Summer Reading, Art Walk, Author Fair, & More . . .
Summer Reading Program, Sign-ups At the Public Library
Join in the fun and boost reading skills at the same time! Registration for the 2017 Summer Reading Program, Reading By Design, begins on June 9 and continues through August. Children earn grab bags containing incentive prizes when they read for fun during the summer. The kick-off program, featuring One World Rhythm, is at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, in Library Park. There are optional weekly activities at the library and a finale party in August. The library also offers a Read-To-Me program for children who are not yet reading independently and a Teen program for kids in Grades 6 – 12. Due to popular demand, the last day to pick up grab bags has been extended by 3 weeks this year to August 26. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Participation is free!
For more information, please call (310) 524-2722.
El Segundo Public Library Presents Author Fair 2017: Images of the Past Become Stories of the Future.
The El Segundo Public Library’s Author Fair will take place Sunday, June 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Over 40 authors will be available to sign books and meet the public. Author panels including The History of Mystery, A Casual Talk with Hollywood, Southern California History Writers and Novel Inventions and Intriguing Stories, will take place throughout the day.
Participating authors include W. Bruce Cameron (A Dog’s Purpose), actor/comedian Fred Stoller, Luis Fuerte (Huell Howser’s former cameraman), Meg Howrey, J. Ryan Stradal (Kitchens of the Great Midwest), Gwendolyn Womack (Memory Painter & The Fortune Teller) and El Segundo’s own Eric Beetner (The Blacklist & A Bouquet of Bullets), who will moderate The History of Mystery panel and Mamta Jain Valderrama (A Girl in Traffick), who will sit on the fiction panel. Another El Segundo resident participating in this year’s Author Fair is Kevin Smith, former Library Board member, screenwriter and baseball dad extraordinaire. Kevin will be moderating the panel, titled Novel Inventions and Intriguing Stories.
More fun for the day includes children’s activities, Dino Encounters, vintage cars from the Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo’s Centennial Historic Photo Tent, demonstrations from the International Printing Museum, Britt’s Barbeque, live music and more!
Call the Reference Desk at 310-524-2728 for more information.
Back by Popular Demand.
Adult Summer Reading: Wish You Were Here…Rest. Relaxation. Read.
This year’s summer reading theme, Wish You Were Here…Rest. Relaxation. Read., encourages library patrons to make the library and reading part of their summer moments of relaxation.
Beginning June 9, adults 18 and older can register to participate at the Reference Desk and will be given a special “signing bonus” for early registration. Summer activities include a kick-off tea and trivia afternoon, Beach Blanket Book Talks in Library Park, bi-weekly Drop-In programming, an end of summer movie and pizza party and much more. As in the previous year, participants will earn prizes along the way as they progress through their reading log.
Attend the Author Fair on Sunday, June 11, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for another opportunity to register for the Summer Reading Program.
Guaranteed to be a lot of fun! Don’t miss out on the opportunity. Rest. Relaxation. Read.
Art Walk at the Library
Artist Chrystal McConnell returns to the library as the featured artist for June’s Art Walk.
Titled “The Gilded Cage,” Chrystal’s installation transforms the Technology Room into a library within a library. An interactive installation that encourages it’s viewers to discover hidden images and text found within the books upon the shelves, Chrystal honors El Segundo’s Centennial and history using photos found in the Abbie Jean Krimmel Mesak Memorial Heritage Room.
The Gilded Cage will open during the first part of June and will have viewing hours on Thursdays – Saturdays, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm during the month of June. A special artist reception will take place on Thursday, June 15, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm during the Art Walk.
For further questions, please call the Reference Desk at 310-524-2728.
New Friends of the Library Book Sale Shelving
Thank you to the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library for a very generous donation of new shelving to enhance the Friends’ used book sale area.
Designed by local cabinet maker, Ed Glotz, the shelving was styled to blend in with current built-in cabinets.
As an enhancement to help encourage the purchase of used books, the new shelves house the main fundraising source to supplement the funding of library materials, programs, and supplies. We are excited to have it complete and look forward to the benefits that it will bring to the library.
Thank you to our Friends!
Summer is just around the corner and the library is a great place to find sources for planning your summer trips. Found on the non-fiction shelves at 910.2 is a selection sure to give you some great travel ideas. Choose from titles such as 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die, The Best Place to Be Today compiled and edited by Sarah Baxter, Lonely Planet’s Where to Go When written by Sarah Baxter and Paul Bloomfield, and How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler by Christopher Elliott. Be sure to start your trip in the library!
New Book Corner
Mysteries, science fiction, domestic fiction, and others–check out the variety of new books just in at the library:
- Where the Dead Lie, by C.S. Harris
Fifteen-year-old Benji Thatcher is kidnapped, beaten, and murdered, and it’s up to Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscouont Devlin, to solve the case in 1813 London. What he finds is a web of darkness in the city’s underbelly, where the rich are preying on the young and innocent.
- The Stars Are Legion, by Kameron Hurley
Traveling between the stars are dying world-ships joined together and known as Legion. A prisoner on the world-ship Mokshi, Zan is told she is the only one capable of piloting it away from Legion, an act that will ultimately bring about its destruction.
- The Distance Home, by Orly Konig
After an accident that left her unable to face her best friend Jillian, Emma Metz left her hometown in Maryland. Emma returns sixteen years later to deal with the passing of her father and must now face the anger of Jillian, who holds Emma to blame for the accident.