Friday, June 22, 2012

Social Media Made Simple - A Brown Bag Workshop

Learn strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities, including an introduction to social media channels, how to evaluate what’s right for your business or organization, how to create good content for marketing campaigns and how to balance social media marketing with email marketing.

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Reserve at Adult Reference, call 626-256-8274 or sign up online at Walk-ins are welcome.

This program was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, and by the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Odd Jobs

The book is called Odd Jobs: How to Have Fun and Make Money in a Bad Economy. Abigail Gehring, who apparently is not afraid of change or trying new things, tested 24 of the 101 jobs listed. The book is beautifully organized and gives critical information like what you do, what you make, what it costs to get started, what skills or paperwork is required, perks, downsides and websites to check out. She also adds the personal touch of describing her own experience with some of her more challenging jobs. Does Lipstick Reader sound like fun?

The book is currently in the business and career collection.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Libraries: A Digital Bridge

Bill and Melinda Gates support libraries. To show how technology enhances libraries, and not, as some nay-sayers keep touting, detract from them. These stories play out all over the nation, including Monrovia. Watch and enjoy.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Speaking of Success

All too often these days, with the economy still stuttering and life disruptions happening with job loss, it's nice to hear the flip side. We've seen some success stories and the Library is a key player in them. One gentleman came in every day, in full suit and tie, to job hunt on our public access computers. His diligence paid off and when he was suddenly called for an interview, he was ready to go. And yes, he got the job.

But it gets better. Jeff Lambert, the Library's business expert, gives and hosts an all-day workshop that covers everything from dealing with the EDD for unemployment benefits to giving a good interview. For those who attend, it can turn a life around. Here are some of the results:

Case 1: Two women quit their jobs because of sexual harassment. They thought they couldn't file for unemployment because they quit instead of being laid off or fired. Jeff urged them to try because the hard and fast rule of receiving unemployment benefits is losing your job through no fault of your own. They applied and will be collecting checks soon.

Case 2:  One gentleman spoke to Jeff about being given, in his words, the royal runaround, by EDD. Jeff connected him to LA Works, one of the presenting agencies, and they helped him through the process. He was grateful to both Jeff's program and library partner LA Works.

Case 3:  A young man attended the Ace the Interview and Dress for Success segment of Jeff's all-day workshop and dropped by later to tell him he had a very successful interview, resulting in a call-back for a second interview. He said he practiced the tips provided in the workshop which increased his confidence.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Enduring Spirit

Today a former computer student dropped by with a very special gift. Not surprisingly, it was a book donation. We're a library, we take book donations all the time. This particular book was very different, very special. For a start, she wrote it herself. OK, you muse, what's so special about that? She has polio. Confined to a wheelchair - totally paralyzed from the neck down. In order to write her book, she has to blow into a special gizmo attached to her laptop so she can type. She also mentioned she wouldn't have been able to finish the project if she hadn't taken our computer classes.

Her slim volume is inspirational, uplifting and at times just heartbreaking. It is currently being cataloged and processed for the collection and I urge everyone to consider reading it. Polio is almost eradicated. There are many doctors who have never seen a polio patient. Bonnie's story is therefore that much more instructive and eye-opening.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Between the (book) Covers

Adults and teens have an exciting opportunity for Summer Reading Club this year. Teens meet reading goals for prizes, and adults report book titles for raffle tickets. So far, nothing new, right? Well, hang on, because you're about to read words you never thought you would see in a Library blog post.

This summer, you're invited to take our discarded books and do the unimaginable: fold them, paint them, tear pages out, cut them into shapes, stamp them, glue them, re-bind other words, transform them into altered works of art. In fact, we're so confident in the creativity of our Summer Reading Club participants, we'll be awarding prizes for the three best altered books in two categories: Teens (13-17) and Adults (18+).

Summer Reading Club starts June 11 and ends August 4. All entries must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 and prizes will be awarded at the Summer Reading Club Picnic on Thursday, August 9.

Don't be shy, let's see what you can do. If you need inspiration, stop by the Adult Reference Desk to view samples from our talented TAB members and staff.