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      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

Winter 2017 Evening Book Discussion Group

Check out our selection of new titles for the Evening Book Discussion Group. 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 January 25 library staff lead a discussion of Jodi Picoult's novel Small Great Things.

The novel After You, by Jojo Moyes, will be the topic of discussion on February 22.

Fredrick Backman's novel, A Man Called Ove will be discussed on March 29.

For more details, please see the library calendar to the right of this notice or call (310) 524-2728.
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Winter and Spring 2017 Concerts in the Library

Join us for some great music as the new season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, January 21 and continues through May 20. 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. See the library calendar at the right for specific programs or call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.
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Winter 2017 Drop-In Lobby Events

Beat the winter chill by participating in our new schedule of hands-on and informative programming in the library's Drop-In Lobby Events series. This six-program series features local chiropractor Dr. Erica Witter-Davis, veterinarian Dr. Andrew Streiber, 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.
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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. 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!
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Below are selected new titles at the library. Come in and check out these and other books recently added to the library collection.

Stranded, by Bracken MacLeod

Badly battered by a punishing storm on their way to resupply an oil company drilling platform, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves sailing blindly without functioning navigation or communications equipment. Lost and unable to call for help, they push ahead into unfamiliar waters as an ominously thickening fog envelopes them. One by one the crew fall prey to a mysterious illness. Ailing from debilitating headaches and nosebleeds, the weakening sailors begin to see shadowy figures haunting the ship. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange disease plaguing the others onboard, which does little to ease their growing dislike of him. Dismissing Noah's warnings of the worsening conditions he's observed, the ship's captain, his antagonistic father-in-law, William Brewster, presses on until the open sea freezes into solid ice and they can go no farther. Brewster orders the men overboard in an attempt to break the ship free by hand. As they struggle with sledgehammers and pickaxes against the ice crushing the ship, the fog clears, revealing a faint shape in the distance. Desperate, and in ever-declining health, they have no choice but to try to reach on foot what they hope is their destination. Despite their distrust of him, Noah finds himself leading the few able-bodied deckhands on a perilous journey across the ice...--From the dust jacket.
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A Gambler's Anatomy, by Jonathan Lethem

Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Alexander Bruno travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur "whales" who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend, Tira Harpaz. Things don't go much better in Berlin. Bruno's flirtation with Madchen, the striking blonde he meets on the ferry, is inconclusive. The game at the unsettling Herr Kohler's mansion goes awry as his blot grows worse; he passes out and is sent to the local hospital, where he is given an extremely depressing diagnosis. Having gone through Falk's money, Bruno turns to Stolarsky, who, for reasons of his own, agrees to fly Bruno to Berkeley and to pay for the experimental surgery that may save his life. Berkeley, where Bruno discovered his psychic abilities and to which he vowed to never return. Amid the patchouli flashbacks and anarchist gambits of the local scene, between Tira's come-ons and Keith's machinations, Bruno confronts two existential questions: Is the gambler being played by life? And what if you're telepathic but it doesn't do you any good?--From the dust jacket.
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The Next, by Stephanie Gangi

Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She's consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over Ned McGowan, her much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She's every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge...except she's out of time. Joanna falls from her life, from the love of her daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can't escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right--makes Ned pay--so she can truly move on. From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.--From the dust jacket.
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I'll Take You There, by Wally Lamb

I'll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday-night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist's booth, he's confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood's silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit--and in some cases relive--scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema's big screen. In these magical movies, the medium of film becomes the lens for Felix to reflect on the women who profoundly affected his life. There's his daughter, Aliza, a Gen Y writer for the New York magazine who is trying to align her postmodern feminist beliefs with her lofty career ambitions; his sister, Frances, with whom he once shared a complicated bond of kindness and cruelty; and Verna, a fiery would-be contender for the 1951 Miss Rheingold competition, a beauty contest sponsored by a Brooklyn-based beer manufacturer that became a marketing phenomenon for two decades. Against the backdrop of a kaleidoscopic convergence of politics and pop culture, family secrets, and Hollywood iconography, Felix gains an enlightened understanding of the pressures and trials of the women closest to him, and of the feminine ideals and feminist realities that all women, of every era, must face.--From the dust jacket.
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Mon., January 16, 2017
All Day Event
  The Library Will Be Closed
Sat., January 21, 2017
2:00  PM
  Concerts in the Library: Sligo Rags--Celtic Music at Its Finest
Wed., January 25, 2017
6:30  PM
  Evening Book Discussion Featuring Small Great Things
Thu., January 26, 2017
7:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Events: Essential Oils and Their Benefits
Thu., February 2, 2017
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  El Segundo Historical Committee Meeting
Wed., February 8, 2017
12:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Events: make and Take Beaded Snowflakes
Sat., February 18, 2017
2:00  PM
  Concerts in the Library: Fortunate Son--CCR/John Fogerty Tribute
Wed., February 22, 2017
6:30  PM
  Evening Book Discussion Featuring After You
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