Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tea in the Garden Literacy Services Fundraiser

It's coming soon and tickets are on sale now. Literacy is a core value for Monrovia Library and Literacy Services requires donations for continuing the good work of teaching adults (and yes, some children) how to read and write. Tickets are a super reasonable $25.00. They are available at the Library Customer Service Desk. Get them while they're hot.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

News of the Wild Orphans

It appears that personalities are asserting themselves the longer our elephant orphans remain in the Sheldrick preserve. Little Lemoyian is the crybaby of the bunch. He was knocked over by a feisty fellow orphan and had to be rescued by the Aunties - older females who act as nursemaids and role models for young rescuees. Every picture of him is a study in cuteness, so one can see why he's so coddled.

Fortunately, Lemoyian has just passed through the most dangerous phase of teething successfully, so as soon as he's through being the pampered, adorable baby, he has a good chance of growing into a pampered, adorable bigger elephant.

Faraja has been nicknamed Mzungu, which means white man. This is because his coloring is so pale compared to the other elephants at the preserve. He is also considered to be a very gentle and loving youngster who has a best bud named Kwale. Apparently family squabbles occur among elephant groups too, and with one female trying become Matriarch while another jealous female took exception, Faraja and friends had to be rescued by yet another auntie who took the opportunity to round them up and head them back to a secure area. Faraja enjoys his time with the public who have viewing opportunities daily, and appears to be gaining some weight with good milk and good browsing in the bush.

Barsalinga has graduated to Junior status and enjoys more free roaming time in the bush. Upgraded status doesn't prevent him from being bullied a bit by other, stronger juniors who like to exercise with a game called head pushing, which knocked Barsalinga and his buddy Ngasha down during the public viewing hour.

Alas, we have no updated photos of Barsalinga at this time.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

In Memorium

We are mourning the loss of our good friend and colleague Jeff Lambert.

Many of you knew Jeff from his able assistance at the reference desk or from the many quality programs designed to help people find better jobs or advance their careers. Members of the Novel T’s Book Club know his sense of humor and his love for discussing books.

His passion for everything he undertook was infectious and inspired us all to do just a little bit better and a little bit more.

Please share by leaving your comments about good memories you have of a very special person who will be so sorely missed.

Saturday Program Canceled

Saturday's program, Using Your Computer to Make Money, is cancelled. We regret the inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Using Your Computer to Make Money - Yes, really!

This is not a get rich quick scheme, an eBay how to, or a web design workshop. What is it then? It's a three hour workshop that's gets down to the nitty-gritty in starting an online business and includes 120 legitimate businesses you can run from your computer. Intrigued? Join's free.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Gardening with Edibles & Natives

Drought tolerant and tasty plants. What more could you ask for in a garden? Beautiful design while growing them of course. Join us as an expert reveals the secrets of thriving Southern California gardens.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Brown Bag Program - LinkedIn for Job Seekers

Another in our award-winning series of programs to help serious job seekers in the community. (OK, the award-winning is our little fiction but it sounds good doesn't it?). This time, it's a brown bag event for people who already use LinkedIn and want to use it more effectively, or for people who want to know what it's about and get started. Win-win either way.