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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.

A Darkling Sea, by James L. Cambias.
On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a group of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their previous extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don't disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they're free to conduct their missions in peace. But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen errupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war. Against the backdrop of deep-sea conflict, three alien cultures collide. Both Terrans and Sholen seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives--and the future of human exploration--is anything but certain.--From the dust jacket.

Jury of Six, by Dave P. Fisher.
In the Nebraska of the 1880s, the law was spread thin and honest men and women took care of difficulties themselves. Good men were respected; bad men were dealt with by the law of rope and gun. Half of Nebraska knew that you didn't push the Niobrara River MacMahons. Steal their cattle and you found yourself at the end of a MacMahon rope. Nail-tough Ita MacMahon, matriarch of the family, Miles, her brother-in-law, and sons Caden and Bren backed down to no man. Now a mysterious outlaw gang is running roughshod over the country, and when they start stealing MacMahon cattle and bushwhack Caden, enough is enough. Miles and Bren take to the trail that ends with Miles finding an old enemy.--From the dust jacket.

This Star Won't Go Out, by Esther Earl.
Diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age twelve, Esther (Persian for "Star") Earl was an exceptionally bright and talented--but very normal--teenager. She lived a hope-filled and generous, outwardly focused life as she navigated her physical decline with grace. A cheerful, positive, and encouraging daughter, sister, and friend, Esther died in 2010 shortly after turning sixteen, but not before inspiring thousands through her growing online presence. This unique memoir collects Esther's journals, fiction, letters, and sketches. Photographs and essays by family and friends help to tell Esther's story, along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 international bestseller The Fault in Our Stars to her.--From the dust jacket.

Cold Storage, Alaska, by John Straley.
Cold Storage, Alaska, is a remote fishing outpost where salmonberries sparkle in the morning frost and where you just might catch a King Salmon if you're zen enough to wait for it. Settled in 1935 by Norse fishermen who liked to skinny dip in its natural hot springs, the town enjoyed prosperity at the height of the frozen fish boom. But now the cold storage plant is all but abandoned and the town is withering. Clive "The Milkman" McCahon returns to his tiny Alaska hometown after a seven-year jail stint for dealing coke. He has a lot to make up to his younger brother, Miles, who has dutifully been taking care of their ailing mother. But Clive doesn't realize the trouble he's bringing home. His vengeful old business partner is hot on his heels, a stick-in-the-mud State Trooper is dying to bust Clive for narcotics, and, to complicate everything, Clive might be going insane--lately, he's been hearing animals talking to him. Will his arrival in Cold Storage be a breath of fresh air for the sleepy, depopulated town? Or will Clive's arrival turn the whole place upside down?--From the dust jacket.

Spring 2014 Teen Programs

Between March 5th and April 16th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some great spring activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

March 26: Dewey Decimal Pictionary. Based on the board game Pictionary, compete against your friends in teams to show off your best quick draw skills.

April 2: Spring Break--No Program.

April 9: Altered Page Poetry. April is National Poetry Month! Turn a page from your favorite book into your own Altered Poem. No rhymes required!

April 16: Celebrate National Library Week with a Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Make sure the books are on your reading level.

Click here to view the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2722 for more information

Before I Burn, by Gaute Heivoll.
In 1970s Norway, an arsonist targets a small town for one long, terrifying month. One by one, buildings go up in flames. Suspicion spreads among the neighbors as they wonder if one of their own is responsible. But as the heat and panic rise, new life finds a way to emerge. Amid the chaos, only a day before the last house is set afire, the community draws together for the christening of a young boy named Gaute Heivoll. As he grows up, stories about the time of fear and fire become deeply ingrained in his young mind until, as an adult, he begins to retell the story. As the novel reaches its apex, the lives of Heivoll's friends and neighbors mix with his own life, and the arsonist's motivations are slowly revealed. Based on the true account of Norway's most dramatic arson case, and the winner of the Brage Prize, Norway's most prestigious literary award, Before I Burn is a breakout novel that marks the arrival of an exceptionally talented author in international literature.--From the dust jacket.

I Shall Be Near to You, by Erin Lindsay McCabe.
Rosetta doesn't want her new husband, Jeremiah, to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father's side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier. With the army desperate for recruits, Rosetta has no trouble volunteering, although she faces an incredulous husband. She drills with the men, proves she can be as good a soldier as anyone, and deals with the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Rosetta's strong will clashes with Jeremiah's while their marriage is tested by broken conventions, constant danger, and war, and she fears of her secret even as they fight for their future, and for their lives.--From the dust jacket.

Cell, by Robin Cook.
George Wilson, M.D., a senior radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter the medical profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift--and the convergence of informational technology, nanotechnology, and genomics--foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical tool but rather as a fully customizable personal primary-care physician that can diagnose and treat even better than the real thing. It is called the iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancee dead in the bed beside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them were part of the same large-scale beta test. Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers--and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite the threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he's right, the consequences could be lethal for him and countless others.--From the dust jacket.

Once Upon a Lie, by Maggie Barbieri.

Maeve Conlon's life is coming apart at the seams. Her bakery is barely making ends meet, and one of her daughters spends as much time grounded as the other does studying. Her ex-husband has a new wife, a new baby, and a look of pity for Maeve that's absolutely infuriating. Her father insists he's still indpendent, but he's slowly and obviously succumbing to Alzheimer's. And now her cousin Sean Donovan has been found dead, sitting in his car in a public park, shot through the head. There was never much love lost between Maeve and Sean, and she's not exactly devastated by his death, but suddenly the police are poking around asking the family questions. It's just one more hassle Maeve doesn't have time for, until she realizes that her father, whose memory and judgement are unreliable at best, is a suspect in the murder. Maeve is determined to clear his name, but is she prepared to cope with the dark memories and long-hidden secrets that doing so might dredge up?--From the dust jacket.

Ride the Man Down, by Bill Brooks.
John Henry Cole, working as a deputy U.S. marshal, was on assignment in the Indian Nations when he was shot and seriously injured. Now fifteen years later, employed as a deputy for Judge Roy Bean in Texas, Cole receives a personal summons from Judge Isaac Parker. Caddo Pierce is operating with a small gang of Creek renegades in the Nations, systematically murdering Indian law enforcement officers, their wives, and families. Parker's court cannot send any officer into the Nations to pursue a killer unless he has killed a white man, since by treaty the Indian nations alone police criminals who commit crimes against Indians. However, Jimmy Wild Bird, head of the Cherokee police force in Talaquah, has petitioned Judge Parker for help. Cole accepts Judge Parker's assignment and will join forces with Jimmy Wild Bird in riding down Caddo Pierce and his renegade Creek Indian gang.--From the dust jacket.

The Pagan Lord, by Bernard Cornwell.

At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and his son Edward reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, the impregnable Nothrumbrian fortress Bebbanburg. Loyalties will be divided and men will fall as each Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes--a war that will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.--From the dust jacket.

Kind of Kin, by Rilla Askew.

With the passing of a new state law, it becomes a felony to harbor an undocumented immigrant in Oklahoma. So when Robert John Brown, a churchgoing family man and respected community member, is caught hiding a barnful of migrant workers with no papers, he is arrested and sent to prison. Meanwhile, his ten-year-old grandson Dustin tries to help the sole escapee of the raid reunite with his family, and his granddaughter, Misty, is struggling to raise her daughter alone after her husband, an illegal immigrant himself, has been deported. Then there's Brown's daughter Sweet, who finds her life unraveling: her father is refusing to speak in court to defend himself, her nephew is missing, her niece is in need of shelter, and the stress of it all is destroying her marriage.--From the dust jacket.

The Way of All Fish, by Martha Grimes.

In Grimes's new send-up of a world she knows very well, Candy and Karl, hitmen with a difference--they have scruples--once again venture into the murky Manhattan publishing scene. This time they come to the aid of a writer who is being sued by her unscrupulous literary agent, L. Bass Hess, a man determined to get a 15 percent commission for a book he didn't sell. The contract killers join forces with publishing mogul Bobby Mackenzie and megabestselling writer Paul Giverney to rid the mean streets of Hess, not by shooting him, but by driving him crazy. They are helped by other characters from Foul Matter and a crew of new colorful personalities, including an out-of-work Vegas magician, an alligator wrangler, a glamorous Malaysian con lady, and Hess's aunt in Everglades City, who has undergone a wildly successful sex change.--From the dust jacket.

Burning Paradise, by Robert Charles Wilson.
Cassie's world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1914. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn't what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: that for decades--back to the dawn of radio communications--human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity with its own purposes. That by interfering with our communications, this entity has tweaked history in massive and subtle ways. That humanity is, for purposes unknown, being farmed. Cassie's parents were killed for this knowledge, along with most of the other members of their group. The survivors have scattered and gone into hiding. Cassie and her younger brother Thomas live with their aunt Nerissa, who shares these dangerous secrets. For seven years they have attempted to lead unexceptional lives in order to escape detection. The tactic has worked. Until now. Because the killers are back. And they're not human.--From the dust jacket.

The Circle, by Dave Eggers.

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend the nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an quarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can't believe her luck, her great fortune to work in the most influential company in the world--even as her life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.--From the dust jacket.

Dead Set, by Richard Kadrey.

After her father's funeral, Zoe moved to the big city with her mother to start over. But change always brings trials, and life in the city is not easy. Money is tight, and Zoe's only escape, as has always been the case, is in her dreams--a world apart from her troubled real life where she can spend time with her closest companion: her lost brother, Valentine. But something or someone has entered their dreamworld uninvited. And a chance encounter at a used record store, where vinyl holds not music but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. It's here that the shop's strange proprietor offers Zoe the chance to commune with her dead father. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then... --From the dust jacket.

Burnt Black, by Ed Kovacs.

New Orleans Homicide Detective Cliff St. James and his partner, Honey, are still trying to piece their lives together a year and a half after a killer storm decimated the city. Having fully recovered from near death at the hands of assassins, St. James is now in top fighting form, and his sideline martial arts dojo is thriving. But physical ability plays little importance in the bizarre case in which he and Honey are now ensnared--a succession of baffling deaths tied to a secretive occult group. The investigation proves frustrating, but also drives a wedge between St. James and Honey, putting tremendous pressure on their relationship. As they probe the puzzling, ritualistic deaths, they uncover high strangeness in the freakish New Orleans netherworld of alternative beliefs. Pushing forward an investigation fraught with strange occurrences and brutal death, St. James and Honey catch nothing but bad breaks as they struggle to determine which of their suspects is the killer or perhaps the next victim.--From the dust jacket.

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.

Winter 2014 Teen Programs

Between January 15th and February 19th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some great winter activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

January 15: Cookie Decorating Contest. Think you've got some sweet ideas? Come decorate cookies in our cookie decorating contest. Supplies provided.

January 22: One-of-a-Kind Bead Snowflakes. Create your very own beaded snowflake. Guaranteed not to melt.

January 29: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Make sure the books are on your reading level.

February 5: Washi Tape Photo Frames. Decorate a photo frame perfect for preserving memories of friends, family, or to give as a gift.

February 12: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Please make sure the books are on your reading level.

February 19: Clothes Pin Magnetic Memo Clips
With images from recycled magazines, comics, books, buttons, or ribbons, transform wooden clothes pins into memo clips.

Click here to view the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2722 for more information.


The Last Banquet, by Jonathan Grimwood.

Jean-Marie d'Aumout will try anything once, with consequences that are at times mouthwatering and at others fascinatingly macabre. Orphaned as a child, taken under the wing of a local nobleman and sent to an elite school for young gentlemen, Jean-Marie becomes a true man of the Enlightenment; he befriends Ben Franklin, corresponds with the Marquis de Sade and Voltaire, thwarts a peasant uprising, plays a key role in the Corsican War of Independence, and, among his many other exploits, constructs the finest menagerie in all of Europe. He is a father, a husband, a devoted friend, and an imaginative lover, But Jean-Marie's every adventurous turn is decided by an obsessive quest: to know all of the world's flavors before that world changes irreversibly.--From the dust jacket.

The Abominable, by Dan Simmons.

It's 1924, and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on Mount Everest. By the following year, three climbers--a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a French mountain guide, and an idealistic young American--find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers--joined by the missing boy's female cousin--find themselves being pursued by someone, or something, in a nightmare that becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet. What is chasing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be.--From the dust jacket.

I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafazai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.--From the dust jacket.

The Wedding Gift, by Marlen Suyapa Bodden.

Despite their disparate circumstances, the lives of these two women in 1852 Alabama are inextricably entwined: Sarah, a slave who is the daughter of the master of a vast plantation, and Theodora, his wife. Their journey is one that binds them together and sets them free. When prestigious plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter's hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah--her slave and her half-sister. Theodora knows that her daughter, Clarissa, is not the proper Southern belle she appears to be, with ambitions of loving whom she chooses. Sarah, in turn, hides behind the facade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape. Both women bring these tumultuous secrets and desires with them to their new home, igniting events that spiral into a tale beyond what you ever imagined possible, and it will leave you enraptured until the very end.--From the dust jacket.

A Visit with the Claus Family

Join us for this special holiday program! We'll sing carols with the Claus family, listen to Santa tell stories, and then the little ones can meet Santa. The free program wil be held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10th in the Friends of the Library Room. Children under eight must be accompanined by an adult. Don't forget to bring your camera! Please call (310) 524-2722 for additional information.

Longbourn, by Jo Baker.
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennett household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants' hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen's classic--into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars--and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own.--From the dust jacket.

Taken by the Wind, by Ellen Hart.
Although Eric and Andrew have been trying to keep up a semblance of normal life, they know their thirteen-year-old son, Jack, has been having a tough time of it since they separated. They've been concerned, but now they're terrified--Jack has run away from home. It happened once before, just after the separation, but then it was only a matter of hours before Eric found him. This time, Jack disappeared with his cousin, and the two of them haven't been seen for more than twenty-four hours. Desperate, Eric and Andrew call on private investigator Jane Lawless, a friend of Andrew's from years ago. Despite the fact that her business partner, A.J. Nolan, is now in a wheelchair and struggling with depression, Jane agrees to help out. But after she examines Eric and Andrew's home, her first impression of the case isn't good--in fact, she's not convinced the boys ran away at all. She thinks they may have been abducted...or worse.--From the dust jacket.

The Haunting of Maddy Clare, by Simone St. James
Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis--rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed by ghosts--has been summoned to investigate the spirit of the nineteen-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who is said to haunt the barn where she committed suicide. Maddy hated men in life, and she will not speak to them in death. But Sarah is unprepared to go alone into a haunted barn looking for the truth. She's even less prepared for the arrival of Alistair's associate, rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, also a veteran of the trenches, whose scars go deeper than Sarah can reach. Soon, Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle. For Maddy's ghost is no hoax--she's real, she's angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Matthew discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance...before it destroys them all?--From the dust jacket.

Esrever Doom, by Piers Anthony.
Kody woke up the first time in a hospital. He knew something horrible had happened, but no one would tell him what. All they said was that he needed surgery, he had to sign the papers, and there might be side effects, including mood reversal. Mood reversal? The second time Kody woke up, he was in Xanth, and an ogre was attacking. Lost in the magical world of Xanth, Kody quickly proves himself to be a worthy arrival from Mundania. He rescues a friend of Griff the Hipporoc, who sets Kody on his way to the gates of Princess Dawn's palace...where he finds a dreadful curse that must be reversed. Kody undertakes the quest in the hope of finding his own way back home; this reversal must be put to rights!--From the dust jacket.

In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, by Matt Bell.
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods tells the story of a newly married couple who take up a lonely existence in the title's mythical location. In this blank and barren plot, far from the world they've known, they mean to start a family. But every pregnancy fails, and as their grief swells, the husband--a hot-tempered fisherman and trapper--attempts to prove his domination in other ways, emptying both the lake and the woods of their many beasts. As the years pass, the wife changes, too; her powerful voice sings new objects into being, including a moon hung above their house, its doomed weight already slowly falling, bending the now-starless sky. In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods is about love, parenthood, and the dreams parents have for their children--as well as what happens to a marriage when its success is measured solely by the children it produces, or else the grief that marks their absence.--From the dust jacket.

Under a Graveyard Sky, by Jonh Ringo.
When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family--Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith--activate Zombie Plan Charlie: buy a sailboat and take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. Their plan is to find a safe haven away from the anarchy of infected humanity, some gentle Eden in a world of misery and pain. What they discover, instead, is a sea made of tears and a passion for bringing hope. Now it is up to the Smiths and a ragtag flotilla of civilian boats and boaters to not find but create that safe haven on an ocean of sorrow, to battle the infected night and day, to offer their lives and sanity in sacrifice that civilization might live. With every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived Under a Graveyard Sky.--From the dust jacket.

Snow Hunters, by Paul Yoon.
Snow Hunters traces the extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Pexie, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must let go of his traumatic past. In Snow Hunters, Yoon proves that love can dissolve loneliness, that hope can wash away despair, and that a man who has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and tenderness.--From the dust jacket.

The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin, by Chris Ewan.
Charlie Howard, part-time writer, part-time thief, has been engaged in a veritable spree of larceny and misappropriation since moving to Berlin. He's supposed to be working on his next novel, but high rent and a love of thrill-seeking have put a dent in his word count. Charlie's larcenous binge is interrupted by the call to duty--on behalf of Her Majesty's Government. Four embassy employees are suspected of stealing a sensitive item. Charlie is to break into their homes, find the culprit, and recover the stolen property. But there's a catch. The item is so sensitive that Charlie isn't even told what he's looking for, only that he'll recognize it when he sees it. But when Charlie enters the first suspect's home, he sees something he really wishes he hadn't--a woman being murdered in the apartment building across the street. And that's just for starters. In this fast-paced and charming mystery, Charlie must evade a hornet's nest of foreign spies to retrieve the mystery item, catch a killer, and finally confront how he truly feels aout his literary agent and confidante, Victoria.--From the dust jacket.

Fall 2013 Teen Programs

Between October 9th and November 13th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some great fall activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

October 9: Tic-Tac-Toe To-Go! Make your very own magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe game out of recycled Altoids tins.

October 16: Celebrate Teen Read Week with Book Discussions & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Make sure the books are on your reading level. "Seek the Unknown @ Your Library!"

October 23: Spooktacular Spooky Lanterns. Just in time to light your Halloween nights. Use recycled jars to make a spooky lantern.

October 30: Monster Sock Mash! "They're spooky. They're silly. They're funny. Oh my!" Make a one-of-a-kind sock monster out of used socks. Bring your own socks if you would like.

November 6: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring your favorite PICTURE BOOK that you loved as a kid to discuss!

November 13: Game On! It's Game Day! Challenge your friends to an afternoon of board games and plenty of treats too!

Click here to view the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2722 for more 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.


Claire of the Sea Light, by Edwidge Danticat.
Claire Limye Lanme--Claire of the Sea Light--is an enchanting child born into love and tragedy in Ville Rose, Haiti. Claire's mother died in childbirth, and on each of her birthdays Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother's grave. Nozias wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a shopkeeper, who lost a child of her own, so that Claire can have a better life. But on the night of Claire's seventh birthday, when at last he makes the wrenching decision to do so, she disappears. As Nozias and others look for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed among the community of men and women whose individual stories connect to Claire, to her parents, and to the town itself.--From the dust jacket.

The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi, by Mark Hodder.
Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men--including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel--has received guidance from the Afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted--including Brunel! The government, in search of answers, turns to the Afterlife, only to find that Abdu El Yezdi is now refusing to speak with the living. Enter the newly knighted Sir Richard Francis Burton, fresh from his discovery of the source of the Nile. Appointed the king's agent, he must trace the missing luminaries and solve the mystery of El Yezdi's silence. But the Beast has been summoned. How can the famous explorer fulfill his mission when his friends and loved ones are being picked off, one by one, by what appears to be a supernatural entity--by, perhaps, Abdu El Yezdi himself?--From the dust jacket.

The Mourning Hours, by Paula Treick DeBoard.
Kirsten Hammerstrom hasn't been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years--not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Kirsten was just nine years old when Stacy Lemke went missing, and the last person to see her alive was her boyfriend, Johnny--the high school wrestling star and Kirsten's older brother. No one knows what to believe--not even those closest to Johnny--but the event unhinges the quiet farming community and pins Kirsten's family beneath the crushing weight of suspicion. Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives.--From the dust jacket.

Runaway Man, by David Handler.
Benji Golden works in his family's struggling mom-and-pop business above a twenty-four-hour diner on Broadway and 103rd Street. Golden Legal Services, a private detective agency, was started by Benji's hero-cop father. The business is now run by Benji's mother, who used to be the only Jewish pole dancer in New York City, and is staffed by lovely Rita, an eye-popping computer wizard and a former lap dancer. Baby-faced Benji--who is exactly one-quarter inch shy of five foot six, weighs a buck thirty-seven, and answers to the nickname "Bunny"--specializes in tracking down teen runaways. One day, when a lawyer in fancy shoes arrives from Park Avenue's classiest law firm offering a job and lots of money, Benji and his mother can't say no. Bruce Weiner is a senior at prestigious Canterbury College. A client of the firm has bestowed a considerable inheritance on Bruce, but Bruce has gone missing, and it's up to Benji to find him. One murder later, Benji finds himself on a dangerous investigation that will take him to the highly secretive core of the most powerful city on earth.--From the dust jacket.

Help Adults Learn to Read--Become a Certified Literacy Tutor!

Individuals interested in becoming certified literacy tutors are encouraged to sign up for this free training session. Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, the 6-hour course qualifies attendees to obtain the Literacy Tutor Certificate. After training, tutors are assigned to work one-on-one with other adults wishing to learn to read, or to improve their reading skills.

If you are interested in the training, call the library at (310) 524-2728 to register.

Saturday Concerts in the Library Series

The fall season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, September 21 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.

The Rest of Us, by Jessica Lott.
As a college student, Terry fell madly and destructively in love with Reinhart, her famous poetry professor, tumbling into a relationship from which she never fully recovered. Now, fifteen years later, she's single, still living in the same walk-up she moved into after college, and languishing as a photographer's assistant, having long abandoned her own art. But when she stumbles upon Reinhart's obituary online, she finds herself taking stock of the ways her life has not lived up to her youthful expectations and grows disproportionately distraught at the thought she'll never see him again. She is shocked when a few weeks later she bumps into Reinhart himself: very much alive, married, and Christmas shopping at Bloomingdale's. What ensues is an intense and beautiful friendship, an unexpected second act that pushes Terry to finally reckon with the consequences of their past and the depth of her own aspirations--and to begin to come back alive as an artist and a woman.--From the dust jacket.

Reviver, by Seth Patrick.
Revivers. Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation. In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah isn't so certain. Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter, Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything that Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that, if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger... --From the dust jacket.

The Translator, by Nina Schuyler.
When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, she suffers from an unusual but real condition--the loss of her native language. Speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life, she leaves for Japan. There, to Hanne's shock, the Japanese novelist whose work she recently translated confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work. Reeling, Hanne seeks out the inspiration for the author's novel--a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master of the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate, volatile relationship, Hanne is forced to reexamine how she has lived her life, including her estranged relationship with her daughter. In elegant and understated prose, Nina Schuyler offers a deeply moving and mesmerizing story about language, love, and the transcendence of family.--From the dust jacket.

Rapscallion, by James McGee.
In the third adventure featuring the James Bond of the Regency Era, Matthew Hawkwood goes undercover to hunt down smugglers and traitors at the height of the Napoleonic Wars. For a French prisoner of war, there is only one fate worse than the gallows: the hulks. Former man-o-wars, now converted to prison ships, their fearsome reputation guarantees a sentence served in dreadful conditions. Few survive. Escape, it's said, is impossible. Yet reports persist of a sinister smuggling operation within this brutal world, and the Royal Navy is worried enough to send two of its officers to investigate. When they disappear without a trace, the navy turns in desperation to Bow Street for help. It's time to send in a man as dangerous as the prey. It's time to send in Hawkwood.--From the dust jacket.

Job Opportunities at the Library
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The library is currently looking to fill two Library Page I positions. If you are interested in these positions, please go to the City of El Segundo's listing of part time job opportunities at http://www.elsegundo.org/depts/human_resources/part_time_opportunities.asp. This recruitment process is open on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately.

The Cleaner of Chartres, by Salley Vickers.
Twenty years ago she appeared in the cloisters of the ancient cathedral of Notre-Dame, in the medieval town of Chartres, France. To the townspeople, it seems she has always been there--a harmless presence, touching their lives in subtle ways. But no one knows anything of her past. Then one day she is asked to take on the cleaning of the cathedral by the Abbe Paul, who first discovered her sleeping on its north porch. Working under the light of the magnificent stained glass and cleaning the famous labyrinth, Agnes finds an inner peace. Soon she is helping the chaotic Professor Jones and advising Philippe Nevers about his disturbed sister. And with her colorful clothes and elusive manner she attracts the attention of Alain Fleury, the irreverent young man who is helping to restore the cathedral. But Agnes's new position provokes the jealousy of the elderly Madame Beck and her crony, Madame Picot. One day a specter from Agnes's past arrives, causing ugly speculation and rumors that fly until finally Agnes is forced to confront her history and we learn of the traumas that first brought her to Chartres.--From the dust jacket.

Masaryk Station, by David Downing.
Berlin, 1948. Still occupied by the four Allied powers, and largely in ruins, the city has become the cockpit of a new Cold War. The legacies of the war have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties--a paradise for spies. As spring unfolds, a Western withdrawal appears increasingly likely. Berlin's German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviet forces who occupy half the city, and whose legacy of violence ripped apart many families. John Russell works for both Stalin's NKVD and the newly created CIA, trying his best to cut himself loose from both before his double-agency is discovered by either. As tensions between the great powers escalate, each passing day makes Russell's position more treacherous. He and his Soviet liaison, Shchepkin, seek out one final operation--one piece of intelligence so damning it could silence the wrath of one nation and solicit the protection of the other. It will be the most dangerous task Russell has ever taken on, but one way or the other, it will be his last.--From the dust jacket.

Red Star Falling, by Brian Freemantle.
In a botched escape from Russia, MI5 spy Charlie Muffin is seized by the FSB, Russia's intelligence-service successor to the infamous KGB. Charlie is Russia's long-term target in British counter-intelligence, and Moscow is determined to extract, by whatever means necessary, every secret of British--and Western--espionage over Charlie's thirty-year career. Charlie's determined not only to resist the interrogation but to learn from it if his Russian intelligence-officer wife and their daughter escaped the trap that snared him and have reached England. He embarks on a cat-and-mouse battle of deception to convince his interrogators that they're learning what they want--aware that one misspoken word could be fatal. That's not Charlie's only problem. He's also trying to work out how his escape was foiled. It could not have been only due to the FSB, or his wife and daughter would have been caught as well. His MI5 boss doesn't think it was, either, and suspects treachery by Britain's external intelligence organization, MI6. To help discover the truth, Natalia, Charlie's wife, uses all the Russian tradecraft she's ever learned to help save her husband.--From the dust jacket.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods, by Gavin Extence.
The universe works in mysterious ways... Alex Woods was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, leaving scars that marked him for an extraordinary life. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, he hasn't had the most conventional childhood. When he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in an uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing... --From the dust jacket.

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
Saturday, June 22, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Learn basic computer terms, hands-on instruction using a keyboard and mouse, and, if time permits, internet searching.

Internet Basics
Saturday, July 13, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Explore different kinds of websites and what you can do when you visit them.

Email Attachments
Saturday, August 17, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
How to attach documents and photos to email, and, if time permits, how to print using the library computers.

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.

Summer 2013 Teen Programs


Between June 26th and August 7th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some great summer activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

July 10: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Please make sure the book you share is on your reading level.

July 17: Top Chef Cupcake Challenge. Silliest? Most creative? Best book theme? Challenge your friends to an afternoon of cupcake decorating and show off your culinary creativity!

July 24: Shrinky Dink Friendship Necklaces! Turn recycled To-Go food containers into BFF Friendship necklaces.

July 31: Funky Junk Memory Frames. Using found objects and other treasured bits, decorate your own work of art to display summer memories of your friends, family, or even yourself! *Bring some of your own treasures to use if you would like.

August 7: Teen Pizza Party and Movie. Wrap up the summer program with this party beginning at 2:00 p.m. *Participants must be enrolled in the Totally Teen Reading Club and must have read 5 books this summer to attend the Teen Pizza Party!

Click here to view the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2722 for more information.


The Stranger, by Camilla Lackberg.
A local woman is killed in a tragic car crash, but it isn't a clear-cut drunk driving case. The victim's blood contains high alcohol levels, yet she rarely drank a drop. Meanwhile, a new television series begins shooting in Fjallbacka, and as cameras shadow the stars' every move, tempers start to flare. When a drunken party ends with an unpopular contestant's murder, all eyes turn to the cast and crew. Could there be a murderer among them? The ratings spike as the country tunes in to a real life murder mystery. Detective Patrik Hedstrom finds himself increasingly unable to focus on the strange circumstances of the first case, but what if that holds the key to a series of other unsolved cases across Sweden? Under the unforgiving media spotlight, Patrik tackles his most challenging investigation yet.--From the dust jacket.

The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell.
Rose Baker seals men's fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess, Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee. This is a new era for women, and New York City is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair short, they smoke, they go to speakeasies. But prudish Rose is stuck in the fading light of yesteryear, searching for the nurturing companionship that eluded her in childhood. When glamorous Odalie, a new girl, joins the typing pool, despite her best intentions Rose falls under her spell. As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the station by day, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie's high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.--From the dust jacket.

Stolen, by Daniel Palmer.
The future has never looked brighter for Boston couple John Bodine and Ruby Dawes. John's online gaming business is growing, Ruby is pursuing her dream career, and they're talking about starting a family. Then Ruby receives a life-changing diagnosis, and their cut-rate insurance won't cover the treatment she desperately needs. Faced with a ticking clock, John makes a risky move: he steals a customer's identity and files a false claim for Ruby's medication. The plan works perfectly--until the customer in question contacts John with a startling proposition. If John and Ruby agree to play a little game he's devised, he won't report their fraud. The rules of "Criminal" are simple: commit real crimes. Fail in their assigned tasks, and there will be deadly consequences. John assumes it's a sick joke, until people start dying. With each round, the stakes are escalating, the crimes getting more twisted. John and Ruby can't disappear--they can't go to the police. Their only option is to keep playing, all the while trying to outwit a psychopath who has no intention of letting them leave this game alive.--From the dust jacket.

The Kings and Queens of Roam, by Daniel Wallace.
Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, the older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naive--and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn't possibly survive on her own...or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down. In this new novel, Southern literary master Daniel Wallace returns to the tradition of tall tales and folklore made memorable in his best-selling novel Big Fish. Wildly inventive and beautifully written, The Kings and Queens of Roam is a big-hearted tale of family and the ties that bind.--From the dust jacket.

Summer Reading Program Sign-ups


Registration for the 2013 Summer Reading Program "Reading Is So Delicious!" begins on June 13 and continues into early August. The kick-off program, featuring the magical performance of David Skale and his furry assistant Bunny Boo Boo, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, in Library Park.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

2013 El Segundo Author Fair

Be here for an afternoon of book-related entertainment and fun at the 2013 El Segundo Public Library Author Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2nd.

Thirty-five authors are scheduled to appear at the event, including children's storytellers, illustrators, poets, and the ever-popular Balloon Man. At 12:30 the library presents its first-ever author panel focusing on young adult fiction--"Beyond the Hunger Games: New Fiction for Young Adults," moderated by Julie Todd, Youth Services Librarian. Moderated by author Patricia Smiley, the popular mystery author panel--"The Butler Didn't Do It: Writing the Modern Mystery"--gets started at 2:30. Scheduled to appear around the two panels, many of the authors will be available to meet with the public and discuss their work.

Attendees are invited to enjoy free entertainment by local musicians, goodie bags, light refreshments, and book sales and signings. The Author Fair is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library. Please call (310) 524-2728 for more information.

Click here to see the event flyer.

There Was an Old Woman, by Hallie Ephron.
"Don't let him in until I'm gone." That's what Sandra Ferrante, Mina Yetner's neighbor, whispers just as the EMT's are carrying her away to the hospital. Mina writes down the message--at ninety-one, she has to write down almost everything--and calls Sandra's daughter Ginger to tell her that once again her mother needs help. Evie Ferrante is dismayed when she gets the call from her sister: this time it's Evie's turn to see what their mother has done to herself. But when Evie arrives home, she's shocked to find her mother's house in terrible disrepair. And as she cleans and organizes, she makes several puzzling discoveries: expensive liquor in the garage, pricier than her mother's usual brand; a new flat-screen TV on the wall. Where had the money come from? Searching for answers, Evie turns to Mina. Lately, Mina's been having episodes she can't explain, and her nephew, Brian, is trying to convince her to move to a community that will provide some assistance. Though Mina resists, Evie thinks it might not be a bad idea. But before Mina goes anywhere, she will need to help Evie figure out what's going on with her mother--and as Evie digs into the events of the past few months, a bigger, more sinister story begins to unfold.--From the dust jacket.

Honor, by Elif Shafak.
In the mid-1940s, twin sisters are born in a small Kurdish village on the border of Turkey and Syria. One of them, Jamila, stays in the village and becomes a midwife, a feared and respected figure who has healing powers and the ability to see into the future, Her sister, Pembe, who dreams of a different life, marries a man from Istanbul named Adem Toprak, eventually following him to London in the early 1970s where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their three children, Iskender, Esma, and Yunus. In London, the family faces a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. After Adem, a bitter, frustrated man who feels increasinly ground down in life, moves out, Iskender, as eldest son, must step in and become the one who will not let any shame come to the family name. And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a gentle, kind man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.--From the dust jacket.

The Darkling, by R.B. Chesterton.
In the 1940s, Coden, Alabama, was a hideaway for movie stars--an isolated playground tucked among the live oaks and placid bay waters where pleasure and vice could be indulged. By the summer of 1974 Coden's glamour has faded, but it doesn't bother Mimi Bosarge, who is simply happy to have a job as a live-in tutor with the wealthiest family in town, the Hendersons. When the Hendersons generously open their arms to Annie, a troubled teenager with no recollection of her past, Mimi's greatest concern is creating a curriculum for the family's new ward. But it soon becomes obvious that something is wrong, Annie seems suspiciously savvy for her young age, and Mimi can't quell the unnerving sense that there is something malicious about the waiflike beauty.--From the dust jacket.

Capital Punishment, by Robert Wilson.
Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Frank D'Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. After a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home. Enter Charles Boxer. Ex-army, ex-police, he has found his niche in private security. His specialty: kidnap and recovery. When D'Cruz hires Boxer to find Alyshia, Boxer knows Frank's crooked business empire has made him plenty of enemies. Despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash, instead favoring a cruel and lethal game. But the British government doesn't want its big new investor to lose his daughter in the heart of the capital. The MI6 office in India follow's Boxer's lead, and soon it seems more lives than Alyshia''s are at stake as the trail crosses paths with a terrorist plot on British soil. To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters, and London's home-grown crime lords.--From the dust jacket.

Telling the Bees, by Peggy Hesketh.
Albert Honig's most constant companions have always been his bees. A never-married octogenarian, still residing in the house in which he was born, Albert makes a modest living as a beekeeper, just as his father and his father's father had done before him. Deeply acquainted with the ways and workings of the hives, he knows that bees dislike wool clothing and foul language; that the sweetest honey is made from the blooms of the eucalyptus; and that bees are their gentlest in a swarm. But Albert is less versed in the ways of people, especially his beautiful, courageous, and secretive friend Claire. A friend and neighbor since childhood, Claire was a hovering presence--and then a glaring absence--in Albert's life, a change that has never been reconciled. When she is killed in a seemingly senseless accident during a burglary gone wrong, Albert is haunted by the loss. In the aftermath of this tragedy, he is left to piece together the events of their lives, to attempt to make sense of the shared past and the silence that persisted between them for a decade before her death. What Albert comes to learn is that Claire's secrets were far darker than anything he could have imagind...and the mystery behind her murder lay not so much in who did it, but why.--From the dust jacket.

Mary Coin, by Marisa Silver.
In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America's farms in search of work. Little personal information is exchanged, and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced what will become the most iconic image of the Great Depression. Three vibrant characters anchor Mary Coin. Mary, the migrant mother herself, who emerges as a woman with deep reserves of courage and nerve, with private passions and carefully guarded secrets. Vera Dare, the photographer wrestling with creative ambition who makes the choice to leave her children in order to pursue her work. And Walter Dodge, a present-day professor of cultural history, who discovers a family mystery embedded in the picture. In luminous, exquisitely rendered prose, Silver creates a extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that although a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of life.--From the dust jacket.

Traps, by MacKenzie Bezos.
Dana is a beautiful young security guard trained in special ops who can disarm a bomb or suture a wound but is terrified of committing to the man she loves. Lynn is a fiercely independent older woman living alone in Nevada and running a ranch for rescued dogs. Jessica is a reclusive movie star and mother of two whose father keeps selling her out to the paparazzi. Vivian is a seventeen-year-old prostitute who will do anything to protect her twin babies. Bezos brings deep intelligence and rich texture to her portraits of four women whose fates, though only tangentially connected, are linked in miraculous ways. With infallible comic timing and enormous emotional generosity, Bezos mines the interior lives of her heroines: their fears, their longings, and above all the remarkable reservoirs of inner strength they bring to their struggles.--From the dust jacket.

The Andalucian Friend, by Alexander Soderberg.
When Sophie Brinkmann--nurse, widow, single mother--meets Hector Guzman, her life is uneventful. She likes his quiet charm and easy smile; she likes the way he welcomes her into his family. She quickly learns, though, that his smooth facade masks something sinister. Guzman is the head of a powerful international crime family with a reach into drugs and weapons that extends from Europe to South America. His interests are under siege by a ruthless German syndicate that will stop at nothing to stake its claim. But the Guzmans are fighters and will go to war to protect what's rightfully theirs. The conflict quickly escalates into a deadly turf war between the rival organizations, which includes an itinerant arms dealer, a deeply disturbed detective, a vicious hit man, and a wily police chief. Sophie, too, is unwittingly caught in the middle. She must summon everything in her to navigate this intricate web of moral ambiguity, deadly obession, and craven gamesmanship.--From the dust jacket.

Spring 2013 Teen Programs
Between March 6th and April 17th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some great spring activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

March 27: Game Day. Challenge your friends to an afternoon of board games, and plenty of treats, too!

April 10: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books and enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Please make sure the books are on your reading level.

April 17: Top Chef Cupcake Challenge. Silliest? Most creative? Best book theme? Challenge your friends to an afternoon of cupcake decorating and show off your culinary creativity!

Click here to view the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2726 for more information.


Saving Our Community History: a Letter from the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library

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Our fundraising goal for the El Segundo Herald preservation project is $20,000. Thanks to the generosity of donors listed below, we are almost there! The donations, together with the Friends' contribution of $20,000, is nearly sufficient funding for the completion of the Friends' project "Saving Our Community History." Digital conversion and placement of El Segundo’s only newspaper, the El Segundo Herald, on the Library’s web site will give everyone a view of our past from 1916 forward! What a gift to ourselves and to the generations that follow! Only an additional $5,500 is needed to accomplish all this. To make a donation toward this project, please send a check made out to "Friends of the El Segundo Public Library" and note “Herald Project” on the check. Donations can be mailed or walked into the library.


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The Dinner, by Herman Koch.
On a summer evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. At first, the conversation is a gentle hum of polite small talk--the banality of work, the latest movies they've seen. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act--an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. When the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.--From the dust jacket.

The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi.
Jean le Flambeur gets up in the morning and has to kill himself before his other self can kill him first. Just another day in the Dilemma Prison. Rescued by the mysterious Mieli and her flirtatious spacecraft, Jean is taken to the Oubliette, the Moving City of Mars, where time is a currency, memories are treasures, and a moon-turned-singularity lights the night. Meanwhile, investigator Isadore Beautrelet, called in to investigate the murder of a chocolatier, finds himslf on the trail of an archcriminal, a man named Flambuer. Indeed, in his many lives, the entity called Jean le Flambuer has been a thief, a confidence artist, a posthuman mind-burglar, and more. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his deeds are known throughout the Hetrarchy, from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System, to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars. In his last exploit, he managed the supreme feat of hiding the truth about himself from the one person in the solar system hardest to hide from: himself. Now he has the chance to regain himself in all his power--in exchange for finishing the one heist he never quite managed.--From the dust jacket.

Shadow on the Crown, by Patricia Bracewell.
In 1002, fifteen-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Aethelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the cathedral door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her, and a bewitching rival who covets her husband and her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son. Determined to outmaneuver her adversaries, Emma forges alliances with influential men at court and wins the affection of the English people. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both her crown and her life.--From the dust jacket.

The Burn Palace, by Stephen Dobyns.
The sleepy community of Brewster, Rhode Island, is just like any other small American town. It's a place where most of the population will likely die blocks from where they were born; where gossip spreads like wildfire, and the big entertainment on the weekends is the inevitable fight at the local bar. But recently, something out of the ordinary--perhaps even supernatural--has been stirring in Brewster. While packs of coyotes gather on back roads and the news spreads that a baby has been stolen from Memorial Hospital (and replaced in its bassinet by a snake), a series of inexplicably violent acts begins to confound Detective Woody Potter and the local police--and inspire terror in the hearts and minds of the locals.--From the dust jacket.

Celebrate Good Reading at the El Segundo Public Library!

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Do you have a favorite book or author that you would consider a "good read?"

During the library's February and March "Let's Celebrate Good Reading" event, you are invited to peruse the shelves of the adult collection and discover a book-or-two that you might consider as a new "good read." Each month the library highlights a special area of the collection, with displays and reading lists featuring "Pets" in February and "Movies and Music" in March.

Adding to the reading fun, adult patrons who borrow any two adult fiction or non-fiction books at a time will be eligible to enter a monthly raffle drawing. February's raffle prize, in conjunction with the pet theme, is a gift basket and gift card from Kirby's Pet Depot, and March's entertainment-themed raffle prize is a set of Academy Award-winning movies on DVD, accompanied by the books they were based on. One Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader will also be raffled each month. While supplies last, eligible patrons will receive a book bag, book marks, and other goodies. Raffle prizes are courtesy of Kirby's Pet Depot and the Friends of the Library.

Be sure to take part in the reading celebration--stop by the library, enter the raffle, and let us know what you think is a "good read!"



Portobello Notebook, by Adrian Kenny.

These stories are set in Portobello, on the edge of Dublin city, just inside the canal. Its characters are like that--on the edge of life: Michael, the country boy who drowns himself; Harry, the old Jewish dealer living alone; Liam, the simple emigrant returning on a visit. Through their eyes, we follow the author's progress. Old friends are met, in loss or renewal, making or trying to make fresh starts, or looking back through the glass of time. Disappointment, happiness and uncertainty lead to the realization that this place has become what the author always thought was elsewhere--his home. Written over the past thirty years, together they form a great story--that of one man's life in one place. -- From the dust jacket.

A Town of Empty Rooms, by Karen E. Bender.

A Town of Empty Rooms
presents the story of Serena and Dan Shine, estranged from one another as they separately grieve over the recent deaths of Serena's father and Dan's older brother. Serena's actions cause the couple and their two small children to leave New York City, and they settle in the only town that will offer Dan employment: Waring, North Carolina. There, in the Bible Belt of America, Serena becomes enmeshed with the small Jewish congregation in town led by an esoteric rabbi, whose increasingly erratic behavior threatens the future of his flock. Dan and their young son are drawn into the Boy Scouts by their mysterious and vigilant neighbor, who may not have their best intentions at heart. Tensions accrue when matters of faith, identity, community, and family all fall into the crosshairs of contemporary America. -- From the dust jacket.

Stakeout, by Parnell Hall.

Stanley Hastings finally felt like a real PI, staking out a New Jersey motel to get evidence on a woman's cheating husband. It should have been a piece of cake. Only the husband wasn't cheating, someone killed him, and the cops are trying to pin the murder on the man apprehended at the scene, who just happens to be Stanley. To clear his name, Stanley will wind up jumping bail, impersonating a police officer, staking out a mob boss, and appropriating a murder weapon from a sassy Jersey girl who keeps trying to distract him by ripping her clothes off. And that's just for starters... -- From the dust jacket.

The Thief, by Fuminori Nakamura.

The thief is a seasoned pickpocket. Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets from strangers so smoothly he sometimes doesn't remember the snatch. Most people are just a blur to him, nameless faces from whom he chooses his victims, He has no family, no friends, no connections... But he does have a past, which finally catches up with him. Ishikawa, his first working partner, reappers in his life, and offers him a job he can't refuse. It's an easy job: break into the house of a rich old man and steal the contents of his safe. No one gets hurt. Only the day after the job does he learn that the old man was a prominent politician, and that he was brutally murdered after the robbery. And now the Thief is caught in a tangle even he might not be able to escape. -- From the dust jacket.

Winter 2013 Teen Programs

Between January 16th and February 20th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool winter activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

January 30: Manga & Comic Book Art Frames. Collage a photo frame with Manga and comic book art.

February 6: Teens Make Valentines for Senior Citizens. Make hand-made Valentine's cards for El Segundo seniors. All Valentine's Day cards will be delivered to the El Segundo Senior Center & Meals on Wheels recipients in time for Valentine's Day.

February 13: Shrinky Dink Friendship Necklaces. Turn recycled To-Go food containers into BFF Friendship Necklaces just in time for Valentine's Day.

February 20: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books and enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Please make sure the books are on your reading level.

Click here to view the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2726 for more information.


The Heat of the Sun, by David Rain.
With Sophie Tucker belting from his hand-crank phonograph and a circle of boarding school admirers laughing uproariously around him, we first meet Ben "Trouble" Pinkerton through the amazed eyes of his orphaned schoolmate Woodley Sharpless--and ever after, though their paths at times diverge, their lives continue to intersect. Trouble, the son of Lieutenant Benjamin Pinkerton and the geisha Madame Butterfly, is being raised in the United States, by (now) Senator Pinkerton and his upper-class wife, Kate. From early on, Trouble's privileged upbringing and rebellious charisma combine to involve him in many important events of the twentieth century: from Greenwich Village in the roaring twenties, through WPA work during the Great Depression; from secret government work outside Los Alamos, to a revelation on a Nagasaki hillside by the sea. Woodley Sharpless witnesses these events, too--along with plenty of Pinkerton family drama.--From the dust jacket.

The Rendition, by Albert Ashforth.
The brutal secret war to win Kosovo's freedom from Serbia is in full swing when The Rendition takes readers behind the headlines for an inside look at the United States' involvement. Alex Klear, a veteran intelligence officer, is sent to the Balkans on a hastily planned rendition, which goes terribly bad. Alex decides it is time to retire, until he is persuaded to go to Germany as part of an operation connected to the rendition. In Munich he finds himself caught between two dynamic women, an old girlfriend and the female colonel running the op. While there, he becomes a target of the Kosovo Liberation Army, a murder suspect to the German police, and for his superiors, the perfect fall guy to take the heat for a badly botched secret operation. With Kosovo's independence declaration coming closer by the day, the secret war heats up, and Alex comes to realize that he is at the center of a murky conspiracy aimed at making the United States an international pariah.--From the dust jacket.

Portlandtown : a Tale of the Oregon Wyldes, by Rob DeBorde.
Joseph Wylde isn't afraid of the past, but he knows some truths are better left unspoken. When his father-in-law's grave-digging awakens more than just ghosts, Joseph invites him into their home hoping that a booming metropolis and two curious grandtwins will be enough to keep the former marshall out of trouble. Unfortunately, the old man's past soon follows, unleashing a terrible storm on a city already knee-deep in floodwaters, As the dead mysteriously begin to rise, the Wyldes must find the truth before an unspeakable evil can spread across the West and beyond.--From the dust jacket.

The Thieves of Legend, by Richard Doetsch.
[Former thief] Micheal and his ex-girlfriend KC Ryan have been blackmailed by a U.S. Army colonel. They are to travel to opposite ends of China, and each is responsible for stealing a piece of an ancient puzzle: a diary and a compass. With their lives dependent on each other's success, they must face off against the complex underworld of the Chinese triads, a twisted female assassin, and a madman whose only desire is to possess the secrets held within the pages of the diary--knowledge that would give him enormous power and lead to the downfall of nations. Moving from the glittering casinos of Macau to its dark and dangerous back-streets; from the palace at the heart of China's Forbidden City to the medieval castles of Spain; from the seaside mansions along the Amalfi Coast to an uncharted Pacific island, Michael is in a race against time. He has less than five days to uncover a five-hundred-year-old mystery--and to save KC from certain death.--From the dust jacket.

Saturday Concerts in the Library Series

The winter season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, January 19 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.

Hard Twisted, by C. Joseph Greaves.
In May 1934, outside of Hugo, Oklahoma, a homeless man and his thirteen-year-old daughter are befriended by a charismatic drifter, newly released from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. The drifter, Clint Palmer, lures father and daughter to Texas, where the father, Dillard Garrett, mysteriously disappears, and where his daughter, Lucile, begins a one-year ordeal in captivity, traversing the American West on a crime and killing spree that culminates in Palmer's notorious Greenville, Texas, "skeleton murder" trial of 1935. C. Joseph Greaves weaves a chilling tale of survival and redemption, encompassing iconic landscapes, historic figures, America's last Indian uprising, and one of the most celebrated criminal trials of the Public Enemy era.--From the dust jacket.

Silhouette, by Dave Swavely.
In the near-future, a post-quake San Francisco is ruled by a private corporation called the Bay Area Security Service. Its founder, Saul Rabin, is revered by many as the savior of the city, but by others he is feared and loathed as a facist tyrant. And because of the cutting-edge anti-gravity technology being developed by his company, this controversial figure is about to become the most powerful man in the world. To his protege, Michael Ares, the old man is a mysterious benefactor whom he respects and admires. But when Michael's daughter and best friend are brutally murdered, he follows a trail of evidence that leads dangerously close to home. Closer than he could ever imagine. A future world of aerocars, net glasses, and neural cyberware provides the backdrop for this timeless tale of good and evil, revenge and love, infamy and destiny.--From the dust jacket.

An Echo Through the Snow, by Andrea Thalasinos.
Rosalie MacKenzie is headed nowhere until she sees Smokey, a Siberian husky suffering from neglect. Rosalie finds the courage to rescue the dog, and--united by the bond of love that forms between them--they save each other. Soon Rosalie and Smokey are immersed in the world of competitive dogsled racing. Days are filled with training runs, the stark beauty of rural Wisconsin, and the whoosh of runners on snow. Rosalie discovers that behind the modern sport lies a tragic history: the heartbreaking story of the Chukchi people of Siberia. When Stalin's Red Army displaced the Chukchi in 1929, many were killed and others lost their homes and their beloved Guardians--the huskies that were the soul and livelihood of their people. Alternating between past and present, telling of a struggling Chukchi family and a young woman discovering herself, An Echo Through the Snow takes readers on a gripping, profound, and uplifting dogsled ride to the Iditarod and beyond, on a journey of survival and healing.--From the dust jacket.

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, by Benjamin Hale.
Bruno Littlemore is unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious, and preternaturally gifted, Bruno falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges. Bruno's untimely outbursts ultimately cost Lydia her job and send them on what proves to be one of the most unforgettable journeys--and most affecting love stories--in recent literature.--From the dust jacket.

2012 Fall Teen Programs
Between October 10th and November 14th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool fall activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

October 24: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books, and enjoy root beer floats. Bring your favorite PICTURE BOOK that you loved as a kid.

October 31: Trick or Treat, It's a Halloween Mask Making Workshop. Decorate a felt mask for Halloween.

November 7th: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books, and enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Please make sure the books are on your reading level.

November 14th: Game Day! Challenge your friends to an afternoon of board games, and plenty of treats, too!

Click here to see the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2726 for more 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, from September 2012 through June 2013, excluding December 2012. Discussions will be led by library staff and, on occasion, the authors themselves.

On March 27th, library staff will discuss M.L. Stedman's novel The Light Between Oceans.

The library will present a discussion of the novel The Art Forger, by B.A. Shapiro, on April 24th.

Meet author Melanie Benjamin, via Skype, in a discussion of her book The Aviator's Wife on May 29th.

Discuss the novel Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes on June 26th.


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



Saturday Concerts in the Library Series
The new fall season of the popular Concerts in the Library series kicks off Saturday, September 15 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.

Free Advanced Computer Skills Class
From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4th, the library is holding a free advanced computer skills class. Participants will learn advanced internet searching and tips, how to print email messages, and how to add or open attachments. Seating is limited and registration is required. Participants will recieve a reminder call about the class. Please note that the class will take place while the library is closed. Those attending should knock on the front door to enter; late arrivals will not be admitted after 9:10 a.m.

To reserve a seat or to ask questions about the class, please call the reference desk at (310) 524-2728.

Free Intermediate Computer Skills Class
From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14th, the library is holding a free intermediate computer skills class. Participants will learn how to surf the internet and, time permitting, set up an email account. Seating is limited and registration is required. Participants will recieve a reminder call about the class. Please note that the class will take place while the library is closed. Those attending should knock on the front door to enter; late arrivals will not be admitted after 9:10 a.m.

To reserve a seat or to ask questions about the class, please call the reference desk at (310) 524-2728.

Teen Summer Programs
Between July 11th and August 15th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool summer activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

July 25: Book Discussions and Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books, and enjoy refreshing root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

August 1: Carnival Time! Teens are needed to help plan and create a carnival--games, fun, & prizes for younger kids. Next week, Thursday, August 9th at 2:30-4:00 p.m., be here to run the show!

August 8: T-shirt Art. Make a fashion statement! Come ready to turn a t-shirt into wearable art! Please bring your own white t-shirt to decorate. Other supplies will be provided.

August 15: Teen Pizza Party & Movie. You must be enrolled in the Totally Teen Reading Club and must have read five books this summer to attend the party.

Click here to see the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2726 for more information.


2012 Summer Reading Kick-off Program
Join the Library's Youth Services Division as they start off the Summer Reading Program with a fun-filled performance of "Thumbelina," a marionette show presented by the Puppets & Players Little Theatre. The show begins at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26th, in Library Park.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

Free Beginning Computer Skill Class
From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16th, the library is holding a free beginning computer skills class. Participants will learn how to use a computer mouse and access the internet. Seating is limited and registration is required. Participants will recieve a reminder call about the class. Please note that the class will take place while the library is closed. Those attending should knock on the front door to enter; late arrivals will not be admitted after 9:10 a.m.

To reserve a seat or to ask questions about the class, please call the reference desk at (310) 524-2728.

Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2012 Summer Reading Program "Dream Big, Read!" begins on June 21 and continues into mid-August. The kick-off program, featuring a marionette performance of "Thumbelina" by the Puppets & Players Little Theatre, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, in Library Park.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

Teen Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program, "Own the Night," begins on June 21 and continues into mid-August. This program is designed for young people who are in middle or high school, or will be entering middle school in the fall. Read books from your school's required summer reading list, or other books on your reading level, and earn rewards. There will be a series of craft activities for teens and a pizza party at the end of the program.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

2012 El Segundo Author Fair
Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 3rd, as the library again presents its annual Author Fair, with a new time of 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Always a treat for book lovers, the event will host 35 local authors and poets, covering such topics as mystery, memoir, travel, cooking, children's, music, and more. Authors will meet and greet the public at signing tables, while poets read their works in the Rose Garden Room. The first author panel of the day--"Leading Ladies"--will be moderated by Library Board of Trustees President Kevin Smith, and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The second author panel--"Pop Culture 60's & 70's"--will be moderated by author Manny Pacheco, and will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The ever-popular and creative Balloon Man will return, and crafts and storytelling will be held in the Children's Library.

The Author Fair is one of El Segundo's top social and cultural events. Be sure to be a part of it!

The Author Fair is co-sponsored by the El Segundo Public Library and the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.

Click here to see the program flyer.

The Book of Lost Fragrances, by M.J. Rose.
Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by visions of the past, her earliest memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up with as the heir to a storied French perfume company. These worsened after her mother's suicide until she finally found a doctor who helped her, teaching her to explore the mythological symbolism in her visions and thus lessen their painful impact. This ability led Jac to a wildly successful career as a mythologist, television personality and author. When her brother, Robbie--who's taken over the House of L'Etoile from their father--contacts Jac about a remarkable discovery in the family archives, she's skeptical. But when Robbie goes missing before he can share the secret--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind. Traveling back to Paris to investigate Robbie's disappearance, Jac discovers that the secret is a mysterious scent developed in Cleopatra's time. Could the rumors swirling be true? Can this ancient perfume hold the power to unlock the ability to remember past lives and conclusively prove reincarnation? If this possession has the power to change the world, then it's not only worth living for...it's worth killing for, too.--From the dust jacket.

The O'Briens, by Peter Behrens.
The O'Briens is a family story unlike any told before, a tale that pours straight from the heart of a splendid, tragic, ambitious clan. In Joe O'Brien--grandson of a potato-famine emigrant, and a backwoods boy, railroad magnate, patriarch, brooding soul--Peter Behrens gives us a fiercely compelling man who exchanges isolation and poverty in the Canadian wilds for a share in the dazzling riches and consuming sorrows of the twentieth century. When Joe meets Iseult Wilkins in Venice, California, the story of their courtship--told in Behren's gorgeous, honed style--becomes the first movement in a symphony of the generations. Husband and wife, brothers, sisters-in-law, children and grandchildren, the O'Briens engage unself-consciously with their century, and we experience their times not as historical tableaux but as lives passionately lived. At the heart of this clan--at the heart of the novel--is mystery and madness grounded in the history of Irish sorrow.--From the dust jacket.

Poison Flower, by Thomas Perry.
James Shelby has been unjustly convicted of his wife's murder. In order to save him from prison or death, Jane [Whitefield] orchestrates his escape from the heavily guarded criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles. But the price of Shelby's freedom is higher than Jane could ever have imagined. Within minutes, imposters posing as police officers shoot Jane, take her away, and tie her to a mattress in a small, dark room. Jane's captors are employees of the true killer, who believes he won't be safe until Shelby is dead. His henchmen will do anything to break Jane's mind, body, and spirit to get her to reveal Shelby's hiding place, yet Jane endures their sadistic torment using techniques passed on via her Seneca warrior ancestors. Jane is now alone, wounded, thousands of miles from home with no money and no identification, hunted by both the police and her ruthless captors. In an unrelenting, breathtaking cross-country battle, Jane must use all her cunning to rejoin Shelby, get them both to safety, and unmask the real murderer. And when at last Jane turns to fight, her enemies face a ferocious warrior who has one weapon that they don't.--From the dust jacket.

The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller.
Greece is in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. "The best of all the Greeks"--strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess--Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine--much to the displeasure and fury of Achilles' mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.--From the dust jacket.

Anatomy of Murder, by Imogen Robertson.
London, 1781. The streets seethe with rumor and conspiracy as the king's navy battles the French. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship's captain who has been gravely injured at sea. And while the banks of the Thames swarm with the hustle and bustle of life, a body is dragged from its murky waters. Having gained a measure of fame for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, Mrs. Westerman and reclusive anatomist Gabriel Crowther are called on to investigate the case of the dead man. They accept, not knowing the heights from which their assistance has been requested. In this intricate novel, Mrs. Westerman and Crowther will discover that this is no ordinary drowning--the victim is part of a plot to betray England's most precious secrets.--From the dust jacket.

The Darlings, by Cristina Alger.
Now that he's married to Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries: a Park Avenue apartment, weekends in the Hamptons, bespoke suits. When Paul loses his job, Carter offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position. But Paul's luck is about to change: a tragic event catapults the Darling family into the middle of a regulatory investigation and a red-hot scandal with enormous implications for everyone involved. Suddenly, Paul must decide where his loyalties lie. Will he save himself while betraying his wife and in-laws or protect the family business at all costs?--From the dust jacket.

Watergate, by Thomas Mallon.
In Watergate, Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew before now, moving readers from the private cabins of Camp David to the klieg lights of the Senate Caucus Room, from the District of Columbia jail to the Dupont Circle mansion of Theodore Roosevelt's sharp-tongued ninety-year-old daughter ("The clock is dick-dick-dicking"), and into the hive of the Watergate complex itself, home not only to the Democratic National Committee but also to the president's attorney general, his recklessly loyal secretary, and the shadowy man from Mississippi who pays out hush money to the burglars.--From the dust jacket.

The Shadow patrol, by Alex Berenson.
In late 2009, the CIA officers in Afghanistan's Kabul station made a deadly mistake. They fell for a Jordanian doctor who promised to lead them to the highest ranks of al-Qaeda. In truth the doctor was a double agent, and when he blew himself up, the station's most senior officer died with him. More than two years later, the station still hasn't recovered. Recruiting has dried up and, worse, the agency's best sources in Afghanistan are being picked off. At Langley, the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station. When they ask John Wells to investigate, he reluctantly agrees to return to the country where his career as an undercover operative began. What he finds there is even worse than imagined: a viper's nest of hostility and mistrust--and hints of a drug-trafficking operation involving the agency, the military, and the Taliban. One thing is certain: Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. Wells is the only one who can unearth the truth--if he can keep from getting killed himself first.--From the dust jacket.

Spring Storytime Sign-ups

The spring storytime session will be here soon! Registration begins Tuesday, February 21st, at 9:00 a.m. in person. Toddler storytime for 2 year olds is held Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., beginning February 28th, and preschooler storytime is held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., beginning February 29th.

Library Club for ages 5 to 10 years is offered Thursdays at 3:00 p.m., beginning March 1st, and does not require registration. Storytime includes age-appropriate stories, songs, movies and crafts.

Teens in grades 6th and up can also participate in library programs on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. beginning on February 29th. A few spring session programs for teens include book discussions paired with root beer floats, Dewey Decimal Pictionary, and manga and comic book photo frames! Snacks are always included for teens.

All programs are free! For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.



Spring Teen Programs
Between February 29th and April 4th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some fun spring activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

March 14th -- Book Discussion and Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

March 21st -- Manga & Comic Book Art Photo Frames. Collage a photo frame with Manga & comic book art.

March 28th -- Book Discussion and Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

April 4th -- Friendship Bracelets. Bead or braid a friendship bracelet to keep for yourself or to give to your BFF.

Please click here for the program flyer.

Call (310) 524-2726 for additional information.

The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley.
'Dear you, the body you are wearing used to be mine.' So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakens in a London park surrounded by dead bodies--all wearing latex gloves. With no memory of who she is or how she got there, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and escape those who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in the Checquy, a secret government agency that protects the world against supernatural threats--from sentient fungus to stampeding ectoplasm--while keeping the populace in the dark. But now there is a mole on the inside, and this person wants Myfanwy dead. In her quest to save herself and unmask the traitor, Myfanwy will encounter a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she could ever have imagined. And she must learn to harness her own rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability.--From the dust jacket.

Hope: A Tragedy, by Shalom Auslander.
The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: no one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way for Kugel... His ailing mother stubbornly holds on to life, and won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she never actually suffered through. To complicate matters further, some lunatic is burning down farmhouses just like the one Kugel bought, and when, one night, he discovers history--a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history--hiding upstairs in his attic, bad quickly becomes worse.--From the dust jacket.

All Necessary Force, by Brad Taylor.
A terrorist hit is coming. The CIA, FBI, and Department of Defense systems have spiked, but traditional intel is going nowhere. It falls to the Taskforce--a top secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law and is charged with finding and destroying asymmetric threats--to stop the unknown conspirators. A shadowy trail leads the Taskforce through Asia and into Egypt, where an attack leaves one hardened Taskforce member dead and another barely breathing. Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, are forced to helm the increasingly convoluted and dangerous mission--a mission that tests Jennifer's ability to justify means to an end and Pike's tenuous ability to stay in control. Sifting their way through opposing plots of two terrorist organizations will turn out to be the least of their problems when a weapon of unthinkable power touches American soil--the only country in which Taskforce members are forbidden to operate, and the only country that Pike Logan may be unable to save.--From the dust jacket.

The Chalk Girl, by Carol O'Connell.
The eight-year-old girl appeared in New York's Central Park one day: red-haired, blue-eyed, dirty-faced, smiling widely. She looked perfect, like a porcelain fairy--except for the blood on her shoulders. It fell from the sky, she told the police. It happened while she was looking for her Uncle Red, who had turned into a tree. Right, they thought, poor child. And then they found the body in the tree. For Mallory, newly returned to the Special Crimes Unit after three months' lost time, spent she will not say where, there is something about the girl that she understands. Mallory is damaged, they say, dangerously unstable, but she can tell a kindred spirit when she sees one. And this one will ultimately lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes, to murders stretching back fifteen years, to blackmail and complicity and a particular cruelty that perhaps only someone with Mallory's history could fully recognize. In the next few weeks, she will deal with them all...in her own way.--From the dust jacket.

We Treasure Books Celebration
Come explore the library's shelves for a wealth of information and entertainment in the "We Treasure Books Celebration" during the months of February and March. Members of the community are encouraged to read books from different genres each month. February's theme is "Biographies," with special reading lists and displays of biographical titles, while March's theme is "Travel," with special reading lists and displays of travel titles. There will be raffle drawings, with prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Library, for adults 18 years and older who borrow two or more adult fiction or non-fiction books at one time; raffle prizes will include two Barnes and Noble gift cards and two Barnes and Noble Nook e-readers. Please call (310) 524-2722 for further information.

Storm Damage, by Ed Kovacs.
Though calling to mind Chinatown's Jake Gittes or Chandler's Philip Marlowe, Cliff St. James is a new kind of private detective--a mixed-martial arts coach and bare-knuckled former cop who investigates a curious missing-persons/murder case. The cold trail quickly heats up, propelling him into battle of wits and brawn with the deadliest killers operating in the apocalyptic, post-hurricane ruins of New Orleans. With no forensic evidence, a destroyed crime scene, and no corpse, St. James, who's practically homeless and on the verge of bankruptcy, tenaciously navigates the gritty afternath of a city that's barely functioning. The more layers of deceit surrounding the case he peels away, the grander is the conspiracy that comes into focus, placing him squarely in the crosshairs of those who specialize in remaining unknown.--From the dust jacket.

The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes.
This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about--until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tom Webster thought he'd left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he'd understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world. A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.--From the dust jacket.

Saturday Concerts in the Library
Come join in the fun with the Library's Winter/Spring Concerts in the Library series during the months of January 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 returns with a new selection of titles sure to keep everyone talking. Now on an extended schedule from September 2011 through June 2012--excluding December 2011--the meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room on the last Wednesday each month. Discussions will be led by library staff and, on occasion, the authors themselves.

April 25th the library will present a discussion of the novel The Legacy, by Katherine Webb.

The discussion focuses on Jeffrey Eugenides' novel The Marriage Plot on May 30th.

Author Christopher Farnsworth leads a discussion of his novel Red, White, and Blood on June 27th.

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



Winter Storytime Sign-ups

The winter storytime session will be here soon! Registration begins Tuesday, January 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. in person. Toddler storytime for 2 year olds is held Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., beginning January 10th, and preschooler storytime is held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., beginning January 11th.

Library Club for ages 5 to 10 years is offered Thursdays at 3:00 p.m., beginning January 12th, and does not require registration. Storytime includes age-appropriate stories, songs, movies and crafts.

Teens in grades 6th and up can also participate in library programs on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. beginning on January 11th. A few winter session programs for teens include book discussions paired with root beer floats, fashionable duct tape wallets and cell phone cases, valentines for senior citizens and game day! Snacks are always included for teens.

All programs are free! For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.



A Visit with the Claus Family
Join us for this special holiday program! We'll sing carols with the Claus family, listen to Santa tell stories, and then the little ones can meet Santa. The free program will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th in the Friends of the Library Room. Children under eight must be accompanined by an adult. Don't forget to bring your camera! Please call (310) 524-2726 for additional information.

Free Career Change Webinar
The library is hosting a free Career Change Webinar on Thursday, November 3, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Rose Garden/Gazebo Room. If you are thinking about a change in jobs, this is a must-attend workshop to get valuable advice for today's difficult job market. Career expert Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, will help you consider:



  • The 15 questions you need to ask before making a career change
  • How to create and execute a successful career change plan
  • How to avoid the most common mistakes people make when changing careers

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street.

Please call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



New Library Hours
Beginning Monday, October 31st, the library will be resuming its extended hours of operation during the workweek, Monday through Thursday. The library will remain closed Fridays and Sundays.

The new hours are:

Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday and Sunday closed

Please call the Circulation Desk at 310-524-2722 for any questions about the library's new hours.


Fall 2011 Teen programs
Between October 12th and November 16th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some fun fall activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

November 2nd -- Celebrate Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. Come decorate your very own Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead whimsical paper Sugar Skull portrait, then frame it to take home!

November 9th -- Book Discussion and Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books & enjoy root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Please make sure the books are on your reading level

November 16th -- Fashionable Duct Tape Wallets or Cell Phone iPod Pockets. Create a wallet or cell phone/iPod pocket out of durable duct tape. Perfect for gift-giving or to keep for yourself!

Click here to view the proram flyer.

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Literacy Tutoring for Adults
Become a better reader! If you or someone you know would like to read, write, or spell better, consider joining El Segundo Public Library's Adult Literacy Program. Our trained tutors will provide confidential one-on-one tutoring.

Adults are eligible for literacy tutoring if they:

  • Are 18 or older;
  • Are able to hold a conversation, such as an intake interview, in English;
  • Are not enrolled in a degree program; and
  • Are able to work with a tutor a minimum of 2 hours per week.

To get more information or to sign up for the program, call Adult Literacy Coordinator Kimberlee Carter at (310) 524-2772.



Saturday Concerts in the Library
Come join in the fun with the Library's Fall Concerts in the Library series during the months of September 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.

Free Beginning Computer Skills Class
From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, the library is holding a free beginning computer skills class. Participants will learn how to use a computer mouse and access the internet. Seating is limited and registration is required. Participants will recieve a reminder call about the class. Please note that the class will take place while the library is closed. Those attending should knock on the front door to enter; late arrivals will not be admitted after 9:10 a.m.

To reserve a seat or to ask questions about the class, please call the reference desk at (310) 524-2728.

Free Intermediate Computer Skills Class
From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, the library is holding a free intermediate computer skills class. Participants will learn how to surf the internet and, given time, set up an email account. Seating is limited and registration is required. Participants will recieve a reminder call about the class. Please note that the class will take place while the library is closed. Those attending should knock on the front door to enter; late arrivals will not be admitted after 9:10 a.m.

To reserve a seat or to ask questions about the class, please call the reference desk at (310) 524-2728.


Summer 2011 Teen Programs
Between July 6th and August 17th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool summer activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

July 6: Ice Cream Sundae Trivia. How do you build an ice cream sundae? By answering trivia questions correctly, you will earn tasty ingredients to maks a sundae. Yummy!

July 13: Minute to Win It! Challenge your friends to an afternoon of Minute to Win It! LOL fun guaranteed to make you ROFL!

July 20: Creative Picture Frames. Using found objects and other treasured bits, decorate your own work of art to display summer memories of your friends, your family, or even you! Bring some of your own treasures to use if you want.

July 27: Book Discussions and Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens, talk about books, and enjoy refreshing root beer floats. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.


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South Bay Bicycle Master Plan Workshops
Attend the workshop to preview the South Bay Bicycle Master Plan draft plan and provide input. The meeting will be held at the El Segundo Joslyn Center, located at 539 Sheldon Street, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 28, 2011.


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Help Adults Learn to Read--Become a Certified Literacy Tutor!
The library is hosting a free Literacy Tutor training session on Saturday, July 16th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Individuals interested in becoming certified literacy tutors are encouraged to sign up. The 6-hour training qualifies attendees to obtain the Literacy Tutor Certificate. After training, tutors are assigned to work one-on-one with other adults wishing to learn to read or to improve their reading skills.

If you are interested in becoming a Literacy Tutor, call the El Segundo Public Library at (310) 524-2728 to register for the training session.

Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2011 Summer Reading Program, "One World, Many Stories," begins on June 23 and continues into mid-August. The kick-off program featuring the wild antics of Buster Balloon is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the El Segundo Women's Club.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

Teen Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2011 Teen Summer Reading Program, "You Are Here," begins on June 23 and continues into mid-August. This program is designed for young people who are in middle or high school, or will be entering middle school in the fall. Read books from your school's required summer reading list, or other books on your reading level, and earn rewards. There will be a series of craft activities for teens and a pizza party at the end of the program.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

Heads You Lose, by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward.
Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing, twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can't exactly call 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper...and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two. But that's only one half of the story. When collaborators Lutz and Hayward--former romantic partners--start to disagree about how the story should unfold, the body count rises, vicitims and suspects develop surprising characteristics (meet Brandy Chester, the stripper with the Mensa IQ), and sibling rivalry reaches homicidal intensity. Will the authors solve the mystery without killing each other first?--From the dust jacket.

2030, by Albert Brooks.
June 12, 2030, started out like any other day in memory--and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: Millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond. Young people around the country simmered with resentment toward "the olds" and anger at the treadmill they could never get off of just to maintain their parents' entitlement programs. But on June 12, everything changed: A massive earthquake devestated Los Angeles, and the government, teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, was unable to respond. The fallout from the earthquake sets in motion a sweeping novel of ideas that pits national hope for the future against assurances from the past and is peopled by a memorable cast of refugees and billionaires, presidents and revolutionaries, all struggling to find their way.--From the dust jacket.

Barnes and Noble supports the El Segundo Author Fair
Help support the library by taking part in the Barnes and Noble book sale at the El Segundo Author Fair on Sunday, June 5. Barnes and Noble will be present at the Author Fair to provide you with a selection of the day's book titles for purchase. A portion of the proceeds during the Author Fair will be given back to the library in support of its activities. If you can't come to the Author Fair, be sure to pick up a voucher at the library's Circulation Desk and present it when you buy a book at the 1800 Rosecrans Avenue Barnes and Noble all day on June 5. Between June 5 and June 10 books can also be purchased at www.bn.com/bookfairs, using the Bookfair ID code 10492643 at checkout.

For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.

El Segundo Author Fair
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 11th annual El Segundo Author Fair on Sunday, June 5th. From 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. the library will host 35 authors as they meet the public and discuss their work. Two author panels will be held: "Fresh Ideas: Good Eats" and "Things that Go Bump in the Night: Exploring Paranormal Fiction." Included in the day's entertainment will be book sales and signings, poetry readings, children's programs, live music, and goody bags.

The Author Fair is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.

Click here to view the 2011 Author Fair Flyer


The Crimean War: a History, by Orlando Figes.
The Charge of the Light Brigade, Florence Nightingale--these are the enduring icons of the Crimean War. Less well known is that this savage war (1853-1856) killed almost a million soldiers and countless civilians; that it enmeshed four great empires--the British, French, Turkish, and Russian--in a battle over religion as well as territory; that it fixed the fault lines between Russia and the West; that it set in motion the conflicts that would dominate the century to come. In this masterly history, Orlando Figes reconstructs the first full conflagration of modernity, a global industrialized struggle fought with unusual ferocity and incompetence. Drawing on untapped Russian and Ottoman as well as European sources, Figes vividly depicts the world at war, from the palaces of St. Petersburg to the holy sites of Jerusalem; from the young Tolstoy reporting in Sevastopol to Tsar Nicolas, haunted by dreams of religious salvation; from the soldiers and nurses on the battlefields to the women and children in towns under siege.--From the dust jacket.

Guilt by Association, by Marcia Clark.
Brilliant and tenacious, DA Rachel Knight lives and breathes her work and distains office politics--a combusible combination that often gets her into trouble. She is a stalwart member of the elite Special Trials Unit, a small group of handpicked prosecutors that handles the toughest, most sensitive, and most celebrated cases in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. At the end of a typical ten-hour day, Rachel has her sights set on an ice-cold martini at the Biltmore Hotel, where she lives. But on her way she's sidetracked by the wail of sirens and the commotion of a crime scene. Cops swarm around a seedy motel, where Rachel is surprised to discover that Jake, a dear friend and fellow prosecutor, has been murdered. The suspicious and potentially explosive circumstances of Jake's death are never far from Rachel's thoughts as she takes on her fallen colleague's most politically charged case: the mysterious assault on a young woman from an influential L.A. family. Rachel enlists the help of her best friends and partners in crime-fighting--Toni, a fellow Special Trials prosecutor, and Bailey, a tough-as-nails LAPD detective--to covertly undertake her own investigation into Jake's murder. Rachel's drive to clear Jake's name exposes a world of power and violence that will have her risking her reputation--and her life--to find the truth.--From the dust jacket.

The Priest's Graveyard, by Ted Dekker.
Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate bound by a perilous love. Danny Hansen came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother's life. Now he's a priest, incensed by the powerful among us who manipulate the law for their own gain, uncaring of the shattered lives they leave behind. It is his duty to show them the error of their ways, even if he must put them in the grave. Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man. Having escaped his clutches, she now lives only to satisfy justice by destroying him, regardless of whom she must become in that pursuit. But when Danny and Renee's paths become inexorably entangled things go very, very badly and neither of them may make it out of this hunt alive.--From the dust jacket.

Quicksilver, by Amanda Quick.
Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening's events. Dark energy, eminating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she's rescued by a man she's met only once before, but son't soon forget... Owen Sweetwater inherited his family's talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London's women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal. But Owen knows better. Virginia's powers are real--and so is the power she exerts over him simply with her presence. And if her abilities can be relied upon in the midst of great danger, they just might be the key to his investigation.--From the dust jacket.

Free Resume Webinar
The library is hosting a free Resume Webinar on Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room. If you are looking for a job, this is a must-attend workshop to learn how to create a winning resume that gets interviews. Resume expert Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, will teach attendees to:



  • Write a powerful profile and skills summary that shows how valuable your experience is to hiring managers.
  • Transform a list of job tasks into powerful success stories.
  • Leverage education and internships to prove you have "the right stuff" to do the job.
  • Use resume design templates to help you stand out from the crowd.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street.

Please call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Free Career Webinar

The library is hosting a free Career Webinar on Thursday, May 5, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room. If you are looking for a job, this is a must-attend workshop to get valuable advice for today's difficult job market. Career expert Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, will answer these questions and more:



  • How do I explain long work gaps?
  • When is it okay to mention salary?
  • How long should my resume be?
  • What should I wear to my interview?
  • I'm switching careers but have no experience. What do I do?

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street.

Please call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Emily, Alone, by Stewart O'Nan.
A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O'Nan's intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of visits from her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings--of pride and regret, joy and sorrow--are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways. Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, Emily, Alone confirms O'Nan as an American master.--From the dust jacket.

Devil Red, by Joe R. Lansdale.
Hap Collins and Leonard Pine return in a red-hot, mayhem fueled thriller to face a vampire cult, the Dixie Mafia, and the deadliest assassin they've ever encountered--Devil Red. When their friend Marvin asks Hap and Leonard to look into a cold-case double homicide, they're more than happy to play private investigators: they like trouble, and they especially like getting paid to find it. It turns out that both of the victims were set to inherit serious money, and one of them ran with a vampire cult. The more closely Hap and Leonard look over the crime-scene photos, the more they see, including the image of a red devil's head painted on a tree. A little research turns up a slew of murders with that same fiendish signature. And if that's not enough, Leonard has taken to wearing a deerstalker cap...Will this be the case that finally sends Hap over the edge?--From the dust jacket.

Night Road, by Kristin Hannah.
For eighteen years, Jude Farraday has put her children's needs above her own, and it shows--her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia's best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm's way. It has always been easy--until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore. every time Mia and Zach leave the house, she worries about them. On a hot summer's night her worst fears are realized. One decision will change the course of their lives. In the blink of an eye, the Farraday family will be torn apart and Lexi will lose everything. In the years that follow, each must face the consequences of that single night and find a way to forget...or the courage to forgive.--From the dust jacket.

Pacific Glory, by P.T. Deutermann.
Marsh Vincent, Mick McCarty, and Tommy Lewis were inseparable friends during their naval academy years, each man in love with the beautiful, unattainable Glory Hawthorne. Only Tommy wins her heart and marries Glory after graduation. Different skills set the three men on separate paths in the Navy, but they are all forever changed by the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Glory, now Tommy's widow, is a tough Navy nurse still grieving her loss while trying to save lives at the Pearl Harbor naval hospital. Marsh, a surface ship officer, finds himself in the thick of terrifying sea combat from Guadalcanal, through the turning point at Midway, to a climactic showdown with the Japanese fleet at Leyte Gulf. Mick, a hotshot fighter pilot with a drinking problem and a chip on his shoulder, seeks redemption after a series of failures leaves him grounded and ashamed. Filled with wide-screen action, romance, and heroism tinged with the brutal reality of war, Pacific Glory is an old-fashioned military adventure of the first order.--From the dust jacket.

Red Wolf, by Liza Marklund.
A journalist is murdered in the frozen white landscape of a northern Swedish town. Annika Bengtzon, a reporter at a Stockholm-based tabloid, was planning to interview him about a long-ago attack against an isolated air base nearby, and now she suspects that his death is linked to that attack. Against the explicit orders of her boss, she begins to investigate the event, which is soon followed by a series of shocking murders. Annika knows the murders are connected. At the same time, she begins to suspect that her husband is hiding something, and nothing can counteract the loneliness that has crept into her life. Behind everything lurks the figure of Red Wolf, a cold-blooded killer with the soul of a lover. In the end, she must discover the truth not only about the murders but also about the lies that are destroying her own family.--From the dust jacket.

Armageddon Science, by Brian Clegg.
From global warming to the threat of nuclear weapons comes a terrifying exploration of everything you want to know about potential man-made disasters but were too afraid to ask. Climate change. Nuclear devastation. Bio-hazard. The Large Hadron Collider. What do these things have in common? They all have the potential to end our world. Every great scientific creation of man is balanced by an equal amount of danger--there's no progress without risk. Armageddon Science is an authoritative look at real mad science at work today, recklessly putting life on Earth at risk for the pursuit of knowledge and personal gain. This book explores the reality of the dangers that science poses to the human race, from the classic fear of nuclear destruction to the danger of annihilation by gray goo. Combining the science behind those threats with an understanding of the real people responsible and an assessment of the likelihood of the end of the world, this is better than a disaster movie, it's Armageddon Science.--From the dust jacket.

She-Wolves: the Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, by Helen Castor.
When Edward VI died in 1553, the extraordinary fact was that there was no one left to claim the title of king of England. For the first time, England would have a reigning queen--but the question was which one: Katherine of Aragon's daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn's daughter, Elizabeth; or one of their cousins, lady Jane Grey or Mary, Queen of Scots. But female rule in England also had a past. Four hundred years before Edward's death, Matilda, daughter of Henry I and granddaughter of William the Conquerer, came tantilizingly close to securing the crown for herself. And between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries three more exceptional women--Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou--discovered how much was possible if presumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly--and just how quickly they might be vilified as "she-wolves" for their pains. The stories of these women, told here in all their vivid detail, expose the paradox that female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. Man was the head of woman, and the king was head of all. How then, could royal power lie in female hands?--From the dust jacket.

The Desert of Souls, by Howard Andrew Jones.
The glittering tradition of sword-and-sorcery sweeps into the sand of ancient Arabia with the heart-stopping speed of a Whirling Dervish in this thrilling debut from new talent Howard Andrew Jones. In eighth-century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life-and-death chase through the ancient Middle East. Stopping the thieves--a cunning Greek spy and a fire wizard of the Magi--requires a desperate journey into the desert, but first Dabir and Asim must find the lost ruins of Ubar and contend with a mythic, sorcerous being that has traded wisdom for the souls of men since the dawn of time. But against all these hazards there is one more that may be too great even for Dabir to overcome.--From the dust jacket.

Spring 2011 Teen Programs
Between March 2nd and April 6th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool, after-school activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

March 2: Minute to Win It! Back by popular demand. Challenge your friends to an afternoon of Minute to Win It! LOL fun guaranteed to make you ROFL!

March 9: Teen Tech Week Short Film Festival. Come view the short films of El Segundo's talented teens, created for Teen Tech Week. Popcorn served!

March 16: Teen Karaoke. Be a star for the afternoon, or just have fun!

March 23: Teen Picture Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens & talk about books! Bring your favorite picture book that you've recently read, or remember from childhood, to share with others.

March 30: Ice Cream Sundae Trivia. How do you build an ice cream sundae? By answering trivia questions correctly, you will earn tasty ingredients to maks a sundae. Yummy!

April 6: Teen Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens & talk about books. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

Click here to view the program flyer. No registration is required and snacks will be served. Call (310) 524-2726 for more information.

The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman.
The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell, Massachusetts, capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives. In exquisite prose, Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small-town America, presenting us with some three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are intertwined by fate and by their own actions. From the town's founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives. At the center of everyone's life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow, and where the truth can be found by those who dare to look.--From the dust jacket.

Caribou Island, by David Vann.
On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unraveling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past, are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary's old dream, they're hauling old logs to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health, to build the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place. But this island is not right for Irene. They are building without plans or advice, and when winter comes early, the overwhelming isolation of the prehistoric wilderness threatens their bond to the core. Caught in the emotional maelstrom is their adult daughter, Rhoda, who is wrestling with the hopes and disappointments of her own life. Devoted to her parents, she watches helplessly as they drift further apart. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest, Caribou Island captures the drama and pathos of a husband and wife whose bitter love, failed dreams, and tragic past push them to the edge of destruction.--From the dust jacket.

The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown.
Unlucky in work, love, and life, the Andreas sisters return to their childhood home, Each has a secret she's unwilling to share--each has come home to lick her own wounds. The Andreas family is an eccentric one. Books are their passion (There is no problem a library can't solve), TV something other families watched. Their father--a renowned professor of Shakespeare who comminicates almost exclusively in verse--named all three girls for great Shakespearean women--Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia); as a result, the sisters find that they have a lot to live up to. With this burden the Andreas sisters have a difficult time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the homebody and shy eldest sister, the fast-living and mysterious middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Why can't Rose leave her hometown for the man she loves? Why has glamorous Bean come home from New York City with her tail between her legs, to the small college town she swore she'd leave as soon as she could? And why has Cordy suddenly resurfaced after years of gypsy living? Each sister has found her life nothing like she had thought it would be--and now, as they are faced with their parents's frailty and their own disappointments and setbacks, their usual quick salve of a book can't solve what ails them.--From the dust jacket.

Under the Harrow, by Mark Dunn.
Armed with only an old encyclopedia, a Bible, and the complete works of Charles Dickens, the good citizens of Dingley Dell built an idyllic society based on a Victorian past. Beyond the Dell is the Outland, and beyond that, no one knows. Most residents live peacefully in their splendid isolation, content with being orphans in a forgotten world. For some, however, the Dell is too small and their curiosity about the Outland is too great. Those who leave are never heard from again. Until, that is, eleven-year-old troublemaker Newman Trimmers escapes from the valley to unmask the world beyond, setting off a series of events that may doom--or save--the entire Dinglian population. With unmatched literary wit and imaginative storytelling, Mark Dunn delivers the first contemporary Dickensian thriller and one of the most innovative books in years.--From the dust jacket.

Winter 2011 Teen Programs
Between January 12th and February 16th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool, after-school activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

January 12: Candy Sushi. Back by popular demand! Instead of sashimi, we'll use Swedish Fish. Instead of seaweed, we'll use fruit roll-ups & Rice Krispies treats for the rice. Express your culinary creativity!

January 19: Beaded Snowflakes. Make your very own unique snowflake to take home! Guaranteed not to melt!

January 26: Teen Book Discussion Group.
Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

February 2: Minute to Win It. Challenge your friends to an afternoon of Minute to Win It! LOL fun guaranteed to make you ROFL!

February 9: Teen Movie and Popcorn.
Enjoy a movie specially selected for teens, and popcorn too!

February 16: Teen Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

Click here to view the program flyer. No registration is required and snacks will be served. Call (310) 524-2726 for more information.

The Evening Book Discussion Group Returns
From January to June, join library staff, authors, and other avid readers in a lively discussion focusing on a book-of-the-month. Free to all, the meetings will be held the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Friends of the Library Room. The following dates and books are scheduled:



  • Wednesday, January 26th: author Dorothy Howell leads a discussion of her book Shoulder Bags and Shootings.
  • Wednesday, February 23rd: library staff discuss Aimee Bender's book The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.
  • Wednesday, March 30th: join Kimberlee Carter, Senior Library Assistant, in a discussion of Isabel Allende's book Zorro.
  • Wednesday, April 27th: Ellen Cunningham, the library's Public Services Manager, examines Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann.
  • Wednesday, May 25th: Kathy Busick, Library Assistant, leads a discussion of The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton.
  • Wednesday, June 29th: Library staff hold a conversation on Helen Simonson's novel Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. Call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Body Work, by Sara Paretsky.
"Doctors take days off--why not PIs?" V.I. Warshawski demands. But when America's hardest-working private eye goes clubbing, a stranger is shot and dies in her arms. V.I. has been visiting Club Gouge, Chicago's edgiest nightspot, where a woman known as the Body Artist turns her naked body into a canvas for the audience to paint on. The show attracts all kinds of people, from a menacing off-duty cop to Ukranian mobsters and Iraq war vets--and V.I.'s impetuous cousin, Petra. A tormented young painter shows up, too, and the intricate designs she creates on the Body Artist drive one of the vets into a violent rage. When the painter is shot, the cops figure it's an easy collar--PTSD vet goes off the rails, stalks then kills young woman. But the vet's family hires V.I. to clear his name, and the detective uncovers a chain of ugly truths that stretches all the way from Iraq to Chicago's South Side.--From the dust jacket.

The Final Reckoning, by Sam Bourne.
Tom Byrne has come a long way since his days as an idealistic young lawyer. Now he'll work for anyone--as long as the money's right. So when a UN official asks him to take on a dubious job, he accepts. A suspected suicide bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man, and Tom must placate the family. But it soon emerges that the victim was not quite the innocent man he seemed to be. Alongside the dead man's daughter, Rebecca, Tom discovers a hidden brotherhood united in a worldwide mission that has caused hundreds of unexplained deaths. Pursued by those ready to kill to stop him, Tom must unlock a secret of the Second World War. Based on the true story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sought revenge for Nazi crimes, The Final Reckoning is an atmospheric, emotionally engaging, and twisting thriller that moves at light speed from the first page to the last.--From the dust jacket.

Caveat Emptor, by Ruth Downie.
In the far reaches of the Roman Empire, there are three certainties in life for Doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso: death, taxes, and angry barbarians. In this fourth novel from Ruth Downie, Ruso has arrived back in Britannia with his new wife, Tilla, and a trunk full of wedding crockery. His old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work, but it isn't the kind of work Ruso had had in mind. While Tilla longs for somewhere to unpack the crockery and a home for the baby she hopes will soon follow, Ruso is tasked with hunting down missing tax man Julius Asper. Of course there's something else missing; money. And the Council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear. Despite our hero's best efforts to get himself fired as investigator, he and Tilla find themselves trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft, forgery, buried treasure, and the legacy of Boudica, the rebel queen.--From the dust jacket.

Under Fishbone Clouds, by Sam Meekings.
Under Fishbone Clouds is a universal love story, a family saga, and a journey through Chinese history, myth, and culture. Following a young Chinese couple as their love grows, and is tested, during Mao's Cultural Revolution, this elegant, debut novel provides a rare and personal glimpse into the birth of modern China. When the Kitchen God is challenged by the Jade Emperor to fathom the workings of the human heart, he chooses to follow the life of Jinyi and his wife, Yuying, from their blossoming love until their old age, in hopes of finding an answer. The Kitchen God watches as the new government strictures split their family in two, living inside their hearts as they endure the loss of two children, homesickness, and isolation, all the while keeping alive a love that survives famine, forced labor, and even death. Weaving together the story of their life with China's recent political history, as well as traditional folktales and myths, the Kitchen God illuminates the most impenetrable aspects of the human condition.--From the dust jacket.

New Library Hours Beginning January 3, 2011
Effective January 3, 2011, the El Segundo Public Library will be changing its business hours. The library's new hours will be:

  • Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Sunday Closed


A Visit with Santa and the Claus Family
Join us for this special holiday program! We'll sing carols with the Claus family, listen to Santa tell stories, and then the little ones can meet Santa. The free program will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 16th in the Friends of the Library Room. Children under eight must be accompanined by an adult. Don't forget to bring your camera! Please call (310) 524-2726 for additional information.

Luka and the Fire of Life, by Salman Rushdie.
Rashid Khalifa, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, has fallen into a deep sleep from which no one can wake him. To keep his father from slipping away entirely, Luka must travel to the Magic World and steal the ever-burning Fire of Life. Thus begins a quest replete with unlikely creatures, strange alliances, and seemingly insurmountable challenges as Luka and an assortment of enchanted companions race through peril after peril, pass through the land of the Badly Behaved Gods, and reach the Fire itself, where Luka's fate, and that of his father, will be decided. Filled with mischievous wordplay and delving into themes as universal as the power of filial love ans the meaning of mortality, Luka and the Fire of Life is a book of wonders for all ages.--From the dust jacket.

Hollywood Hills, by Joseph Wambaugh.
A circle of teenage burglars that the media has dubbed the "Bling Ring" has taken to pillaging the homes of Hollywood celebutantes like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, putting the rich and famous on high alert. Enter LAPD veteran "Hollywood Nate" Weiss, who would gladly trade the Hollywood Station beat for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and has recently become friendly with B-list director Rudy Ressler. Nate agrees to take care of the oppulent estate of Ressler's flirtatious fiancee, Leona Brueger, the still-foxy widow of a processed-meat tycoon. Nate doesn't know that Nigel Wickland, Leona's art dealer with a natty wardrobe and posh accent, is devising a nefarious plan: to steal two paintings hanging on the mansion's walls and make off with more money than he's ever seen. Add in the Bling Ring and a pair of drug-addled young copycats who stumble upon Nigel's heist, and soon Hollywood Nate, surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, and the rest of the team at Hollywood Station have a deadly situation on their hands.--From the dust jacket.

Corrag, by Susan Fletcher.
In 1692, brilliant, captivating, Corrag--accused witch, orphaned herbalist, and unforgettable heroine--is imprisoned for her supposed involvement in a massacre she had no part of. Thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are killed by soldiers who had previously enjoyed the clan's hospitality. Many more die from exposure. Suspected of witchcraft and murder, Corrag awaits her death. Lonesome, she tells her story to Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist who seeks information to condemn the Protestant King William, rumored to be involved in the massacre. Hers is a story of passion, courage, love, and the magic of the natural world. By telling it, she transforms both their lives,--From the dust jacket.

Miss Dimple Disappears, by Mignon F. Ballard.
The world is at war. Shocking events have rattled the residents of the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, down to their worn, rationed shoes. It's 1942, and most of the men in town have either volunteered for the armed forces or are waiting for "Greetings" from Uncle Sam. For young schoolmistress Charlie Carr, life and romance aren't going exactly as planned--her head dictates loyalty to her handsome corpsman, Hugh Brumlow, but whenever she thinks of her best friend's beau, Will, her heart does the Jersey Bounce. One frosty November morning just before Thanksgiving, Charlie and her fellow teachers are surprised to discover that the school custodian, Wilson "Christmas" Malone, has not only neglected to stoke the furnace, but has also left wastebaskets brimming with the previous day's apple cores and pencil shavings, Then Wilson is found dead in a broom closet, the apparent victim of a heart attack. But when Miss Dimple Kilpatrick, who is as dependable as gravity and has taught the town's first graders--including Charlie--for almost forty years, disappears the following day, Charlie and her friend Annie Gardner begin to do some sleuthing on their own and soon find a whole mess of suspects, and mystery upon mystery to boot.--From the dust jacket.

Interview Like a Pro Webinar
Join our free webinar on interview tips on Wednesday, December 1st, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Friends of Library Room. Hosted by Tutor.com, the webinar will feature career expert Barbara Safani, who will teach participants how to ace their job interview and stand out from the crowd. Ms. Stafani will discuss:

  • The latest inteview styles and techniques.
  • How to answer the top two interview questions everyone is asked.
  • Strategies to answer the most difficult interview questions and avoid common mistakes.

For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.



The Sleepwalkers, by Paul Grossman.
Berlin, 1932. In the final weeks of the Weimar Republic, as Hitler and his National Socialist Party angle to assume control of Germany, beautiful girls are seen sleepwalking through the streets. Then, a young woman of mysterious origin, with her legs bizarrely deformed, is pulled dead from the Havel River. Willi Kraus, a high-ranking detective in Berlin's police force, begins a murder investigation. A decorated World War I hero and the nation's most famous detective, Willi is also a Jew. Despite his elite status in the criminal police, he is disturbed by the direction Germany is taking. Working urgently to identify the dead woman and solve the murder, Willi finds his superiors diverting him at every turn, and is forced to waste precious time on a politically sensitive missing-person case. Colleagues seem to avoid him; a man on a streetcar stops him from reading a newspaper over his shoulder; he is uncomfortably aware of being watched. But he persists, and soon enters the dangerous Berlin underworld of debauched nightclubs, prostitutes with secrets to hide, and a hypnotist with troubling connections. As me moves through the darkness closer to the truth, Willi begins to understand that much more than the solution to a murder is at stake. What he discovers will mean that his life, the lives of his friends and family, and Germany itself, will never be the same.--From the dust jacket.

The Brave, by Nicholas Evans.
There's little love in eight-year-old Tom Bedford's life. His parents are old and remote, and the boarding school they've sent him to bristles with bullies and sadistic staff. The only comfort he gets is from his fantasy world of cowboys and Indians. But when his sister, Diane, a rising star of stage and screen, falls in love with one of his idols, the suave TV cowboy Ray Montane, Tom's existence is transformed. They move to Hollywood and all his dreams come true. Soon, however, the sinister side of Tinseltown casts its shadow and a shocking act of violence changes their lives forever. What happened all those years ago remains a secret that corrodes Tom's life and wrecks his marriage. Only when his estranged son, a US Marine, is charged with murder do the events resurface, forcing Tom to confront his demons. As he struggles to save his son's life, he will learn the true meaning of bravery.--From the dust jacket.

Djibouti, by Elmore Leonard.
Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. She's covered the rape of bosnian women, neo-Nazi white supremacists, and post-Katrina New Orleans, and has won awards for all three. Now, looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand man, Xavier LeBo, a six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer, head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections. Billy Wynn, a texas billionaire, plays mysterious roles as the mood strikes him. He's promised his girlfriend, Helene, a nifty fashion model, that he'll marry her if she doesn't become seasick or bored while circling the world on his yacht. And there's Jama Raisuli, a black al Qaeda terrorist from Miami, who's vowed to blow up something big. What Dara and Xavier have to decide, besides the best way to stay alive: Should they shoot the action as a documentary or turn it into a Hollywood feature film?--From the dust jacket.

Our Kind of Traitor, by John le Carre.
In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and with Britain on the brink of economic ruin, a young English couple takes a tennis vacation in Antigua. There they meet Dima, a Russian who styles himself the world's number one money launderer. Dima wants, among other things, a game of tennis. Back in London, the couple is subjected to an all-night interrogation by the British Secret Service, which also needs their help. Their acquiescence will lead them on a precarious journey through Paris to a safe house in Switzerland, helpless pawns in a game of nations that reveals the unholy alliances between the Russian mafia, the City of London, the government and the competing factions of the British Secret Service.--From the dust jacket.

Fall 2010 Teen Programs
Between October 13th and November 17th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool, after-school activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

October 13: Top Chef: Cupcake Challenge. Show your culinary creativity--decorate a cupcake! Awards will be given to the spookiest, silliest, prettiest, and best book-themed cupcakes.

October 20: Teen Team Trivia for Teen Read Week Celebration. Challenge your friends to an afternoon of trivia with "Harry Potter Scene It?" and other surprises to celebrate Teen Read Week!

October 27: Teen Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

November 3: Day of the Dead. Decorate a paper Mexican Suger Skull to frame and take home!

November 10: Teen Movie and Popcorn. Enjoy a movie specially selected for teens, and popcorn too!

November 17: Teen Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

Click here to view the program flyer. No registration is required and snacks will be served. Call (310) 524-2726 for more information.

Don't Blink, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan.
Lombardo's Steakhouse in New York is famous for three reasons: the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit. Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian Mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shocklingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas--on both sides of the law. Back off--or die--is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson can achieve.--From the dust jacket.

Legacy, by Danielle Steel.
At the age of thirty-eight, Brigitte Nicholson has a job she likes, a man she loves, and a book on the women's suffrage movement that she will finish--someday. Someday is Brigitte's watchword. Someday she and Ted, a rising star in the field of archaeology, will clarify their relationship. Someday she will have children. Someday she will stop playing it so safe. Then, on a snowy day in Boston, Brigitte's life is jolted. Suddenly everything she has counted on has changed and she finds herself questioning every choice she has made along the way. As she struggles to regain her balance and plot a new course, Brigitte agrees to help her mother on a family genealogy project. In Salt Lake City at the Family History Library, she makes a stunning discovery--reaching back to the French aristocracy. How did Brigitte's mysterious ancestor Wachiwi, a Dakota Sioux, travel from the Great Plains to the French court of Marie Antoinette--and into the arms of a French marquis? How did she come to marry into Brigitte's family? What is the truth behind the tantalizing clues in the fragmented, centuries-old records?--From the dust jacket.

Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett.
Fall of Giants is Follett's magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families--America, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage. Thirteen-year-old Billy WIlliams enters a man's world in the Welsh mining pits...Gus Dewar, an American law student rejected in love, finds a surprising new career in Woodrow Wilson's White House...two orphaned Russian brothers, Grigori and Lev Peshkov, embark on radically different paths half a world apart when their plan to emigrate to America falls afoul of war, conscription, and revolution...Billy's sister, Ethel, a housekeeper for the aristocratic Fitzherberts, takes a fateful step above her station, while Lady Maude Fitzherbert herself crosses deep into forbidden territory when she falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German embassy in London...--From the dust jacket.

The Fort, by Bernard Cornwell.
While the major fighting of the war moves to the south in the summer of 1779, a British force of fewer than a thousand Scottish infantry, backed by three sloops-of-war, sails to the desolate and fog-bound coast of New England. Establishing a garrison and naval base at Penobscot Bay, in the eastern province of Massachusetts that would become Maine, the Scots--the only British troops between Canada and New York--harry rebel privateers and give shelter to American loyalists. In response, Massachusetts sends a fleet of more than forty vessels and some one thousand infantrymen to "captivate, kill or destroy" the foreign invaders. Second in command is Peleg Wadsworth, a veteran of the battles at Lexington and Long island, once aide to General Washington, and a man who sees clearly what must be done to expel the invaders. But ineptitude and irresolution lead to a mortifying defeat--and have stunning repercussions for two men on opposite sides: an untested eighteen-year-old Scottish lieutenant named John Moore, who will begin an illustrious military career; and a Boston silversmith and patriot named Paul Revere, who will face court-martial for disobedience and cowardice.--From the dust jacket.

You Lost Me There, by Rosecrans Baldwin.
At turns funny, charming, and tragic, Rosecrans Baldwin's debut novel takes us inside the heart and mind of Dr. Victor Aaron, a leading neuroscientist studying Alzheimer's at the Soborg Institute on Mount Desert Island, off the coast of Maine. Victor spends his days either working long hours in the lab or running through memories of his late wife Sara--a marriage he remembers as a perfect, if tumultuous, duet between two opposite but precisely matched souls. But one day, in the midst of organizing his already hyper-regulated life, Victor discovers a series of note cards covered in Sara's handwriting. They chronicle the major "changes of direction" of their marriage, written as part of their brief fling with couples counseling. Sara's version of their love story is markedly different from his own--and this, for the eminent memory specialist, is a startling revelation. Victor is forced to reevaluate and relive each moment of their marriage, never knowing if the revisions will hurt or hearten. Meanwhile, as his faith in memory itself unravels, so too does his delicately balanced support network--from his brilliant lab assistant to Aunt Betsy, doddering doyenne of the island, who have, so far, allowed him to avoid grieving his wife's death.--From the dust jacket.

The Capitol Game, by Brian Haig.
It is the discovery of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy has created an alchemist's dream--a miraculous polymer that, when coated on any vehicle, is the equivalent of thirty inches of steel. With bloody conflicts surging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promises to save thousands of lives and change the course of both wars. Better yet, it promises to make its owner countless billions in profit. Jack Wiley, a successful Wall Street banker, believes he has found a dream come true when he mysteriously learns of this incredible polymer. His plan: enlist the help of one of the country's largest and most powerful corporations, the Capitol Group, in a quick, bloodless takeover of the start-up that developed the product. It seems like a partnership made in heaven--Jack's smarts and the Capitol Group's power, influence, and ruthlessness; a marriage that will make everyone rich beyond imagination. But when the Pentagon's investigative services start to nose around, the polymer deal turns into a nightmare and threatens to engulf everyone involved.--From the dust jacket.

Dark Echo, by F.G. Cottam.
Dark Echo is an unlucky boat. A magnificent sailing yacht built for an American playboy, her history is full of fatal accidents, and three of her owners have met tragic, violent deaths. Despite this knowledge, Martin Stannard falls under the vessel's spell and prepares to sail her across the Atlantic with his wealthy father. But his lover, Suzanne, begins exploring the yacht's past. What she finds is terrifying. Because this boat isn't just unlucky--it's evil. It was built for Henry Spalding, a soldier and sorcerer who committed suicide yet still casts his malevolent spell nearly a century after his death. Suzanne must uncover his last, terrible secret before Dark Echo destroys the man she loves.--From the dust jacket.

Turbulence, by Giles Foden.
The D-Day landings--the fate of 2.5 million men, three thousand landing craft and the entire future of Europe depend on the right weather conditions on the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics? Wallace Ryman has devised a system that comprehends all of this--but he is a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to divulge his secrets. Henry Meadows, a young math prodigy from the Met Office, is sent to Scotland to uncover Ryman's system and apply it to the Normandy landings. But turbulence proves more elusive than anyone could have imagined. When Henry meets Gill, Ryman's beautiful wife, events, like the weather, begin to spiral out of control.--From the dust jacket.

New Library Hours Beginning October 1st, 2010
Effective October 1, 2010, the El Segundo Public Library will be changing its business hours. The library's new hours will be:

  • Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed on alternate Fridays
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Closed

The alternate Friday and holiday closures for 2010 include the following dates:

  • October 8, 2010
  • October 22, 2010
  • November 5, 2010
  • November 19, 2010
  • November 26, 2010
  • December 3, 2010
  • December 17, 2010
  • December 24, 2010
  • December 31, 2010

Please note that all Friday and holiday closures are listed in the library's calendar to the right of this page.



El Segundo Reads Three Cups of Tea
During the months of September and October, join us for our El Segundo One Book, One City events, featuring Greg Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea. In this account of actual events, Mortenson recalls his failed attempt to climb K2 which then led to creating schools in the far reaches of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Be sure to check out and read the book in September, then come back in October for some great Three Cups of Tea-related programs: a group book discussion, a tea tasting and discussion with tea expert David DeCandia, and an online Skype conversation with Christiane Leitinger, Director of the Pennies for Peace program, a part of the Central Asia Institute, co-founded by Mortenson. Dates and times for these events can be found in the library calendar at the right of this page.

Please call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.

Book Club-in-a-Bag
The library now provides Book Club-in-a-Bag kits to book groups. These kits give borrowers the opportunity to conduct book discussions like those that take place here at the library. A selection of titles is offered and the list will continue to grow over time. In each bag you will find:


  • 10 copies of a book
  • Discussion questions for the book
  • Author biography

Click here for more information about the El Segundo Public Library's Book Club-in-a-Bag program.



Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens.
On the day she was abducted, Annie O'Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old realtor, had three goals: Sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she's about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all. Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin--which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist--is a second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape: her struggle to piece her shattered life back together, the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor, and the disturbing sense that things are far from over. The truth doesn't always set you free.--From the dust jacket.

A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron.
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders--will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend.--From the dust jacket.

This Must Be the Place, by Kate Racculia.
When Arthur Rook learns that his vital, creative wife, Amy, has been killed in an accident, he realizes to his horror that he has no idea what her last wishes would have been. Blindsided by the sudden loss and delirious with grief, he flees his home and job in Los Angeles, guided only a pink shoebox full of Amy's keepsakes. Among the contents, he finds an unmailed postcard written sixteen years earlier, addressed to a woman he's never heard of. Arthur follows it to the Darby-Jones boardinghouse in the sleepy town of Ruby Falls, New York. There, he finds more answers than he bargained for in Mona Jones, now the proprietor of the Darby-Jones and a professional baker of wedding cakes. It turns out that Mona and her daughter, Oneida, two quirky kindred spirits, have a lot to learn from Arthur as well. As the three gradually unveil one another's secrets, they are forced to choose whether the truth will ruin them or teach them about love: how deeply it runs, how strong it makes us, and, even when all seems lost, how it brings us together and gives our lives meaning.--From the dust jacket.

Live to Tell, by Lisa Gardner.
On a warm summer night in one of Boston's working-class neighborhoods, an unthinkable crime has been committed: Four members of a family have been brutally murdered. The father--and possible suspect--now lies clinging to life in the ICU. Murder-suicide? Or something worse? Veteran police detective D.D. Warren is certain of only one thing: There's more to this case than meets the eye. Danielle Burton is a survivor, a dedicated nurse whose passion is to help children at a locked-down pediatric psych ward. But she remaines haunted by a family tragedy that shattered her life nearly twenty-five years ago. The dark anniversary is approaching, and when D.D. Warren and her partner show up at the facility, Danielle immediately realizes: It has started again.--From the dust jacket.

The Taking of Libbie, SD, by David Housewright.
Rushmore McKenzie is a retired cop, an unexpected millionaire, and, occasionally, an unlicensed private investigator. So it isn't the biggest surprise in the world when he's attacked and kidnapped from his home--McKenzie has more than a few enemies out there with a grudge against him. It is a surprise, however, when it turns out his kidnapping is a case of mistaken identity. Bounty hunters grab McKenzie and take him to the small plains town of Libbie, South Dakota, which just lost pretty much everything to a con man masquerading under McKenzie's name. Using a scam involving a planned new shopping mall, the grifter apparently emptied out the town's bank account before disappearing, leaving behind a devastated town full of people with many reasons to hate him. To that list of enemies, he's just added McKenzie, who is now determined to catch the weasel besmirching his reputation.--From the dust jacket.

Neighborhood Watch, by Cammie McGovern.
After twelve years in prison for a murder, librarian Betsy Treading is released. The discovery of DNA evidence irrefutably proves that she didn't bludgeon to death Linda Sue Murphy, her eccentric and noticeably single neighbor. Exonerated and absolved, Betsy, who'd made an improbably gratifying life for herself in prison, finds that freedom is a harsh reality all its own. She must face the uncertainties, secrets, and painful memories she's avoided for so long. And with nowhere else to turn, she moves back into her old cul-de-sac and into the home of her neighbors Marianne and Roland, whose family life reveals itself to Betsy in a whole new light. She quickly discovers that while DNA evidence proved her innocence in court, it hasn't redeemed her in the eyes of her neighbors and ex-friends. To shake loose the stigma of guilt Betsy must pick apart the web of denial and delusion that has paralyzed the residents of her old block and find Linda Sue's true killer.--From the dust jacket.

Blood Harvest, by S.J. Bolton.
The Fletchers' beautiful new house is everything they dreamed it would be. Built between two churches in Heptonclough, a small village on the moors that time forgot, it ought to be paradise for this young family of five, but they barely have a chance to settle in before they find that they're anything but welcome. Someone seems to be trying to drive them away--at first with silly pranks but then with threats that become increasingly dangerous, especially to the oldest child, ten-year-old Tom Fletcher, who begins to believe that someone is always watching him. The adults in Tom's life are trying to help, including his parents; the vicar next door, younger and more dashing than you'd expect a vicar to be; and a therapist, Evi Oliver, who believes him more than she wants to. But there are other clues that something isn't quite right in Heptonclough, including the mysterious accidental deaths of three toddlers over the last ten years. It's not until Tom's sibblings, two-year-old Milly and five-year-old Joe, go missing in turn that the village's evil secret transforms the Fletchers' dreams into a nightmare.--From the dust jacket.

This Is Where We Live, by Janelle Brown.
This Is Where We Live tells the story of Claudia and Jeremy, a young married couple (she's an aspiring filmmaker, he's an indie musician) who are on the verge of making it. Her first film was a sensation at Sundance and is about to have its theatrical release, he's assembled a new band and is a few songs shy of an album. They've recently purchased their first home--an adorable mid-century bungalow with a breathtaking view of the city of Los Angeles--with the magical assistance of an adjustable-rate mortgage. But a series of seismic events--the tanking of Claudia's film, the return of Jeremy's ex-girlfriend (a manipulative, self-destructive, fabulously successful artist), and the staggering adjustment of their monthly mortgage payments--deal a crushing blow to their dreams of the bohemian life and their professional aspirations and make them question their values and their shared vision of the future...This Is Where We Live is a novel about the crucible of this economic moment--the way these times play with our hopes, compel us to reckon with our ambition, test our capacity for reinvention, and ask us to question the very things we love.--From the dust jacket.

New: Gale Transitions Database
If you're looking for a job, the library's new Gale Career Transitions database is the place to get started. It is a "...complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job. With Career Transitions users can:

  • Prepare -- build, save, retrieve and update personal career information with a career toolkit
  • Assess -- explore current skills, occupational knowledge and interests and match them with fulfilling career paths
  • Explore -- investigate thousands of career paths, industries, locations and companies
  • Improve -- find educational opportunities and take classes to increase hiring chances
  • Apply -- search job listings from around the country that meet user critieria"

Click here to access Gale Career Transitions.

"This project is supported in whole by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian."



Make Waves at Your Library -- 2010 Teen Summer Reading Programs
Between July 6th and August 17th, kids going into the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool summer activities. The programs will take place on Tuesdays, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room. Please note, the Wacky Relays will take place in Library Park just outside the Children's Library.

July 6th: Movie and Popcorn. Enjoy a movie specially selected for teens, and popcorn too!

July 13th: Make Waves! Make your very own wave machine out of recycled water bottles and cool treasures to put inside.

July 20th: Wacky Relay in the Park. Do you have what it takes to challenge your friends? You might get a little wet!

July 27th: T-Shirt Art. Make a fashion statement! Bring a plain t-shirt & turn it into something totally you!

August 3rd: Wacky Relay in the Park. Do you have what it takes to challenge your friends? You might get a little wet!

August 10: Creative Picture Frames. Using found objects and other treasured bits, decorate your own work of art to display summer memories of your friends, family, or even yourself!

August 17th: Teen Pizza Party and Movie! Participants must be enrolled in the Totally Teen Reading Club and have read 5 books this summer to attend the Teen Pizza Party.

Click here to view the program flyer.

For additional information, please call (310) 524-2726.

Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2010 Summer Reading Program, Make a Splash--Read, begins on June 24 and continues into mid-August. The kick-off program featuring the amazing juggling skills of David Cousin is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, at the El Segundo Women's Club.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

Teen Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2010 Teen Summer Reading Program, Make Waves @ Your Library, begins on June 24 and continues into mid-August. This program is designed for young people who are in middle or high school, or will be entering middle school in the fall. Read books from your school's required summer reading list, or other books on your reading level, and earn rewards. There will be a series of craft activities for teens and a pizza party at the end of the program.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.

Blood Oath, by Cristopher Farnsworth.
Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the president. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. A vampire bound by a special blood oath, Cade has spent more than 140 years in service to the president, battling nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream. Immediately Zach and Cade receive their first joint assignment: one that uncovers a shadowy government conspiracy and a plot to attack the United States with a gruesome new biololgical weapon. Zach soon learns that the world is far stranger, and far more dangerous, than he ever imagined...and that his partner is the least of his problems.--From the dust jacket.

Supreme Justice, by Phillip Margolin.
Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy. Then, for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked. Dana Cutler--one of the heroes from Margolin's bestselling Executive Privilege--is quietly called in to investigate. She looks for links between the Woodruff appeal and the ominous incidents in the justices' chambers, which eventually lead her to a shoot-out that took place years ago on a small freighter docked upriver in Shelby, Oregon, containing a dead crew and illegal drugs. The only survivor on board? John Finley. With the help of Brad Miller and Keith Evans, Dana uncovers a plot by a rogue element in the American intelligence community involving the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, and soon the trio is thrown back into the grips of a deadly, executive danger.--From the dust jacket.

The Best of It, by Kay Ryan.
Kay Ryan's current appointment as the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States is the latest in a cascade of accolades that have finally caught up with a poet who has always found her way--both in the poetry she writes and the quiet life she has preferred. Over the years critics have noted that each new book of poems by Kay Ryan reads like a "selected" in its intensity. Now, in the much anticipated The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, Kay Ryan further distills this supremely achieved body of work. Here is the poet's own selection of more than two hundred poems, offering longtime followers and new readers a stunning retrospective of her earlier work as well as a generous selection of powerful new poems. The result is a major event in American poetry.--From the dust jacket.

Amandine, by Marlena de Blasi.
Set against the backdrop of Europe as it moves inexorably toward World War II, Amandine follows a young orphan's journey in search of her heritage. The story opens in Krakow in 1931, as a baby girl is conceived out of wedlock, the byproduct of a foolish heart and a tragic inheritance. The child's grandmother, a countess, believes that she is protecting her daughter when she claims that the baby didn't survive. In truth, however, she deposits the infant at a remote convent in the French countryside, leaving her with a great sum of money and in the care of a young governess named Solange. Solange takes it upon herself to give the child a distinctive name, Amandine, and the two form a special bond. But even Solange's unconditional love cannot protect her charge. Mistrusted by both the abbess and the convent girls, the unusually astute and curious Amandine finds her childhood filled with challenges and questions: Who is she? Where does she come from?--Summary from the dust jacket.

The El Segundo Author Fair Returns
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 10th annual El Segundo Author Fair on Sunday, June 6th. From 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. the library will host 35 authors as they meet the public and discuss their work. Two author panels will be held: "Mystery/Thriller" and "Hollywood Legends: Fact or Fiction?" Included in the day's entertainment will be book sales and signings, poetry readings, children's programs, live music, and goody bags.

The Author Fair is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.

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Children's Book Week Afternoon Movie
Join us for an afternoon movie during our Children's Book Week celebration. Sit back and enjoy some snacks as you watch an animated feature, based on a popular children's book, about a scientist and the weird weather he creates. The showing is at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room on Wednesday, May 12th. All ages are welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. For additional information, please call (310) 524-2726.

The Inheritance, by Simon Tolkien.
When a famed Oxford historian is found dead in his study one night, all the evidence points to his son, Stephen. About to be disinherited from the family fortune, Stephen has returned home after a long estrangement--and it happens to be the night his father is shot to death. When his fingerprints are found on the murder weapon, Stephen's guilt seems undeniable. But there were five other people in the manor house at the time, and as their stories slowly emerge--along with the revelation that the deceased man was involved in a deadly hunt for a priceless relic in Northern France at the end of World War II--the case begins to unravel. Everyone has a motive and no one is telling the truth. Unwilling to sit by and watch the biased judge condemn Stephen to death, an aging police inspector decides to travel from England to France to find out what really happened in that small French village in 1945--and what artifact could be so valuable it would be worth killing for.--From the dust jacket.

The Killer, by Tom Hinshelwood.
Victor is a freelancer, a professional, a killer--the best there is. He's ice cold, methodical, and deadly. He lives alone. He operates alone. No one knows his background, or even his name. For him, business is a straight transaction. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. The contract is simple, routine, and Victor completes it with trademark efficiency, only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life. Faced with powerful and determined enemies, and caught in the crossfire of an international conspiracy unfolding across four continents, Victor is forced to go on the run across a winter-ravaged Europe. Pursued by the authorities, hired assassins, and intelligence agencies from both sides of the Atlantic, he discovers that no place is safe for him anymore and there is no one he can trust.--From the dust jacket.

Instinct, by Jermey Robinson
The President of the United States is dead--assassinated by a weaponized strain of the Brugada syndrome, a genetic disease that kills without symptom, without warning. The infected fall over dead, their healthy hearts stopped. Thankfully, the fast actions of the Secret Service revive the president. But the assassination attempt is just the beginning. The contagious new strain spreads silently across the United States. Within weeks, the human race will be on the brink of extinction. The coming pandemic thrusts Jack Sigler, call sign King, and his "Chess Team"--Queen, Rook, Bishop, and Knight--into a frantic search for the disease's origin and, they hope, a vaccine. Accompanying them are Sara Fogg, a CDC disease detective, and Somi Syha, an undercover CIA field agent. An ancient evil hunts the team, and...it may just hold the key to saving the human race.--From the dust jacket.

My Wife's Affair, by Nancy Woodruff.
Georgie Connolly seems to have it all--a husband she loves, and three boys she adores. When her husband, Peter, is offered a promotion in London, the family gladly pack up their suburban home and move overseas. Georgie flourishes in London, and the dormant acting career she left behind when she had children is revived. She lands the role of a lifetime, that of Dora Jordan, a true-life figure, the most famous actress of the eighteenth century, and mother to thirteen illegitimate children, ten by a future king of England. But finally, now that Georgie seems to have everything she wants, she risks it all for an affair that will have consequences no one could anticipate. Narrated by Georgie's husband, My Wife's Affair is a look at two extraordinary women born two hundred years apart and sharing the same struggles, who pay the ultimate price for passion.--From the dust jacket.

Free Resume Workshop


The library is hosting a free Resume Workshop on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room. If you are looking for a job, this is a must-attend workshop to learn how to create a winning resume that gets interviews. Resume expert Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, will teach attendees to:



  • Write a powerful profile and skills summary that shows how valuable your experience is to hiring managers.
  • Transform a list of job tasks into powerful success stories.
  • Leverage education and internships to prove you have "the right stuff" to do the job.
  • Use resume design templates to help you stand out from the crowd.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street.

Please call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Conspirata, by Robert Harris.
On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader: elected by the people but despised by the patricians and populists. Caught in a political shell game that leaves him forever putting out fires only to have them ignite elsewhere, Cicero plays both for the future of the republic and his very life. There is a plot to assassinate Cicero, abetted by a rising young star in the Roman senate named Gaius Julius Caesar--and it will take all the embattled consul's wit, strength, and force to stop it and keep Rome from becoming a dictatorship.--From the dust jacket.

Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosa.
They thought he was just a cat. When Oscar arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island he was a cute little guy with attitude. He loved to stretch out in a puddle of sunlight and chase his tail until he was dizzy. Occasionally he consented to a scratch behind the ears, but only when it suited him. In other words, he was a typical cat. Or so it seemed. It wasn't long before Oscar had created something of a stir. Apparently, this ordinary cat possesses a extraordinary gift: he knows instinctively when the end of life is near. Oscar is a welcome distraction for the residents of Steere House, many of whom are living with Alzheimer's. But he never spends much time with them--until they are in their last hours.--From the dust jacket.

So Much for That, by Lionel Shriver.
Shep Knacker has long saved for "The Afterlife": an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams in the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with "talking, thinking, seeing, and being"--and enough sleep. When he sells his home repair business for a cool million dollars, his dream seems within reach. Yet Glynis, his wife of twenty-six years, has concocted endless excuses why it's never the right time to go. Weary of working as a peon for the jerk who bought his company, Shep announces he's leaving for a Tanzanian island, with or without her. Just returned from a doctor's appointment, Glynis has some news of her own: Shep can't go anywhere because she desperately needs his health insurance. But their policy only partially covers the staggering bills for her treatments, and Shep's nest egg for The Afterlife soon cracks under the strain.--From the dust jacket.

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism, by Joyce Appleby.
With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system provides the framework for our lives. It is a framework of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic, out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism was an unlikely development in many ways. It took shape centuries ago, starting with a handful of isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing clustered in early-modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and to consider their effects. Those in power began to harness the new practices to the state, enhancing both. A system generating wealth, power, and new ideas arose to shape societies in a constant surge of change. The centuries-long history of capitalism is rich and eventful. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as important for its ideas and values as for its inventions and systems, Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to the present.--From the dust jacket.

Intermediate Computer Skills Class

Attend the library's free intermediate computer skills class from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 9th, and learn how to:

    • Surf the internet
    • Set up an email account
    • Send and receive email

Sign up is required as class size is limited. Stop by the Reference Desk or call (310) 524-2728 to register. The class will take place while the library is closed; knock on the door to gain admittance. Late arrivals will not be admitted after 10:10 a.m.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. For further information, please call (310) 524-2728.




Got Game? Teens and Tweens Game Night
The El Segundo Public Library presents a special evening of gaming for kids in 5th grade and up. From 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23rd, kids are invited to play in tournament-style gaming with 3 Wii consoles and networked PC's. For those waiting to take their turn on the games, the library will provide a movie, board games, snacks, and pizza. Tournament winners will receive cool, game-related prizes.

Thanks to our partners and sponsors: Friends of the El Segundo Public Library, El Segundo Teen Center, El Segundo IT Staff, Electronic Arts, Game Stop, and Square Enix.

For additional information, please call (310) 524-2726.
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Learn Basic Computer and Internet Skills
The Library will offer a Beginning Computer Class from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 19. Learn to use a mouse, logon to the Internet, and create an email account.

Seating is limited for this special event. Call the Reference Desk (310) 524-2728 to sign-up.


Spring 2010 Teen Programs
Between March 2nd and April 6th, kids in 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some cool, after-school activities. The programs will take place on Tuesdays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

March 2nd: T-Shirt Art. Make your own fashion statement! Bring a plain t-shirt and turn it into something totally you!

March 9th: Teen Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

March 16th: Teen Movie and Popcorn. Enjoy a movie specially selected for teens, & popcorn too!

March 23rd: Teen Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others.

March 30th: Make a Goth/Emo Sock Puppet. Make your own weird, wild, and wonderful Gothic (or any other style) puppet at this program.

April 6th: Teen Book Discussion Group. Hang out with other teens and talk about books! Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. (This program will be held in the Library's Rose Garden Room)

No registration is required and snacks will be served. Call (310) 524-2726 for more information.



Black Hills, by Dan Simmons.
In June of 1876, amid the chaos and bloodshed of the Little Bighorn battlefield, a young Sioux boy impulsively decides to show his courage by harmlessly "counting coup" on a dying soldier. But when he lays hands on General George Armstrong Custer precisely at the instant of the general's death, eleven-year-old Paha Sapa, whose name means "Black Hills," can't know that their brief contact will result in years of uncanny connection. For at that moment--or so Paha Sapa believes--Custer's ghost enters his body and mind, and it will remain with him for many event-filled decades to come.--From the dust jacket.

Split Image, by Robert B. Parker.
The body in the trunk was just the beginning. Turns out the stiff was a foot soldier for local tough guy Reggie Galen, now enjoying a comfortable "retirement" with his beautiful wife, Rebecca, in the nicest part of paradise. Living next door are Knocko Moynihan and his wife, Robbie, who also happens to be Rebecca's twin. What initially appears to be a low-level mob hit takes on new meaning when a high-ranking crime figure is found dead on Paradise Beach. Stressed by the case, his failed relationship with his ex-wife, and his ongoing battle with the bottle, Jesse [Stone] needs something to keep him from spinning out of control. When private investigator Sunny Randall comes into town on a case of her own, she goes to Jesse for help. As their professional and personal relationships become intertwined, Jesse and Sunny realize that they have much in common with both their victims and their suspects--and with each other.--From the dust jacket.

Fantasy in Death, by J.D. Robb.
Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private room, and eagerly can't wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to take on the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company's latest top-secret project, Fantastical. The next morning, he is found dead in the same locked room, in a pool of blood, his head separated from his body. It is the most puzzling case Lieutenant Eve Dallas has ever faced, and it is not a game... She is having as much trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock was murdered as determining who did the murdering. The victim's girlfriend seems sincerely grief-stricken, and his quirky but brilliant partners at U-Play appear shocked as well. No one seems to have had a problem with the enthusiastic, high-spirited millionaire.--From the dust jacket.

The Crimson Rooms, by Katharine McMahon.
Still haunted by the death of her brother, James, in the Great War, Evelyn Gifford is completely unprepared when a young nurse named Meredith and her six-year-old son appear on the Gifford's doorstep one night. The child, Meredith claims, is James's, conceived in a battlefield hospital shortly before his death. The grief-stricken Giffords welcome the child, who is the spitting image of James. But Evelyn, a struggling attorney, must now support her entire family on her salary--at a time when work for women lawyers is almost nonexistent. Suddenly a new case falls in Evelyn's lap: seemingly hopeless, it's been abandoned by her male coworkers. The accused, Stephen Wheeler--a veteran charged with murdering his young wife--is almost certain to die on the gallows...Evelyn suspects her client is truly innocent, just as she suspects there is more to the story of her "nephew" than meets the eye...--From the dust jacket.

Storytime Registration
In-person registration for the spring Storytime session begins on Tuesday, February 23 and is required for Toddler and Preschool Storytimes. Storytimes begin on Tuesday, March 2.

Registration is not required for the Library Club storytime.

Please call (310) 524-2726 for more information.

Learn Basic Computer and Internet Skills
The Library will offer a Beginning Computer Class from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26. Learn to use a mouse, logon to the Internet, and create an email account.

Seating is limited for this special event. Call the Reference Desk (310) 524-2728 to sign-up.


Ukulele Performance by Mitchell Chang
Join South Bay musician and teacher, Mitchell Chang, in a performance of ukulele music on Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room. During the show Mr. Chang will play and share his knowledge of the ukulele. He is widely known for his participation in the Southern California Slack Key Festival and the Aloha Falsetto Festival.

For more information, call (310) 524-2728.

The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris.
Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife, Jane, still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And even as his daughter, Becka, retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks, and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world. He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.--From the dust jacket.

Wild Child, and Other Stories, by T.C. Boyle.
There is perhaps no one better than T.C. Boyle at engaging, shocking and ultimately gratifying his readers while at the same time testing his characters' emotional and physical endurance. The fourteen stories gathered here display both Boyle's astonishing range and his imaginative muscle. Nature is the dominant player in many of these stories, whether in the form of the catastrophic mudslide that allows a cynic to reclaim his own humanity ("La Conchita"), the hundreds of vermin that take over a loner's house ("Thirteen Hundred Rats"), or the wind-driven fires that howl through a high California canyon ("Ash Monday")...Brilliant, incisive and always entertaining, Boyle's short stories showcase the mischievous humor and socially conscious sensibility that have made him one of the foremost living masters of the short story and one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.--From the dust jacket.

The Wolf at the Door, by Jack Higgins.
Someone is targeting the members of the elite intelligence unit known as "the Prime Minster's private army" and all those who work with them, and whoever is doing it has a lot of resources at his command. Sean Dillon has an idea of who it may be, an old nemesis who has clearly gotten tired of their interference in his schemes. But proving it is going to be a difficult task. And surviving it the hardest task of all... Filled with suspense, driven by characters of complexity and passion, The Wolf at the Door proves again that, in the words of the Associated Press, "when it comes to thriller writers, one name stands well above the crowd--Jack Higgins."--From the dust jacket.

Kisser, by Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington is back in New York and looking forward to some downtime working cases for Woodman & Weld that the prestigious law firm does not wish to be seen to be associated with. But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadway actress--and some-time lip model--Stone gets a little more deeply involved with show business than he'd expect. Then the fleecing of a wealthy art dealer's daughter leads him into the worlds of financial fraud, Big Art, and Manhattan's Upper East Side, where opulent co-op apartments are hung with multi-million dollar paintings, and where family scandals never remain hidden for long. No stranger to high society or the foibles of the rich, Stone soon realizes he must uncover the truth in a world where wealth and beauty may come at an unusually high price.--From the dust jacket.


New Cabinet Installed in the Library's Heritage Room
In December 2009 the Friends of the Library hosted a reception to mark completion of cabinet installation in the Abbie Jean Krimmel Mesak Memorial Heritage Room. The cabinet, donated by two members of the Friends of the Library and built by local cabinet maker Ed Glotz, matches the room's original shelving that was installed in 1992; the cabinet includes lighted display shelving and drawers for housing some of the room's El Segundo history collection.

To quote Sue Carter, President of the Friends of the Library, the Heritage Room "is the only place in El Segundo with El Segundo historical material accessible to the public." The collection consists of many historical photographs--some dating back to the earliest days of El Segundo, government documents, high school year books, and other ephemeral items that give us an example of life in El Segundo through the years.

The Heritage Room is open to the public Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Arrangements can be made to view the collection at other times by calling Sue Carter at (310) 640-8923.
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The Book Lovers Celebration Returns!

Celebrate the joy of reading with the Book Lovers Celebration, a special event to be held during the months of February and March. February is the library's Mystery month, featuring displays and reading lists of detective and mystery books; the focus then shifts to Western month in March, with displays and reading lists of books about the wild west.

Beginning Monday, February 1st, patrons 18 years and older who borrow three adult fiction or non-fiction books at one time are eligible to enter weekly contests for unique prizes. The last day to enter the raffle contest is Wednesday, March 31st.

Share the joy of reading with the El Segundo Public Library and check out the Book Lovers Celebration!

This event is co-sponsored by the El Segundo Public Library and the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.



Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fford.
It's summer, it's hot, it's our world, but not as we know it. Entire cities lie buried beneath overgrown fields and forests. Technology from another time litters the landscape, and there is evidence of great upheaval. Welcome to Chromatacia, where for as long as anyone can remember society has been ruled by a Colortocracy. From the underground feedpipes that keep the municipal park green, to the healing hues viewed to cure illness, to a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception, society is dominated by color. In this world, you are what you can see. Eddie Russett wants to move up. He has better-than-average red perception, and he is on a half promise to Constance Oxblood, whose powerful family want the reddest possible son-in-law to strengthen their hue. But once Eddie and his father relocate to the backwater village of East Carmine, these carefully cultivated plans and expectations are quickly upended.--From the dust jacket.

Deeper Than the Dead, by Tami Hoag.
California, 1985. Four children, running through the woods after school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will end the innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating pattern of destruction. Vince Leon, a pioneering FBI investigator called in from Washington to consult on the case, is charged with interpreting that pattern. He's using a brand-new technique--profiling--to develop a theory of the murders, a strategy that pushes him even deeper into the lives of the four children, and closer to the teacher whose bond with her traumatized students puts her on a collision course with the killer.--From the dust jacket.

The Honor of Spies, by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV.
August 6, 1943: In his brief career in the Office of Strategic Services, twenty-four-year-old Cletus Frade has already been involved in a lot of unusual situations, but nothing like the one he's in now--standing with a German lieutenant colonel Wilhelm Frogger in the middle of a miserably hot and remote Mississippi prisoner-of-war camp. Frade's job? Typical OSS: to help the uncooperative Frogger escape. Filled with the special flair that Griffin's fans have come to expect from him, The Honor of Spies is another rousing adventure from one of our finest storytellers.--From the dust jacket.

Pirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton.
The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease--or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it. Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold.--From the dust jacket.

Concerts in the Library Return with a New Day and Time!

Our popular Concerts in the Library series has moved from Sundays to Saturdays!


Now scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on the third SATURDAY of each month, from January 16th through May 15th, we have a new slate of musical performances to entertain you. Free to all, the series features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions. The programs will be held in the Friends of the Library Room, with light refreshments provided by the Friends. The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. Call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Join Our Monthly Evening Book Discussion Group
From January to April, join library staff, authors, and other avid readers in a lively discussion focusing on a book-of-the-month. Free to all, the meetings will be held the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Friends of the Library Room. The following dates and books are scheduled:



  • Wednesday, January 27th: author Jennie Nash leads a discussion of her book The Only True Genius in the Family.
  • Wednesday, February 24th: meet mystery author Harley Jane Kozak in a discussion of her book A Date You Can't Refuse.
  • Wednesday, March 31st: join Ellen Cunningham, the library's Public Services Manager, in a discussion of Lisa See's book Shanghai Girls.
  • Wednesday, April 28th: Kimberlee Carter, Senior Library Assistant, examines The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue and Main Street. Call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Meet the Claus Family!
On Thursday, December 10th, starting at 3:00 p.m. in the library's Friends of the Library Room, we'll sing caroles with the Claus family, listen to Santa tell stories, and then the little ones can meet Santa. HO-HO-HO! Don't forget your camera.

Admission is free. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.

For further information, please call (310) 524-2726.

The Wrecker, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.
It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line, and desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man [no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell], and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done--that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before.--From the dust jacket.

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson.
Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down her killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not the killer's only victim. As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable--a revelation that could rock the entire world. With the unstoppable action, unforseeable twists, and edge-of-your-seat excitement that only a James Patterson thriller delivers, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.--From the dust jacket.

The Morning Show Murders, by Al Roker and Dick Lochte.
Network TV can be murder. Just ask Billy Blessing, famous for his smile, charm, and ability to survive the shark tank that is high-stakes morning TV. But though Billy has outlived his fair share of prima donnas, his cooking segment on Wake Up America! is a staple of the American diet, and his Manhattan bistro is a mega-success, his career has just taken a very dangerous turn: His show's perky co-host, Gin McCauley, has launched into some brass-knuckles contract negotiations. A visiting Mossad agent is about to tell all on the air. And then the network's head honcho is murdered in his luxury apartment, and an ambitious D.A. decides Billy is to blame.--From the dust jacket.

The King of Thieves, by Michael Jecks.
1325: Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Simon Puttock are sent to France with Bishop Walter II of Exeter to guard the King's son on his journey to the French King, Charles IV. The King's son must pay homage to the powerful monarch if he is to save his father, Edward II, from utter humiliation, and enable the English to keep hold of vital territory in France. They are unaware that King Edward's wife Isabella has grown so disaffected that she has begun to plot her revenge. And as the King's son is delivered into the Queen's custody, Bishop Walter begins to realize that a simple diplomatic mission has grown lethally dangerous.--From the dust jacket.

The Library Catalog Will Be Unavailable Tuesday, November 3rd

On Tuesday, November 3rd the library catalog and its associated functions will be undergoing maintenance and will not be available for use.

If you need immediate assistance, please call (310) 524-2722.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.




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The Scarpetta Factor, by Patricia Cornwell.
It is the week before Christmas. A tanking economy has prompted Dr. Kay Scarpetta--despite her busy schedule and her continuing work as the senior forensic analyst for CNN--to offer her services pro bono to New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. In no time at all, her increased visibility seems to precipitate a string of unexpected and unsettling events. Scarpetta's CNN producer wants her to launch a TV show called The Scarpetta Factor. Given the bizare events already in play, she fears that her growing fame will generate the illusion that she has a "special factor," a mythical ability to solve all her cases.--From the dust jacket.

Cockroach, by Rawi Hage.
The novel takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal's restless immigrant community, where a self-described "thief" has just tried but failed to commit suicide by hanging himself from a tree in a local park. Rescued against his will, the narrator is obliged to attend sessions with a well-intentioned but naive therapist. This sets the story in motion, leading us back to the narrator's violent childhood in a war-torn country, forward into his current life in the smoky emigre cafes where everyone has a tale, and out into the frozen nighttime streets of Montreal, where the thief survives on the edge, imagining himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged, but willfully blind, citizens who surround him.--From the dust jacket.

Gorgeous East, by Robert Girardi.
From the dramatic cliffs of Mont-Saint-Michel to Istanbul's ancient alleyways, from raucous Parisian bars full of lost souls to the utmost reaches of the desolate Sarhara comes an astonishing and epic adventure of the modern-day French Foreign Legion. A vivid tale of war and love, honor and guilt, Gorgeous East brings to life the famous mercenary corps founded nearly two hundred years ago that endures to this day as a last resort for any man stupid or desperate enough to join its ranks. When a UN mission to the disputed corner of Africa known as the Non-Self-Governing Territory of Western Sahara goes terribly wrong, a handful of legionnaires are sent to rescue their comrades-in-arms from brutal captivity. Soon they will be battling a mystical army led by a fanatical madman, fighting for both their lives and for control of a thousand square miles of burning sand.--From the dust jacket.

The Violet Hour, by Daniel Judson.
In Daniel Judson's powerful new thriller, Bridgehampton auto mechanic Caleb Rakowski gets paid under the table at his friend Eric Carver's auto repair shop and lives in an apartment above. He's good at his job, he's a hard worker, and he's making a decent living. But right now he's sheltering a pregnant friend who'll do anything to keep her abusive husband away from herself and her baby. Little does he know, though, the trouble destined to come down on them over the course of three days--Mischief Night, Halloween, and the Day of the Dead--when he learns the truth about Eric Carver and what he's been hiding all these years. And little does Cal know how those lies will force him to risk everything to save the people closest to him.--From the dust jacket.

El Segundo Reads...The Art of Racing in the Rain.
During the months of October and November, join us for our El Segundo One City, One Book events, featuring Garth Stein's novel The Art of Racing in the Rain. Pick up a copy of the book, available at the library's Reference Desk, and enjoy the many programs listed below in "More information."
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The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown.
In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object--artfully encoded with five symbols--is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recoginzes the object as an ancient invitation...one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.--From the dust jacket.

The Coral Thief, by Rebecca Stott.
Paris, 1815. Napoleon has just surrendered at Waterloo and is on his way to the island of St. Helena to begin his exile. Meanwhile, Daniel Connor, a young medical student from Edinburgh, has just arrived in Paris to study anatomy at the Jardin des Plantes--only to realize that his letters of introduction and a gift of precious coral specimens, on which his tenure with the legendary Dr. Cuvier depends, have been stolen by the beautiful woman with whom he shared a stagecoach. In trying to recover his lost vaulables, Daniel...falls in love with the mysterious coral thief and she draws him into an audacious plot that will leave him with a future very different from the one he has envisioned for himself.--From the dust jacket.

The Night Monster, by James Swain.
The past has come back to haunt P.I. Jack Carpenter, the former head of Broward County Missing Persons Unit. As a young cop he failed to stop a kidnapping of a college coed by a shockingly large assailant--and neither victim nor attacker was seen again. The abduction has remained Carpenter's most chilling cold case, and even now the mystery of the missing girl lurks in his darkest dreams. But after eighteen years, it's about to become terrifying reality once more. When his daughter, Jessie, asks him to bird-dog a camera-toting creep who's been shadowing her college basketball team, Carpenter's hot pursuit of the video voyeur leads him smack into another run-in with his old hulking nemesis, who abducts one of Jessie's teammates.--From the dust jacket.

Cleopatra's Daughter, by Michelle Moran.
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridaled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their orphaned children--ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander--are taken in chains to Rome. Cleopatra's Daughter [is] recounted in Slene's youthful and engaging voice. [Her] narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place--the possibilty of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must also find a path around the dangers of a foreign land.--From the dust jacket.


El Segundo Reads The Art of Racing in the Rain
During the months of October and November, join us for our El Segundo One City, One Book events, featuring Garth Stein's novel The Art of Racing in the Rain. Pick up a copy of the book, available at the library's Reference Desk, and enjoy the many programs listed below.
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Free Resume Workshop


The library is hosting a free Resume Workshop on September 30, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Friends of the Library Room. If you are looking for a job, this is a must-attend workshop to learn how to create a winning resume that gets interviews. Resume expert Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, will teach attendees to:



  • Write a powerful profile and skills summary that shows how valuable your experience is to hiring managers.
  • Transform a list of job tasks into powerful success stories.
  • Leverage education and internships to prove you have "the right stuff" to do the job.
  • Use resume design templates to help you stand out from the crowd.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue at the corner of Mariposa Avenue and Main Street.

Please call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Fear the Worst, by Linwood Barclay.
Tim is an average guy. He sells cars. He has an ex-wife who's moved in with a man whose moody son spends more time online than he should. Tim's girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake. It's not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare him for the nightmare that's about to begin. His daughter, Sydney, has vanished into thin air. At the hotel where she supposedly worked, no one has ever heard of her. Now as the days pass without word, Tim must face the fact that not only is Sydney missing, but that he may not have known his daughter as well as he thought.--From the dust jacket.

The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico, by Sarah McCoy.
It is 1961 and Puerto Rico is trapped in a tug-of-war between those who want to stay connected to the United States and those who are fighting for independence. For eleven-year-old Verdita Ortiz-Santiago, the struggle for independence is a battle fought much closer to home. Told in luminous prose spanning two years of Verdita's life, The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico is much more than a story about getting older. In the tradition of The House on Mango Street and Annie John, it is about the struggle to break free from the people who have raised us and about the difficulties of leaving behind one's homeland for places unknown. Verdita's story is one of a young girl discovering her power and finding the strength to decide what sort of woman she'll become.--From the dust jacket.

The Magicians, by Lev Grossman.
Intellectually precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater escapes the boredom of his daily life by reading and re-reading a series of beloved fantasy novels set in an enchanted land called Fillory. Like everybody else, he assumes that magic isn't real--until he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. [Quentin and his friends] make a stunning discovery that propels them on a remarkable journey, one that finally promises to fulfill Quentin's yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than Quentin could have imagined. His childhood dream is a nightmare with a shocking truth at its heart.--From the dust jacket.

Intervention, by Robin Cook.
It's been more than thirty years since New York City medical examiner Jack Stapleton's college graduation, and almost as long since he's been in touch with former classmates Shawn Daughtry and James O'Rourke. Jack begins researching alternative medicine as a way to avoid obsessing about his child's illness. Shawn Daughtry is now a renown archaeologist and biblical scholar. Shawn makes a spectacular find at a souk in Cairo: an ancient codex, whose contents may vault him to international fame. Shawn can't wait to flaunt his treasure before his old college buddy James O'Rourke--now James Cardinal O'Rourke, bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. Desperate to protect his church and his own political ambitions, James turns to his friend Jack to help safeguard an explosive secret, one with the power to change lives forever.--From the dust jacket.


The Concerts in the Library Series Returns!
The Library's popular Concerts in the Library series returns with new performers and a new, earlier time! Sit back and enjoy the entertaining and educational performances of four new musical groups beginning on Sunday, September 20th and continuing each third Sunday of the month through December. Free to all, the series features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions.
Please see our calendar section for specific details on each program.
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EL SEGUNDO PUBLIC LIBRARY

111 W. Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri. & Sun. Closed

Phone: (310) 524-2722



Flint and Silver: A Prequel to Treasure Island, by John Drake.
A swashbuckling triumph of storytelling, Flint and Silver provides a thrilling ride back to the rich and wondrous world of Long John Silver and his fiendish nemesis Joseph Flint in this prequel to the beloved classic Treasure Island. Together [would-be pirates Flint and Silver] forge a deadly and unstoppable partnership, steering a course through treachery and betrayal while amassing vast treasure. But the arrival of Selena, a beautiful runaway slave with a murderous past, and Flint's schemes to secure the pieces of gold for himself trigger a rivalry that will turn best friends into sworn enemies.--From the dust jacket.

No Such Creature, by Giles Blunt.
Eight years ago Owen Maxwell was saved from a foster home by the arrival of his uncle Max from England...Magnus "Max" Maxwell [is]...an extremely successful gentleman thief, robbing only from the rich. Owen, his devoted pupil, travels the country with him and dreams of a life after crime, while Max only dreams of more elaborate holdups. Things take a deadly turn when Max and Owen's most dazzling heist yet captures the interest of the Subcontractors. Legend has it that this gang of vicious thieves preys on other thieves..."No such creature," Max scoffs when the Subcontractors' existence is suggested, but as Max's thieving friends begin disappearing, Max and Owen discover that the Subcontractors are all too real.--From the dust jacket.

Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother, by Meg Federico.
The adventure begins when Meg's mother, Addie, vacationing in Florida, takes a spill. At the hospital, Addie bolts upright on her gurney and yells "I demand an autopsy!" before passing out cold. "One minute , she's unconscious, the next, she's nuts," observes Meg Federico in this hilarious and poignant memour of taking care of eighty-year-old Addie and her relatively new (and equally old) husband, Walter, in their not-so-golden years. Addie's accident is a portent of things to come over the next two years as Meg oversees her mother's home care in the Departure Lounge, the nickname Meg gives Addie and Walter's house in suburban New Jersey. It is a place of odd behaviors and clashing care givers, where chaos and confusion reign supreme.--From the dust jacket.

Murder in the Name of Honor, by Rana Husseini.
Chewing gum, laughing at a joke in the street, wearing make-up or a short skirt, choosing a boyfriend or husband, or being raped by a brother. All have been cited as "honorable" motives for murder. Rana Hussieni's hard-hitting and controversial examination of honor crimes is a fearless, groundbreaking account of a topic that can no longer be ignored. Claiming the lives of 5,000 women every year, the practice is common in many traditional societies around the world, as well as in migrant communities in Europe and the USA--where incidents are becoming increasingly frequent. These so-called "honor killings" are usually carried out by a relative as an act of purification to restore the family's honor.--From the dust jacket.

Summer Fun 4 Teen Reading Club Members!
Youths going into 6th grade and up are invited to participate in the "Express Yourself @ Your Library" Teen Reading Club activities.

July 8: T-Shirt Art -- Make your own fashion statement! Bring a plain t-shirt and turn it into something totally you!

July 15: Painted Glass Lanterns -- Recycle used jars into illuminated works of art!

July 22: Read It Then Bead It: Wearable Art -- Make colorful beaded wearable art jewelry out of recycled magazines and wrapping paper!

July 29: Make Your Own Japanese Carp Banner -- with artist Margo Gravelle!

August 5: Picture Frames -- Found stuff picture frame cubes. Using found objects and other treasured bits, decorate your own work of art to display photographs of friends, family or even yourself!

August 12: Totally Teen Pizza Party -- Must be enrolled in the Totally Teen Reading Club & have read 5 books this summer to attend the party.

All programs are on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m. For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.


Library Club Summer 2009: Stories, Movies, Crafts, Games, & Fun!
Join us Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 p.m. for Library Club, featuring stories, movies, games, and crafts prepared especially for kids ages 5 to 10. Themes feature summer fun, including summer vacations, the beach, picnics, and pets. No registration required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. The final Library Club meeting of summer 2009 will be held on Thursday, August 6.

For further information, please call (310) 524-2726. See you there!


Fragment, by Warren Fahy.
The time is now, the place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV show Sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director dying for drama, tiny Henders Island might just be what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders--and the ultimate test of survival begins... For when they reach the island's shores, scientists are utterly unprepared for what they find--creatures unlike any in natural history. This is not a lost world frozen in time, an island of mutants, or a lab where science has gone mad: this is the earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion years... --From the dust jacket.

The Angel's Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Once again Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in The Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. --From the dust jacket.

Sworn to Silence, by Linda Castillo.
In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as chief of police. Her Amish roots and big-city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She's certain she's come to terms with her past--until the first body is found in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again, but to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past--and expose a dark secret that could destroy her. --From the dust jacket.

Relentless, by Dean Koontz.
Bestselling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich...knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him--even if it does appear in the nation's premier newspaper and is penned by the much-feared, seldom seen critic Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows the best thing to do is ignore the gratuitously vicious, insulting, and innacurate comments. Ignore Shearman Waxx and his poison pen is just what Cubby intends to do. Until he happens to learn where the great man is taking his lunch. Cubby just wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career--or a life. But Shearman Waxx isn't what Cubby expects, and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemed to be an innocent encounter. --From the dust jacket.

Art in the Library!
Once again the El Segundo Public Library's main floor is filled with colorful artwork as the El Segundo Art Association presents its bi-annual exhibit. Take a stroll and enjoy viewing the creative works of many talented local artists. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, July 10th.

The Sign, by Raymond Khoury.
In Antarctica, a scientific expedition drops anchor to witness the breakup of the ice shelf. As journalist Grace Logan begins her report, a massive, shimmering sphere of light suddenly appears in the sky, enveloping the ship in a luminous blaze before disappearing as mysteriously as it arrived, the entire event witnessed by a breathless world audience. In Boston, Matt Sherwood discovers his brother's death might not be all it seemed to be--and that it may somehow be related to the controversial phenomenon that's sweeping the globe and threatening to erupt into violence and chaos.--From the dust jacket.

The Secret Speech, by Tom Rob Smith.
Soviet Union, 1956. Stalin is dead, and a violent regime is beginning to fracture--leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. A secret speech composed by Stalin's successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change. Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife, Raisa, adopted have yet to forgive him for the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo's past career. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengence.--From the dust jacket.

Larry King: My Remarkable Journey, by Larry King with Cal Fussman.
Before Larry King befriended presidents and iconic entertainers, he was Larry Zeiger, the son of Jewish immigrants, whose nickname was Zeek the Creek the Mouthpiece because he never stopped talking...In My Remarkable Journey, Larry delves deeply into his extraordinary professional and personal odyssey. As host of CNN's Larry King Live, the first world-wide phone-in TV talk show, as well as with his own all-night Mutual radio show, he has shaped the course of broadcast history by interviewing every U.S. president since Richard Nixon (and their wives); an abundance of world leaders from Vladimir Putin to Nelson Mandela; controversial figures such as O.J. Simpson, Monica Lewinsky, and Tammy Faye Bakker, and countless sports stars, entertainers, and eyewitnesses to historical events.--From the dust jacket.

9th Annual Author Fair
Join in the fun as the El Segundo Public Library presents its ninth annual El Segundo Author Fair, taking place at the library on Sunday, June 7th from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. As many as 40 authors will participate and sign books. This year's featured author panels will include poetry, mystery, and a "Stretching Your Dollar" panel. Rounding out the day will be children's entertainment, goody bags, and live music.

The Author Fair is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library and by the El Segundo Kiwanis Club.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue at Main Street. For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.


"Read It Then Bead It" During Children's Book Week.
Join us for our celebration of Children's Book Week and take part in our "Read It Then Bead It" program--turn recycled magazines into colorful paper beads, then string them to create wearable art! The fun takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room on Tuesday, May 12th. Kids ages 10-18 are welcome and snacks will be served.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Ave. at Main Street. For additional information, please call (310) 524-2726.


Children's Book Week Afternoon Movie
Join us for an afternoon movie during our Children's Book Week celebration. Sit back and enjoy some snacks as you watch the tale of a little robot who falls in love while fulfilling his mission of cleaning up waste-covered planet Earth. The showing is at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, May 13th. All ages are welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Ave. at Main Street. For additional information, please call (310) 524-2726.


The Immortality Factor, by Ben Bova.
Some see stem cell research as mankind's greatest scientific breakthrough. Others see a blasphemous attempt to play God. Suddenly the possibility of immortality exists. Two brothers, both doctors, stand on opposite sides of the controversy. To Dr. Arthur Marshak, his work is a momentous gift to humanity. To Dr. Jesse Marshak, it is a curse. Between them stands a beautiful, remarkable woman both brothers will do anything to save. Somehow, before it's too late, Arthur and Jesse Marshak must bridge the gap that divides them...on an issue that means nothing less than life or death for millions.--From the dust jacket.

The Weight of Heaven, by Thrity Umrigar.
When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their only child, seven-year-old Benny, to a sudden illness, the perfect life they had built is shattered. Filled with wrenching memories, their Ann Arbor home becomes unbearable, and their marriage founders. But an unexpected job half a world away offers them an opportunity to start again. Filled with satisfyingly real characters and glowing with local color, The Weight of Heaven is a rare glimpse of a family and a country struggling under pressures beyond their control. In a devastating look at cultural clashes and divides, Umrigar illuminates how slowly we recover from unforgettable loss, how easily good intentions can turn evil, and how far a person will go to build a new world for those he loves.--From the dust jacket.

A Fortunate Age, by Joanna Smith Rakoff.
Like The Group, Mary McCarthy's classic tale about coming of age in New York, Joanna Smith Rakoff's richly drawn and immensly satisfying first novel details the lives of a group of Oberlin graduates whose ambitions and friendships threaten to unravel as they chase their dreams, shed their youth, and build their lives in Brooklyn in the late 1990s and the turn of the twenty-first century. Set against the backdrop of the vast economic and political changes of the era--from the decadent age of dot-com millionaires to the sobering post-September 2001 landscape--Smith Rakoff's deeply affecting characters and incisive social commentary are reminiscent of the great Victorian novels.--From the dust jacket.

Love or Something Like It, by Deirdre Shaw.
When Lacey Brennan meets Toby, a sweet and talented comedian, she impulsively moves across the country to be with him in Los Angeles. Lacey is unsure of what she is looking for out west--love? a new career? an escape from her fractured family?--but is reassured when Toby proposes on her thirtieth birthday. "I was thirty and I finally knew what I was doing," she says. Rich with wry humor and wisdom, Deirdre Shaw's novel deftly portrays a relatable, unforgettable character in Lacey Brennan, who, after a five-year quest for love and belonging, finds she must live in the moment in order to understand her past and face her future.--From the dust jacket.

Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2009 Summer Reading Program, Be Creative @ Your Library, begins on June 18 and continues into August. The kick-off program featuring the amazing magician Allen Oshira is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, at the El Segundo Women's Club.

For more information, call (310) 524-2726.



Teen Summer Reading Program Sign-ups
Registration for the 2009 Teen Summer Reading Program, Express Yourself @ Your Library, begins on June 18 and continues into mid-August. This program is designed for young people who are in middle or high school, or will be entering middle school in the fall. Read books from your school's required summer reading list, or other books on your reading level, and earn rewards. There will be a series of craft activities for teens and a fun pizza party at the end of the program.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.



Help Adults Learn to Read--Become a Certified Literacy Tutor!
The Library is offering a free literacy training session from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23rd, 2009.

Individuals interested in becoming certified literacy tutors are encouraged to sign up. The six-hour training qualifies attendees to obtain the Literacy Trainer Certificate.

After training, tutors are assigned to work one-to-one with other adults wishing to learn to read, or to improve their reading skills. If you are interested in the training, call the El Segundo Public Library at (310) 524-2728 to register.


Poetry Slap at the Library
Celebrate National Library Week and National Poetry Month at the "Poetry Slap!" Have fun with your friends by slapping down words and making free-form poetry!

Enjoy snacks and prizes! Impress your friends! Have fun! Make art! Youths ages 10-16 are invited to attend on Wednesday, April 15th, from 3:00-4:30 pm.

For additional information, call the Youth Services Division at (310) 524-2726.


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Take advantage of our free online tutoring every day 1:00-10:00 pm. with your El Segundo Library Card.

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To access the Tutor Site, click on the Young People's link located on the left side of this page. For assistance, please call (310) 524-2726.


Corsair, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul.
For five novels, Clive Cussler has brought readers into the world of the Oregon, a seemingly dilapidated ship packed with sophisticated equipment, and captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo. And now the Oregon and its crew face their biggest challenge yet. "Readers will burn up the pages following the blazing action and daring exploits of these men and women and their amazing machines," writes Publishers Weekly of the Oregon Files series. And they'll do it once again, with Corsair.--From the dust jacket.

Life Sentences, by Laura Lippman.
Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. Her two widely popular memoirs continue to sell briskly, acclaimed for their brutal, unexpurgated candor about friends, family, lovers--and herself. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction....By delving too deeply into [accused child killer] Calliope's dark secrets, Casandra may inadvertantly unearth a few of her own.--From the dust jacket.

Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell.
One of the most dramatic victories in British history, the battle of Agincourt--immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V--pitted undermanned and overwhelmed English forces against a French army determined to keep their crown out of Henry's hands. Here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the battle and the "band of brothers" who fought it on October 25, 1415. An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation's entire army on an improbable mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.--From the dust jacket.

Go Down Together: the True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, by Jeff Guinn.
Forget everything you think you know about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Previous books and films, including the brilliant 1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, have emphasized the glamour of America's most notorious criminal couple, thus contributing to ongoing mythology. The real story is completely different--and far more fascinating. In the minds of the public [Bonnie and Clyde] were cool, calculating bandits who robbed banks and killed cops with equal impunity. Nothing could have been further from the truth.--From the dust jacket.

Fool, by Christopher Moore.
[Moore] takes on no less than the legendary Bard himself (with the utmost humility and respect) in a twisted and insanely funny tale of a moronic monarch and his deceitful daughters--a rousing story of plots, subplots, counterplots, betrayals, war, revenge...and a ghost (there's always a bloddy ghost), as seen through the eyes of a man wearing a codpiece and bells on his head.--From the dust jacket.

True Crime: An American Anthology, edited by Harold Schechter.
Americans have had an uneasy fascination with crime since the earliest European settlements in the New World, and right from the start true crime became a dominant genre in American writing. True Crime: An American Anthology offers the first comprehensive look at the many ways in which American writers have explored crime in a multitude of aspects: the dark motives that spur it, the shock of its impact on society, the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior.--From the dust jacket.

One Day at a Time, by Danielle Steel.
With wit and intelligence, Danielle Steel's new novel explores love in all its guises, taking us into the lives of three unusual but wonderfully real couples. Funny, sexy, and wise, One Day at a Time is at once moving, thought provoking, and utterly impossible to put down.--From the dust jacket.

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann.
After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century": What happened to British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z? As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett's quest and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generation who preceded him, drawn into the jungle's "green hell."--From the dust jacket.

Eclipse, by Richard North Patterson.
[Richard North Patterson's Eclipse is a] spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case--the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder. Culminating in a dramatic show trial and a desperate race against time, Eclipse is at once a thrilling story, a vivid portrait of a fascinating place, and a powerful reminder that the global lust for oil takes a heavy human toll.--From the dust jacket.

Plum Spooky, by Janet Evanovich.
Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has Munch [a boy genius] on her most wanted list for failure to appear in court. Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. Usually she gets her man. This time she gets a monkey.--From the dust jacket.

Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America, by Meredith Mason Brown.
The name Daniel Boone conjures up the image of an illiterate, coonskin cap-wearing patriot who settled Kentucky and killed countless Indians. The scarcity of surviving autobiographical material has allowed tellers of his story to fashion a Boone of their own liking, and his myth has evolved in countless stories, biographies, novels, poems, and paintings. In this welcome book, Meredith Mason Brown separates the real Daniel Boone from the many fables that surround him, revealing a man far more complex--and far more interesting--than his legend.--From the dust jacket.

A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, by Dana Canedy.
In 2005, First Sargeant Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a two hundred-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. Charles King, forty-eight, was killed on October 14, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated under his Humvee on an isolated road near Baghdad. His son, Jordan, was seven months old. A Journal for Jordan is a mother's letter to her son--fierce in its honesty--about the father he lost before he could even speak. It is also a father's advice and prayers for the son he will never know.--From the dust jacket.

The Book Lovers Celebration Returns!
The El Segundo Public Library celebrates the joy of reading with the Book Lovers Celebration, a special event to be held during the months of February and March. February will feature book displays and reading lists pertaining to family relationships, and then the focus shifts to historical fiction in March.

Beginning Monday, February 2nd, patrons 18 years and older who borrow three or more adult books--of any subject--are eligible to enter weekly raffle contests for special prizes. The last day to enter the raffle contest is Tuesday, March 31st.

During this event, join the lunchtime book discussion group "Let's Talk Books" as it covers the special topics of family relationships and historical fiction. The group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Please call (310) 524-2728 for times and location.

Share the joy of reading with the El Segundo Public Library and check out the Book Lovers Celebration! This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.


The Treasure, by Iris Johansen.
An ex-harem slave... A reformed assassin... A race to find the most powerful religious artifact of all time... The Treasure. New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with her first historical romance in a decade, a new novel of passion and exotic adventure that leads two unlikely and unforgettable treasure hunters on a perilous journey--and into the heart of one of the most captivating mysteries of all time.--From the dust jacket.

Scarpetta, by Patricia Cornwell.
Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient on Bellvue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk--and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.--From the dust jacket.

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief, by James M. McPherson.
Though Abraham Lincoln arrived at the White House with no previous military experience (apart from a couple of months spent soldiering in 1832), he quickly established himself as the greatest commander in chief in American history. James McPherson illuminates this often misunderstood and profoundly influential aspect of Lincoln's legacy. As we approach the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in 2009, this book provides a genuinely novel, even timely, view of the most written-about figure in our history.--From the dust jacket.

John Lennon: the Life, by Philip Norman.
For more than a quarter century, Philip Norman's internationally bestselling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the comprehensive and most revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.--From the dust jacket.

Enjoy a New Season of Concerts in the Library
Our newest offering of the Concerts in the Library series starts January 18th and continues on through May. Enjoy five new musical groups as they entertain and educate us with their performances. Free to all, the series features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions. Beginning in January, the new programs will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room the third Sunday of each month, and will include light refreshments provided by the Friends. The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue at Main Street. Call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.

Winter Storytime Registration
In person registration for the winter Storytime session begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6 and is required for the Toddler and Preschool Storytimes. Storytimes begin on Tuesday, January 13. Registration is not required for the Library Club storytime.

For more information, call 310-524-2726.


Final Concert in the Library Before the New Year
Don't miss out on the last concert of 2008, this Sunday, December 21, in the Friends of the Library Room at 3:00 p.m. We are pleased to present a performance of Jazz Guitar with Steve Moore. Steve and his group will entertain and educate as they play an encapsulation of many of the styles of jazz guitar. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Look for the new season of the Concerts in the Library series to start on Sunday, January 18, 2009.

The library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue at Main Street. Call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Santa and the Claus Family will be arriving at the Library

Santa and the Claus Family will be arriving at the Library for their eagerly anticipated annual visit

Tuesday December 9
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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Arctic Drift, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler.
A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming...a series of unexplained deaths in British Columbia...a rash of international incidents between the United States and one of its clostest allies that threatens to erupt into an actual shooting war...NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk Jr. and Summer, have reason to believe there's a connection somewhere, but they also know they have very little time to find it before events escalate out of control. --From the dust jacket.

A Lion Among Men, by Gregory Maguire.
Since Wicked was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion--once the tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked.--From the dust jacket.

The Private Patient, by P.D. James.
Cheverell Manor is a lovely old house in deepest Dorset, now a private clinic belonging to the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell. When investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn arrived there one late autumn afternoon, scheduled to have a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar removed, she had every expectation of a successful operation and pleasant week recuperating. Two days later she was dead, the victim of murder.--From the dust jacket.

Extreme Measures, by Vince Flynn.
Vince Flynn's thrillers, featuring counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, dominate the imagination of readers everywhere. In them, Flynn captures the secretive world of the fearless men and women who, bound by duty, risk their lives in a covert war they must hide from even their own political leaders. Now, Rapp and his agency colleague Mike Nash may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.--From the dust jacket.

A Voyage Long and Strange, by Tony Horwitz.
...In A Voyage Long and Strange [author Tony Horwitz] uncovers the neglected story of America's founding by Europeans. He begins a thousand years ago, with the Vikings, and then tells the dramatic tale of conquistadors, castaways, French voyageurs, Moorish slaves, and many others who roamed and rampaged across half the states of the U.S. continent, long before the Mayflower landed. An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.--From the dust jacket.

Pharmakon, by Dirk Wittenborn.
William Friedrich, an ambitious professor of psychology at Yale in the early 1950s, has stumbled upon a drug that promises happiness--and that can make him a famous man. His is a humanitarian effort; an attempt to relieve Americans of suffering, and the early results are so promising that Friedrich stakes his future on it. But when his experiment goes awry and a reserach subject, a brilliant and troubled Yale student, commits murder, the consequences will haunt him and his famly forever. Honest, insightful, and ruefully funny, Pharmakon captures the formative moments of the twentieth century and the telling traits of the American family.--From the dust jacket.

366: A Leap Year of Great Stories from History, by W.B. Marsh & Bruce Carrick.
On every day of the year, something momentous happened in history, whether it was a rainy 25 February, a sweltering 2 July, or your father's birthday. W.B. Marsh and Bruce Carrick present a leap year of historical stories by turns amazing, horrifying, touching and tearful. Spanning the history of man's life on earth and every corner of the inhabited world, they paint a picture of infinite richness and minute, enthralling detail.--From the dust jacket.

Becky: the Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher, by Lenore Hart.
Becky Thatcher wants to set the record straight. She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She knew Samuel Clemens before he was "Mark Twain," when he was a wide-eyed dreamer who never could get his facts straight. Yes, she was Tom's childhood sweetheart, but the true story of their love, and the dark secret that tore it apart, never made it into Twain's novel.--From the dust jacket.

Storytime Registration
In person registration for the fall Storytime session begins Tuesday, October 7 and is required for the Toddler and Preschool Storytimes. Storytimes begin on Tuesday, October 14. Registration is not required for the Library Club storytime.

For more information, call (310) 524-2726.


Celebrate Teen Read Week with Candy Sushi!
Join the Youth Services staff on Wednesday, October 15th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. to make CANDY SUSHI! Instead of sashimi, we'll use Swedish Fish. Instead of seaweed, we'll use fruit roll-ups and Rice Krispies treats for the rice. Express your culinary creativity! Mmm, yummy! This workshop takes place in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room and is FREE! Teens in grades 6 and up are welcome to participate.

For further information, please contact the Youth Services staff at (310) 524-2726.


A Golden Age, by Tahmima Anam.
Today [Rehana Haque] will throw a party for her son and daughter. Change is in the air. But none of the guests at Rehana's party can forsee what will happen in the days and months ahead. For this is 1971 in East Pakistan, a country on the brink of war. And this family's life is about to change forever. Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith and unexpected heroism.--From the dust jacket.

The Serpent's Tale, by Ariana Franklin.
Rosamund Clifford, the mistress of King Henry II, has died an agonizing death by poison--and the King's estranged queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the prime suspect. Henry suspects that Rosamund's murder is the first move in Eleanor's long-simmering plot to overthrow him. If Eleanor is guilty, the result could be civil war. The king must once again summon Adelia Aguilar, mistress of the art of death, to uncover the truth.--From the dust jacket.

The English Major, by Jim Harrison.
"It used to be Cliff and Vivian and now it isn't." With these words, Jim Harrison begins a riotous, moving novel that sends a sixty-something man, divorced and robbed of his farm by a late-blooming real estate shark of an ex-wife, on a road trip across America, armed with a childhood puzzle of the United States and a mission to rename all the states and state birds to overcome the banal names men have given them. The English Major is the map of a man's journey into--and out of--himself, and is vintage Harrison: reflective, big-picture American, and replete with wicked wit.--From the dust jacket.

The New Moon's Arms, by Nalo Hopkinson.
Calamity, originally christened Chastity, is confronting two of life's biggest dramas. First is the death of her father...the second drama: she's starting menopause. And with this change of life comes the return of a special gift she has not felt since her childhood--she can find lost things. One morning a missing item washes up on the shore that is not her old toy truck or her hairbrush, but a bruised yet cheerful boy, his ropy hair matted with shells. In Calamity, Nalo Hopkinson has created an unswervingly honest portrait of a woman who discovers in her middle years that there is still more room to grow.--From the dust jacket.


Let's Talk Books
On the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, the Public Library offers a book discussion club called "Let's Talk Books."

Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

The club is open to the general public, and drop-ins are encouraged. Future evening meetings to be announced. Please click on the "More" link below for additional information.


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New Service at the El Segundo Public Library
Free Online Tutoring every day 1PM – 10PM with your El Segundo Library Card
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• Grades K-12, College Intro & Adult Learner
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Smoke Screen: a Novel, by Sandra Brown.
When newswoman Britt Shelley wakes up to find herself in bed with Jay Burgess, a rising star detective in the Charleston PD, she remembers nothing of how she got there...or of how Jay wound up dead. A tale about audacious corruption--and those with the courage to expose it--Smoke Screen is Sandra Brown's most searing and intense novel yet.--From the dust jacket.

Rules of Deception, by Christopher Reich.
Dr. Jonathan Ransom, world-class mountaineer and surgeon for Doctors Without Borders, is climbing the Swiss Alps with his beautiful wife Emma, when a blizzard sets in. In their bid to escape the storm, Emma is killed when she falls into a crevasse. Suddenly the subject of an international manhunt and the target of a master assassin, Jonathan is forced on the run. His only chance at survival lies in uncovering the devastating truth behind the secret his wife kept from him and in stopping the terrifying conspiracy that threatens to bring the world to the brink of annihilation.--From the dust jacket.

Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli.
Boycott...chronicles the events and times surrounding the United States' boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics and tells the stories of athletes who trained thousands of hours for their chance at Oylmpic glory only to become pawns in a political chess match between superpowers.--From the dust jacket.

For the Love of Animals: the Rise of the Animal Protection Movement, by Kathryn Shevelow.
Kathryn Shevelow gives us the dramatic story of the bold reformers who braved attacks because they sympathized with the plight of creatures everywhere; she also tells of the changes in attitudes that would make their reforms possible. Accessible and lively, For the Love of Animals is a groundbreaking cultural narrative that takes us into the lives of animals--and into the minds of humans--at a transforming moment in history.--From the dust jacket.

Summer Reading Program Finale Parties
Summer is coming to an end and so is the Summer Reading Program. About 750 children and teens have done a terrific job at continuing to read throughout the summer and we would like to celebrate their successes.

This year's Reading Bug party for children in the Reading or Read-To-Me Club will take place Wednesday, August 13th at 3:00 p.m., in Library Park. Refreshments will be served at 3:00 and beginning at 3:15 the "Puppets and Players Little Theater" will provide entertainment.

The Totally Teen Party for those readers who participated in the Totally Teen Reading Program will take place Tuesday, August 12th at 2:00 p.m., in the Friends of the Library Room. Lots of free food and a movie will be provided.

Tickets are required to attend the parties; please turn in your reading records at the Youth Services Information Desk between August 4th and August 9th to receive your tickets. Read-To-Me and Reading Club members must have completed 10 books to attend and Totally Teen members must have completed 5 books to attend the Totally Teen Party. Children under eight years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Please call (310) 524-2726 for additional information.


The Monster of Florence: a True Story, by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi.
Douglas Preston [author of numerous bestselling novels] fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved with his family to a villa in Florence. Upon meeting celebrated journalist Mario Spezi, Preston was stunned to learn that the olive grove next to his home had been the scene of a horrific double murder committed by one of the most infamous figures in Italian history. A serial killer who ritually murdered fourteen young lovers, he has never been caught. He is known as the Monster of Florence.--From the dust jacket.

The Man Who Loved China, by Simon Winchester.
In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman...and Krakatoa...brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country. Here is an unforgettable tale of what makes men, nations, and, indeed, mankind itself great--related by one of the world's inimitable storytellers.--From the dust jacket.

Moyers on Democracy, by Bill Moyers.
Moyers on Democracy collects many of Bill Moyers's most moving statements to connect the dots on what is happening to our country--the twinned growth of private wealth and public squalor, the assault on our Constitution, the undermining of the electoral process, the accelerating class war against ordinary (and vulnerable) Americans inherent in the growth of economic inequality, the dangers of an imperial executive, the attack on the independence of the press, the despoiling of the earth we share as our common gift.--From the dust jacket.

Brotherhood of Warriors, by Aaron Cohen and Douglas Century.
[Aaron Cohen] was determined to be a part of Israel's most elite security cadre, akin to the American Green Berets and Navy SEALs. After fifteen months of grueling training designed to break down each individual man and rebuild him as a warrior, Cohen was offered the only post a non-Israeli can hold in the special forces. A propulsive, gripping read, Cohen's story is a rare, fly-on-the-wall view into the shadowy world of "black ops" that redefines invincible strength, true danger, and inviolable security.--From the dust jacket.

Bright Shiny Morning, by James Frey.
One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel--a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines--some never to be seen again--but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives. Throughout the strikingly powerful novel there is the relentless drumbeat of the millions of other stories that, taken as a whole, describe a city, a culture, and an age. A dazzling tour de force, Bright Shiny Morning illuminates the joys, horrors, and unexpected fortunes of life and death in Los Angeles.--From the dust jacket.

The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria.
For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our time is "the rise of the rest"--the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more. Zakaria outlines the contemporary diffusion of power throughout the world. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past five hundred years--the rise of the western world and the rise of the United States--to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the "rise of the rest."--From the dust jacket.

Collateral Damage, by Fern Michaels.
In this thrilling new novel in Fern Michael's New York Times bestselling series, The Sisterhood faces their toughest challenge yet. But this time, the seven lady vigilantes might be their own worst enemies... The Sisterhood verges on falling apart after Charles Martin asks them to choose between two difficult assignments. The first job could make them more money than they could ever imagine, the second offers something even more valuable: a presidential pardon, and along with it, a chance for the ladies to finally emerge from hiding. [The Sisterhood] soon discover the job is a lot more dangerous than they thought. Who really is their well-connected client? Will he come through with his promise? And can they stop fighting--and stay alive--long enough to see it happen?--From the dust jacket.

The Pixar Touch: the Making of a Company, by David A. Price.
The roller-coaster rags-to-riches story behind the phenomenal success of Pixar Animation Studios: the first in-depth look at the company that forever changed the film industry and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. Based on interviews with dozens of insiders, The Pixar Touch examines the early wildcat years when computer animation was thought of as the lunatic fringe of the medium. We see the studio at work today; how its writers, directors, and animators make their astonishing, and astonishingly popular, films. The book also delves into Pixar's corporate feuds... And finally it explores Pixar's complex relationship with the Walt Disney Company as it transformed itself from a Disney satellite into the $7.4 billion jewel in the Disney crown.--From the dust jacket.

Summer Reading Kick-off Program with Buster Balloon

To kick off our Summer Reading Program for children pre-school through 8th grade, join us on Wednesday, June 25 at 3:00 p.m. at the El Segundo Woman's Club as the El Segundo Public Library presents "The Buster Balloon Show!" A frenzied and frantic blend of balloon twisting and vaudeville style comedy, combined with loads of audience participation and of course, the human cartoon character that is Buster Balloon. And for the grand finale, Buster climbs inside "The Giant 6-Foot Whoopee Cushion of Doom!" It's silly, it's twisted, but most of all, it's Fun!

The entire family is welcome to attend this free program to get our Summer Reading Program started off with a bang! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Call (310) 524-2726 for additional information.



Summer Reading Program
Registration for the 2008 Summer Reading Program, Catch the Reading Bug @ Your Library, begins on June 19 and continues into August.
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Summer Reading and Activities for Teens
Registration for the 2008 Teen Summer Reading Program, Metamorphosis @ Your Library, begins on June 19 and continues into mid-August.

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The Top 100 Health Tips: 100 Essential Foods and Recipes, by Janet Wright.
Packed full of 100 foods, drinks, herbs, and spices, this book reveals the secrets to looking and feeling radiant with health. Janet Wright shows how to choose the right foods to boost your immune system and energy levels, relieve stress and depression, detox your body and lose weight, fight the effects of aging, and combat disease. If you want easy, effective ways to optimize your health and well-being, it's all here.--From the inside cover.

The Way Toys Work, by Ed and Woody Sobey.
If you've ever wondered how an Etch A Sketch writes on its gray screen, or why a boomerang comes back, or how an R/C car responds to a radio controller, now you'll have your answers. The Way Toys Work explains the technology, history, and trivia behind 50 popular toys, with patent drawings and photos of the "guts" of devices. The only thing you won't learn is how the Magic 8 Ball is able to predict the future--some things are best left a mystery.--From the back cover.

20 Something Manifesto, by Christine Hassler.
If you're in your twenties, you're likely feeling the combination of the excitement of this defining decade and the pressure to figure out your entire life. This manifesto explores the all-important questions and life choices of these turbulent yet exciting years. In these pages, quarter-life men and women tell their stories, sharing their successes and failures, along with their frustrations and realizations. The author's insightful commentary and "take away" suggestions provide the tools and skills you need to create change and direction in your life.--From the back cover.

Reinventing Retirement, by Miriam Goodman.
Most people look forward to retirement for years, and many of us spend so much time focused on financial preparation that it's easy to forget that this monumental life shift also affects emotional health, marriage, and family. In reality, retirement is among the biggest life changes a person can go through, and it's important to thoughtfully plan for how you'll spend these years so that they are truly enjoyable. Reinventing Retirement is a guide to diverse options, and will help you decide how best to create a happy, fulfilling, and active retirement--one that's right for you.--From the back cover.


The Annual Author Fair Returns to the El Segundo Public Library, Sunday, June 1st, 2008!
Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Kiwanis Club, the annual Author Fair will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2008. As in previous years there will be author panels, author signing tables, children's entertainers, and book sales. This very special afternoon is enhanced by live music and performances, free refreshments, and goody bags.

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The Author Fair Returns Sunday, June 1st, 2008
The Library hosts the semi-annual El Segundo Art Association art show through the month of April. Come experience the many framed paintings, photography, and 3-dimensional works of art created by local artists.

Poets John Fitzgerald, Helene Cardona, and Gabriel Meyer signing their work at the 2007 Author Fair

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Join the Circle of Knowledge during National Library Week, April 13th-19th, 2008

In conjunction with the American Library Association and libraries across the country, the El Segundo Public Library is holding three special programs to celebrate National Library Week. Enjoy a showing—with popcorn!—of the movie The Music Man at 12:00 noon in the Friends of the Library Room on Tuesday, April 15th. The Reference Staff will provide "Internet Training for Beginners" from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16th; space is limited and interested parties should sign up in advance to reserve a spot for the training. At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th the Children’s Library will present a special story-time with City Council members as guest readers, as well as a movie, refreshments, and a fun take-home craft.

Take part in the Circle of Knowledge and share the fun of National LibraryWeek!

For additional information, please call the Reference Desk at (310) 524-2728.


Aunt Dimity : Vampire Hunter, by Nancy Atherton.
Lori Shepherd's life in England couldn't be more tranquil or satisfying--except for one thing. Her five-year-old twins have started school, and Lori fears they'll catch everything from the flu to fleas. What they do come home with, however, is worse: a report of a pale, cloaked figure with bloodstained lips lurking in the woods. With Kit's help--and Aunt Dimity's--Lori discovers the twisted family secrets concealed in Aldercot Hall, unearths the truth about the mysterious murder that took place there forty years ago, and shocks everyone--including herself--by revealing the true identity of the twins' vampire.--From the dust jacket.

Made From Scratch: a Memoir, by Sandra Lee.
The true story of how celebrity chef Sandra Lee went from being raised on food stamps to starring in her own TV show, Semi-Homemade Cooking, on the Food Network. This powerful, emotional, and astonishing story will inspire anyone who has faced adversity to overcome challenges and perservere. Sandra's candid account of her personal journey offers a rare glimpse into the life of the woman behind the phenomenal success of Semi-Homemade. Smart, witty, and moving, Made From Scratch is an uplifting tale of determination and survival.--From the dust jacket.

Hollywood Crows, by Joseph Wambaugh.
Police story guru Joseph Wambaugh returns to the gritty, glamorous streets of Los Angeles with a riveting sequel to his smash hit Hollywood Station. When a couple of LAPD cops find themselves caught up with a certain femme fatale, they're in for trouble. Meet Margot Aziz, the astonishingly beautiful, soon-to-be-ex wife of Ali Aziz, proprietor of a Sunset Boulevard strip club. Margot would like nothing better than to be rid of her husband, who has his diamond-studded fingers in multiple shady business deals--and who wants his lovely wife dead. As they'll discover, Hollywood always deceives you, and love always comes packing heat.--From the dust jacket.

Snake Oil Science: the Truth About Complementary and Alternative Medicine, by R. Barker Bausell.
In Snake Oil Science, R. Barker Bausell provides an engaging look at the scientific evidence for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and at the logical, psychological, and physiological pitfalls that lead otherwise intelligent people...to endorse these cures. Snake Oil Science is not only an authoritative critique of the strangely zealous world of CAM belief and practice, but it is also a witty and entertaining introduction to how to correctly interpret scientific research of any sort.--From the dust jacket.

When Ghosts Speak, by Mary Ann Winkowski
Meet Mary Ann Winkowski. She is just like you. She is a married mother of two grown daughters. She lives in a suburban town in Ohio. She goes to church every Sunday. And she sees and talks to ghosts. In this remarkable book, Mary Ann tells her incredible story. She talks about the difference between earthbound spirits and those who have crossed over; she tells you why spirits remain on the earthly plane... Full of no-nonsense advice, amazing anecdotes, and practical tips for navigating a paranormal phenomenon...When Ghosts Speak is a must read for any person who has heard something go bump in the night.--From the dust jacket.

Song Yet Sung, by James McBride
March 1850. In the tense days before the Civil War, a slave breakout in the labyrinthine swamps of Maryland's eastern shore sets loose a riveting drama of violence, hope, and redemption among slave catchers, plantation owners, watermen, runaway slaves, and free blacks. Filled with rich history--much of the story is drawn from historical events--and told in McBride's lyrical style, Song Yet Sung brings into full view a world long misunderstood in American fiction: slavery's haunting choices, pressing both whites and blacks to search for relief in a world where all seemed to lose their moral compass.--From the dust jacket.

Dakota, by Martha Grimes
In this stunning sequel to Grimes's Biting the Moon, Andi Oliver, amnesiac and drifter, is still running from the memory--her only memory--of an occurrence in a Santa Fe bed-and-breakfast. Dakota signals the return of one of Martha Grimes's most intrepid heroines, a young woman who invents her life step-by-step as she moves through a landscape that throws up one danger after another. Set against the breathtakingly expansive backdrop of the plains, Dakota will reward Grimes's legion of fans, and readers of western literature as a whole.--From the dust jacket.

The Venetian Betrayal, by Steve Berry
In 323 B.C.E., having conquered Persia, Alexander the Great set his sights on Arabia, then suddenly succumbed to a strange fever. Locating his final resting place--unknown to this day--remains a tantalizing goal for both archaeologists and treasure hunters. Now the quest for this coveted prize is about to heat up. And Cotton Malone--former U.S. Department agent turned rare-book dealer--will be drawn into an intense geopolitical chess game. Together, Cotton [and his adventurer friend] Cassiopeia must outrun and outthink the forces allied against them. Their perilous quest [to find a healing serum in Alexander's tomb] will take them to the shores of Denmark, deep into venerated monuments of Venice, and finally high inside the desolate Pamir mountains of Central Asia to unravel a riddle whose solution could destroy or save millions of people.--From the publisher's description.

Library Club is Back in Session!
Children ages 5 – 10 are invited to this entertaining program that is designed just for them. Library Club is planned around a weekly theme and is a fun hour of stories, films, crafts, games and other child-friendly events. The winter session began on January 17 and meets from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m every Thursday through February 21 in the Friends of the Library meeting room. Registration is not required. Attend as often as you’d like, participation is free! Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call: (310) 524-2726.

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston
The world's biggest supercollider, hidden deep in an Arizona mountain, will probe what happened at the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The brainchild of Nobel laureate Gregory North Hazelius, Isabella is the most expensive machine ever built. Will it unlock the mysteries of the universe? Will it, as some warn, suck the earth into a mini black hole? [The team of scientists discovers] a secret that will either destroy the world...or save it.--From the dust jacket.

Intern: a Doctor's Initiation, by Sandeep Jauhar
Intern is Dr. Sandeep Jauhar's story of his days and nights in residency at a prominent teaching hsopital in New York City. It describes the trial that led him to question every conventional assumption about doctors and medicine--a trial that makes him an ideal figure to speak to our own misgivings about doctors and medicine today.--From the dust jacket.

Them, by Nathan McCall
Nathan McCall's novel, Them, tells a compelling story set in a downtown Atlanta neighborhood known for its main street, Auburn Avenue, which once was regarded as the "richest Negro street in the world." Using a blend of superbly developed characters in a story that captures the essence of this country's struggles with the unsettling realities of gentrification, McCall has produced a truly great American novel.--From the dust jacket.

Why Mermaids Sing, by C.S. Harris
Called a "triumph" and a "treasure," C.S. Harris's masterful mystery series featuring aristocratic ex-spy Sebastian St. Cyr once again transports readers to Regency England, where a series of shocking murders rocks the privileged classes. As she did in What Angels Fear and When Gods Die, C.S. Harris once again employs her dazzling command of history and her rich storytelling to draw us into a dark and glittering world.--From the dust jacket.

Book Lovers Celebration February – March 2008

The El Segundo Public Library celebrates the joy of reading with the Book Lovers Celebration, a special event to be held during the months of February and March. February will feature book displays and reading lists pertaining to romance, the focus then shifts to action and adventure in March.

Beginning Friday, February 1st, patrons 18 years and older who borrow three adult books at one time are eligible to enter weekly raffle contests for special prizes. The last day to enter the raffle contest is Sunday, March 30th.

Share the joy of reading with the El Segundo Public Library and check out the Book Lovers Celebration! This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.

Preschool Storytime Spaces Are Still Available!
Children between the ages of 3 and 6 are invited to enroll in our Winter Storytime session. Storytime begins on Wednesday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. and continues every Wednesday through February 20. Each Storytime is designed specifically for the preschool child and lasts approximately ½ hour. Activities include stories, flannelboards, songs, fingerplays, and crafts. Please register at the Youth Services Information desk. Participation is free. For more information please call 310-524-2726.

Concerts in the Library

Join us for five entertaining new musical performances in the months of January through May as the Concerts in the Library series continues in 2008. Free to all, the series features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions. Programs will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room the third Sunday of each month, and will include light refreshments provided by the Friends. The Library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue at Main Street. Call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



THE WAR at Your Library

Bringing World War II to the United States, THE WAR is a seven-part documentary by renowned director Ken Burns. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 23rd on KCET, each segment of the series focuses on the recollections of people from four U.S. towns: Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota.

Working with the California Center for the Book and other libraries across California, the El Segundo Public Library has created a display entitled "THE WAR at Your Library," showing library materials that illustrate California’s part in World War II. Visit the Reference Desk to take part in a World War II quiz, obtain a listing of California military sites and museums, and see a list of World War II movies. Click on the More Information link below to see a bibliography of selected World War II materials.
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Concerts in the Library

Sunday, September 16, 2007, marks the return of the Concerts in the Library series. Free to all, the series features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions. Programs will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room the third Sunday of each month through December. Light refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 111 W. Mariposa Avenue at Main Street. Call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.



Summer Reading Program Party Tickets

Summer Reading Participants are invited to pick up their party tickets beginning Monday, August 6. The parties are a celebration of reading achievement. To qualify for a ticket to the Reading & Read-To-Me Club party, children must be registered in the program and need to have read at least 10 books. Totally Teen Club participants need to have read 5 or more books. The deadline for obtaining tickets is Saturday, August 11. If you are unable to pick up your ticket between Aug. 6 & 11 but would still like to attend the party, please turn in your folder prior to August 6 and we will reserve a ticket for you. Reserved tickets must be picked up at the Youth Services Information Desk before the party. Please do not put reading logs in the book drop!
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Summer Reading 2007 is Going Strong!

Get a Clue @ Your Library, is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program. More than 575 children and teens are enrolled and registration is open through August 5.


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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.



NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
In celebration of National Library Week, the Library will present a special children’s music program on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room.
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Book Lovers' Celebration Event
Join the festivities at the El Segundo Public Library on Saturday, March 3rd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for our Book Lovers’ Celebration and Special Events. Enjoy refreshments as you view our new online historical photographs and learn how to check out e-books in the Matsui Room. Then take a "behind the scenes" tour of the library at 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Also at 2pm, children are invited to a storytime of favorite folktales read by local officials, followed by a family movie at 2:30pm with free popcorn. Please call 310-524-2722 for additional information.


Concerts in the Library on Sunday, May 20th.

The Arpa y Aulos will perform at the El Segundo Public Library on Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room.
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Electronic Books
Electronic Books
The Library now offers downloadable electronic books and electronic audio books.
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Hollywood CarnegieThe El Segundo Public Library Presents....
Join us for a discussion of the Carnegie Libraries of California with a photographic presentation by Pat and Bernie Skehan on Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 @ 7:00 p.m. Matsui Room.
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One Book, One City , El Segundo Reads. . .To Kill a Mockingbird
This fall, El Segundo residents will be encouraged to read To Kill a Mockingbird, as part of the community reading program, El Segundo Reads
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Summer Reading Program Party Tickets !!!

Summer Reading Program Party Tickets,

Summer Reading Party &

Totally Teen Pizza Party


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El Segundo Library Summer Reading Program June 22- August 19
El Segundo Public Library Summer Reading Program!!!
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Women of Mystery
Los Angeles Women of Mystery
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Meet the Author of "War and Faith in Sudan"
El Segundo Author Gabriel Meyer will discuss and sign copies of his book, War and Faith in Sudan, Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Matsui Room. 111 W. Mariposa Ave. at Main St. 524-2728 for questions.
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Upcoming Friends of the Library Sales!!!
Friends of the Library Christmas Table (gifts, ornaments, games, decorations) and Jigsaw Puzzles (for All Ages Plus Children’s Games) Sales starting on Saturday, December 10, at 9:00 a.m and it lasts just one week.


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El Segundo Art Association’s Fall Art Show

Starting Saturday, October 1, the El Segundo Art Association’s fall art show will be on display at the Library. .
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El Segundo Reads... The Good Earth By Pearl S. Buck

September through October 2005

Speakers, Book Discussions and Film Showings are being held in the Library Matsui Room
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LandScapes of San Pedro by Curtis Green

Beautiful Paintings on Sale Now!!!
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Attention all Super Hero Readers!

The party ticket deadline is around the corner!


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Teen Readers, unleash your party tickets!

The Teen Pizza Party for Summer Reading Program participants is on Tuesday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Matsui Room.


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Free Internet Training
Free training for the public on how to surf the Internet
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