Friday, December 23, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
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
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.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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
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
Saturday, November 12, 2011
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
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
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.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Let us know your preference. Do you expect to see costumes or not? Vote here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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.
A heartfelt thank you to our special Friends of the Monrovia Public Library during Friends of the Library week.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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
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
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.
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).
Saturday, September 24, 2011
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
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
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
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
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
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
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!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
On Wed. June 29th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, in the Community Room,
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
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
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
Sunday, May 29, 2011
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
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
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
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
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
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.
BONUS: An EDD representative will be there to answer questions and give advice.
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.
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.