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