Save the Date for the 19th Annual Author Fair!
On Saturday, October 20, local Southern California authors will gather, bringing books, poetry, music, and more to the El Segundo Public Library for the 19th Annual Author Fair, offering a little something for book lovers of all ages.
Author panels include Fact or Fiction? Using Personal Experience and Research as Inspiration, Whodunnit? Mystery Novelists Confess, and Multiple Personalities: Fiction Writers Talk About Character Development. Pamela Salzman’s afternoon cooking demonstration will highlight recipes using healthy natural ingredients from her book Kitchen Matters. Author signings will be scheduled throughout the day.
Returning this year, the International Printing Museum will have on site one of their vintage printing presses and carved woodblock images of classic book covers to print their own copies.
Young readers are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite comic book characters while members of “Kids Can Cosplay” bring imagination to life and local store The Comic Bug shares a selection of their favorite comics. Stories, crafts, and a family sing-along will help fill the day with fun for all.
The Author Fair takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, and is a free event. Please call (310) 524-2728 for more information.
Experience The Living Library
Don’t judge a book by its cover. The Living Library, born in the spring of 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark, encourages participants to sit down and converse with “human books” to promote empathy and a better understanding of people’s life experiences and differences, by providing a framework for real conversations about important issues. Co-sponsored by the El Segundo Museum of Art and the El Segundo Public Library, the Living Library opens its doors at ESMoA on Thursday, October 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and again at the El Segundo Library on Saturday, October 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Between both locations approximately 20 human books will be made available for patrons to check out for 20-minute conversations. A few of the books in the collection will include a refugee, environmentalist, homeless advocate, police officer, millennial, a teenager with Down’s Syndrome, graffiti artist, and more. Additionally, a few of the books will visit the El Segundo High School to have conversations with students and answer questions. Everyone is encouraged to check out at least one human book an experience life through someone else’s eyes.
For more information about The Living Library, please call (310) 524-2728.
Storytime Returns and Expands
The Youth Services Division’s fall session of programs will resume in October. Due to the popularity of the Preschool Storytimes, two new pop-up programs will be offered. The first program, Family Night Storytime, will launch on Thursday, September 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room. All families with young children are encouraged to join us for bedtime stories, songs, and a craft. Pajamas and stuffies are encouraged!
The second program, Bilingual Storytime, for children from 0 to age 5, and their caregivers, will take place on Thursday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes in English and in Spanish, and a craft. No registration is required.
In-person registration for Toddler and Preschool Storytime is on Tuesday, October 2 at 9:00 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Programs begin the following week with Toddler Storytime (ages 24 to 36 months) on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5) on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Library Club (ages 5 to 10) resumes on Wednesday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m. with more fun science activities, stories, crafts, games, and movies. Teen Club (grades 6 to 12) returns on Tuesday, October 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stop in and enjoy a variety of fun activities including games, crafts, movies, and free snacks.
For more information about any of these Youth Services programs, please call (310) 524-2726.
What Are Your Aspirations for El Segundo?
Help create connections and strengthen El Segundo by participating in one of a series of community conversations facilitated by library staff during the next year.
To be a part of the conversations, please contact Julie Todd at (310) 524-2729 or Kristina Kora-Beckman at (310) 524-2772.
New: Genealogy Club
Beginning October 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room, and continuing on the last Monday of every month, the Genealogy Club welcomes those interested in researching their family history. Share and learn from others while working on your own projects in a group setting.
For more information about the Genealogy Club, please call (310) 524-2728.
More October Events
Visit the library’s online calendar for a complete listing of library programs, including details about Library Club, Teen Club, Maker Mondays, Book Discussion Group, computer classes, library yoga, and meditation in the park.
Chills and Thrills at the Library
Always informative and entertaining, the library’s displays focus on the Author Fair and Halloween in October. First, get a sneak peek at the guest authors and their works, as well as other performers in attendance, before the Author Fair. Halloween will be celebrated in the library with a display of Library Assistant Roz Templin’s personal collection of spooky memorabilia. During this month, the library’s most interesting supernatural tales will be on display and available for checkout: old favorites such as the classics Dracula and Frankenstein, along with lesser-known gems Fevre Dream, Black Mad Wheel, and others. In addition to these topics, there will also be a display focusing on Harry Houdini (who, coincidentally, died on October 31) and other famous magicians.
Friends of the El Segundo Public Library News
The Gently Used Book sales are the Friends’ main source of revenue in support of funding library materials and programs. Books for sale are located in the library on the wooden bookshelves across from the library entrance and also on the west wall. Stop by and take a look–we have a great variety to choose from and at bargain prices!
We hope you enjoyed the library’s Summer Reading programs. These great programs are funded in part by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library. We are also supporting the upcoming Author Fair. If you, or your children, enjoyed the programs, we hope you will consider taking an active part in the Friends. There are membership pamphlets at the checkout counter in the library, or you can donate through the library’s website. Our board meetings are open to all Friends members and to the public. Our next general meeting will be held on September 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room. Dates and times of future meetings can be changed to accommodate increased participation.
–Brenda Ross, President, Friends of the El Segundo Public Library
The Friends of the Library continue to accept membership renewals. If you missed the renewal notice, please pick up a membership brochure or envelope at the library’s Circulation Desk. You can renew at any time, but our membership drive is in June each year. Thank You for Your Support!
Annual Membership Levels:
Lifetime Membership: Individual/Family $250.00
All contributions to the Friends are tax-deductible.
Please make checks payable to “Friends of the El Segundo Public Library Inc.” If your company has a matching gift program, please include the appropriate forms. If you are a Life Member you might consider making a tax deductible gift to the Friends. You can designate a special program or project that we help to support.
Sari Brann, Membership Chairperson, Friends of the El Segundo Public Library