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.
Reserve at the Adult Reference Desk, call 626-256-8274 or sign up online at (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.