Author Fair & Summer Reading
Farewell Eric Potulicki!
Library Assistant Eric Potulicki, a favorite staff member and recipient of the Employee of the Year award in 2016, has moved on to spend more time with his family. He began his career in El Segundo as a Library Clerk in February 2002 and was promoted to Library Assistant in 2003.
Eric spent most of his time in the Children’s Division where, along with his regular duties, he provided stellar customer service. He enjoyed getting to know all of our patrons and made it a point to learn their reading preferences so that he could surprise them with new books. “Mr. Eric” also led our Toddler Storytime sessions and developed quite a loyal following of both the parents and kids.
Eric also filled in at the adult Information desk providing reference assistance and when our full time cataloger retired, Eric learned how to catalog and process new books, becoming the primary cataloger of all the children’s books for the main library and school branches. Our Mr. Eric will be sorely missed!
Welcome Alonso Bautista!
Alonso Bautista is thrilled to be joining the team at the El Segundo Public Library, where he will be working as Library Assistant in Support Services, cataloging material and providing first-level support for any technical issues. Alonso comes to El Segundo from Santa Fe Springs, where he worked as an assistant at the Santa Fe Springs Public Library for nearly six years. Alonso graduated from California State University Fullerton with a degree in business administration. His areas of interest within the library are cataloging, reference, early literacy, and digital services. In his spare time, he enjoys reading sci-fi novels, hiking, and traveling across the country.
Save the Date for the Author Fair!
Celebrating El Segundo’s Centennial, this year’s Author Fair, titled “Images of the Past Become Stories of the Future,” takes place on Sunday, June 11. Extended hours from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. have allowed for an increase in author panels—from two panels in previous years to four panels this year. Panel topics include a local and California non-fiction history panel titled “SoCal History Writers,” featuring Huell Howser’s former cameraman Luis Fuerte; “The History of Mystery” moderated by local El Segundo Author Eric Beetner; “A Casual Talk with Hollywood” featuring author Fred Stoller as moderator; and a fiction panel of various authors titled “Novel Inventions and Intriguing Stories.” Other highlights of the day include The Friends of the El Segundo Public Library’s traveling Centennial History Museum full of El Segundo’s past in photos, The Automobile Driving Museum’s vintage cars, “Dino Encounters” with Rocky the T-Rex, local BBQ, and much more fun for book lovers of all ages.
Get Set for Summer Reading
Registration for the 2017 Children’s Summer Reading Program begins on Friday, June 9, at 9:00 a.m. This year’s theme, “Reading by Design,” promises lots of opportunities for fun for everyone. Children who are independent readers earn grab bag incentives for every 10 books they read, and teens earn incentives for every five books. Younger children who are not yet reading on their own are encouraged to participate in the fun by joining the Read-to-Me program. Children and teens who participate in summer reading programs retain reading skills learned during the previous school year and often return to school reading at a higher level.
The Adult Summer Reading Program Returns Too
Back by popular demand, the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program’s theme is “Wish You Were Here…Rest. Relaxation. Read.” Registration begins on Friday, June 9, with a special early registration incentive for those who register on the first day. Summer activities include a kick-off program tea with plenty of fun, a Beach Blanket Book Discussion in Library Park, and much more. Please visit the Reference Desk staff for further details.
Planning a trip this summer? Check out our extensive collection of travel guidebooks to destinations near and far! In addition to the popular guidebook series such as Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, and Rick Steves’, we also have more unusual guides such as How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes, and 22 Accessible Road trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers by Candy B. Harrington. If you’re planning a staycation instead, we have titles to help discover local gems such as 10,000 Steps a Day in L.A.: 52 Walking Adventures by Paul Haddad or the Not for Tourists Guide to Los Angeles.
As with all of our circulating books, guidebooks can be checked out for three weeks and renewed once. Perfect for planning and taking with you on your next getaway, travel books are located in the 900s section of our non-fiction collection.
Evening Book Club with Author Gwendolyn Womack
The library is pleased to present author Gwendolyn Womack, who will be joining the Evening Book Club at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, in a discussion of her book The Fortune Teller. Ms. Womack, whose previous novel, The Memory Painter, was a Book Club guest last year and returns in June to talk about her latest novel, which involves a mysterious manuscript from the time of Cleopatra and the antiques appraiser who is caught up in its potentially disastrous prophecies.
Upcoming Library Events:
Thursday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.
Historical Committee Meeting
Friday, June 9, 9:00 a.m.
Children’s Summer Reading and Storytime Registration Begin
Friday, June 9, 9:00 a.m.
Adult Summer Reading Program Registration Begins
Tuesday, June 20, 3:30 p.m.
Teen Club Summer Program Begins
Thursday, June 22, 4:00 p.m.
Friends of the Library Business Meeting
Wednesday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.
Evening Book Club, Featuring Author Gwendolyn Womack and Her Novel The Fortune Teller
Thursday, July 6: 7:00 p.m.
Historical Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.
Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Evening Book Club, Title T.B.D.
Friday, June 2 Print Basics—8:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 10 Travel Resources—10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 16 Word 2013 Basics—8:30 a.m.
Friday, June 30 Excel 2013 Basics—8:30 a.m.
Friday, July 14 Email Attachments—8:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 22 Photo Basics—10:30 a.m.
Friday, July 28 Android Phone/Tablet Basics—10:30 a.m.