at 3:00 via Zoom.  Email ayosco@lapl.org with questions or to sign up for the discussion link.


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Programming Coming up This Week

First… the Winter Reading Challenge is underway. Sign up online at: https://www.lapl.org/winter or swing by the branch and let us sign you up.  Complete assorted tasks and earn a chance to win cool prizes. Then check out some of the exciting programming on offer from the library this week.  Visit the online calendar for the complete selection…

Monday
11:00 Baby & Toddler Storytime (Register: http://tinyurl.com/EdendaleStorytime)
4:00 Laughter Yoga (email eaaronson@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 Skate Bud Presents: How to Ride (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday
11:00 Virtual Toddler Storytime (email shrmno@lapl.org for link)
3:00 Dive into Language: Korean for Kids (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
 
Thursday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday & Saturday
Library closed for Christmas Holiday

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Highland Park History

Check out this draft Historic Context Statement of the Northeast Los Angeles Subregional Planning Area prepared by the Historical Resources Group for the Los Angeles Conservancy in February of 1990.  It is a 24 page document that looks at 

• geographic boundaries & natural features
• history of development
• economic development
• residential development
• development of civic, religious, cultural, and social institutions
• etc.

An interesting perspective on the history of the area.


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Bi-weekly Trivia Question…

 Let’s think holiday themed food with this question and ask what is bibingka?

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

One Word Kill

 


Mark Lawrence takes us back to the 80s in One Work Kill.  There we meet Nick, recently diagnosed with Leukemia, and his cadre of D&D playing friends.  During an eventful month Nick meets a mysterious stranger who gives him a mission that will see life change dramatically for everyone involved.  

This was a good read that left many unanswered questions.  I would recommend it to lovers of subtle SF.


Sunday, December 12, 2021

Programming Coming up This Week

First… the Winter Reading Challenge is underway. Sign up online at: https://www.lapl.org/winter or swing by the branch and let us sign you up.  Complete assorted tasks and earn a chance to win cool prizes. Then check out some of the exciting programming on offer from the library this week.  Visit the online calendar for the complete selection…

Sunday
3:00 Scrabble Fun (in person at Arroyo Seco)

Monday
11:00 Baby & Toddler Storytime (Register: http://tinyurl.com/EdendaleStorytime)
2:00 Art From Home: Snowflakes (email nohlwd@lapl.org for link)

Tuesday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
6:00 Ghost Stories - A Holiday Literary Tradition From Victorian Times and Beyond (email eden@lapl.org for link)

Wednesday
9:30 Magical Songs and Stories With Miss Rebecca: Holiday Story Time (email ecalla@lapl.org for link)
3:00  Dive into Language: Chinese Mandarin for Kids (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
 
Thursday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 LA Made: Jaime Hernandez (Los Hernandez Bros) in Conversation With Javier Cabral (LA Taco) (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday
4:00 Your Author Series: Daniel José Older (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday
3:00 Arroyo Book Club discusses Twelfth Night by Shakespeare (email ayosco@lapl.org for link)
 
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Thursday, December 9, 2021

Highland Park History

 


Interested in the native wildlife inhabiting the Mt. Washington region? Then you’ll want to check out the 4-H produced brochure “We Hike Elyria Canyon”.  This 31 page booklet provides a detailed look at the plants and animals of Elyria Canyon Park circa 1995.  The included drawings by the 4-H students are totally adorable too.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Bi-weekly Trivia Question (Answer)….

 


This time we asked what is the difference between venomous and poisonous? Well… The term venomous is applied to organisms that bite (or sting) to inject their toxins, whereas the term poisonous applies to organisms that unload toxins when eaten. With respect to snakes, very few are poisonous, but some, like the black mamba, are venomous.

The question, and answer, were found on Britannica School, a digital resource is a three-part multi-subject encyclopedia with portals for elementary, middle, and high school students. I was browsing through the high school portal for this question.  The resource can be found on LAPL’s Research & Homework page under B and access it with your library card.


Monday, December 6, 2021

Red, White & Royal Blue


In Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue we meet Alex whose mother is President of the United States in a world with no Trump.  Alex has always hated the English Prince Henry (the English royal family is also different in this world).  A photo of the two of them up in apparent arms forces a publicity damage control “friendship” that soon grows into a real friendship and then something more.  The two struggle with their relationship against a backdrop of one’s mother’s re-election campaign and the other’s family’s insistence on maintaining the correct image.

All in all this is a sweet, easy-to-read romance with engaging characters.  I would recommend it to any lover of romance.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Programming Coming up This Week

First… the Winter Reading Challenge kicks off this week. Sign up online at: https://www.lapl.org/winter or swing by the branch and let us sign you up.  Complete assorted tasks and earn a chance to win cool prizes. Then check out some of the exciting programming on offer from the library this week.  Visit the online calendar for the complete selection…

Monday
11:00 Baby & Toddler Storytime (Register: http://tinyurl.com/EdendaleStorytime)
7:00 Pajama Storytime (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Tuesday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 A Conversation with Jean-Pierre Isbouts author of The Ultimate Visual History of the World (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Wednesday
11:00 Virtual Toddler Storytime (email shrmno@lapl.org for link)
6:00 Zentangle with Us (In person at Arroyo Seco)
 
Thursday
10:00 Storytime Online (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)
4:00 LA Made Tamale Making Workshop With Two Mamacitas Pop Up Kitchen (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Friday
10:00 Yoga & Meditation With Master John (email dmatthews@lapl.org for link)
4:00 Your Author Series: Lyn Risling (LAPL Facebook/YouTube)

Saturday
2:00 Docent Tour of Central Library Virtual (email docents@lapl.org for link)
 
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Friday, December 3, 2021

Winter Reading Challenge

 The Enchantment of Books


This year’s Winter Reading Challenge runs from December 6 through January 8.  It is an activity based, challenge.  Sign yourself up online or swing by the library and have us sign you up.  You can track your progress using the online Beanstack app or an offline paper game board.

Completion of five tasks earns entrance into the prize drawings.  Drawing winners win a prize from the Library Store.

Visit https://lapl.org/winter to pre-register for the program now and begin the challenge on the 6th 

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



Thursday, December 2, 2021

Highland Park History

 

Check out the article “Heads Up in Highland Park” by Eddie Rivera for the news that Highland Park had been awarded Targeted Neighborhood Initiative funds in 1998. Learn what that project was, how the money was going to be spent, and the interesting provided historical background of Highland Park in this piece.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021