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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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Saturday Concerts in the Library

The new season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, January 17 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.
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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.

A Fireproof Home for the Bride, by Amy Scheibe

The winter of 1958 in Moorhead, Minnesota, is dark, sere, and cold. No one feels the smallness and strictness more than Emmaline Nelson, just eighteen and ready to burst out of the poor confines of her Lutheran farming family. Emmy was promised at twelve to Ambrose Brann, the older son of wealthy neighbors, but a chance meeting with a dreamy small-town boy from Fargo shakes her up: marriage doesn't have to--shouldn't--be a preordained obligation. Bobby Doyle is young, ambitious, and Catholic--and therefore forbidden by her mother. But after a particularly horrifyingdate with Ambrose, the last of Emmy's obedience vanishes, and she is soon living with an eccentric aunt and pursuing a career in the newsroom of the Fargo Forum instead of unpacking her trousseau in the Brann household. Yet even as Emmy forges her own path, she is drawn back into the past to discover that her family harbors terrible secrets, and before long she has to choose between blood and truth.--From the dust jacket.

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The Swimmer, by Joakim Zander

Early 1980s, Damascus. A nameless American spy abandons his newborn child to an uncertain fate. His inability to forgive himself for what he has done leads him on a lifelong quest to escape his past that will take him to Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq--anywhere where the danger and the stress allow him to forget. Thirty years later, EU aide Klara Walldeen is learning to navigate the world of politics--the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies. But Klara has just seen something she should not have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that people will kill to keep it hidden. Suddenly she is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why. Their stories converge one stormy Christmas Eve in the Swedish archipelago, where blood is spilled, shocking discoveries are made, and the past inevitably catches up with the present.--From the dust jacket.

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Formerly Fingerman, by Joe Nelms

Brad Fingerman was an art director in the glamorous world of New York advertising. He had the respect of his peers, a beautiful wife, and a bright future. That is, his future was bright before he spectacularly nuked his career, discovered his wife's infidelity, and witnessed a high-profile Mafia hit in a Midtown elevator. Now Brad's unemployed, divorced, and the government's key witness in a major murder trial. Except Brad didn't actually see the murder. So Brad lied, joined the Witness Protection Program, and entrusted his new identity to an FBI agent with her career on the make and a frighteningly committed bodyguard. Now he has to fake his way through the trial of the century and try to reassemble a meaningful life as his fellow witnesses are methodically assassinated.--From the dust jacket.

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Days of Ignorance, by Laila Aljohani

Is he dead? Medina, Saudi Arabia. A young man, Malek, has been brutally attacked for being of the "wrong" race. Malek's lover, Leen, waits by his bedside and reflects on their relationship and her life as an unmarried, childless woman. All around her are voices of judgment and concern; in the twenty-first century it is still unforgivable, and dangerous, for a Saudi woman to enter into a relationship with a black man. In the distance US planes hover over Iraq, primed to embark on yet another senseless conflict. Malek's attacker was Leen's brother. Flinging wide a window into one of the holiest Islamic cities in the world--a city where people observe daily prayers and preach equality and justice--Days of Ignorance is a novel about honor, hypocrisy, war and fear. And, glimmering beyond, beneath and behind it all, it is a novel about love.--From the dust jacket.

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Sat., April 18, 2015
2:00  PM
  Concerts in the Library--Joel Lish Trio: Classical One-Hit Wonders
Wed., April 29, 2015
12:00  PM  -  1:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Event: Creative Picture Frames Demonstration
6:30  PM
  Evening Book Discussion Featuring Whistling Past the Graveyard
Thu., May 7, 2015
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  El Segundo Historical Committee
Tue., May 12, 2015
7:00  PM
  Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Thu., May 14, 2015
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Event: Automobile History with the Staff of the Automobile Driving Museum
Sat., May 16, 2015
2:00  PM
  Concerts in the Library--Calico
Wed., May 27, 2015
12:00  PM  -  1:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Event: Recycled Paper Beads to Bracelets
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