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
Evening Book Discussion Group
The Evening Book Discussion Group returns 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.
Library staff lead a discussion of Kate Racculia's novel Bellweather Rhapsody on September 24th.
Take part in the discussion of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, by Courtney Maum, on October 29th.
Join guest author Kim Fay in a discussion of her novel The Map of Lost Memories on November 19th.
For more details, please see the library calendar to the right of this notice or call (310) 524-2728.
Saturday Concerts in the Library
The new season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, September 20 and continues through December. 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.
« 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.
The Marco Effect, by Jussi Adler-Olsen.
All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former Gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body--proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities--he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who will go to any lengths to keep Marco silent...forever. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Morck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups.--From the dust jacket.
The Barter, by Siobhan Adcock.
Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay-at-home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb. But for Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent: something she loves and needs. And now a terrifying presence has entered her home, only no one except Bridget can feel it. On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband. The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows then negates the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on her husband to give all her love to their child. Much will occur in this house, none of it good. As Siobhan Adcock crosscuts these stories with mounting tension, each woman arrives at a terrible ordeal of her own making, tinged with love and fear and dread. What will they sacrifice to save their families--and themselves?--From the dust jacket.
Steal the North, by Heather Brittain Bergstrom.
Emmy Nolan is a shy sixteen-year-old girl living a sheltered life in Sacramento when a phone call comes from an aunt she never knew she had. Fifteen years earlier, Emmy's mom, Kate, had fled her tiny eastern Washington hometown and the fundamentalist church that had condemned her for having a child out of wedlock. With baby Emmy on her hip, Kate boarded a bus , leaving behind her beloved sister, Beth. Now, Kate cannot say no to Beth's desperate plea: She needs Emmy to participate in a faith healing ceremony. She believes it is her last chance to have a child. Emmy goes north reluctantly, but before long she feels connected to the rugged landscape of coulees and scablands, even to the wheat fields her absent father chose over her. She develops a strong relationship with her aunt and uncle, and she meets Reuben Tonasket, the Native American boy next door, who, like Emmy, struggles with the conlflicted past of his parents and his tribe. A tragic event will test their love--and Emmy's resolve to hold tight to the place she knows is home.--From the dust jacket.
2 a.m. at The Cat's Pajamas, by Marie-Helene Bertino.
Madeleine Altimari is a smart-mouthed, rebellious nine-year-old who also happens to be an aspiring jazz singer. Still mourning the recent death of her mother, and caring for her grief-sticken father, she doesn't realize that on the eve of Christmas Eve she is about to have the most extraordinary day--and night--of her life. After bravely facing down mean-spirited classmates and rejection at school, Madeleine doggedly searches for Philadelphia's legendary jazz club The Cat's Pajamas, where she's determined to make her onstage debut. On the same day, her fifth-grade teacher, Sarina Greene, who's just moved back to Philly after a divorce, is nervously looking forward to a dinner party that will reunite her with an old high school crush, afraid to hope that sparks might fly again. And across town at The Cat's Pajamas, club owner Lorca discovers that his beloved haunt may have to close forever unless someone can find a way to quickly raise the $30,000 that would save it. As these three lost souls search for love, music, and hope on the snow-covered streets of Philadelphia, together they will discover life's endless possibilities over the course of one magical night.--From the dust jacket.