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

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.