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Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library                                                 Volume 8, August 2006



                                       Library Renovation Update

The library will be closed beginning July 31 and into the month of August to move library materials into
the newly renovated library building at 318 S. Ramona Avenue.



                             Prize Book Discussion Group Meets Weekly

Free and open to the public, the Prize Book Discussion Group meets regularly on Thursdays, from 2:00 –
4:00 p.m. at the Service Clubhouse, 440 S. McPherrin Avenue, for discussion of books written by prize-
winning authors. The group has been meeting since 1991 with Norm Jaffe as the discussion leader. In
August, the group will be discussing the following books:

August 3                 The Professor’s House by Willa Cather.
               A study in emotional dislocation and renewal: Professor Godfrey St. Peter, a man in his
               50’s, has achieved what would seem to be remarkable success. When called on to move
               to a more comfortable home, something in him rebels.




August 10, 17, 24 & 31 Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice.
                       In the days before the Civil War, there lived in New Orleans the “gens de couleur
                       libre,” or copper-skinned half-casts, who were liberated by their owners, but
                       confined by their color to a life of political nonexistence and social subordination.
                       Still, an aristocracy would emerge in this society: artists, poets, and musicians,
                       plantation owners, scientists and craftsmen whose talents and reputations would
                       extend far beyond the limits of their small world. Here is a compelling and richly
                       textured tale of a people forever caught in the shadows between black and white.


For further information, call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.


                         “Claws, Paws, Scales and Tales” Reading Program

The Certificate Party for the 2006 “Claws, Paws, Scales and Tales” Reading Program will be Thursday,
August 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Langley Senior Center, 400 W. Emerson Avenue. All children who completed the
summer reading program and their families are invited to Tim Mennix’s “Animal Magic” Show. After the
show there will be refreshments for attendees. The City of Monterey Park and the Kiwanis Club of


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Monterey Park funded the Summer Reading Program to encourage children to keep reading for fun
during the summer. For further information, call the Children's Desk at (626) 307-1358.



                                  2006 Teen Summer Reading Program

To wrap up the 2006 Teen Summer Reading Program (which ended on July 28) in style, the Teen
Department is having a grand party on August 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Barnes Park Pavilion area. Pizza,
refreshments and many grand prize drawings await participants of the Teen Summer Reading Program.
Grand prizes this year include “Creature Feature” T-shirts, music CDs from popular teen artists, gifts from
library reading program supporters, and an MP3 player. All teens who registered for the reading program
are invited. The Friends of the Library, Staples, Marie Callender’s, and Marilynn’s Unlimited Printing
Service sponsored the 2006 Teen Summer Reading Program. For more information, please call the
Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



                                  Around the Writers’ Block Workshop

The second Saturday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, a group of writers meet in the
Engineering Conference Room at City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Avenue. The group is open to anyone who
is interested in writing for publication. Participants read what they have written and the other participants
critique their work. The next session will be Saturday, August 12. For further information, call the
Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



                                              Fine-Free Month

To celebrate our Grand Re-Opening and to thank Monterey Park residents for their patience during our
relocation and construction, the library will be offering a Fine-Free Month throughout the month of
September 2006. All library materials returned in September will not be charged overdue fines, so look
under your bed, check your bookcases and search your car for any Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library
materials you may have overlooked and return them without having to pay a fine!



                                        Library Grand Re-Opening

Mark your calendars! Everyone is invited to come to the library’s Grand Re-Opening on Saturday,
September 9 at 10:00 a.m. Staff and volunteers will provide information about the new library building.

The new library building features an expanded Children’s Department on the second floor with a new
area for Homework Assistance and an Arts and Crafts and a Storytime Room. The LAMP Literacy
Department, also located upstairs, has four new tutoring rooms and two large classrooms. The Meeting
Room, which the public can book at no charge, is upstairs and has a small kitchenette for programs with
refreshments. There is a computer lab located upstairs.




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Downstairs, the Circulation area has been completely remodeled, and the new Friends Bookstore is
conveniently located in the library lobby. Patrons may return books after library hours via the new book
drop on the east side of the building or donate materials to the library in the new donations drop. Teens
can relax, study or read in the new Young Adult area. There are four group study rooms available to
reserve, and patrons can read or study free of distractions in the new enclosed Quiet Area.



                                             Citizenship Class

From July 2005 to May 2006, 400 people enrolled in the LAMP Citizenship Classes, and 120 of them
became U.S. Citizens. Volunteers teach the Saturday classes. The classes focus on the history and
government of the United States. LAMP also offers one-to-one coaching for students who have a
Citizenship Interview scheduled. For more information about Citizenship classes, please call (626) 307-
1251.



                  “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination”
                                       Book Discussion Program

The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, in conjunction with Nextbook and the American Library
Association, will be hosting “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination,” a reading
and book discussion series, designed to explore Jewish literature and culture. Barbara Bilson, former
professor of English at Santa Monica College and discussion leader of many Jewish Literature programs,
will be leading the five-book discussion series centered around the theme of “A Mind of Her Own,” which
looks at books about fathers and daughters in a changing world. The books and dates for the discussions
are:

September 16         Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories by Sholem Aleichem
September 30         Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
October 14           1185 Park Avenue by Anne Roiphe
October 28           American Pastoral by Philip Roth
November 11          Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

This program is free, but advance registration is required. To register for the program or for further
information, please call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



                         Tutor/Learner Recognition Luncheon Was A Success

Recently, the LAMP Literacy Program held its annual Tutor/Learner Recognition Luncheon at the City
Council Chambers. The theme for this year’s event was “The Wild West.” At this annual event the library
awards the Harvey Elparin Tutor of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the Law Offices of Eng and
Nishamura, to the tutor with the most cumulative volunteer tutor hours. This year’s recipient was 91-year-
old Beth Woo. Twice a week for the past nine years, Woo has taught English to mostly older Chinese
immigrants in the LAMP Literacy Program. Woo has taught more than 100 learners since her first class in
1997. Her daughter Janice Chin started teaching with Woo in April 2003.



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The Harvey Elparin Tutor of the Year Award was established in 1999 in honor of Harvey Elparin, who
started with the LAMP Literacy Program in 1984 during the first year of the program. During his volunteer
time he gave more than 8,000 hours helping 150 adults to improve or learn how to read and write English.

In addition the program included a poem recital by Livy Gandara and Huan Ying Liang; a Hokey Pokey
Dance led by LAMP’s Beginning English-as-a-Second-Language Class; recognition of 49 tutors who
donated 2,835 hours this past year helping people to improve or to learn to read and write English. After
the program, the attendees enjoyed a nice western lunch.



              Monterey Park KIDREAD Families visit the Museum of Contemporary Art

Recently, the Monterey Park KIDS READ children and their parents toured the Lorna Simpson exhibit at
the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in downtown Los Angeles. The children and parents enjoyed
viewing the twenty-year survey of Lorna Simpson’s art. In her exhibit, Simpson used visual arts and
language to explore assumptions about identity, gender, and culture. MOCA Educators Fabrizio Flores
and Sophia Gutierrez led the tour and discussion of Simpson’s artwork.



               Monterey Park KIDS READ Families visit Kidspace Children’s Museum

Recently, LAMP Literacy Program staff accompanied twenty-nine Monterey Park KIDS READ Program
participants to Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena. The children explored Kidspace’s 2.2-acre
outdoor learning environments, fourteen gardens, and ten outdoor exhibits in a natural setting. A
Kidspace educator taught the families insect anatomy and led a spider role-play with the children. Other
highlights of the visit included climbing a strata cliff, an oversized spider web structure, and an upside-
down tree); riding a tricycle track; playing in an interactive garden. The Monterey Park Rotary Club funded
this fieldtrip.



                                               Tutor.com

The library offers an online tutoring service from Tutor.com that provides 4th through 12th grade students
with homework assistance in math, science, social studies, and English via the Internet. Students can
visit the library to get immediate help from qualified tutors Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00-8:00 p.m.
and Wednesdays through Fridays from 1:00-5:55 p.m.

The services are also available in Spanish for math and science on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00-
7:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-5:55 p.m. Funding for this free service is
supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library
Services and Technology Act administered by the State Librarian. For more information about this free
service, please call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368 or the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358.




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                                Footnotes
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library                                                 Volume 9, September 2006



                                         Library Grand Re-Opening

Saturday, September 9 the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library will reopen at 318 S. Ramona Avenue
after an approximately two-year, renovation and expansion. Parking will be available off Garfield Avenue
during the morning. There will be Reserve Officers directing traffic.

At 10:00 a.m. there will be a special program for community residents under the overhang of the second
floor (garage area) of the library. The program will begin with music from a group from Mark Keppel High
School followed by a program on the history of the building program including recognition of the architect,
contractor and major donors to the building campaign. At the end of the program there will be music from
another group with the ribbon cutting at about 11:00 a.m. There will be no formal tours, but there will be
docents and staff stationed around the building to answer questions from the public as they tour the
library. Library materials will be available for checkout. After touring the library the public can return to the
exterior overhang area for refreshments which the Friends of the Monterey Park Library and the Monterey
Park Library Foundation are providing and for a small packet of materials to commemorate the event.

At 1:30 p.m. the “Around the Writer’s Block” writing group will present a reading of their new chapbook in
the Friends Room. The public is invited to this free program.

As part of the celebration of the reopening of the library the Library Board has designated September
2006 as a Fine Free Month so look around homes, cars, offices, etc. and return the Monterey Park
Bruggemeyer Library’s items fine free.

History: In 1998 City voters approved Measure C by a 2/3rds majority. Some of the funds from Measure
C were to be used to build an addition to the library. The City selected Paul Murdoch Architects to design
the library addition. Later, the State passed Proposition 14 to build and expand libraries. In December
2003 the California State Library Bond Board selected Monterey Park for an $8.9 million Proposition 14
grant to double the size of the library. Measure C was used for part of the match for the funds with the
rest coming from the City of Monterey Park and fundraising.

Design: The design includes renovation of most of the existing library and the addition of a large two-
story addition that extends over part of the enlarged parking lot on the east side. There is an additional
entrance to the library from the east where most of the parking is. The exterior materials unify the design
of the new portions of the building with the existing building. The concrete overhangs on the building
exteriors are periwinkle with other new walls being beige or periwinkle. The building also has some
orange awnings on the new section. The existing reddish brown brick walls were painted a dark brown.
Inside the predominant colors are green, beige, cream and blue with orange on the girders and some
pillars.


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The service desks and the end panels downstairs are walnut. The Circulation area has been completely
remodeled, and the new Friends Bookstore is conveniently located in the library lobby. Patrons may
return books after library hours via the new book drop on the east side of the building or donate materials
to the library in the new donations drop. Teens can relax, study or read in the new Young Adult area.
There are four group study rooms available to reserve at the Reference Desk, and patrons can read or
study free of distractions in the new enclosed Quiet Area. There is also a local history room.

Upstairs, muralist Kent Twitchell has designed four murals for the children’s area on the second floor
featuring characters from children’s literature. In addition there are an Arts and Crafts Room, a Storytime
Theatre, four tutoring rooms, two classrooms and a computer lab. The meeting room and classrooms can
be booked for community meetings at no charge. For more information on booking these call (626) 307-
1251. The library also has more than 60 computers for public use. The new library will be a wonderful
library and cultural and educational center for the community.



                                                Storytimes

The Children’s Department invites children from preschool through third grade to attend weekly storytimes
on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Storytime Room. The Thursday storytime
at 4:00 p.m. is for preschool-aged children and an accompanying adult. The library also offers storytimes
in Mandarin on the first Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. and Spanish-English bilingual storytimes on
the second Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. Each storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. For
further information, call the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358.



                             Prize Book Discussion Group Meets Weekly

Free and open to the public, the Prize Book Discussion Group meets regularly on Thursdays, from 2:00 –
4:00 p.m. at the library for discussion of books written by prize-winning authors. The group has been
meeting since 1991 with Norm Jaffe as the group coordinator and Bob Bergeron as the group discussion
leader. In September, the group will be discussing the following book:

September 14, 21 and 28          The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty First Century by Thomas
                                 L. Friedman.
                                 In The World Is Flat, Friedman shows “how and why globalization has
                                 now shifted into warp drive.” He helps the reader make sense of the
                                 often bewildering scene unfolding worldwide. Using his ability to translate
                                 complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the
                                 flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century;
                                 what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals;
                                 how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; why terrorists
                                 want to stand in the way.

The meetings are free and open to the public. For further information, call the Reference Desk at (626)
307-1368.




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                           Children’s Mexican Hot Pepper Game Program

To honor Mexican Independence Day, the Children’s Department in the Arts and Crafts Room will
conduct a Mexican Hot Pepper Game with Latino music for children and their accompanying parents on
Friday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. The program is free. For more information, call the Children’s Desk at
(626) 307-1358.



                  “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination”
                                       Book Discussion Program

The library, in conjunction with Nextbook and the American Library Association, will be hosting “Let’s Talk
About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination,” a reading and book discussion series, designed to
explore Jewish literature and culture in the Friends Room. Barbara Bilson, former professor of English at
Santa Monica College and discussion leader of many Jewish Literature programs, will be leading the five
book discussion series centered around the theme of “A Mind of Her Own,” which looks at books about
fathers and daughters in a changing world. The books and Saturday dates of discussion are:

September 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories by Sholem Aleichem
September 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
October 14, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
       1185 Park Avenue by Anne Roiphe
October 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       American Pastoral by Philip Roth
November 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
       Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

This discussion will be in the Community Room at City Hall, 320 W. Newmark Avenue. These programs
are free. In addition, there will be two video presentations with ties to the books being read on the
following Saturdays –
September 23, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. a movie based on Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories
November 4, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. a movie based on the book by Myla Goldberg
For sign-up or further information about this program, call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



                                           Movies at the library

Starting Saturday, September 16 at 2:00 p.m. the library will be offering a weekly film series in the Friends
Room. For September the library will be presenting –
September 16 a movie relating to the September 11th events
September 23 a movie based on Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories
September 30 a movie which gives insights into Geisha life

Admission is free to everyone. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



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                                               Family Night

LAMP Literacy’s first Family Night in the newly remodeled library’s Friends Room will be Monday,
September 18 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Family Night includes storytelling, games and activities to encourage
reading. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the LAMP Literacy office at (626) 307-
1251.



                             Children’s Gates Software Training Program

The library is offering a Children’s Gates Software Training Program on Saturday, September 23 at
10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department. The class will cover the Windows’ basics, icons, the tool bar,
use of the mouse, and how to access “Arthur,” “Barney” and “Living Books” software.

This hands-on program is offered free to children and their parents. For additional information, call the
Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358.



                                  Tutor.com Now Available Remotely

The library offers an online tutoring service from Tutor.com that provides 4th through 12th grade students
with homework assistance in math, science, and social studies and English via the Internet. Students can
access the service remotely from home or they can visit the library to get immediate help from qualified
tutors via the Internet Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays
from 1:00 – 5:55 p.m.

The services are also available in Spanish for math and science Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:00 – 7:00
p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:55 p.m. Funding for this free service is supported in
part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services
and Technology Act administered by the State Librarian. For more information about this free service and
how to access it remotely, call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368 or the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-
1358.



                                         Join the Junior Friends

The Junior Friends of the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is a group of teens who want to give
something back to the community. Membership is open to teens between the ages of 14 and 18 with
applications available at the Reference Desk. There are no membership dues. Being a Junior Friend
gives one valuable experience as a volunteer, which may help with future employment and with college
acceptance. A Junior Friend has the opportunity to conduct Saturday storytimes, help with the Homework
Assistance Program, help in the Bookstore, help adults improve their English, assist with the Summer
Reading Program, provide office help, shelve books, orchestrate special holiday and craft programs for
children, etc. In previous years the Junior Friends did a Mystery Theatre, a Haunted House for
Halloween, “Cupid’s Playground” for Valentine’s Day, an Easter Egg Hunt and Scavenger Hunt, a poetry
slam, literacy bingo, etc. Junior Friends advise the library on teen programs and purchase of books and



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other library materials. Along with these events, the group also works with the Friends of the Monterey
Park Library to produce the Friends Newsletter. The Junior Friends maintain a website to reach out and
create a communication channel with local teens and each year select a Junior Friend of the Year. There
will be an organizational meeting on Monday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. in the Friends Room. For more
details, contact the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368 or email the Teen Librarian at
mjara@montereypark.ca.us.



                                           Volunteers Needed

With the expanded library there are many opportunities for people to volunteer. The library will provide the
needed training. Present openings are for –
     Storytellers for the Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish-English storytimes for children from
        preschool through third grade in the Storytime Theatre. The Mandarin storytimes are the first
        Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m., the Cantonese storytimes are the first Monday of each
        month at 3:30 p.m. and the Spanish storytimes are the second Thursday of each month at 3:30
        p.m. Each storytime lasts about thirty minutes. For more information, call the Children’s Desk at
        (626) 307-1358.
     Homework assistants help elementary school children with English, mathematics and science
        homework in the Arts and Crafts Room Mondays through Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
        Please call the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358 for details.
     Program assistants for adult programming who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish or
        Vietnamese to help staff reach out, coordinate and facilitate programs of special interest to the
        community. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.
     Tutors to help people improve or learn English in one-to-one sessions or in small classes and
        citizenship coaches to help people prepare for their citizenship interview. Please call the LAMP
        Office at (626) 307-1251 for more information.
     Bookstore volunteers help keep the bookstore open during the hours the library is open. Please
        call the Library Administration to volunteer or for more information (626) 307-1269.



                                 2006 Teen Summer Reading Program

The 2006 Teen Summer Reading Program wrapped up successfully on August 4 with a party at Barnes
Park Pavilion. Summer reading is an important learning tool that helps bridge the learning time between
the end of one school year and the beginning of the next school year. The library wants to thank the
Friends of the Monterey Park Library, Staples, Marie Callender, Marilynn’s Unlimited Printing Services
and Six Flags for encouraging the youth of the community to include reading as part of their summer
activities.




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