Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Hunters, Book Collectors & The Making of the Modern Age

A dangerous ancient poem, an intrepid book collector, monasteries, Popes and the dawn of a new age. Sounds like the latest thriller doesn't it? Instead it is the remarkable, true story of Poggio Bracciolini's discovery of a lost work by the Roman Lucretius, On the Nature of Things. This poem is largely responsible for influencing modern thinkers and finally put an end to the Middle Ages.

How could there be a major and profound shift in the world view of the time? Well, that's where libraries, librarians, avid book collectors, and avid copyists merged to unearth what had been forgotten for centuries.

If you haven't read The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt, it's in the New Book Area as you come into the lobby. If you haven't read On the Nature of Things, alas, you'll have to search elsewhere. Regardless, if you've ever doubted the power of words and the wonder of books, The Swerve will make you a believer - all over again.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What - Summer Already?

Yes, in Southern California, it feels like summer right now even though we are still officially in winter. But that's not the kind of summer I'm talking about. Believe it or not, the Library is already looking ahead to, and getting ready for, Summer Reading Club. The theme for adults this year is Between the Covers. Now, before your mind goes off on the wrong track, think book covers. Then think altered books. Then think contest. More to follow....

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

OK, You Missed It

This past Saturday saw a jam-packed Community Room with quilt enthusiasts and history buffs. Anne Batiste wowed the SRO crowd with her vibrant prize-winning quilts and told riveting stories about the Underground Railroad at the same time. The Community Room's capacity is 120 according to the sign on the wall, but at 106 people - OK, 109 if you count me, Anne and her assistant, the room was a packed as it gets. Thank you everyone who came to the Library to make this a great event.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

African American Quilts and the Underground Railroad

This is a program you simply must make time for. Colorful history and art - what could be better? Click on the image for an enlarged view.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Here's hoping all of you with sweethearts have a fun Valentine's Day. In America, the tradition is frequently centered around the man giving his sweetheart a gift of flowers, chocolates or jewelry. It is often a two-way street with women also giving gifts.

Did you know they celebrate Valentine's Day in Japan too? There, girls give boys they like chocolates - preferably homemade. It's a big sign of popularity to count up the bags at the end of the day. Don't worry girls. Boys reciprocate in March on White Day.

If you have fun traditions for celebrating the day of hearts, comment here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Computer Club at the Library

Ten intrepid techies or techie wannabes attended our first Computer Club Meeting on February 1, 2012 to plan for the direction of future meetings. March will feature using Facebook. Even if you've only read about Facebook in the news and you don't know what all the fuss is about, this is a worthwhile demonstration. Might even open some eyes and possibilities. Join us! It's fun, informative and next month there will be snacks.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Road to the Oscars - a film series

A three-week film series of award winning or nominated films of the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Bring your dinner and we'll provide dessert. FREE.
Our third film selection stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. Rated PG-13, 146 minutes. Call the Library for the title. 626-256-8274



Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library.
 
Monday, February 13
6:00 PM
Library Community Room

Friday, February 3, 2012

Road to the Oscars - A film series

A three-week film series of award winning or nominated films of the Golden Globes and the Oscars. Bring your dinner and we'll provide dessert. FREE.
Our second film selection stars Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor, and Mélanie Laurant. Rated R, 104 minutes. Call the Library for the title. 626-256-8274



Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library.

Monday February 6, 2012

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Library Community Room