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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.



                           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.



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       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.



                                               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.




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                                  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
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.



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       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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                              Footnotes
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library                                             Volume 10, October 2006



                                Harmony Month Storytimes in October

To celebrate and honor Harmony Month during the month of October, Children’s staff will read
multicultural stories during storytimes every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in the Storytime Room. For more
information, call the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358.



                                      Saturday Afternoon Movies

Every Saturday afternoon, the library offers movie shows to adults and young adults in the Friends Room
from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The following are the list of the program for October:
    - October 7: This adaptation of Mike Mignola’s acclaimed comic book series is about a creature
        from Hades, who joins the battle against evil.
    - October 14: Legendary Mexican hero Zorro rides again.
    - October 21: In a rousing roller-coaster drama based on real-life events, a high school football
        coach finds himself fighting for stakes much higher than the State Championship.
    - October 28: Argentine film director Mario Suarez story has some of the most beautiful tango
        choreography ever.

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



                                     Murals in Progress Reception

Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m. there will be a reception for world-renowned muralist Kent Twitchell in
the Friends Room of the Library. Tickets for the reception will be $50 per person. The proceeds from the
reception and mini-art auction will be used to purchase books and other materials for the children’s area
of the library. The library will be closed that Sunday for the reception.

Twitchell has designed and painted four murals depicting characters from children’s literature on the
upper walls of the second floor of the library. Two were on view at the September 9th Grand Opening with
the other two on display for the special reception.

For further information contact former Mayor Rita Valenzuela or City Librarian Linda Wilson at (626) 307-
1418.



                                Free Computer Classes @ the Library




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Starting in October, the library will offer a series of basic computer and Internet classes on Monday
evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the library’s Computer Lab for teens and adults. Each class is a 90-
minute, hands-on class designed for people with little or no experience with computers. Modules will
include: “Basic Mouse Skills,” Internet, E-mail and Basic Word.

       “Basic Mouse Skills” focuses on operating the mouse device. Students will learn to point, click,
        drag, drop and get around the Windows environment. This class is designed for people with no
        experience whatsoever with computers.
       Internet is for people new to computers but comfortable with the mouse with an emphasis on the
        web browser and simple search techniques.
       E-mail gives an overview of web-based E-mail accounts, including how to set up an account and
        how to use it.
       “Basic Word” teaches the basic uses of word-processing program – such as creating, changing
        and saving documents.

The October classes will begin with the “Basic Mouse Skills” module in English, Mandarin and
Cantonese. The dates are:
    October 9: English
    October 23: Cantonese
    October 30: Mandarin
Classes are free, but seating is limited. To register and for further information, 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 Group
Study Room #2 of the library. This group is open to anyone who is interested in writing for publication.
Participants read what they have written, and the other participants critique the work. The next session
will be Saturday, October 14. For further information, call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



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

The library, in conjunction with Nextbook and the American Library Association, is 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, a former professor of English at Santa Monica
College and discussion leader of many Jewish Literature programs, will lead the discussions. The books
and Saturday dates of discussion are:
         October 14: 1185 Park Avenue by Anne Roiphe
         October 28: American Pastoral by Philip Roth

This free program is in the Friends Room of the library from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Books are available
at the library on a first-come, first-served basis. For sign-up or further information about this program, call
the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



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                             Children’s Gates Software Training Program

The library is offering a Children’s Gates Software Training Program on Saturday, October 14 at 11:00
a.m. at the Gates computer workstations 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 one-hour, hands-on program is offered free to children and their parents. Attendance is limited. For
additional information, call (626) 307-1358.



                                         Family Night for October

The LAMP Literacy Program will hold a Family Night Monday, October 16 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the
Friends Room. The theme for Family Night will be Halloween. Family Night is an evening of
entertainment for the entire family. Along with a storytelling, there will be games and activities.
Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the LAMP Literacy office at (626) 307-
1251.



                                     “Retirement Planning” Seminar

Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. financial Advisor Viki Ogden will offer advice for planning for retirement
in the Friends Room. It is never too early or too late to plan for retirement! The free seminar is in English
and Cantonese. For more information and to sign up, call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.



                                     Children’s Halloween Program

Tuesday, October 31, Halloween Day, the Children’s Department will conduct several Halloween-themed
programs. At 3:00 p.m., staff will show a 25-minute children’s Halloween movie in the Friends Room. At
7:00 p.m., all children and their parents are invited to a special Halloween storytime and games in the
Storytime Room. After the games, children can stay for a “Skeleton Hand” craft program in the Friends
Room. Materials are provided free for the first fifty children. The sign-up sheet will be available at the
Children’s Desk on October 24. The program is geared to children ages 5 to 9. The program will end with
light refreshments. For further information, please call the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358.




                                                Tutor.com




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The library offers “Live Homework Help,” an online tutoring service from Tutor.com that provides 4th
through 12th grade students with homework assistance via the Internet. Whether it is a question about
solving an algebra equation or formulating a thesis statement for an English essay, students can access,
either at the library or remotely from home, the Live Homework Help Web page and connect to qualified
tutors who can walk them through finding the solution to their problem.

To access “Live Homework Help” remotely, students simply need go to the library website at
http://ci.monterey-park.ca.us/library, click on the link “Live Homework Help” on the left hand side pane
and follow three steps – select their grade level, select the subject they need help with and click
“Connect!” They will be automatically connected live to an available tutor for their subject and grade level.
Once connected, the student and tutor enter “The Online Classroom” where both parties can use a
variety of tools, including instant messaging and a dynamic whiteboard with drawing and math tools, to
make the learning process an enlightening and enjoyable experience for students.

The services are available everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The online tutoring services are also
available in Spanish for math and science Sundays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 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.



                                     Homework Assistance Program

The library offers a free Homework Assistance Program for elementary school children who need help with
their homework while studying at the library. Local high school students conduct this Homework
Assistance Program by volunteering their time and expertise on school subjects such as English,
mathematics and science.

The program is held in the Arts & Crafts Room of the library Monday through Thursday from 3:00 – 5:00
p.m. The library is also looking for volunteers who can give one or two hours per week to work with
children. Please call the Children’s Desk at (626) 307-1358 for details.


                                             Volunteer Tutors

The LAMP Literacy Program needs volunteer tutors to provide one-to-one and small group reading and
writing. Volunteer tutors must complete a five-hour Tutor Training session prior to beginning service as a
tutor. The next Tutor Training session will be on Thursday, October 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and
Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. All prospective tutors must attend both days in order to
tutor. Please call the LAMP Literacy Office at (626) 307-1251 for more information.




                                               Library Mural




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The Library Board of Trustees is taking proposals for a mural on the exterior overhang above the west
entrance to the library. The area is approximately 19’ 2” x 17’ 9”. If you are an artist and would be
interested in submitting a proposal along with a budget for the proposal, please send the proposal to
Gloria Guerrero, Monterey Park Library Board of Trustees, 318 S. Ramona Avenue, Monterey Park, CA
91754. For further information call Linda Wilson (626) 307-1418.


                 Dr. Sun Yat-sen and the Chinese Revolution Exhibit and Symposia

The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library, the Chinese American Librarians Association – Southern
California Chapter and the County of Los Angeles Public Library are co-sponsoring an exhibition and
symposia at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and at the Montebello Library in commemoration of
the 140th anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s birth (1866-1925). Dr. Sun Yat-sen, who led China’s revolution
of 1911 that overthrew the Qing Dynasty, is known as “The Father of the Revolution in China.

The exhibition will feature more than 400 rare photographs, manuscripts and historical documents on Dr.
Sun and the Revolution from the Special Collections Department of the Guangdong Provincial Zhongshan
(Dr. Sun Yat-sen) Library of China. This library is equivalent to a state library in the United States in size
and level. Zhao-chun Li, Director of the Library, will bring these rare materials with him to the United
States and will donate copies of photographs to the County of Los Angeles Public Library and the
Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library for future use after the events.

The keynote speaker for the symposia will be Dr. Lily Sui-fong Sun, granddaughter of Dr. Sun Yat-sen
and President of the Sun Yat-sen Foundation for Peace and Education. Other speakers will include Zhao-
chun Li, Director of the Guangdong Provincial Zhongshan Library; Dr. George Yu, Professor Emeritus of
Political Science and Director of the East Asian and Pacific Studies Center at the University of Illinois –
Urbana-Champaign; Jun-ming Ni, Assistant to the Director of the Guangdong Provincial Zhongshan
Library and Dr. Sidney H. Chang, Professor of History at California State University, Fresno.

For further information on the dates and times of the symposia and exhibit, please call the Reference
Desk at (626) 307-1368.




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