EL SEGUNDO PUBLIC LIBRARY 111 W. Mariposa Ave. El Segundo, CA 90245
Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri. & Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. Closed Phone: (310) 524-2722
Summer 2017 Drop-In Lobby Events
A new session of hands-on and informative programming in the library's Drop-In Lobby Events series begins on Wednesday, June 14. This six-program series features Sally and Laurence of Studio Antiques, local photographer Angela Elisabeth, and library staff leading hands-on activities and lecture presentations.
All workshops take place in the library's lobby, are free, and include supplies. Likewise feel free to bring your own supplies for inspiration. For program scheduling, please click here, or see the calendar to the right of this notice.
For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.
Art Walk at the Library
Artist Chrystal McConnell returns to the library as the featured artist for June's Art Walk.
In her display, titled "The Gilded Cage," Chrystal's installation transforms the library's Technology Room into a library-within-a-library. In an interactive installation that encourages its viewers to discover hidden images and text found within the shelved books, Chrystal honors El Segundo's centennial and history through the use of photographic images found in the library's Abbie Jean Krimmel Mesak Memorial Heritage Room.
The Gilded Cage will open during the first part of June and will have viewing hours on Thursday through Saturday, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm during the month of June. A special artist reception will take place on Thursday, June 15, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm during the Art Walk.
For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.
Children's Summer Reading Program and Storytime Registration
Join the fun and boost reading skills at the same time! Registration for the 2017 Summer Reading Program, "Reading By Design," begins on June 9 and continues through August. Children earn grab bags containing incentive prizes when they read for fun during the summer. The kick-off program, featuring One World Rhythm, is at 3:00pm on Thursday, June 15 in Library Park. There are optional weekly activities at the library and a finale party in August. The library also offers a Read-To-Me program for children who are not yet reading independently, and a Teen program for kids in grads 6-12. Due to popular demand, the last day to pick up grab bags has been extended by three week this year to August 26. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.
Back By Popular Demand--The Adult Summer Reading Program
This year's Summer Reading Program, "Wish You Were Here...Rest. Relaxation. Read," encourages adult patrons to make the library--and reading--part of their summer moments of relaxation.
At the Reference Desk, beginning June 9, adults 18-and-older can register to participate and will be given a special "signing bonus" that day for early registration. Summer activities include a kick-off tea and trivia afternoon, Beach Blanket Book Talks in Library Park, bi-weekly Drop-In programming, an end-of-summer movie and pizza party, and much more. As in the previous year, participants will earn prizes along the way as they progress through their reading log.
Attend the Author Fair on Sunday, June 11, from 11:00am to 5:00pm for an additional opportunity to register for the Summer Reading Program.
It's guaranteed to be a lot of fun! Don't miss out on the opportunity. Rest. Relaxation. Read.
For more information, please call (310) 524-2728.
Free Computer Classes, Summer Session
Get out of the summer heat and take part in a new series of free computer classes designed for anyone needing to brush up on their computer skills. Library staff will provide a hands-on overview of computer and internet basics with topics to include:
Word 2013 Basics
Excel 2013 Basics
Android Phone/Tablet Basics
El Segundo Herald Database Search Basics
Please click here for a complete listing of sessions, dates, and times, or see the calendar section to the right of this notice.
Note that seating is limited and registration is required. Some classes take place when the library is closed to the public. Late arrivals will not be admitted 5 minutes after the class begins.
To register for a class, or for questions, please call (310) 524-2728.
Spring 2017 Evening Book Discussion Group
The spring selection of new titles for the Evening Book Discussion Group is here! The meetings take place at 6:30pm in the Friends of the Library Room on the last Wednesday of each month, excluding December. Discussions will be led by library staff and, on occasion, by the authors themselves.
On April 26, join author Mamta Jain Valderama in a discussion of her novel Girl in Traffick.
Library staff lead a discussion of the novel Swimming Lessons, by Claire Fuller, on May 31.
Our second featured author of the session, Gwendolyn Womack, will be on hand to discuss her novel The Fortune Teller on June 28.
For more details, please see the library calendar to the right of this notice or call (310) 524-2728.
Images of America: El Segundo
In time for the City's 2017 Centennial celebration, Images of America: El Segundo by Debra Brighton, Library Director, will be available for purchase beginning Monday, August 15, 2016. The book provides a photographic journey of El Segundo's formation, and how it grew and developed through the decades into the modern city it is today.
The City's Centennial Committee will have copies available for purchase in the library and in other locations at a discounted price of $15.00 per book. All proceeds from the book bought at the library and locally will go to the Centennial Committee for fundraising efforts to sponsor events throughout our Centennial year in 2017.
Be sure to pick up a copy and brush up on the City's history in advance of its 100-year anniversary!
« NEW BOOKS »
Below are selected new titles at the library. Come in and check out these and other books recently added to the library collection.
Woman No. 17., by Edan Lepucki
High in the Hollywood hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she's going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she's ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guesthouse out back, care for Lady's toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her daily job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But in the heat of the summer, S's connection to Lady's older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to each other, the glossy veneer of Lady's privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.--From the dust jacket.
Ginny Moon, by Benjamin Ludwig
Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager--she plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice and reads Robert Frost poems for English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit...different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, singing along to Michael Jackson, taking care of her baby doll...and crafting a secret plan of escape. Ginny has been in foster care for years and for the first time in her life she has found her "forever home." After being traumatically taken from her abusive birth mother and moved around to different homes, she is finally in a place where she'll be safe and protected, with a family who will love and nurture her. This is exactly the kind of home that all foster kids are hoping for. But Ginny has other plans. She'll steal and lie and reach across her past to exploit the good intentions of those who love her--anything it takes to get back what's missing in her life. She'll even try to get herself kidnapped.--From the dust jacket.
Shadow Man, by Alan Drew
Southern California, 1986. Detective Ben Wade has returned to his hometown of Rancho Santa Elena in search of a quieter life and to try to save his marriage. Suddenly the community, with its peaceful streets and excellent public schools, finds itself at the mercy of a serial killer who slips through windows and screen doors at night, shattering illusions of safety. As Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt struggle to stay one step ahead of the killer--and to deal with painful episodes in the past--Ben's own world is rocked again by violence. He must decide how far he is willing to go, and Natasha how much she is willing to risk, to protect their friendship and themselves, and to rescue the town from a psychotic murderer and a long-buried secret.--From the dust jacket.
The Last Days of Cafe Leila, by Donia Bijan
Set against the backdrop of Iran's rich, turbulent history, this exquisite debut novel is a powerful story of food, family, and a bittersweet homecoming. When we first meet Noor, she is living in San Francisco, missing her beloved father, Zod, in Iran. Now, dragging her stubborn teenage daughter, Lily, with her, she returns to Tehran and to Café Leila, the restaurant her family has been running for three generations. Iran may have changed, but Café Leila, still run by Zod, has stayed blessedly the same--it is a refuge of laughter and solace for its makeshift family of staff and regulars. As Noor revisits her Persian childhood, she must rethink who she is--a mother, a daughter, a woman estranged from her marriage and from her life in California. And together she and Lily get swept up in the beauty and brutality of Tehran.--From the dust jacket.