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The Mirror Thief, by Seay Martin

In sixteenth-century Venice, the city's famed glassmakers are secretly perfecting one of the world's most wondrous inventions: the mirror. An object of fearful fascination--did it reflect simple reality, or reveal something more profound?--the Venetian mirror was state-of-the-art technology, subject to industrial espionage by desirous sultans and royals throughout the world. And so the city's ruthless rulers, the Council of Ten, have handed down an edict: for any of the mirror craftsmen to leave the island is a crime punishable by death. One man, however--a world-weary war hero with little to lose--has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the ominous Ten... Meanwhile, in two other iterations of Venice--Venice Beach, California, in 1958, and the Venetian casino in Las Vegas in 2003--two other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to discover, and get away with, secrets... All three stories will weave together into a spellbinding tour de force that, in the end, returns readers to a stunning conclusion in the original Venice...and leaves them with the bedazzled sense of having read a truly original and thrilling work of art.--From the dust jacket.

The Strings of Murder, by Oscar de Muriel

1888: Edinburgh. A violinist is found brutally murdered in his Edinburgh home. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Jack the Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey. Frey reports to Detective "Nine-Nails" McGray, local legend and exact opposite of the foppish English Inspector. McGray's tragic past his driven him to superstition, but even he must admit that this case seems beyond belief. There was no way in or out of the locked music studio. And there are black magic symbols on the floor. The dead man's maid swears there were three musicians playing before the murder. And the suspects all talk of a cursed violin once played by the Devil himself. Inspector Frey has always been a man of reason--but the longer this investigation goes on, the more his grasp on reality seems to be slipping away.--From the dust jacket.

Sweet Lamb of Heaven, by Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet's chilling new novel is the story of Anna, the mother of a young child, fleeing a manipulative and unfaithful husband. A businessman with questionable ethics who has just launched his first campaign for political office, Ned chases Anna and their six-year-old daughter from Alaska to Maine, where the two are in hiding at a run-down motel on the coast. But the longer they stay, the less the guests in the dingy motel seem like typical tourists--and the less Ned resembles a typical husband. As his pursuit of Anna and their child moves from threatening to criminal, Ned begins to alter his wife's world in ways she could never imagine.--From the dust jacket.

The God Wave, by Patrick Hemstreet

For decades, scientists have speculated about the untapped potential of the human brain. Now neuroscientist Chuck Brenton has made an astonishing breakthrough. He has discovered the key--the crucial combination of practice and conditioning--to access the incredible power dormant in ninety percent of our brains. Applying his methods to test subjects, he has stimulated abilities that elevate brain function to seemingly "godlike" levels. These extraordinary abilities can transform the world, replacing fear and suffering with tranquility and stability. But in an age of increasing militarization, corporate exploitation, and explosive technological discovery, a group of influential power brokers is determined to control these new superbeings for its own manipulative ends--and its motives may be far from peaceful.--From the dust jacket.

We Want to Hear from You: Take Our Library Survey

We are conducting a brief survey to see how our patrons use the El Segundo Public Library and to give you a chance to give us your feedback--what you like about the library, what areas you think need improving, what you'd like to see added to the library, etc. To take the survey, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LBPYRYF. If you would prefer to fill out a physical copy of the survey, please ask library staff at the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk. All responses are anonymous.

The survey takes just a couple of minutes to complete. We appreciate your time and look forward to reading your responses!

Mark Your Calendar for the Author Fair!

On Sunday, June 12th, from 11:30am to 4:30pm, the El Segundo Public Library opens its doors for the annual Author Fair. This year's theme, "Express Yourself...Through Writing. Art. Music." encourages attendees to be creative and inspired through a variety of art expressions. The event features two author panels: "Expressing Yourself Through Writing"--a how-to panel for those interested in writing and publishing--moderated by Kevin Smith, screen writer and Library Board member, and a second panel, "Confessions of the Best Local Mystery Writers," moderated by mystery and crime author Neal Griffin.

In addition to authors, this year's attendees can enjoy local artists' works on display and listen to live music. A very special "selfie" photo booth will also be part of the event to take photos of your friends, family, or possibly your favorite author.

The Friends of the Library will once again sponsor the event, as well as the Grand Prize Raffles for the opportunity to will a Samsung Galaxy Tablet pre-loaded with the library's eBook apps, and other exciting prizes.

Save the date on your calendar for this year's Author Fair. Don't miss out on the fun! Please click here for the event flyer, or call (310) 524-2728.

The Decent Proposal, by Kemper Donovan

Struggling Hollywood producer Richard is twenty-nine, hungover, and broke. Ridiculously handsome with an easy charm, he spends his days procrastinating at the Coffee Bean and nights hanging out with his best friend, Michaela, aka "Mike." At thirty-three, Elizabeth is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as "La Maquina"--the Machine--to her colleagues, she's grown used to a quiet, orderly life with no romantic entanglements of any kind. (Her closest friend is an old man who discusses Virginia Woolf with her at the beach. Enough said.) Richard and Elizabeth have never met before, but their paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor: they'll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together every week for a year. Both are shocked and suspicious, and agree the idea is absurd, but after Richard anxiously considers the state of his bank account and Elizabeth carefully conducts a cost-benefit analysis of the situation, they agree to give it a try.--From the dust jacket.

We Love You, Charlie Freeman, by Kaitlyn Greenidge

The Freeman family--Charles, Laurel, and their daughters, teenage Charlotte and nine-year-old Callie--have been invited to the Tonybee Institute in rural Massachusetts to participate in a research experiment. They will live in an apartment on campus with Charlie, a young chimp abandoned by his mother. The Freemans were selected for the experiment because they know sign language; they are supposed to teach it to Charlie and welcome him as a member of the family. Isolated in their new, nearly all-white community not just by their race but by their strange living situation, the Freemans come undone. And when Charlotte discovers the truth about the Institute's history of questionable studies, the secrets of the past begin to invade the present.--From the dust jacket.

The Brotherhood of the Wheel, by R.S. Belcher

In A.D. 1119 a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endures and has returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them. Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies--all of the folks who live and work the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel. Jimmie Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down south when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Marcou, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case, and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map--and the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids (BEKs) said to prowl the highways.--From the dust jacket.

Now and Again, by Charlotte Rogan

For Maggie Rayburn--wife, mother, and longtime secretary at a munitions plant--life is pleasant, predictable, and, she assumes, secure. When she finds proof of a high-level cover-up on her boss's desk, she impulsively takes it, an act that turns her world, and her worldview, upside down. Propelled by a desire to do good--and also by a newfound taste for excitement--Maggie starts to see injustice everywhere. Soon her bottom drawer is filled with what she calls "evidence," her small town has turned against her, and she must decide how far she will go for the truth. For Penn Sinclair--army captain, Ivy League graduate, and reluctant heir to his family's fortune--a hasty decision has disastrous results. Home from Iraq and eager to atone, he reunites with three survivors to expose the truth about the war. They launch a website that soon has people talking, but the more they expose, the cloudier their mission becomes.--From the dust jacket.

Spring Drop-In Lobby Events

Spring brings a new schedule of hands-on and informative programming in the library's Drop-In Lobby Events series. This four-program series features representatives from South Bay 1-Stop Business & Career Center, the El Segundo Fire Department, Wild Birds Unlimited, and library staff leading hands-on activities and lecture presentations.

All workshops take place in the library's lobby, are free, and include supplies. Likewise feel free to bring your own supplies for inspiration. For program scheduling, please click here, or see the calendar to the right of this notice.

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

Evening Book Discussion Group

An all-new selection of titles for discussion begins in April for the Evening Book Discussion Group. The meetings take place at 6:30pm in the Friends of the Library Room on the last Wednesday of each month, excluding December. Discussions will be led by library staff and, on occasion, by the authors themselves.

Library staff lead a discussion of Charlie Jane Anders' novel All the Birds in the Sky on April 27.

Ron Rash's novel Above the Waterfall will be the topic of discussion on May 25.

The season's last selection, The Memory Painter, will be discussed by its author, Gwendolyn Womack, on June 29.

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

At the Edge of the Orchard, by Tracy Chevalier

1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck--in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sews the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut, while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life. 1853: Their youngest child, Robert, is wandering through gold rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert's past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last.--From the dust jacket.

The Widow, by Fiona Barton

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on when more bad things began to happen... But that woman's husband died last week. And Jean doesn't have to be her anymore. There's a lot Jean hasn't said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now there's no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in marriage. The truth--that's all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything...--From the dust jacket.

Stork Mountain, by Miroslav Penkov

High up in Bulgaria's Strandja Mountains--a place of pagan mysteries and of black storks nesting in giant oaks--a young emigrant has returned from America to search for his grandfather, who suddenly and unexpectedly cut off all contact with the family three years earlier. The trail leads him to a village on the border with Turkey, a stone's throw away from Greece, where every spring for centuries on end, men and women possessed by Christian saints have danced barefoot across live coals in search of rebirth. Here in the mountains, he is drawn into a maze of half-truths by his grandfather. And here, he falls in love with an unobtainable Muslim girl.--From the dust jacket.

The Hourglass Factory, by Lucy Ribchester

London. 1912. The suffragette movement is reaching a fever pitch, and Inspector Frederick Primrose is hunting a murderer on his beat. Across town, Fleet Street reporter Francesca "Frankie" George is chasing an interview with trapeze artist Ebony Diamond. Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly-laced acrobat and follows her to a Bond Street corset shop that seems to be hiding secrets of its own. When Ebony Diamond mysteriously disappears in the middle of a performance, Frankie and Primrose are both drawn into the shadowy world of a secret society with ties to both London's criminal underworld and its glittering socialites. Why did Ebony Diamond vanish, who was she afraid of, and what goes on behind the doors of the mysterious Hourglass Factory? From newsrooms to the drawing rooms of high society, the investigation leads Frankie and Primrose to a murderous villain with a plot more deadly than anyone could have imagined.--From the dust jacket.

The Illegal, by Lawrence Hill

All Keita has ever wanted to do is to run. Running means wealth and respect at home. His native Zantoroland, a fictionalized country whose tyrants are eerily familiar, turns out the fastest marathoners on earth. But after his journalist father is killed for his outspoken political views, Keita must flee to the wealthy nation of Freedom State--a country engaged in a crackdown on all undocumented people. There, Keita becomes a part of the new underground. He learns what it means to live as an illegal: surfacing to earn cash prizes by running local races and assessing whether the people he meets will be kind or turn him in. As the authorities seek to arrest Keita, he strives to elude capture and ransom his sister, who has been kidnapped. Set in an imagined country bearing a striking resemblance to our own, this tension-filled novel casts its eye on race, human potential, and what it means to belong.--From the dust jacket.

The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that--if he can find it--would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomas's quest. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.--From the dust jacket.

After the Crash, by Michel Bussi

Just after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward the Swiss Alps, crashing into a snowy mountainside. Within seconds flames engulf the plane, which is filled with holiday travelers. Of the 169 passengers, all but one perish. The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl--thrown from the airliner before fire consumes the cabin. But two infants were on board. Is "the Miracle Child of Mont Terri" Lyse-Rose or Emilie? The families of both girls step forward to claim the child. Dogged by bad luck, the Vitrals live a simple life, selling snacks from a van on the beaches of northern France. In contrast, the de Carvilles, who amassed a fortune in the oil business, are powerful--and dangerous. Eighteen years later, a private detective tasked with solving the mystery of the girl known as "Lylie" is on the verge of giving up. As he contemplates taking his own life, Credule Grand-Duc suddenly discovers a hidden secret in plain view. Will he live to tell it? Meanwhile, Lylie, now a beautiful university student, entrusts a secret notebook into the hands of Marc, the brooding young man who loves her, and then vanishes. After Marc reads the notebook's contents, he embarks on a frantic search for Lylie. But he is not the only one looking for her.--From the dust jacket.

The Lost Time Accidents, by John Wray

In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons buzzing with rumors about Einstein's radical new theory to the death camps of World War II, and from the golden age of postwar pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artifacts of modern life. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar "Waldy" Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. For the rest of the world, the hours continue to pass, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back--a journey that forces him to reckon not only with the betrayal at the heart of his doomed romance but also with the legacy of his great-grandfather's fatal pursuit of the hidden nature of time itself. Part madcap adventure, part harrowing family drama, part scientific mystery--and never less than wildly entertaining--The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.--From the dust jacket.

Art in the Blood, by Bonnie MacBird

Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend--until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris. Mademoiselle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star, writes that her illegitimate son by an English Lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem: the most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man. Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.--From the dust jacket.

Disposable Asset, by John Altman

Having completed her mission to silence an agency defector, CIA operative Cassie Bradbury finds herself cut adrift in Moscow with no documents, no tickets and no identification. Hot on her trail are the Kremlin, the Russian Mafia--and Sean Ravensdale, the disgraced ex-CIA agent who has been sent to track her down. Realizing that she has been set up and is now expendable, Cassie will need all her courage and resourcefulness to outwit her pursuers--and stay alive long enough to exact revenge on the man who recruited her--who betrayed her.--From the dust jacket.

In the Dark, by Deborah Moggach

South London, 1916. Eithne Clay runs a ramshackle boarding house while her husband is off at war. She and her young son struggle to bring the comforts of home to a cast of characters even the war effort doesn't want, including a cynical veteran swayed by Communist propaganda and an old woman who eats everything in sight, despite her broken dentures. Life is difficult enough when Eithne learns that her husband is dead. Everything is transformed with the arrival of butcher Neville Turk, a handsome and burly ladies' man, who brings some much-needed excitement to Eithne's life--and some much-needed nourishment to the boarders. The house bursts to life with electricity--real and metaphorical--and the previously underfed residents chow down on fatty lamb chops. But what darkness will be revealed in this newly lit world?--From the dust jacket.

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, by George R. R. Martin

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Fire and Ice. These never-before collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals--in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg--whose true name is hidden from all he and Dunk encounter. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westros, great destinies lay ahead for these two...as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.--From the dust jacket.

Saturday Concerts in the Library

Get set to enjoy some great music as the new season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, January 16 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.

Drop-In Lobby Events

Join us for a new schedule of hands-on and informative programming in the library's Drop-In Lobby Events series. This six-program series features representatives from the El Segundo Police Department, authors, local artists, and library staff leading hands-on activities and lecture presentations.

All workshops take place in the library's lobby, are free, and include supplies. Likewise feel free to bring your own supplies for inspiration. For program scheduling, please click here, or see the calendar to the right of this notice.

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

Free Computer Classes

The library is offering free classes to anyone needing to brush up on their computer skills. Library staff will provide a hands-on overview of computer and internet basics with topics to include:

  • Microsoft Word 2013 Basics
  • Free Library eResources
  • Introduction to the Computer
  • Job Resources
  • And Many More!

Please click here for a complete listing of sessions, dates, and times, or see the calendar section to the right of this notice.

Note that seating is limited and registration is required. Some classes take place when the library is closed to the public. Late arrivals will not be admitted 5 minutes after the class begins.

To register for a class, or for questions, please call (310) 524-2728.



Evening Book Discussion Group

The Evening Book Club returns in January with an all-new selection of titles for discussion. The meetings take place at 6:30pm in the Friends of the Library Room on the last Wednesday of each month, excluding December. Discussions will be led by library staff and, on occasion, by the authors themselves.

Erika Swyler's novel The Book of Speculation will be featured on January 27.

Library staff will lead a discussion of Parnaz Foroutan's novel The Girl from the Garden on February 24.

The season's last selection, Rooms, by Lauren Oliver, will be discussed on March 30.

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



The Comfort of Black, by Carter Wilson

Though they seem to have everything, Hannah Parks has watched her husband, Dallin, become increasingly distant. Her hope is buoyed when the couple decides to start a family, but what Dallin reveals in his sleep one night rocks Hannah to her core. As she starts to investigate a much darker side of Dallin than she ever knew existed, Hannah peels away the layers of a diseased relationship closely tied to her own dysfunctional past. When Dallin attempts to have Hannah abducted, she is forced to run, doing so with the aid of a man named Black--an ex-con and expert in helping people disappear. Together they must keep Hannah safe from her husband's far-reaching grasp, all the while trying to solve the mystery behind Dallin's sudden violence.--From the dust jacket.

Moonshadows, by Julie Weston

In the early 1920s, photographer Nellie Burns leaves Chicago to find adventure and a career in the West. She lands in Ketchum, Idaho. Out one night photographing moonshadows on snow, she discovers and photographs a dead body. When the body disappears and her negatives are stolen, she joins the chase to solve the mystery and find her negatives. But the Basque sheriff does not welcome her help, and the Chinese residents in town suspect Nellie herself of murder. As Nellie unravels the mystery of the missing body, she encounters a tangled web of revenge, opium addiction, obsessive love and loss, and a haunting story of devotion.--From the dust jacket.

Lost Canyon, by Nina Revoyr
Four people on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada find more adventure than they ever imagined. They are drawn to the mountains for reasons as diverse as their own lives. After an unexpected change in plans, the hikers start up a pristine mountain trail that hasn't been traveled in years. All they have to guide them is a hand-drawn map of a remote, mysterious place called Lost Canyon. At first the route past high alpine lakes and under towering snow-capped peaks offers all the freedom and exhilaration they'd hoped for. But then they stumble onto someone who doesn't want to be found, which leads to a series of dangerous conflicts, moral dilemmas, confrontations with nature, and an all-out struggle for survival.--From the Dust Jacket.

Biglaw, by Lindsay Cameron
Mackenzie Corbett has always dreamed of living in New York City. Now, almost two years into her job as an associate at a premiere Manhattan law firm, she's living her fantasy--big salary, high profile deals, cute boyfriend, designer bag on her arm. The giant bags under her eyes from lack of sleep don't fit into the fantasy though. To make matters worse, she's being tormented by a bitter, bitchy senior associate, her boyfriend is annoyed she never has time for him, and now she's stuck on the deal from hell with a partner whose biggest claim to fame is throwing a stapler at a cleaning lady because she touched his ficus plant. With the opportunity to secure a prestigious secondment on the line, the overachiever in Mackenzie is determined to endure whatever it takes to close the biggest deal in the firm's history. But when Mackenzie finds herself the focus of a devastating investigation, her dream job begins spiraling into a nightmare.--From the dust jacket.

The Incarnations, by Susan Barker
The first letter falls into Driver Wang's lap as he flips down the visor in his taxi on Workers Stadium Road in Beijing, a polluted, congested city preparing for the 2008 Olympics. Who are you? you must be wondering. I am your soulmate, your old friend, and I have come back to this city of sixteen million in search of you. More letters follow, telling the stories of Wang's previous lives bound to this mysterious "soulmate," spanning a thousand years of treachery and intrigue. Driver Wang becomes convinced that someone is watching him, someone who claims to have known him for centuries. And with each letter, Wang feels the watcher in the shadows growing closer...--From the dust jacket.

Night of the Cobra, by Jack Coughlin
Top-ranked sniper Kyle Swanson was a promising young Marine on a dangerous peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu when he first captured "the Cobra" and a lifelong feud began. Twenty years later Kyle works for the CIA while the Cobra emerges from prison to become an efficient killing machine, and he has never slackened his hatred for Swanson. To draw out his ultimate target, the Cobra launches a violent campaign against the United States and attacks the second-largest shopping mall in America. Kyle teams with FBI agent Lucky Sharif, whom Kyle saved as a child in Somalia, to fight terrorists at home and abroad in order to stop his old enemy. The Cobra retreats to Somalia, where he is set to become a powerful warlord and leader of the bloody al Shabaab terror gang. To block him, Kyle must return to the daunting streets of Mogadishu, where he will face his personal nightmares, as well as the Cobra, who lies in wait.--From the dust jacket.

Free Computer Classes

The library is offering free classes to anyone needing to brush up on their computer skills. Library staff will provide a hands-on overview of computer and internet basics on the following dates:

  • Friday, September 25--Introduction to the Computer
  • Saturday, October 10--Social Media
  • Friday, October 23--Internet Basics
  • Friday, November 20--Email Attachments
  • Saturday, November 21--Cooking Resources
Please note that seating is limited and registration is required. Classes take place when the library is closed to the public. Late arrivals will not be admitted 5 minutes after the class begins.

To register for a class, or for questions, please call (310) 524-2728.



Drop-In Lobby Events

The library's popular Drop-In Lobby Events series is back with a new schedule of hands-on and informative programming. This six-program series features local professional artists, landscape designers, members of the El Segundo Historical Society, and library staff leading hands-on activities and lecture presentations.

All workshops take place in the library's lobby, are free, and include supplies. Likewise feel free to bring your own supplies for inspiration. For program scheduling, please click here, or see the calendar to the right of this notice.

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

Saturday Concerts in the Library

Get set to enjoy some great music as the fall season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, September 19 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.

Summer Reading Program Wrap-up Parties

Celebrate your child's summer reading accomplishments with the Totally Teen party on Tuesday, August 4th, and the "Read to the Rhythm" party on Wednesday, August 5th.

Those wishing to attend the parties must present their party ticket at the event. Summer Reading participants are invited to pick up their party tickets beginning Monday, July 27th. Reading Club and Read-to-Me Club members must have been registered in the program and must have read at least 10 books to obtain a party ticket. Totally Teen Club members need to have read 5 or more books. The deadline for obtaining tickets is Saturday, August 1st. If you are unable to pick up your ticket between July 27th and August 1st but would still like to attend the party, please turn in your folder prior to the August 1st deadline and we will reserve a ticket for you. Reserved tickets must be picked up at the Youth Services Information Desk before the party.

The Totally Teen Club party will be held in the Friends of the Library Room at 2:00pm on Tuesday, August 4th, and will feature pizza and a movie. The "Read to the Rhythm" party for Reading Club and Read-to-Me members will be held beginning at 2:45pm at the Library Park gazebo on Wednesday, August 5th; this party will feature refreshments and musical entertainment by Dan Crow.

Don't forget that there's still time to register your child for the Summer Reading Program. For more information about program registration, the reading parties, or party tickets, please see the library's calendar to the right of this page, or call (310) 524-2726.

The 2015 Summer Reading Program Is Here!


March to the beat of this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Read to the Rhythm.” In-person registration for the Summer Reading Program begins at 9:00am on Thursday, June 11th. This free eight-week program is designed to motivate children to read for pleasure during the summer. Storytime session sign-ups will also begin at 9:00am on June 11th. For our Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party, the library is pleased to present “The Arty Loon Show” on Wednesday, June 17th, at 3:00pm in Library Park. Please call (310) 524-2726 for additional information about Summer Reading or Storytime sign-ups.



15th Annual Author Fair

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

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

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

Click here to view the event flyer.


New El Segundo Herald Newspaper Database

We are pleased to announce that the library's newest online resource, the El Segundo Herald Newspaper Database, is now available. The database is a digital collection of the library's El Segundo Herald newspaper microfilm holdings, which cover the period of late-1916 to 2013. This resource was made possible by a generous gift from the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library.

To access the database, please click on the El Segundo Herald Newspaper Database link to the left of this notice. For information about the database or for help using it, please call the Reference Desk at (310) 524-2728.

Fall 2014 Teen Programs

Between October 15th and November 19th, 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 3:30-4:30pm in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.

October 15: Celebrate Teen Read Week with Dewey Decimal Pictionary. Based on the board game Pictionary, compete against your friends in teams to show off your best quick draw skills.

October 22: 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. Make sure the books are on your reading level.

October 29: Spoooktacular Fall Lanterns. Just in time to light your Halloween nights! Use recycled jars to make spooky lanterns.

November 5: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead! Come decorate your very own Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead whimsical Sugar Skull portrait, then frame it to take home!

November 12: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens and talk about books. Bring your favorite picture book to discuss that you loved as a kid.

November 19: Chocolate Challenge! Compete against your friends in an afternoon of chocolate challenges. Victory has never been so sweet!

Click here to view the program flyer.

Please call (310) 524-2722 for more information

14th Annual Author Fair

Mark your calendar for an afternoon of book-related entertainment and fun at the 2014 El Segundo Public Library Author Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 1st.

Over 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 the fiction panel "Across Time & Continents," moderated by Kevin Smith, and at 2:30 Carole Jakucs moderates the non-fiction panel "Developing Your Creative Side." 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 view the event flyer.


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

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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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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!"



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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.



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.

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.



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.

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.



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.

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.



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.

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.

View the 2010 Author Fair Flyer



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.

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.



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.



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.


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.



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 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.




Influenza Evidence-based Information Portal

A number of online resources are available to obtain up-to-date information on the influenza.
To visit the Influenza Information Portal please click on this link


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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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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.




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



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!


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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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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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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