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      111 W. Mariposa Ave.
       El Segundo, CA 90245

          Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
        Fri. & Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
      Sun. Closed
   Phone: (310) 524-2722

Fall 2017 Drop-In Lobby Events

The fall session of hands-on and informative programming in the library's Drop-In Lobby Events series begins on Thursday, September 21. This six-program series features authors Maritere Rodriguez Bellas and Gwendolyn Womack, a representative from 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.
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Fall 2017 Evening Book Discussions

Get ready for the fall Evening Book Discussions and the latest selection of titles sure to have everyone talking! 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.

On September 27, library staff will lead a discussion of Arundhati Roy's novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley, will be the focus on October 25.

We are pleased to have author Lisa Napoli join us as she discusses her non-fiction work Ray & Joan on November 29.

For more details, please see the library calendar to the right of this notice or call (310) 524-2728.
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Fall 2017 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 16 and continues through December 16. 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. See the library calendar at the right for specific programs or call (310) 524-2728 for additional information.
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We Want to Hear From You! Take our Summer Reading Survey!

We are conducting a brief survey on our summer reading programs to see what patrons liked and what impact the programs may have. There are surveys for pre-readers, school aged children, teens, and adults. To complete the survey, please click here and select the survey for the program you, or your child, participated in. Paper copies are also available at the Adult and Youth Services Reference Desks. All responses are anonymous and the survey will be available until the end of August. The survey takes just a couple of minutes to complete.

We appreciate your time and look forward to reading your responses!
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Back By Popular Demand--The Adult Summer Reading Program

This year's Summer Reading Program, "Wish You Were Here...Rest. Relaxation. Read," encourages adult patrons to make the library--and reading--part of their summer moments of relaxation.

At the Reference Desk, beginning June 9, adults 18-and-older can register to participate and will be given a special "signing bonus" that day for early registration. Summer activities include a kick-off tea and trivia afternoon, Beach Blanket Book Talks in Library Park, bi-weekly Drop-In programming, an end-of-summer movie and pizza party, and much more. As in the previous year, participants will earn prizes along the way as they progress through their reading log.

Attend the Author Fair on Sunday, June 11, from 11:00am to 5:00pm for an additional opportunity to register for the Summer Reading Program.

It's guaranteed to be a lot of fun! Don't miss out on the opportunity. Rest. Relaxation. Read.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2728.
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Free Computer Classes, Summer Session

Get out of the summer heat and take part in a new series of free computer classes designed for 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:

  • Printing Basics
  • Travel Resources
  • Word 2013 Basics
  • Excel 2013 Basics
  • Email Attachments
  • Photo Basics
  • Android Phone/Tablet Basics
  • iPhone/iPad Basics
  • El Segundo Herald Database Search Basics
  • Facebook 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.

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

The Last Laugh, by Lynn Freed

To escape their griping grown children, husbands and lovers, and an abundance of grandchildren underfoot, three self-proclaimed "old bags," Dania, Ruth, and Bess, head for a quiet island on the Aegean Sea. They'll spend a year by the water--watching the sunset, eating grilled fish and fresh olives, sipping ouzo. They deserve it, they say. After all those years, the three women will finally have some peace. Except they can't. For one, Bess, a pampered once-beautiful inheritress, falls swiftly into an affair with a poetry-writing taxi driver--who has, of course, a territorial wife. And Dania, a therapist, begins to receive an increasing number of cryptically menacing phone calls from a psychotic patient. An ex-lover of Ruth's shows up unexpectedly, right before one of Bess's does--and then the women's children arrive, with their own demanding children in tow. As the island quickly becomes crowded, the women's serene year in Greece devolves perilously, and uproariously, into something much more complicated.--From the dust jacket.
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Devastation Road, by Jason Hewitt

It is spring 1945, and a man wakes in a field in a country he does not know. Injured and with only flashes of memory coming back to him, he pulls himself to his feet and starts to walk the perilous road west, setting out on an extraordinary journey in search of his home and his past. His name is Owen. A war he has only a vague recollection of joining is in its dying days, and as he tries to get back to England, he becomes caught up in the flood of rootless people pouring through Europe. Among them is a teenage boy who discloses little about his origins, and together they form an unlikely alliance as they cross battle-torn Germany. When they meet a troubled young woman, tempers flare and scars are revealed, and Owen realizes that each of his new companions is hiding something from him. Even as he tries to gather up the shattered pieces of his life, no one is as he remembers, not even himself.--From the dust jacket.
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The Separatists, by Lis Wiehl

After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, the nation's largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing--a growing threat to the future of our union. Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking less--and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica's teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways. Then Erica discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she had thought--and she's unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate--for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.--From the dust jacket.
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Cocoa Beach, by Beatriz Williams

France, 1917. Virginia Fortescue journeys overseas with the Red Cross in order to escape the claustrophobia of a childhood spent hiding her father's criminal past. While driving an ambulance across the battlefields of the Western Front, she meets a brilliant, charismatic British army surgeon and falls into a passionate affair. But Captain Simon Fitzwilliam's charm disguises a history filled with its own darkness, and as the war draws to its close, Virginia is forced into a terrifying choice for herself and their unborn child. Florida, 1922. Newly widowed, Virginia Fitzwilliam arrives in the tropical boomtown of Cocoa Beach to settle her estranged husband's estate, and discovers a dazzling new world of citrus groves, white beaches, and rumrunners, to which Simon's brother and sister welcome her tenderly. But Virginia senses a predatory presence lurking beneath the hedonistic surface of this oasis. The more she learns about Simon's life in Florida, the more she fears that the uncanny circumstances of his demise point to a sinister agency, and that her life as well as their daughter's may lie in its crosshairs...From the dust jacket.
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Thu., August 24, 2017
4:00  PM
  Friends of the Library Business Meeting
Fri., August 25, 2017
10:30  AM  -  12:00  PM
  Free Computer Class: Facebook Basics
Mon., September 4, 2017
All Day Event
  The Library Will Be Closed
Thu., September 7, 2017
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  El Segundo Historical Committee Meeting
Tue., September 12, 2017
7:00  PM
  Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Sat., September 16, 2017
2:00  PM
  Concerts in the Library: Burning Heart Bluegrass--Traditional Bluegrass
Thu., September 21, 2017
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Event: Raising Bilingual Children
Wed., September 27, 2017
6:30  PM
  Evening Book Discussion Featuring The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
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