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In the Country of the Blind, by Edward Hoagland

Sixty years after the publication of his first novel, Cat Man, Edward Hoagland's new novel, In the Country of the Blind, is his twenty-fifth book, written as he himself is going blind. This capstone novel, set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, introduces Press, a stockbroker going blind. Press has lost his job and his wife and is trying to figure out his next move, holed up in his Vermont cabin surrounded by a hippy commune, drug runners, farmers-gone-bust, blood-thirsty auctioneers, and general ne'er-do-wells. Solace and purpose come from the unlikeliest sources as he learns to navigate his new landscape without sight. Through this evocative, unsentimental novel, we experience the world closing in around Press, the rising panic of uncertainty, the isolation of exile, the increasing dependence upon the kindness of strangers, and a whole new appreciation of the world just beyond sight.--From the dust jacket.

The Red Car, by Marcy Dermansky

Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn't love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions, when she's jolted from a think ennui by a call from the past. Her beloved former boss and friend, Judy, has died in a car accident and left Leah her most prized possession and, it turns out, the instrument of Judy's death: a red sports car. Judy was the mentor Leah never expected. She encouraged Leah's dreams, analyzed her love life, and eased her into adulthood over long lunches away from the office. Facing the jarring disconnect between the life she expected and the one she is now actually living, Leah takes off for San Francisco to claim Judy's car. In sprawling days defined by sex, sorrow, and unexpected delight, Leah revisits past lives and loves in search of a self she abandoned long ago. Piercing through Leah's surreal haze is the enigmatic voice of Judy, as sharp as ever, providing wry commentary on Leah's every move.--From the dust jacket.

The Fall Guy, by James Lasdun

It is summer, 2012. Charlie, a wealthy banker with an uneasy conscience, invites his troubled cousin Matthew to visit him and his wife in their idyllic mountaintop house. As the days grow hotter, the friendship between the three begins to reveal its fault lines, and with the arrival of a fourth character, the household finds itself suddenly in the grip of uncontrollable passions. As readers of James Lasdun's acclaimed fiction can expect, The Fall Guy is a complex moral tale as well as a gripping suspense story, probing the questions of guilt and betrayal with ruthless incisiveness. Who is the real victim here? Who is the perpetrator? And who, ultimately, is the fall guy?--From the dust jacket.

The Motion of Puppets, by Keith Donohue

In the Old City of Quebec, Kay Harper falls in love with a puppet in the window of the Quatre Mains, a toy shop that is never open. She is spending her summer working as an acrobat with the cirque while her husband, Theo, is translating a biography of the pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Late one night, Kay fears someone is following her home. Surprised to see that the lights of the toy shop are on and the door is open, she takes shelter inside. The next morning Theo wakes up to discover his wife is missing. Under police suspicion and frantic at her disappearance, he obsessively searches the streets of the Old City. Meanwhile, Kay has been transformed into a puppet, and is now a prisoner of the back room of the Quatre Mains, trapped with an odd assemblage of puppets from all over the world who can only come alive between the hours of midnight and dawn. The only way she can return to the human world is if Theo can find her and recognize her in her new form.--From the dust jacket.

This Must Be the Place, by Maggie O'Farrell

Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn, and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to pulling a gun on anyone who ventures up their driveway. Claudette was once the most glamorous and infamous woman in cinema before she staged her own disappearance and retreated to blissful seclusion in an Irish farm. But the life Daniel and Claudette have so carefully constructed is about to be disrupted by an unexpected discovery about a woman Daniel lost touch with twenty years ago. This revelation will send him off-course, far away from wife, children, and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?--From the dust jacket.

Napoleon's Last Island, by Thomas Keneally

In October 1815, after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte was sent to live the remainder of his life in exile on the remote island of St. Helena. There, on what he called "the cursed rock," with no hope of escape, he found an unexpected ally: a spirited British teenager named Betsy Balcombe who lived on the island with her family. While Napoleon waited for his own accommodations to be made livable, the Balcombe family played host to the infamous exile, a decision that would have far-reaching consequences for them all. In Napoleon's Last Island, based on a true story, acclaimed author Thomas Keneally re-creates Betsy's powerful and complex friendship with the man dubbed The Great Ogre, her clashes and alliances with his remaining courtiers, and her uneasy journey to adulthood as she begins to see the imperfections and weaknesses of human nature.--From the dust jacket.

The Confectioner's Tale, by Laura Madeleine

At the famous Patisserie Clermont, a chance encounter with the owner's daughter has given one young man a glimpse into a life he never knew existed: of sweet cream and melted chocolate, golden caramel and powered sugar, of pastry light as air. But it is not just the art of confectionery that holds him captive, and soon a forbidden love affair begins. Almost eighty years later, an academic discovers hidden photographs of her grandfather as a young man with two people she has never seen before. Scrawled on the back of the picture are the words "Forgive me." Unable to resist the mystery behind it, she begins to unravel the story of two star-crossed lovers and one irrevocable betrayal.--From the dust jacket.

Dear Mr. M, by Herman Koch

Once a celebrated writer, M had his greatest success with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after having a brief affair with a beautiful student. The teacher was never found. Upon publication, M's novel was a runaway bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough. That was years ago, and now M's career is fading. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him and his wife. Why? From alternating points of view, Herman Koch weaves together an intricate tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to M's novel, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the "story" off its rails.--From the dust jacket.

The Couple Next Door, by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door, and a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the Contis' curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.--From the dust jacket.

The Dollhouse, by Fiona Davis

When she arrives at the famous Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling-agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong--a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, Darby's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs, where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there; the startling sounds of bebop; and even the possibility of romance. More than half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunts the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist.--From the dust jacket.

How to Party with an Infant, by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Raising Ellie as a single mom in San Francisco, Mele Bart navigates the mommy minefields to the best of her ability. She's found her parent group--Annie, Barrett, Georgia, and Henry--who have meaningful playground conversations and complain about the parents who try too hard. Then Bobby returns with the news he's getting married and wants Ellie to be the flower girl. Plagued by her obsession over Bobby and his cheese-making, Napa-residing, ever-so-perfect fiancée, Mele seeks a distraction and finds it in a cookbook-writing contest sponsored by the San Francisco Mommy Club. She interviews members of her parenting group for inspiration--the results are explosively, hilariously honest. Mele doesn't expect to ignite long-latent appetites, both culinary and romantic.--From the dust jacket.

Killfile, by Christopher Farnsworth

John Smith has a special gift that seems more like a curse: he can access other people's thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, knows their most private traumas and fears, and relives the painful memories they can't let go of. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but John fled the Agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potentials of his gift in check--and himself out of trouble. Unfortunately, John is plunged into dangerous waters when his latest client, billionaire software genius Everett Sloan, hires him to investigate a former employee--a tech whiz kid named Eli Preston--and search his thoughts for some very valuable intellectual property he's stolen. Before John can probe Preston's mind, however, his identity is compromised and he's on the run for his life, with Sloan's young associate, Kelsey.--From the dust jacket.

Fall Drop-In Lobby Events

Fall 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 True Food Kitchen 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

With the arrival of fall comes a new selection of titles for the Evening Book Discussion Group. The meetings take place at 6:30pm in the Friends of the Library Room on the last Wednesday of each month, excluding December. Discussions will be led by library staff and, on occasion, by the authors themselves.

Author J. Ryan Stradal joins us for a discussion of his novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest on September 28.

Phaedra Patrick's novel the Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper will be the topic of discussion on October 26.

The season's last selection, The Sky Over Lima, by Juan Gomez Barcena, will be discussed on November 16.

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

Free Computer Classes, Fall Session

September sees the addition of two more free computer classes offered 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:

  • Mobile Device Basics
  • Photo Basics

Please click here for a listing of the 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.

Watching Edie, by Camilla Way

Beautiful, creative, a little wild... Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then--but it didn't take long for her to learn that things don't always turn out the way you want them to. Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into bleak despair, she thinks that there's no one to turn to... But someone's been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It's no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie's doorstep just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them--so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie's about to learn a new lesson: Those who have hurt us deeply--or whom we have hurt--never let us go, not entirely... --From the dust jacket.

Harmony, by Carolyn Parkhurst

The Hammonds are living in suburban DC, where everything seems to be going just fine, until it becomes clear that their older daughter, Tilly, is developing differently from other kids her age. Alexandra and her husband, Josh, have tried everything to help their off-the-charts genius but impossible daughter, who has been called "undiagnosable," though she seems to fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. After exhausting school after school, they have truly run out of ideas. And so the family turns to Camp Harmony and the wisdom of the charismatic, self-styled child behavior expert Scott Bean for a solution. But what they discover about themselves and their new mentor in the woods of New Hampshire will push them to the very limit.--From the dust jacket.

Once Upon a Time in Camelot, by James Patrick Hunt

America, 1972. A cynical and dangerous time. It is the eighth and final year of the administration of Dan McCormick, the first leader of what is promising to be a political family dynasty. Now his younger brother Terry McCormick is poised to become the next president. But the war in Vietnam, which the McCormick family has so strongly supported and defended, has now become unpopular. And what's worse for Terry McCormick is that defense analyst Alan Hirsch has gone into hiding and taken the top secret Pentagon Report with him, a report that can only stain the treasured McCormick legacy. Corrupted by war and ambition, the McCormicks mark Hirsch for termination. Vince Kegan is a hit man for the Chicago Outfit. A small time enforcer who never questions the orders he's given. Forces beyond his control have put him in the position of tracking down Hirsch and eliminating him. Hard enough given that the FBI and CIA haven't had any luck finding Hirsch. It'll be harder still once Kegan realizes that Hirsch doesn't deserve killing... --From the Dust jacket.

The Cauliflower, by Nicola Barker

To the world he is Sri Ramakrishna--godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru. To Rani Rashmoni, he is the Brahmin fated to defy tradition. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just uncle, prone to entering trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement--who must be vigilantly safeguarded against jealous enemies but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulfur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower.--From the dust jacket.

Fall 2016 Concerts in the Library

Join us for some great music as the new season of the popular Concerts in the Library series begins Saturday, September 17 and continues through December. Free to all, the series features classical and jazz programs, as well as music from different ethnic traditions. Programs take place at 2:00 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room the third Saturday of each month, and will include light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. See the library calendar at the right for specific programs or call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.

The Library Will Be Closed Friday, August 26, 2016

The library will be closed on Friday, August 26, to undergo a project of discarding older books and reorganizing the adult non-fiction shelves. Normal business hours will resume on Saturday, August 27.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Images of America: El Segundo

In time for the City's 2017 Centennial celebration, Images of America: El Segundo by Debra Brighton, Library Director, will be available for purchase beginning Monday, August 15. The book provides a photographic journey of El Segundo's formation, and how it grew and developed through the decades into the modern city it is today.

The City's Centennial Committee will have copies available for purchase in the library and in other locations at a discounted price of $15.00 per book. All proceeds from the book bought at the library and locally will go to the Centennial Committee for fundraising efforts to sponsor events throughout our Centennial year in 2017.

Be sure to pick up a copy and brush up on the City's history in advance of its 100-year anniversary!

"Come find Me" Art Walk Exhibit in the Library

Check out an interactive, mixed-media art installation by Chrystal McConnell, our featured artist for August's Art Walk! Chrystal's exhibit, titled "Come Find Me," is a collaboration with the Friends of the El Segundo Public Library, the El Segundo Historical Committee, and the El Segundo Public Library. It uses historic El Segundo photos and a collection of other props to create a library within a library.

The exhibit will be on display August 4 through August 27 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Absalom's Daughters, by Suzanne Feldman

Self-educated and brown skinned, Cassie works full-time in her grandmother's laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for "colored music" and dreams of life as a big-city radio star. These teenaged girls are half sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father's inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what's rightly theirs. In an old junk car, with a frying pan, a ham, and a few dollars hidden in a shoe, they set off through the American Deep South of the 1950s, a bewitchingly beautiful landscape as well as one bedeviled by racial strife and violence.--From the dust jacket.

The Last Time She Saw Him, by Jane Haseldine

Julia Gooden remembers nothing about the worst night of her life. Thirty years ago, her nine-year-old brother Ben--the person who promised he would always protect her--was abducted from the room they shared. Try as she might to recall any clue or detail, there is a black hole where Julia's memories of that terrible event should be. Now a crime reporter at a Detroit newspaper, Julia tries to give others the closure she's never found. But guilt and grief over Ben's disappearance have left her fearful that whoever took her brother is going to come back. Nowhere seems safe--not the city, not the suburbs, not even the secluded lake town where she plans to raise her children. And then, on the anniversary of Ben's disappearance, Julia's worst fears are realized when her two-year-old son, Will, is snatched from his bed. Convinced that the crimes are related, Julia tries to piece together memories from her final day with Ben. Are the sudden reminders of her brother clues that will lead her to her son's abductor, or merely coincidence? Julia knows she has hours at best to find Will alive, but the deeper she digs, the more personal and terrifying the battle becomes, and the undying promise may be her only hope of saving herself and her son.--From the dust jacket.

The Life of the World to Come, by Dan Cluchey

Leo Brice is dead but not in the traditional sense. When the neurotic law student meets his cosmic match in Fiona Haeberle--an impulsive spirit and burgeoning soap star--all seems well. The two fall fast in love and spend three years navigating their twenties in wide-eyed wonder. But once the fantastical woman who has defined his future bolts to pursue a fantasy life of her own, Leo is forced to come to terms with a reality that more closely resembles an epilogue than the story he hoped it might be. Now a junior death-row advocate, Leo immerses himself in the esoteric world of his condemned client, a born-again Georgia inmate named Michael Tiegs. As both men become consumed by the question of an afterlife, and as Leo becomes increasingly confused by his own future and past, Tieg's fate hangs in the balance. But can either man really save the other? And what kind of salvation are we all searching for anyway?--From the dust jacket.

How to Set a Fire and Why, by Jesse Ball

Lucia's father is dead, her mother is in a mental hospital, and she's living in a garage-turned-bedroom with her aunt. And now she's been kicked out of school--again. Making her way through the world with only a book, a zippo lighter, a pocketful of stolen licorice, a biting wit, and the striking intelligence that she tries to hide, Lucia spends her days riding the bus to visit her mother and following the only rule that makes any sense to her: Don't do things you aren't proud of. But when she discovers that her new school has a secret Arson Club, she's willing to do anything to be a part of it, and her life is suddenly lit up. As Lucia's fascination with the Arson Club grows, her story becomes one of misguided friendship and, ultimately, destruction.--From the dust jacket.

Reliance, Illinois, by Mary Volmer

Illinois, 1874: With a birthmark covering half her face, thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in the struggling town of Reliance. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad that brought them there. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her younger sister and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother's deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town's founder. Miss Rose is a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control who sees in Madelyn a project and potential acolyte. Madelyn, though, wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer and haunted Civil War veteran.--From the dust jacket.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North

My name is Hope Arden, and you won't know who I am. But we've met before--a thousand times. It started when I was sixteen years old. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit, you will never remember who I am. That makes my life difficult. It also makes me dangerous. The Sudden Appearance of Hope is a tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you forever.--From the dust jacket.

City of Secrets, by Stewart O'Nan

In 1945, Jewish refugees by the thousands set out for Palestine. Those who made it relied on the underground to shelter them; taking false names, they blended with the population, joining wildly different factions fighting for independence. City of Secrets follows one survivor, Brand, as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he's ever loved. Now driving a taxi provided--like his new identity--by the underground, he navigates the twisting streets of Jerusalem as well as the overlapping, sometimes deadly loyalties of the resistance. Alone, haunted by memories, Brand tries to become again the man he was before the war--honest, strong, capable of moral choice. He falls in love with Eva, a fellow survivor and member of his cell, and commits himself to the revolution, accepting missions that grow more and more dangerous even as he suspects he's being used by his cell's dashing leader, Asher. By the time Brand understands the truth, it's too late.--From the dust jacket.

Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler

Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work--her preschool charges adore her, but their parents don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr. Battista has his own problems. After years in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr, all would be lost. When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying--as usual--on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. Will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to bring her around?--From the dust jacket.

Free Computer Classes, Summer Session

Summer brings a new series of free computer 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
  • Introduction to the Computer
  • Internet Basics
  • And Microsoft Excel 2013 basics

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.



Summer Drop-In Lobby Events

Join us this summer for 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 Wild Birds Unlimited, Westside Pacific Village, 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.

The Author Fair Is Almost Here!

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.

Literary Tea Book Buzz

Join us for tea and treats on Saturday, June 25, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, during our Adult Summer Reading Program's kick-off event, featuring Penguin Random House presenting new and upcoming titles to get excited about! Please RSVP to the Adult Reference Desk by Saturday, June 18.

Participants must be 18 years or older and registered for our Adult Summer Reading Program. To RSVP, or for more information, please call (310) 524-2728.

Be a Winner with the Summer Reading Program!

Line up at the racing blocks for this year’s Summer Reading Program, “Read for the Win.” In-person registration for the Summer Reading Program begins at 9:00am on Thursday, June 9th. 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 9th.

For our 2016 Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party, the library is pleased to present the puppetry of Richard Woloski in "Let the Games Begin" on Tuesday, June 14th, at 11:00am in Library Park. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for this event.

Please call (310) 524-2726 for additional information about Summer Reading or Storytime sign-ups.

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!

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.

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.



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.

« NEW BOOKS »

Below are selected new titles at the library. Come in and check out these and other books recently added to the library collection.



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!"



Celebrate Good Reading



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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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.


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.



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.



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.


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.

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.


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.


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

  • Connect one-on-one with real tutors
  • Grades K-12, College Intro, and Adult Learner
  • Math, Science, English & Social Studies, and Writing Center
  • Available in English and Spanish

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.


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.


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.

Friends of the Library Meeting Room
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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.



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.


Let's Talk Books
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New Service at the El Segundo Public Library
Free Online Tutoring every day 1PM – 10PM with your El Segundo Library Card
• Connect One-to-One With Real Tutors
• Grades K-12, College Intro & Adult Learner
• Math, Science, English & Social Studies & Writing Center
To access the Tutor Site Click This Link (http://tutor.com/elsegundopl)

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.


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.

Teen Summer Reading Program Activity Schedule


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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.

Click here for scheduling and a list of participating authors
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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

Please click here to see some of the winning entries.
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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.


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.

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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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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