Friday, December 23, 2011

Reminder to keep it safe and happy

All of us at the Library want to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday this weekend. Also a reminder, we're closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Book drops are open. See you Tuesday, December 27.

Friday, December 16, 2011

An Oasis in Holiday Madness

Holidays can get a bit frenetic, and the Library becomes an oasis of serenity from traffic, shopping malls, and other distractions for our community.

That doesn't mean librarians aren't seriously busy. Musical programs and movies, visits with Santa, students jamming study rooms to cram for finals, and proctored tests stacked three-deep make up a full day. That's on top of normal computer assistance and great reference questions. And new book arrivals don't stop for the holidays. Processing new books takes on renewed vigor so people have great reads over the days the library is closed.

Speaking of closed, our doors are locked for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 24, 25, 26.              Likewise for New Year weekend, December 31, January 1 & 2.


  So relax in one of our big chairs, unwind from hectic gatherings and mega-shopping, and spend some time with us in the Library. You'll be glad you did.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Indie Film Spotlight #3

Monday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.
Please join us as we spotlight gems you may have missed!

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he's double-crossed comes into his life. Stars Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and Jeffrey Tambor, 106 minutes, rated R. Please call the library for film title.
Bring your dinner and we’ll supply dessert.

Sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Pubic Library.

Stop by the Adult Reference Desk, call 626-256-8274, or visit www.monroviapubliclibrary.org and click on the calendar icon on the top left of the page. Find DATE, click on the event and sign up. Walk-ins welcome.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

24/7 Online Library - through the back door



One thing the big wind taught us: there's a back door to almost everything. While the power was off City-wide, it was hard to access our website and impossible to get to our 24/7 online resources. That's where this very blog came in handy! To the left of the posts is a list of our 24/7 resources and the links worked. So if you find yourself in another catastrophe, and for some reason need access to our online stuff, it's just a click away.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Even fierce winds can't keep a good library down

For those of us who lived through the howling winds, watched huge trees topple onto houses, cars and streets, and generally hoped we would all be safe in the morning, the still clear air today is a welcome relief. Monrovia rose to the occasion with a well-orchestrated emergency plan which included librarians fielding calls from concerned citizens and acting as liaisons with other emergency personnel.

The library not surprisingly lost power on Thursday and had to close down for the rest of the week. Happily, we were up to business as usual on Monday morning.

Sadly, three Library Park trees lost the battle with gusts that reached 97 mph. The recently decorated Christmas Tree at the corner of Palm and Myrtle toppled completely. Fortunately, the venerable Moreton Bay Fig was untouched and still stands proudly watching over the Park.

Though some still lack power, and everyone has their own story to tell, life is getting back to normal rapidly, though the clean-up of the aftermath will continue for some time.

From all of us at the Library to all of you out there, keep it safe and sane.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

To all our non-virtual fans

Holidays are coming up and like everyone else, your intrepid library workers are looking forward to time with family and far too much food. So remember, the Library is closed Thursday through Sunday this week. We'll see all our non-virtual fans in the Library again on Monday. Keep it happy and safe out there.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Computer Club Anyone?

Computer literacy is one of the core services offered by Monrovia Library and we're ready to expand our definition of that. Up to just recently, we've offered computer classes for beginners, which has been rewarding in many ways. The time has come to open up to a wider audience of experts - you - who might want to share ideas, tips, and tricks for using technology in today's fast-paced, gadget-loaded world.

If you think this is a good idea, have some notions of your own to share, please add comments here. If you were starting a club, what would you like to happen?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Indie Film Spotlight #2

Monday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

Please join us as we spotlight gems you may have missed!

This film takes a look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. A film by Mike Leigh and starring Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen and Lesley Manville, 129 minutes, Rated PG-13. Please call the library for film title.

Bring your dinner and we’ll supply dessert.

Sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Pubic Library.

Stop by the Adult Reference Desk, call 626-256-8274, or visit www.monroviapubliclibrary.org and click on the calendar icon on the top left of the page. Find DATE, click on the event and sign up.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Capturing that elusive best seller

You know how it is. You've been waiting for a best seller to finally hit the book shelves. You also don't necessarily want to buy it. So you head to the library and find out someone has beat you to it. It's already checked out.

Don't worry, you can place a hold on the book from home or within the library. A few keystrokes and you'll be called when the book comes in.

This video takes you through the process step-by-step so you can see just how easy it is. Enjoy.



If you are having trouble viewing this video, click on this link to YouTube.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ninety-Nines Take to the Skies

Celebrate National Aviation Month with pioneer women  pilots representing the San Gabriel Chapter of the Ninety-Nines.            

Listen to captivating stories about their founder, Amelia Earhart, and other women instrumental in gaining recognition in aviation, as well as current exploits.   
Established in 1929, Ninety-Nines is an international organization of women pilots which promotes advancement of aviation through education while honoring its unique history and passion for flight.  
Tuesday, November 1
6:30 p.m.
Library Community Room
FREE

Sign up by following the link to the Library Calender to the right of this post.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

To wear or not to wear costumes. That is the question.

With all due apologies to the Bard, our to be or not to be question is about Halloween costumes. Should we show up at the Library, that hallowed temple of learning and leisure, in face paint and creative attire? If so - ironic? Scary? Cute? Historic?

Let us know your preference. Do you expect to see costumes or not? Vote here.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Everybody Needs Friends

Friends are great to have. They help you during bad times and share the good times. Having strong, dedicated friends is a joy indeed.

Libraries are no exception. Many community members believe their tax dollars fully support their local libraries. The truth is that roughly 3¢ - 7¢ of every community tax dollar goes to the library. That doesn't go very far. In order to loan free books and ensure computer access, to create special collections and provide incredible programming for everyone from infants to Seniors, it takes money. Libraries depend upon grants, State funding sources, bequests and donations to maintain the level of service most communities have come to expect.

This is where Friends of the Monrovia Public Library have stepped up in a big way. An active Board and super-active volunteer force staff the Friends Store, selling donated books, bags, postcards and other memorabilia. Twice a year, they have a huge book sale with their famous 2-bucks-per-bag sale in the last couple of hours for super bargains. They have even gone online to generate income. They act as goodwill ambassadors. Without our good Friends, the library couldn't offer many of our programs, the microfilm scanner station would still be on the wish list, and our book budget would be a shadow of its former self.

A heartfelt thank you to our special Friends of the Monrovia Public Library during Friends of the Library week.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Steps to Employment


This timely workshop teaches how to file an online unemployment application, create electronic resumes and access a multitude of free resources for job hunters.

A demonstration of the Library’s new Career Transitions resource walks users through the entire job search process. An added bonus - a representative from either Economic Development Department or LA Works will attend to answer questions and give helpful advice.

Tuesday, October 18, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. This program is free. Sign up by clicking the calendar link to the right of this post.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oct. 4th Library Event featuring Chef Theresa Lin

Chef Theresa Lin wowed the audience members with her knowledgeable command on the use of essential ingredients to Chinese cooking this past Tuesday evening.  For those who missed out, here is a recap and the delicious recipes prepared by Chef Lin. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lions and tigers and blue bears, oh my!

Well, we have a bear at least. To celebrate Monrovia's 125th birthday, the City honored Samson the Hot Tub Bear. If you happen to see a colorfully decorated bear outside a business or in an unexpected public place, don't be surprised.

By far the best bear is titled Bearlovian Paradise, the creation of Lynne Fearman, the artist charged with task of transforming a plain Samson into a true work of art at the request of Friends of the Monrovia Public Library. Ms. Fearman chose to include a jungle of plants and animals. Since the bear is displayed in the Library's Youth Services area in the round, all the creatures, great and small, are easily found.

Come enjoy this blue bear wonder yourself.





Monday, October 3, 2011

Independent Film Spotlight

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti is based on a true story of a poor, uneducated single father who fights government bureaucracy to retain custody of his child.
This award winning Taiwanese film is shown with English subtitles.

Once again, this foreign film is generously sponsored by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), Press Division.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chinese Cooking with Chef Theresa Lin

Learn about Chinese cooking with Chef Theresa Lin Cheng. She has been hailed as the Julia Child of Taiwan by filmmaker Ang Lee. Chef Lin, who has a successful daily radio show, What's Cooking, demonstrates the art of Chinese cooking and talks about the wonderful variety of Chinese food.

There will be tasty dishes for participants to sample. Adults only please.

Space is limited. Reservations required.


Tuesday, October 4 , 6:30 p.m., in the Library Community Room.
FREE
Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, call 626-256-8274 or sign up online at monroviapubliclibrary.org (follow the link to the right of this post).


Sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Public Library

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New toys...I mean tools at the Library

 From clunky, old and cranky to....

sleek, compact and nice features....

We have the most supportive Friends organization ever. We had been struggling with an old, cranky microfilm machine whose sole output was scratchy views of old newspapers or building permits, and whose printer was so finicky, librarians spent more time on their knees jiggling this and that to get it to print than it actually printed out. Librarians and library patrons alike were frustrated. We began to regard it as a rather bulky paperweight.

Friends of Monrovia Public Library to the rescue. Not only did they hear our plea for new equipment, they were willing to think futuristically to the newest type of microfilm reader made. Then they went a step farther and made sure we were are able to purchase what amounts to an entire scanner/reader station, complete with large format monitor, high-powered computer, large format printer and other assorted bells and whistles.

Say you're looking for an old newspaper article from 1952. Our ScanPro 2000 not only lets you view an entire newspaper page on the 30" portrait monitor, it allows you to print the entire page. You'd rather email it to yourself or a friend you say? Fine - just scan the page, save it to our desktop folder or your own flash drive, open your email, attach it and hit send.

Don't need an entire page? No problem. Crop the article you want and scan, print or email only that portion.
Need to enlarge the text or a picture? Magnify it. The view is too light or too dark? Adjusting brightness or contrast is a breeze. Paper looks crooked on the page? Straighten it. Rotate it. Spin it in a complete circle if that's how you want to spend your time.

Now, while all the playing around with the scanner is fun, it does mean coming into the library to use the equipment. So yes, we've thought of that too. And so, digitizing the collection, posting it online, and allowing public access to these items remotely is already underway.

The best part of all this? The scanner itself is so small it fits tidily on the reference desk. The light in it is green power - energy efficient and never gets hot (heat damages film).

So all of you who have been putting off investigating your house or your grand-nephew's uncle's cousin 10 times removed because the equipment was so bad, rejoice. The Library is once again on your side.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Latino Heritage and Pio Pico - a very special author event


Author Carolos Manuel Salomon discusses his biography of the two-time governor of Alta Mexico, Pio Pico, who fought in vain to save his territory from being annexed by the United States.

Dr. Salomon is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies and director of the Latin American Studies Program at California State University, East Bay.

The program is on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. You may sign up by clicking on the link to the library calendar to the right of this page, call or stop by the Adult Reference Desk, 626-256-8274.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Who Lives Here?

The 2010 Census is tabulated with startling results for Monrovia. Most population projections for communities talk about rising numbers. Monrovia's numbers have actually dropped.

Monrovia in the 2000 Census: 36,929
Monrovia in the 2010 Census: 36,590

The mystery: Have people moved? Had fewer children? Popped through a worm hole for an extended galaxy exploration mission?

Feel free to give your thoughts here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Portrait of a Fan of Monrovia Public Library

Scott McCloud is a well known cartoonist and theorist of comics.  In fact, he is considered by some as the "Aristotle of Comics."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Give Flu and other bugs a shot in the arm



This brown bag workshop is a real life saver. Protect yourself from nasty viruses with preventive measures. Learn from an expert, pharmacy manager, Stuart Lee.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Book Club -- Preview of Upcoming Titles


Our book club is bringing together book lovers of all ages, backgrounds and literary persuasions.  Here is a preview of the upcoming book titles we will be reading.  Our next book club will meet this coming Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30 pm.  Join us! 




Monday, August 15, 2011

Father Gregory Boyle comes to the Library





If you lived in the Los Angeles area for any length of time at all you've heard about Homeboy Industries and Father Gregory Boyle's work with gang intervention. Come listen to this inspirational speaker talk about his work, his new book and his model for turning around lives at risk.






Book sales and signing after the program.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Too Early for Ghost Stories?

Harry Dresden fans, and you know who you are, the latest in The Dresden Files is on library shelves now. Reliable sources say the series is in no danger of ending just because Harry is a ghost. How can that be? There are twists, there are turns. Jim Butcher apparently isn't done with his wizard yet. What do you think?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Adult Summer Reading Club gets spinning
















Our prize wheel has been getting a real workout these days. Winners of our Adult Summer Reading Club prize ticket drawings have been coming in to spin the big wheel for cool prizes donated for the purpose by local businesses. Twenty-one prizes, like beautiful bottles of wine, gym memberships, signed books, a watch, and a wide variety of gift certificates have already been won. There are a few to go in the last week of the Reading Club.

If you missed out for this year, join us next year. It's all about reading and all about having summer fun.

For a list of our donors, please visit our website.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Steps to Employment - making the system work for you



If you've been laid off and are concerned about unemployment benefits, if you are looking for a job, or if you are looking to change jobs, this is the workshop for you.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Macramé from England


Sailors in the British Royal Navy passed the time on long sea voyages by knotting intricate useful objects. An instructor demonstrates and helps you get started on a small macramé owl or project of your design. All materials provided so all you have to do is drop in to the Teen Area and have fun.


Wednesday, July 27, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. FREE.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Brand New Book Club at the Library



Starting July 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Library plays host to a brand new book club. Club members will meet in the Children's Sotry Room to discuss Sarah's Key by Taitana de Rosnay.



If that's not enough to entice you in, in August the book club pick is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Be prepared to shed torrents of tears for that one.


The book club meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. Join us!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What's the difference between a dragon and a lizard?



Size of course! In this case, Amadeus, a beautiful bearded dragon, (say that 5 times fast), may look like a lizard. And he is, sort of. He's two years old, and if he isn't walking on the ceiling of his habitat, he's hanging out on the warm rocks below. His guardian likes to take him out to hold him, but Amadeus prefers to get a bird's eye view by climbing up on his shoulder instead.


It's not every library that can claim it has dragons - except in books.

World Songs and Fashion - July 23


Denise Harvey from Monrovia Travel gets together with friends who perform while giving sound advice on making your trip safe, easy and smooth.


World Songs & Fashion: Denise and her friends perform music from around the globe and model international festive fashion. Have fun trying your skill at wrapping a sari or tying a sarong. Hum along and tap your toes to the music.

Global goodies will be served at each event.

Saturday, July 23 10 a.m. Library Community Room. FREE. Reserve at Adult Reference, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online by clicking on the Adult Services Events Calendar link to the right of this post. Walk-ins welcome.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Los Angeles Noir - gritty tales of the City



This is a can't miss event. Incredible authors all in one place talking about stories of the megalopolis known as Los Angeles. Book sales and signings after the program.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Coiled Baskets from Africa

Coiled baskets are made the world over, and some of the most beautiful are from Africa. Learn how easy it is to make a small basket. An instructor demonstrates and helps you get started on your own creation. All materials provided so all you have to do is drop in to the Teen Area and have fun. Wednesday, July 13, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. FREE.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Packing & the TSA - Saturday, July 9

Denise Harvey from Monrovia Travel gets together with friends who perform while giving sound advice on making your trip safe, easy and smooth.

Packing & the TSA: Packing for a trip is trickier than ever these days. Airlines charge more fees for luggage, carry-on bags are getting smaller, and TSA security is increasingly strict. Breeze through your packing with tips from a real expert. Don’t miss the hilarious song about the TSA!

Global goodies will be served after the program.


Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. in the Library Community Room.

FREE. Reserve at Adult Reference, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online by clicking on the Adult Services Events Calendar link to the right of this post. Walk-ins welcome.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

DJ Workshop, Part 2


Part 2 of the DJ Workshop. Participants continue to learn about the history of hip hop and rap and how to use modern musical technique to explore and resolve community issues.


Pre-registration Required.


Wednesdays, June 29 & July 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. FREE Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk or call 626-256-8274.


To sign up online click on the Adult Services Calendar link to the right of this post.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Global Etiquette June 25

Denise Harvey from Monrovia Travel gets together with friends who perform while giving sound advice on making your trip safe, easy and smooth.

Global Etiquette: Practicing international courtesy and learning the customs of places you visit save you from awkward situations. Ms. Harvey and friends perform skits and role-play to avert blunders when visiting abroad. Taste delicious treats from foreign lands at the end of the program.

Saturday, June 25, at 10 a.m. in the Library Community Room.

FREE. Reserve at Adult Reference, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online by clicking on the Adult Services Events Calendar link to the right of this post. Walk-ins welcome

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Don't - Miss Event

This Saturday is the first in our summer series of travel programs. Denise Harvey of Monrovia Travel and her friends have entertaining ways to talk about travel. Doors to the Library Community Room open at 10:00 a.m. for a talk and performance about understanding customs in places you visit to avoid awkward situations.

At the end of the program, one lucky participant will have a chance to spin our prize wheel for a gift and everybody will sample tasty treats from foreign lands.

Join us for the fun. Saturday, June 25, Library Community Room, doors open at 10:00 a.m.

Don't miss out!

DJ Workshop with DJ Phatrick

In this two-part DJ Workshop, participants learn about the history of hip hop and rap and how to use modern musical technique to explore and resolve community issues. Pre-registration Required. Wednesdays, June 29 & July 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. FREE Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk or call 626-256-8274. To sign up online click on the Adult Services Calendar link to the right of this post.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Brown Bag Workshop for On-the-Job Training Grant

Bring your lunch and learn....

On Wed. June 29th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, in the Community Room,
Lori Moreno, Employment Training Specialist with L.A. Works*, speaks about a new program that reimburses businesses for training newly hired employees.

With the recent downturn in the economy, the State of California was awarded a multi-million dollar grant to assist long-term unemployed find employment.

The primary objective of the grant helps businesses reduce the cost of training new employees. The secondary objective assists dislocated workers who need additional training to transition to a new industry.

*L.A Works is a One-Stop Workforce Development Partnership in Irwindale.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monrovia Public Library Book Club

Book Club Orientation Meeting

Tuesday June 21, 2011

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Storytime Room

If you have a passion for books and enjoy discussing them with others, please join our newly forming Book Club. Help guide the Club during the first organizational meeting. Please have at least 2 book selections in mind for the meeting, as books will be selected solely on members' suggestions. The Book Club will meet once a month for lively discussion, sharing ideas, and making new friends.

If you are interested in getting additional information about joining this new and exciting group, please see an Adult Services librarian or contact Literary Services Volunteer Katrina at bonbonsmom@verizon.net.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Make & Take Paper Flowers from Mexico


It's hard to believe the flowers in the bouquet are made of paper, but each flower is a dream concoction of tissue and crepe paper. An instructor demonstrates and helps you get started on your own flowers. All materials provided so all you have to do is drop in to the Teen Area and have fun. Wednesday, June 15, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. FREE.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Novel Destinations Craft Series




Have more fun this summer with our Novel Destinations three -part craft series. All materials for the projects are provided for this free series.

June 15: Make and take paper flowers from Mexico. Learn how to turn tissue and crepe paper into beautiful flowers which can be used to decorate for any occasion.

July 13: Make a small coiled basket inspired by Africa. Baskets can be made from a variety of materials. Learn this easy and useful craft.

July 27: Sailors in the English Royal Navy spent many hours knotting useful objects to pass the time at sea. Try your hand at making a small macramé owl or a project of your own design.

These Wednesday craft sessions feature an instructor to demonstrate and help you get started on your project. Drop-in the Teen Area anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For an email reminder, sign-up by clicking on the Adult Services Events Calendar link to the right of this post.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Writing Workshop Part 3

Reminder that the Writing Workshop with Traci Kato-Kiriyama starts tomorrow, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Volunteer Staff Pet: You're Not My Boss...Oh Wait

Boss is barely out of puppyhood and has lived with his guardians for 9 months. He's really energetic, loves to play, run around house for no reason and dig holes all over the place. He appears to be a Husky who is turning into a Malamute - he's outgrowing the range for even a large Husky. Only his mother knows for sure.

He's really smart in terms of getting what he wants. He knows how to shake hands, high five, sit, lay down, and play dead. If someone is holding a treat or toy he really really likes, he'll do all of those moves in rapid succession just to get the stuff ASAP.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Staff Pet - Great Things Come in Small Packages



Toby is two years and one month old. He plays with balls and tries to catch them like a cat - he pounces instead of the traditional fetch. If his guardians say, "awww," he rolls over on his stomach.

His other big trick is to entice people to rub his belly by being so cute no one can resist. He's also very fashion-forward, wearing only the latest designs in sweaters (but no pants - is that bad?).

Toby is the perfect example that great things come in small packages. What's not to love?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Writing Workshop Part 2

Reminder that the Writing Workshop with Traci Kato-Kiriyama continues tomorrow, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Resources for Job Seekers

On May 7th, we offered a full day of workshops devoted to job search, resume, and interview skills at the library. Due to the positive feedback from those who attended, we will announce an upcoming day of workshops in the fall. Our business reference librarian, Jeff provided a list of great resources and links of the various job search sites and their uses.


A question was asked about whether there were any resources available for ex-offenders to return to the workforce. Have you heard of Riley Guide? It is primarily intended to provide instruction for job seekers on how to use the Internet to their best advantage, but recruiters and other career service industry professional will find information here to help them also.”

Interestingly, you can also find resources for ex-offenders who are looking to return to the workforce.


Here is a quick video of the recent workshop:


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Staff Pet - Flirtin' Floyd

Floyd is a 6 1/2 year old rescue who has lived with his guardians for almost 3 years. A bit of a flirt, he is generous with his kisses and loves a good conversation - especially if it accompanied with petting him. He knows he's handsome, but tries not to let that go to his head.

His favorite games are chasing his plushy toys around the yard and flushing out squirrels, lizards and other animals on walks. He recently discovered chickens when about 10 of them were wandering around the neighborhood (another story) and thinks they are pretty swell.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Writing Workshop Part 1

Reminder that the Writing Workshop with Traci Kato-Kiriyama starts tomorrow, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Writing Workshops with Traci Kato-Kiriyama


In this exciting 3-part workshop, Traci Kato-Kiriyama encourages participants to explore self, family and community through personal and public writing exercises. This is a free workshop series and space is limited.


Reservations required. Wednesdays, May 25, June 1, and June 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, call 626-256-8274, or sign up online at by clicking on the Adult Services Events Calendar link to the right of this post.

Cape No. 7 Showing Tomorrow May 21

Cape No. 7 won awards for this story of love and loss, youth and age, and different cultures trying to get along. In Mandarin, Taiwanese and Japanese with English sub-titles.

Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. Library Community Room.


This film is FREE. Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online at monroviapubliclibrary.org. Walk-ins welcome.


Sponsored by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), Press Division

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Staff Pet - I'm ready for My Close-up


OK, I'm Ralph (or some foreign-sounding name I can never figure out) and I thought I was ready for my close-up but you caught me with my eyes closed. Can I have a do-over? No?

I’m seven years old but I look young and handsome because I get that lot, so I think I am. I LOVE food and enjoy a long nap every day. Alright, may two or more long naps every day. And I love a good tennis ball chase. I can chase the ball all day long! Well, except for my nap times. Squirrels? Of course squirrel chasing is good too!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cuteness Factor Revisited

When one picture won't do, try Stupeflix Video (Free Version available). Here comes Coco the Poodle, Fred the alpha Coton De Tulear, and Marcie the Chihuahua ready for their closeup!

Novel Destinations - 3-part Travel Series with Denise Harvey


Adult Summer Reading Club has an exciting new theme this year. Novel Destinations can refer to reading or traveling and we've chosen travel for our 3-part series. Denise Harvey from Monrovia Travel gets together with friends who perform while giving sound advice on making your trip safe, easy and smooth.

Global Etiquette (June 25) Practicing international courtesy and learning the customs of places you visit save you from awkward situations. Ms. Harvey and friends perform skits and role-play to avert blunders when visiting abroad.

Packing & the TSA (July 9) Packing for a trip is trickier than ever these days. Airlines charge more fees for luggage, carry-on bags are getting smaller, and TSA security is increasingly strict. Breeze through your packing with tips from a real expert. Don’t miss the hilarious song about the TSA!

World Songs & Fashion (July 23) Denise and her friends perform music from around the globe and model international festive fashion. Have fun trying your skill at wrapping a sari or tying a sarong.


Hum along and tap your toes to the music.


Global goodies will be served at each event.

Saturdays (June 25, July 9,& July 23) at 10 a.m. Library Community Room. These events are FREE. Reserve at Adult Reference, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online at monroviapubliclibrary.org. Walk-ins welcome.

Cape No. 7 - Award Winning Film


May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, with more information and resources found here: http://asianpacificheritage.gov/index.html

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through film. Cape No. 7 won awards for this story of love and loss, youth and age, and different cultures trying to get along. Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. Library Community Room. This event is FREE. Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online at monroviapubliclibrary.org. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsored by Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), Press Division


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Staff Pet - Meet me at the Gate

Hi! I'm Darvy, a 5 year old Cocker Spaniel. I've been with my guardian for about two years, after a friend of hers couldn't keep me any longer. I am so lucky! My guardian loves me and when she pulls up to the gate, I'm right there to ask about her day. I allow her give me belly rubs any time she wants to - especially when I get in front of her belly up.

My guardian has spoken to me about my barking habit and I do my best. But after all, I have a job to do defending our territory from squirrels and birds, so the whole barking thing is not going to be resolved soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Staff Pets - Snoozing & Snuggling

Quincy is only one. He followed his guardians home while they were out walking their other dog. They bowed to the inevitable (how could they not with such a cute little guy) and made him part of the family. He likes chewing on Java’s ears, chasing balls, and sitting in laps. He hates being alone.

Java is 12 and generally likes taking long naps after a good run. His other big hobby is burying bones in the backyard. He is fairly indulgent with Quincy as he chews on his ears and generally keeps things lively. Pet peeves? Mail carriers and lawn mowers.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Staff Pet: Cat on the Shelf



As a discerning library aficionado, I've allowed my librarian guardian to care for me since I was 8 weeks old. I'm now a very sleek 8 years old, and friends and family may call me Liono. I just ignore strangers.


I'm very good at playing fetch, but not very good at actually returning the stuffed mice. I'm also a great acrobat.

My favorite thing to do for my doting family is to rise very early, stretch, and then practice my singing until my guardians awaken. They claim it's screeching. Come over and you be the judge.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Author Victor Cass Speaks May 2

Victor Cass shares his view that life can be one big soap opera when culture clashes with romance and infidelity in Telenovela. The author and artist, who lives in Pasadena, also wrote Love, Death and Other War Stories in 2005, after his years on the Pasadena Police force. As an artist he designed pamphlets and official logos for police related activities. Join us for a stimulating and well-rounded discussion. Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Library Community Room. FREE. Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online by clicking on the Adult Services Events Calendar to the right of this post. Walk-ins welcome. Sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Public Library

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Job Seekers All-Day Event




Steps to Employment (10 to 11:30 a.m.)
This timely workshop teaches how to file an online unemployment application, find jobs via social networking and access a multitude of free resources for job hunters.



A demonstration of the Career Transitions 24/7 online resource walks users through the entire job search process.


BONUS: An EDD representative will be there to answer questions and give advice.


Hot Resumes (1:00 to 2:30 p.m.)
Don’t know where to start? Learn how to emphasize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses with an attention-grabbing resume. Learn formats, helpful key phrases, and you can show a prospective employer what you can do for them.


Not sure about the one you’ve started? Bring your resume to this workshop for helpful advice.


Ace the Interview & Dress for Success (3:00 to 4:30 p.m)
Put your best foot forward by understanding the rules of the interviewing game. Beginning with wardrobe, role-playing actual interview questions, and learning what is legal to ask and what is not, you will gain needed confidence to ace an interview




Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Library Community Room.
This event is FREE.
Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, or call 626-256-8274.
Sign up online at monroviapubliclibrary.org.
Walk-ins welcome








Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Author of Telenovela, Victor Cass

Victor Cass shares his view that life can be one big soap opera when culture clashes with romance and infidelity in Telenovela. The author and artist, who lives in Pasadena, also wrote Love, Death and Other War Stories in 2005, after his years on the Pasadena Police force. As an artist he designed pamphlets and official logos for police related activities. Join us for a stimulating and well-rounded discussion.


Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Library Community Room.

FREE. Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, or call 626-256-8274. Sign up online at monroviapubliclibrary.org. Walk-ins welcome.

Sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Public Library

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hershey Kisses of the Dog Variety

Staff Pet #2: Hershey is a favorite around the Library. This 8-year old ball of fluff wiggles all over when she meets you, making you feel very special indeed (ok - that's the way she is with everybody). She also does a variety of tricks, and loves performing so much, she's willing to go on the road to any venue for the accolades she richly deserves. Two of her best tricks? Grabbing a tissue for you when you sneeze and talking in a library voice when she visits the library with her guardian.