Friday, December 28, 2012

Job Seekers All Day Event

It's back - the all day event for job seekers and those who are looking to advance in careers. There's been a little shake-up in the program and some very good news - Monrovia businesses are participating in this one with actual job openings to announce. As always, this event fills up very fast.

To read full descriptions of the three segments and to sign up, go online to www.monroviapubliclibrary.org.
It's best to sign up, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Saturday, January 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Old Year is Winding Down...The New Year is Winding Up

Having survived the Mayan apocalypse, it's now time to survive the over-indulging portion of our midwinter festivities and gear up for our New Year resolutions. As this week winds to a close, a timely reminder that the Library will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 31 and January 1, so Library staff may polish up their resolution lists too. Happy New Year to all.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Elephant Babies

We posted before about one of our intrepid Library Board members deciding to do a wonderful thing and then share it with the library. So far she has fostered three orphaned elephants and is in the process of adding a fourth. Three of the elephants are on behalf of the library.

The two we've already fostered are in the center of the picture. They are Barsalinga and Leymoian.

Let's start with Lemoyian. Roughly 3 months old when he was brought to the preserve, he had fallen down a well. His distraught mother tried to get him out over the course of several hours but was forced to flee at the approach of a herd of cattle and humans. A Masai who happened by stayed with the calf until help arrived. If he hadn't been by the well to stave off young boys who heard the commotion, the baby would have been used for spear practice. The search for his mother was in vain. Just look at him now.


To learn more of his story and see pictures of the rescue and aftermath, go to sheldrickwildlifetrust

Barsalinga had an even harder time. He was a mere 2 weeks old when he was found near his mother who was so wounded from poacher's guns that she could barely move. The mother had to be euthanized as she could not be saved. Her baby was thankfully saved and brought to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where he is slowly recovering.


To view the complete story and see his dramatic rescue and many more pictures, go to sheldrickwildlifetrust

Once the new kid arrives, we'll add to our reports. In the meantime, look forward to more stories as they thrive and grow.

Holidays are truly upon us

Just a reminder, gentle reader, that next Monday and Tuesday, December 24 & 25, the Library is closed. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday celebration of their choice.

Then the following week we have a repeat performance of Monday and Tuesday being closed, this time to ring in the New Year. Please keep it safe out there.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Would You Run Into Your Favorite Author In Your Favorite Bookstore?

We've just added a new book to our collection with the wonderful title, My Bookstore: Writers celebrate their favorite places to browse, read and shop. This is basically a collection of special essays by a wide variety of authors who have clear memories and preferences about their homes away from home - the bookstore. (Not a single big chain store in the lot). A fascinating read and insight into how writers view the world.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Highlights From Festive & Classical Sounds

We want to thank our musical guests who provided a cheerful ambience that filled the library with a festive mood and sounds today.  To those who were able to attend, we hope you enjoyed it as much we did.  As always, we want to share some of the highlights of the event.   

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Head's up for special closing

We are always reluctant to close the Library and it pains us to announce we will be closed to the public on Thursday, December 13. We re-open Friday at noon as usual.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Climate Change or Global Warming...We're in for Weird Weather

In the vein of extreme weather patterns, we have two more books in our new books area that beg to be read.

The first is Global Weirdness, an easy to understand compilation of weather facts broken down into 4 basic sections: what the science says, what's actually happening now, what's likely to happen in the future, and how we can avoid the risks in future.

The second book is Changing Planet, Changing Health. Climate change doesn't just affect polar bears. It's affecting the patterns of disease around the planet. Lest you think it's all doom and gloom, think again. The book also delivers innovative solutions for shaping a healthy global economic order in the twenty-first century and beyond.

The third book isn't really about weather extremes or climate change per se. It's about the engine of our little portion of the universe. The Sun's Heartbeat is about something we take for granted as rising in the East and setting in the West. For instance: did you know there is a second sun lurking beneath the solar surface? This is basically a tell-all biography of the sun - well as least as much as science knows to tell all. And it's not just stuffy science. It actually has a chuckle or two scattered here and there.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Books from Trees Become Books to Trees


One of our very talented staff members really knows how to turn a page - literally. To decorate the Adult Services Reference Desk, she took book pages, turned them into cones, and then shaped those cones into, you guessed it, a tree. Add some glitter, and voila - the perfect holiday decoration. Another staff member folded cranes out of old quilt books and added them to the scene. Remember kids, if you want to try altering books at home, just make sure they're your own books and not library books.