Monday, April 30, 2012

Job Seekers All-day Event

Back by popular demand, helping job-seekers freshen up resum├ęs, interview wardrobes and sharpen job hunting skills, this all-day workshop allows you to take it all or only the parts you need.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

A Preview of Things to Come

We have a fabulous group of volunteers and staff members who aren't afraid to accept a challenge. To create samples of altered books for our upcoming Between the Covers Summer Reading Club, a TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member jumped right in and created what I like to call the Demon Book. A staff member took a different turn and went with butterflies. Some are simple and restrained, others are more flamboyant. So here are some to whet your appetite and get those creative juices flowing. June 11 will be here before you know it and you don't want to miss the opportunity to astound and amaze with altered books.

This is just a small sample. More will be added as the samples roll in and the competition begins. Stay tuned.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and the reunion

Our guest speaker on Saturday, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston of Farewell to Manzanar fame, had a surprise of her own near the end of the program. A quiet couple sitting in the front row of the audience finally broke their silence when the wife said, "Jeanne, you still don't recognize me?" There was a moment of confusion and then recognition dawned as the author realized the couple shared the same block in Manzanar and had further connections through extended family (by marriage). The delight and happiness was truly wonderful to witness.

All told, 66 people crammed into the Story Time Room to hear Ms. Houston's remarkable story and a lively question and answer period followed. During the Q&A, one gentleman was able to share his own emotional story to the very supportive crowd. Ms. Houston signed the 20 gift books the library provided and at least as many personal copies brought in. As a kickoff to the CA Reads series, it was an unmitigated success. Thanks to everyone who came to this very special event.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The BIG event grows, and grows and grows...

The author of Farewell to Manzanar joins us in one week and that's just the beginning. For the CA Reads - Searching for Democracy grant, Monrovia Library is hosting an entire series of great events. Following Jeanne Wakatskui Houston's appearance, we'll be showing three films: Farewell to Manzanar, Unfinished Business, and Pilgrimage. All the films address the enforced incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, taking vastly different stances on the issue. Traci Kato-Kiriyama returns for a writing workshop based on the notion of searching for democracy, and DJPhatrick returns for podcasting with a beat. It's an exciting line-up so stay tuned for dates and times for all these events.A hint: it's going to be a jam-packed May and June.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Farewell to Manzanar Author visits Monrovia

Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, is a compelling memoir about teh Japanese American internment experience as seen through the eyes of a young girl. It is a haunting reminder of how our civil rights are at risk in moments of crisis.

Don't miss this rare opportunity for discussion.

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