Currently in our new book area is something everyone who has business, works for an organization, has a Facebook account, or leaves their house should read. The title is Digital Assassination: protecting your reputation, brand or business against online attacks by authors Richard Torrenzano and Mark Davis. They start by pointing out that character assassination is as old as human beings and then go on to describe how the digital age has made it easier than ever to indulge. They go on to tell you what you can do to protect yourself. Read it. Take it seriously.
If the underwater animal kingdom had colleges and one was equivalent to Stanford, it would be full of marvelous, odd-looking creatures called octopus. These wonderful invertebrates learn, adapt and adjust behavior based on information they gather and interpret at a rapid rate. They also have distinct personalities identifiable to the humans who choose to observe them. They even come in an astonishing range of colors. Learn more by checking out the new book area in the lobby for Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate.
As the last gasp of Summer Reading Club and all things summer, including the triple digit heat, come to an end, it is not too late to show the winning entries for our first ever altered book contest. The judges, who shall remain anonymous...but you know what good Samaritans you are...kept coming up with a tie. Even the tie-breaker judges kept coming up with a tie. That just says the entries were that good. So, for your viewing pleasure, the winners:
This year was a special Summer Reading Club in more ways than one. First, we took the stress out of getting prizes by allowing readers to set goals and get their goal prizes at any time. No more rushing to the library before the end of the week. Secondly, we emphasized prize tickets for a big drawing at - you guessed it - the Summer Reading Club Picnic. And though we always love to see everyone have a good time at the culminating event of the summer, for the first time, you don't have to be present to win. We'll call you if your name was drawn.
So what's in it for you if you come to the Picnic? Well, Old Town Pizza is selling slices and soda. Part of their proceeds support Monrovia Library. Kohl's is setting up a craft corner for face painting and other fun things to do. Of course, then we have recognition of our key, very generous donors, contest winner announcements, and prize drawings. And if that isn't enough, Street Beat brings a high energy performance of alternative percussion. (Sounds LOUD).
Festivities start at 5:00 p.m. Don't forget to bring a blanket, and if you don't like pizza, some yummy dinner. We'll see you at the Rotary Club Bandshell in Library Park.
Last Saturday was a rare treat. DJ Phatrick and Ali worked magic. Not only did they teach basics of multi-track recording and production, they did it in a powerful way with stories elicited from two brave members of the audience. Though the stories were short, they described the pain, anger and bafflement at people causing others pain for no other reason than their ethnicity. This workshop wrapped up our CA Reads programs. We used Farewell to Manzanar and the internment of American citizens just because they looked Japanese as our springboard. The ensuing discussions and stories at each program in the series remind us of the constant vigilance and work democracy requires. Thanks to Patrick and Ali for the lesson that with technology, we all have the ability to share and have our voices heard. Thanks to them for a wonder afternoon at the Library.