2012 December Newsletter

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December 2012
President’s Message
The Holiday season is upon us and the hustle and bustle has begun. December is the month to review the year and look forward to a New Year. I am extremely proud of our Sierra Madre Library. It does so much for the people of Sierra Madre on a very tight budget and with a very small staff. Other Libraries with more financial resources and larger staffs can look to our Library as a model of efficient customer service. Our collections, programs and services are second to none even in this challenging fiscal climate. I appreciate and am grateful for the hard work of all of our Board of Directors, the Trustees, Library Director Carolyn Thomas and the Library staff. As President I am particularly blessed because I have such a wonderful team of people helping to make the Friends of the Library one of the strongest, most vibrant groups in Sierra Madre. Thanks also to all of you who contribute your time and money every year to support our mission. For almost 60 years the Friends have been an important reason that our Library is so special to the men, women and children of Sierra Madre. Finally, I’d like to extend the very best wishes from the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Library for a very Merry Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy New Year to you and your loved ones.
Darlene Traxler

A copy of the Federal and California tax returns, along with a copy of the Treasurer's final report for the year ended June 30, 2012, is available in the Library for anyone wishing to review them. Please request at the front desk and return when you complete your review. If you have any questions, please contact Friends’ Treasurer, Sandra Dickey, at (626) 355-6190.

The Best Used Book Sale’s Silent Auction, held in October, was a great success. The 15 books sold earned $589 for the Library! We are planning another Silent Auction to be held in the Spring and would welcome your donations of exceptional books.


Our membership roster continues to grow slowly. As you know, numbers increase only when current members renew their memberships and new folk are added. Our Business memberships continue to grow as well. Thank you to G-E-M Plumbing for becoming our newest Business member! Please remember G-E-M when you have any plumbing needs. Historically and practically, membership dues fund two important functions within the Friends. Your annual dues support the production and mailing of our monthly newsletter, which serves to advertise and promote Friends and Library events. Dues also help pay for the administrative functions of the Friends Board. If these expenses are paid by membership dues, more income from our fundraising events can be forwarded directly to the Library. Would you consider helping us in growing our membership? If every current member were to encourage one friend or family member to join, we could double our membership, directing more dollars to our Library. Pick up a few Friends’ brochures at the Library and help us to grow!

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouting and to attain it one must earn at least twenty-one merit badges and complete a service project. When choosing his service project, Alex Tosh, 18, son of Meegan and David Tosh of Sierra Madre, noticed a need at the Sierra Madre Library and figured out a way to meet that need. Two rickety benches by the back door of the Library, the “free bench,” were the repository for donated periodicals and surplus books from the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sales. With little support and no cover, items on the benches frequently ended up on the ground or got wet before Library patrons could go through them.


As you may or may not know, Patricia Hall, founder and director of the Partners for the past three years, recently retired. We thank Patricia for her foresight and follow-through in founding the Partners. Her creative ideas have contributed greatly to the ability of the Friends to continue to support our Library. Beth Smith-Kellock will be the new go-to person for the Partners. Please contact her if you have questions at (626) 355-8637. We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the following Partners who have renewed their annual partnerships - dating from July 2012 to the presentAlice & Eric Clark, Toni Navarro, Fran Garbaccio, Patricia Hall, Meegan Tosh, Darlene Traxler, Mary & James Carter, Marlene & Harry Enmark, Patrick & Jill Holland, Barbara L. Hopp, Alan & Shirley Leahy, Sierra Madre Civic Club, Toni Buckner, Phyllis Chapman, Margaret Quigley, Thomas Reichardt, Beth Smith-Kellock & Ross Kellock, Rob & Wendy Stockly, Carolyn & David Thomas, and Winifred & George Swanson. We also welcome new Partners Heather & Dan Banis and Susan L. Quinn. You can now find information about joining the Partners in our newly updated Friends brochure and also on our website sierramadrelibraryfriends.org. We welcome your interest and partnership. Thank you, Partners, for your commitment and ongoing support of our Library. It is greatly appreciated.

Pictured are Alex Tosh (on the right) and his friend Theo Strickland (left) working on the bench.

Alex, a Senior at Pasadena High School and a member of Troop 103, had his plans approved by the City of Sierra Madre to be sure that what he constructed would be up to code. Working with his dad and two other scouts, Alex built the Library’s new “free bench,” an attractive, sturdy, and covered table that will serve the Library and the Friends well. In a letter to Alex, Library Director Carolyn Thomas praised his contribution and noted that it was a major improvement over what they had before. Stop by the Library to see our latest addition and perhaps to find a treasure among the items on the new “free bench.”



The December case will feature Christmas trees trimmed with handcrafted ornaments made by Melicent Saylor as well as a selection of hand carved trees and German Christmas decorations.

Learn how to download free eBooks from the Sierra Madre Public Library to your Kindle, iPad, Nook or other device. Free morning and evening classes will focus on how to download free books from the Library’s Overdrive service and will include a demonstration and individual hands-on practice. Dates for December eReader classes: Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. - Kindle Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. - iPad


We are so pleased to welcome Sherry Sue, new part-time Associate Librarian. Sherry is a recent UCLA Library graduate and has interned at Monrovia and Los Angeles Public Libraries. Also new to staff are Pages Sylvia Estrada, a former Pasadena Public Library Page, and Vicky Oo, currently a Page at Rosemead Library.


Trace your family history at the Sierra Madre Public Library using Ancestry.com. This popular database includes over 10 billion genealogical records and is the world’s largest online family history resource. Ancestry.com offers broad coverage of the United States and includes census and vital records. Military records and immigration lists are also searchable. Ancestry.com also offers an extensive collection of information from the United Kingdom. Ancestry.com is available for in-Library use only. Patrons may bring in their own laptops or use Library computers to access Ancestry Library Edition. A free workshop is scheduled on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Just call the Library at (626) 355-7186 to reserve a spot, as space is limited.


This year’s Members of the Friends Only sale will be on Thursday, December 6, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Library basement. Come for a preview of the December Best Used Book Sale, open to the public, on December 7, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and December 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


This month’s review is by Lida Bushloper

Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them by Frank Langella This memoir is a cut above most Hollywood gossip books. As the title suggests, Langella includes accounts of his encounters with folk not in “show biz”—people like Tip O’Neill and The Queen Mother. Also, Langella doesn’t just recount his observations, he tells his own role and involvement in the action. He tries to be honest about his own faults and missteps. He is unfailingly forthright about his opinions, as in the piece on Roddy McDowell, opinions not just about McDowell, but also about how the film business has changed since his early days as an actor. As for dishing about these individuals, he has enough respect (or perhaps self-preservation) to include only people already dead. You can dip into this collection, reading only those sections about characters that interest you, or read it straight through. The order of the essays follows the order of the death dates of those dealt with. There is some foul language. But while he may sometimes seem harsh in his judgments, as he states about McDowell, he’s never really “bitchy or cruel, just deliciously entertaining.” CALL # STATUS: 921 New Book Section Langella

This is an opportunity for members to shop for beautiful newer and gently used books for gift-giving or for your own pleasure. Featured will be holiday books, newer fiction (including 2012 titles), books on crafts and hobbies, sports titles, coffee table art, contemporary culture books, DVDs, audio books and cookbooks. A Bargain Cart will have a selection of books for only $1.00. Dave Hart, Friends’ Membership chairperson, will be available to sign up new members that evening as well. Come early and get a jump on your holiday shopping!


The 43rd Annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting will be held on Sunday, February 17, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Alverno Villa, 200 North Michillinda Ave, Sierra Madre, CA. More than two dozen vintners will be bringing their best wines to sample and local restaurants will be providing hors d’oeuvres that can be paired with the wines. Enjoy live music as you stroll about the lovely grounds of Alverno sampling the superb wines and appetizers. A silent auction will again be offering lovely artwork, services, tickets to special events, restaurant vouchers, and many other tempting items. Co-chairs of the event, Sue Levoe and Karma Bell, are asking Friends to think of any articles or services they might be able to donate. Large ticket items such as timeshares, wine tasting weekends in the Napa Valley, weekend get aways, etc., are especially desirable. The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library is a 501c (3) organization so your contribution would be tax deductible. Sue can be contacted at (626) 355-3236 and Karma at (626) 355-6487. Tickets are $60.00 and will go on sale in December. Opportunity tickets for $5.00 will also be available. The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library is a non-profit organization and all proceeds benefit the Sierra Madre Public Library. For more information, please visit our website at www.sierramadrelibraryfriends.org.


The following two volunteer positions are open at the Library: - Friday morning Opening Assistant – 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Saturday morning Opening Assistant – 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Volunteers help staff prepare the newspapers for display and storage, empty the book drop, turn on computers, and restock the paperback rack. Contact Jill Schofield for more information at (626) 355-7186.


The Sierra Madre Public Library will be open to the public on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, and New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Regularly scheduled Monday morning Storytime will continue at 10:00 a.m. with special holiday crafts. On December 24, children will make mini rose floats and on December 31, the craft will be New Year’s party hats. Children of all ages are welcome. The Library will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Library patrons will still have access to online databases, catalog searches and book renewals, and they can still return materials at the outside book drop in front of the Library.

Editor: Amie Juhn Contributing Writer: Alice Kuo Printed By: Sir Speedy

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10:00 a.m. Storytime 7:00 p.m. eReader Workshop (Kindle) 4:00 p.m. Teen Book Club 7:00 p.m. Storytime 4:00-6:00 p.m. ‘Members Only’ Book Sale 3:00-7:00 p.m. Best Used Book Sale 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Best Used Book Sale 10:30 a.m. Ancestry.com Workshop 10:00 a.m. Storytime 4:00 p.m. Teen Book Club 7:00 p.m. Special Mtg. Library Board of Trustees 7:00 p.m. Storytime 3:30 p.m. Barks & Books 10:00 a.m. eReader Workshop (iPad) 10:00 a.m. Storytime NO Teen Book Club 7:00 p.m. Storytime NO Friends Board Meeting NO 3rd Thursday Book Club 10:00 a.m. Storytime HOLIDAY LIBRARY HOURS 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. LIBRARY CLOSED NO Teen Book Club 7:00 p.m. Storytime 10:00 a.m. Storytime HOLIDAY LIBRARY HOURS 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

STORYTIME Mondays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Toddlers and their caregivers gather at the Library for stories, songs, and crafts. BARKS AND BOOKS Children are welcome to visit with and read to Labradoodle Mae Rose, our specially trained Library dog and her owner, Humane Society Volunteer Dorothy Raymond, on December 13, between 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

eREADER WORKSHOPS Learn how to download free eBooks from the Sierra Madre Public Library to your Kindle, iPad, Nook or other device. Free classes will focus on how to download free books from the Library’s Overdrive service and will include a demonstration and individual hands-on practice.

SIERRA MADRE HISTORICAL ARCHIVES Explore local history in the TEEN BOOK CLUB Archives, jointly owned and Middle school and high school maintained by the Sierra students are invited to join the Teen Book Club, Wednesday Madre Historical Preservation afternoons from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Society and the Library. For Participants receive free research assistance, please paperback books, eat snacks, play call Archivist Debbie board games, meet other students Henderson for an appointment their age, share ideas, and make friends. We will be taking a break at (626) 355-7186. on 12/19 and 12/26.


Library will be closed on December, 25, 2012.
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Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 12 noon-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 12 noon-6 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays

Sierra Madre Public Library 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre (626) 355-7186 www.sierramadre.lib.ca.us.


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