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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

Summer 2017 Drop-In Lobby Events

A new session of hands-on and informative programming in the library's Drop-In Lobby Events series begins on Wednesday, June 14. This six-program series features Sally and Laurence of Studio Antiques, local photographer Angela Elisabeth, 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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Art Walk at the Library

Artist Chrystal McConnell returns to the library as the featured artist for June's Art Walk.

In her display, titled "The Gilded Cage," Chrystal's installation transforms the library's Technology Room into a library-within-a-library. In an interactive installation that encourages its viewers to discover hidden images and text found within the shelved books, Chrystal honors El Segundo's centennial and history through the use of photographic images found in the library's Abbie Jean Krimmel Mesak Memorial Heritage Room.

The Gilded Cage will open during the first part of June and will have viewing hours on Thursday through Saturday, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm during the month of June. A special artist reception will take place on Thursday, June 15, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm during the Art Walk.

For additional information, please call (310) 524-2728.
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Children's Summer Reading Program and Storytime Registration

Join the fun and boost reading skills at the same time! Registration for the 2017 Summer Reading Program, "Reading By Design," begins on June 9 and continues through August. Children earn grab bags containing incentive prizes when they read for fun during the summer. The kick-off program, featuring One World Rhythm, is at 3:00pm on Thursday, June 15 in Library Park. There are optional weekly activities at the library and a finale party in August. The library also offers a Read-To-Me program for children who are not yet reading independently, and a Teen program for kids in grads 6-12. Due to popular demand, the last day to pick up grab bags has been extended by three week this year to August 26. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please call (310) 524-2726.
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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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Spring 2017 Evening Book Discussion Group

The spring selection of new titles for the Evening Book Discussion Group is here! 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 April 26, join author Mamta Jain Valderama in a discussion of her novel Girl in Traffick.

Library staff lead a discussion of the novel Swimming Lessons, by Claire Fuller, on May 31.

Our second featured author of the session, Gwendolyn Womack, will be on hand to discuss her novel The Fortune Teller on June 28.

For more details, please see the library calendar to the right of this notice or call (310) 524-2728.
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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, 2016. 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!
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Below are selected new titles at the library. Come in and check out these and other books recently added to the library collection.

A Small Revolution, by Jimin Han

On a beautiful Pennsylvania fall morning, a gunman holds college freshman Yoona Lee and three of her classmates hostage in the claustrophobic confines of their dorm room. The desperate man with his finger on the trigger--Yoona's onetime friend, Lloyd Kang--is unraveling after a mysterious accident in Korea killed his closest friend, Jaesung, who was also the love of Yoona's life. As the tense standoff unfolds, Yoona is forced to revisit her past, from growing up in an abusive household to the upheaval in her ancestral homeland to unwittingly falling in love. She must also confront the truth about what happened to Jaesung on that tragic day, even as her own fate hangs in the balance.--From the dust jacket.
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The Witchfinder's Sister, by Beth Underdown

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth--but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a childhood accident still mark his face, something terrible has scarred Matthew's soul. There is a new darkness in town, too--frightened whispers are stirring in the streets, and Alice's blood runs cold with dread when she discovers that Matthew is a ruthless hunter of suspected witches. Torn between the devotion to her brother and horror at what he has become, Alice is desperate to intervene--and deathly afraid of the consequences. But as Matthew's reign of terror spreads, Alice must choose between her safety and her soul.--From the dust jacket.
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Inheritance from Mother, by Minar Mizumura

Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-fifties, is a French-language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, is a professor at another private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman. In addition to her husband's infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing eighty-something mother, a demanding, self-absorbed woman who is far from the image of the patient, self-sacrificing Japanese matriarch. Mitsuki finds herself guiltily dreaming of the day when her mother will finally pass on. While doing everything she can to ensure her mother's happiness, she grows weary of the responsibilities of being a doting daughter and worries she is sacrificing her chance to find fulfillment in her middle age.--From the dust jacket.
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Death's Mistress, by Terry Goodkind

One-time lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, known as "Death's Mistress" and "Slave Queen," the deadly Nicci captured Richard Rahl in order to convince him that the Imperial Order stood for the greater good. But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their closest friends--and one of their most lethal defenders. Now, with the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilized, Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures. One of her jobs will be to keep her traveling companion, the unworldly prophet Nathan, out of trouble. But her real task will be to scout the far reaches of Richard Rahl's empire. This will take her and Nathan to visit the mysterious witch woman Red, to tangle with the street life of the port city of Tanimura, to fight lethal battles on the high seas, and ultimately to a vast magical confrontation far from home...with the future of life itself, in the Old World and the New, at stake.--From the dust jacket.
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Sat., June 24, 2017
1:00  PM  -  3:00  PM
  Adult Summer Reading Program Kickoff--Tea & Trivia
Wed., June 28, 2017
12:00  PM
  Drop-In Lobby Events: The How-To's of Antiques and Collecting
6:30  PM
  Evening Book Discussion Featuring The Fortune Teller
Fri., June 30, 2017
8:30  AM  -  10:00  AM
  Free Computer Class: Excel 2013 basics
Tue., July 4, 2017
All Day Event
  The Library Will Be Closed
Thu., July 6, 2017
7:00  PM  -  8:00  PM
  El Segundo Historical Committee Meeting
Sat., July 8, 2017
12:00  PM  -  1:00  PM
  Beach Blanket Book Talks
Tue., July 11, 2017
7:00  PM
  Library Board of Trustees Meeting
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