The Adult Summer Reading Program Continues
Participants continue to enjoy the perks of joining the Adult Summer Reading Program. By mid-July 50 adults in the program have enjoyed checking out the titles of familiar authors and have also stretched their interests to try something new that they may not have thought to read. “Wish You Were Here. Rest. Relaxation. Read.” encourages patrons to take time out of their busy schedules and find a little down-time to escape into an intriguing book.
Thank you to the Friends of the Library for always being such generous supporters, allowing our participants to win cool prizes. A few of these prizes included gift cards to Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, and Amazon.com. More prizes are yet to be awarded for simply reading. The big prize of the summer will include a tablet, perfect for downloading e-books from either of our two library apps.
Another “Beach Blanket Book Talk” takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, in Library Park. Bring your lunch, a beach chair or a towel, and your favorite book to share with other participants.
To wrap-up the program, we will celebrate a special end-of-program party from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, with pizza and a movie. Registration is required for this event.
There is still time to sign up and win. Please see the Reference Staff for further information or to sign up, if you haven’t yet.
Children's Summer Reading Program, That's a Wrap!
Another successful Children’s Summer Reading Program is nearing completion. More than 750 children and teens are enrolled in the program. Our Summer Reading Program wrap-up parties will take place the first week of August. The Teen Readers party will take place in the Friends of the Library Room at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1. The Teen party is an afternoon of fun with pizza, a movie, and raffle prizes. The Reading By Design party, set to begin in Library Park at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, will feature entertainment by magician David Skale. Cookies and juice boxes will be served.
Children must be registered with the program and need to have read at least ten books this summer to be eligible to participate in the Reading By Design party. Likewise, teens must also be registered and need to have read a minimum of five books. Participants have been encouraged to exchange their reading logs for party tickets at the Youth Services Information Desk from July 24 to July 29. Grab bags will continue to be available an extra three weeks this year, with the final day to pick them up on Saturday, August 26.
For more information about the Children’s Summer Reading programs or the wrap-up parties, please call (310) 524-2726.
August Art Walk to Feature a Centennial-Themed Activity
As the City continues to celebrate its 100th birthday, the library has added a Centennial twist to August’s Art Walk.
Stop by the library between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, to create your very own Centennial photo plaque. Inspired by the many historical photos, that tell our City’s story and are found within the library’s Heritage Room, library staff will lead participants through the process of creating a one-of-a-kind token to take home and remember El Segundo’s Centennial. All supplies will be provided but, to make it more personal, if you have small items at home that you would like to incorporate, please feel free to bring additional items.
For more information, please call the Reference Desk at (310) 524-2728.
Books on a Screen Near You
At the library we are always interested to see which books inspire Hollywood’s biggest TV shows and movie blockbusters. If you are a book-to-movie fan, check out these titles that have recently made their way to the screen, or will be coming out soon: for science fiction and fantasy fans we have Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. If drama is more your style, check out titles like Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
If you have already read the book and want to compare it to a recently released movie, check out our DVD and Blu-ray collections for flicks like A Monster Calls, A Dog’s Purpose, and Hidden Figures. Most movies check out for three days and are organized alphabetically by title within the genre.
National Sandwich Month
August is National Sandwich Month, and who doesn’t love a delicious handheld meal? Get inspiration for creating new sandwich combinations with books such as Grilled Cheese: 50 Recipes to Make You Melt by Marlena Spieler, Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book: the Best Sandwiches Ever from Thursday Nights at Campinile, and Wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal–and a Meal into a Sandwich by Tom Colicchio.
Browse our entire collection of cookbooks in the 641 non-fiction section for culinary titles on everything from baking to grilling to frying. For the young sous chefs in training, we also have a collection of cookbooks for kids in the children’s library downstairs.
Upcoming Library Events
Tuesday, August 1
Adult Summer Reading Program: Beach Blanket Book Talks, 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 1
Totally Teen Pizza Party, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 3
Reading By Design Party, 2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, August 9
Drop-In Lobby Event: Japanese Woodblock Printing & Hands-On Demonstration,
Friday, August 11
Free Computer Class: iPhone/iPad Basics, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 12
Free Computer Class: El Segundo Herald Database Search Basics, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 22
Friends of the Library Business Meeting,
Friday, August 25
Free Computer Class: Facebook Basics,
Thursday, September 7
El Segundo Historical Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12
Library Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 16
Concerts in the Library, 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27
Evening Book Discussion Group, 6:30 p.m.
Friends of the Library and Historical Committee News
Come visit the History Room! The room is open on the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is also open by appointment by calling Sari Brann at (310) 364-0117. If you are in the library and we are working in the History Room, please come in and look around. We are happy to accommodate your visit. Thank you to Marcia and Mark Marion for donating their time to have the room open on the first Saturday.
We have acquired an official chronological list of all City Council members dating back to the City’s beginning in 1917. Did you know that from 1917 until 1928 they were called “Trustees,” serving on the City’s “Board of Trustees,” not “City Council Members” serving on the “City Council?” Thank you to Patricia and Mona in the City Clerk’s Office for their help putting together the list.
The Historical Photo Exhibit has been well received since its debut in January. Thanks to the Friends’ additional funding we will soon be adding some new and different photos to the collection. Mark and Marcia Marion worked with library staff Julie Todd and Mark Herbert to select appropriate images that were of high enough resolution to enlarge. Please visit the exhibit during the Concert in the Park on August 6, the Chevron Carnival event on August 27, or the Centennial Extravaganza on October 7. I want to thank the following volunteers who helped me with the Photo Exhibit during the month of July: Julie Todd, Kirk Brown, and Kerry King on July 4; and Kim Harris, Linda Munro, Brenda Ross, and Linda Kruse at the July 9 Concert in the Park. Also, I want to once again recognize the Recreation and Parks staff for their on-going support. We can always use additional volunteers. Please call Sari Brann at (310) 364-0117 if you are interested in giving a few of your time on one of the Exhibit days previously mentioned. It’s a lot of fun to share the town’s history and visit with people.
Please note that the History Committee does not meet during the month of August, but we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Thursday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Garden Room.
We look forward to you joining our group.
–Sari Brann, History Committee Chairperson