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 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.