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
Free Computer Classes at the Library
Do you, or someone you know, need help learning the basics of computer use? Consider signing up for one or more of these free classes offered by the library:
Introduction to the Computer Friday, April 25, 9:00-10:00 a.m. This class will give a hands-on introduction to basic computer terms, help students get comfortable using a keyboard & mouse, and if there is time, explain how to search the internet.
Internet Basics Friday, May 16, 9:00-10:00 a.m. We will review the basic parts of a website, go over the different types of websites as well as the kinds of activities one can do on the internet (shop, socialize, search, etc.) Familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse are required.
Email Attachments Friday, June 20, 8:30-10:00 a.m. This class will cover the different types of attachments, such as documents or photos, as well as how to open, save, and attach them to an email. You must have an email account and be familiar with the basics of logging into your email, as well as sending/receiving email to attend this class.
Please remember that seating is limited and registration is required. Sign-up sheets are located at the Reference Desk. Classes take place before the library is open to the public and late arrivals will not be admitted 10 minutes after class begins.
For additional information, please call the Reference Desk at (310) 524-2728.
Saturday Concerts in the Library
The new season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, January 18 and continues through May. Free to all, the series features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions. Programs take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room the third Saturday of each month, and will include light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. See the library calendar at the right for specific programs or call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.
Evening Book Discussion Group
The Evening Book Discussion Group continues with a new selection of titles sure to keep everyone talking. The meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room on the last Wednesday each month, excluding December. Discussions will be led by library staff and, on occasion, the authors themselves.
Guest author Sherri Smith will be on hand to discuss her novel Orleans on March 26th.
Library staff present guest author Kim Bixler in a discussion of her book Growing Up in a Frank Lloyd Wright House on April 30th.
Fannie Flagg's novel The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is the topic of conversation on May 28th.
Take part in the discussion of Graeme Simsion's novel The Rosie Project on June 25th.
For more details, please see the library calendar to the right of this notice or call (310) 524-2728.
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« 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.
Until You're Mine, by Samantha Hayes.
Claudia Morgan-Brown finally has it all. Pregnant with a much wanted baby of her own, she has a happily established family of two young stepsons and a loving husband with a great career. But she is also committed to her full-time job as a social worker, and her husband travels often. So when Claudia hires Zoe to help her around the house in anticipation of the baby's arrival, it seems like the answer to her prayers. But despite Zoe's glowing recommendations and instant rapport with the children, there's something about her that Claudia cannot trust. Moreover, there has been a series of violent attacks on pregnant women in the area, and Claudia becomes accutely aware of her vulnerability. With her husband out of town for work and her family far away, who will be there to protect her? And why does she feel unsettled about Zoe? Realizing appearances can be deceiving even in her seemingly perfect world, Claudia digs deeper into Zoe's blurry past and begins to wonder--how far would someone go to have a child of her own?--From the dust jacket.
The Man Who Walked Away, by Maud Casey.
In a trance-like state, Albert walks, from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia--all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he's left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images. At last, in anguish, he seeks help: a doctor who might offer an explanation, some treatment to return him to the settlements of the living. But in nineteenth-century psychiatry--not unlike today--diagnosis is as much as art as a science. The relationship between patient and doctor is both intimate and creative, as they piece together a narrative for Albert's wanderings and attempt to reassemble a lost life. Loosely based on the real-life case history of Albert Dadas, a patient in the Bordeaux hospital of St. Andre in the 1880s, The Man Who Walked Away takes us back to the tentative beginnings of psychiatry and creates a brilliantly imagined portrait of a man untethered from place and time who, inspite of himself, keeps setting out, again and again, in search of astonishment.--From the dust jacket.
Casebook, by Mona Simpson.
Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. Both boys are in thrall to Miles's unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is "pretty for a mathematician." They rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C. Their amatuer detective work starts innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family's well-being, prosperity, and sanity. Burdened with this powerful information, the boys struggle to deal with the existence of evil and concoct modes of revenge on their villians that are both hilarious and naive. Eventually, haltingly, they learn to offer animal comfort to those harmed and to create an imaginative path to their own salvation.--From the dust jacket.
Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid.
Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister's daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels (and, of course, her smartphone) and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley's narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night, and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is welcomed into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there's handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can't help but wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels?--From the dust jacket.