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15th Annual Author Fair

Mark your calendar for an afternoon of book-related entertainment and fun at the 2015 El Segundo Public Library Author Fair from 11:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, June 7th.

This year we welcome 40 authors of books for adults, teens, and children, and host a variety of activities including book signings, poetry readings, live music, storytelling, and more. Our non-fiction, food-themed author panel "Dishing It Up: Food to Satisfy Every Palate" features authors who write about food--from cook books to history and culture, and even food in space. The day's other panel is called "Genre Pairings: Tastes of Fiction and Non-Fiction" and will include a mix of authors who write in the genres of humor, memoir, young adult, biography, and noir. Over the course of the event, attendees can enter a raffle for one of two Kindle Paperwhite e-readers, and restaurant gift certificates will be raffled off during the author panels.

The Author Fair is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library. We would also like to thank the restaurants that provided gift certificates for raffle, including Beach Mex, Deluca Trattoria, Petros Kafe, Rock & Brews, Second City, and Vinny's Pizza. Please call (310) 524-2728 for more information.

Click here to view the event flyer.

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Evening Book Discussion Group

Get set to read and discuss the latest selection of titles for the Evening Book Discussion Group. The meetings will 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.

Enjoy a discussion of Susan Crandall's novel Whistling Past the Graveyard on April 29th.

Cheryl Strayed's true-life tale Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail will be featured on May 27th.

Share your thoughts on Ruth Ozeki's novel A Tale for the Time Being on June 24th.

For more details, please see the library calendar to the right of this notice or call (310) 524-2728.

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Drop-In Lobby Events

The library is happy to introduce a new series of programs designed to engage patrons in creative and informative ways. The inaugural "Drop-In Lobby Events" features a six-program series with local professional artists, the Automobile Driving Museum, and library staff leading hands-on activities and lecture presentations.

Artists participating in the series, who will share with patrons their own art and will facilitate workshops, include Curtis Green and Anne Olsen Daub.

Curtis Green, current president of the El Segundo Art Association, uses oil and charcoal in his work, focusing on subjects that include landscapes, still life, figures, and floral. Anne Olsen Daub is a member of the L.A. Assemblage Group. Her art uses found objects from vintage jewelry to architectural details, and even chairs, for inspiration.

The Automobile Driving Museum will present a talk about the history of automobiles. Located in El Segundo, the museum is a gem of a destination for car enthusiasts, displaying a collection of 130 classic, antique, and vintage cars.

Three additional hands-on workshops will be led by library staff, and include "Make a Fairy Garden," "Creative Picture Frames," and "Recycled Paper Beads to Bracelets."

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.

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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.

The Language of Paradise, by Barbara Klein Moss.
Sophy Hedge, the artistic daughter of the town's minister, falls in love with Gideon Birdsall, a driven theology student assisting her father with a Hebrew lexicon. Sophy is drawn to Gideon's intellect, passion, and spiritual nature, while Gideon glimpses in her a free soul unbound by convention. Yet Gideon's restlessness after they wed worries Sophy, and she finds his friendship with Leander Solloway, the charismatic new schoolmaster, a cause for anxiety. As the men immerse themselves in Gideon's mystical theories, Sophy translates her fears into secret paintings. When Sophy becomes pregnant, Gideon and Leander construct a faux Eden in a greenhouse as part of a daring experiment to discover the language of paradise--the tongue Adam spoke when he named the creatures of the earth. Sophy must decide whether to live and paint in the world her husband has made or to escape to save her child and herself.--From the dust jacket.
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In Wilderness, by Diane Thomas.
In the winter of 1966, Katherine Reid moves to an isolated cabin deep in Georgia's Appalachian Mountains. There, with little more than a sleeping bag, a tin plate, and a loaded gun, she plans to spend her time in peaceful solitude. But one day, Katherine realizes the woods are not empty, and she is not alone. Someone else is near, observing her every move. Twenty-year-old Vietnam veteran Danny lives not far from Katherine's cabin, in a once-grand mansion he dubbed "Gatsby's house." Haunted by war and enclosed by walls of moldering books, he becomes fixated on Katherine. What starts as cautious observation grows into obsession. When these two souls collide, the passion that ignites between them is all-consuming--and increasingly dangerous.--From the dust jacket.
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Harrison Squared, by Daryl Gregory.

Harrison Harrison--H2 to his mom--is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California when a huge sea creature capsized their boat and his father vanished. One of the "sensitives" who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison, together with his marine biologist mother, has just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, Massachusetts, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic where strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school. On Harrison's first day at school, his mother disappears at sea. Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones: fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources--and an unusual host of allies--to defeat the danger and find his mother.--From the dust jacket.
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When We Were Animals, by Joshua Gaylord.
When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she is surprised that she became a kind suburban wife, a devoted mother. In fact, she never thought she would escape her small and peculiar hometown. When We Were Animals is Lumen's confessional: As a teenager, she fell beneath the sway of her community's darkest, strangest secret. For one year, beginning at puberty, every resident "breaches' during the full moon. On these nights, adolescents run wild, destroying everything in their path. Lumen resists. Promising her father she will never breach, she investigates the mystery of her community's traditions and the stories erased from the town record. But the more we learn about the town's past, the more we realize that Lumen's memories are harboring secrets of their own.--From the dust jacket.
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Wed., May 27, 2015
12:00  PM  -  1:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Event: Recycled Paper Beads to Bracelets
6:30  PM
  Evening Book Discussion Featuring Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Thu., June 4, 2015
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  El Segundo Historical Committee
Sun., June 7, 2015
11:30  AM  -  4:30  PM
  15th Annual Author Fair
Wed., June 17, 2015
7:00  PM
  Friends of the Library Business Meeting
Wed., June 24, 2015
6:30  PM
  Evening Book Discussion Featuring A Tale for the Time Being
Thu., July 2, 2015
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  El Segundo Historical Committee
Tue., July 14, 2015
7:00  PM
  Library Board of Trustees Meeting
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