Thursday, January 19, 2017

Meet the Author: Maple Lam



The Friends of Crowell Public Library Meet the Authors Series
Author & Illustrator Maple Lam
featuring her latest publication My Little Sister & Me
Thursday February 23rd   7:00 p.m.

The Friends of Crowell Public Library’s Meet the Author! series continues on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 pm with Maple Lam who will speak about her children’s picture book, My Little Sister and Me.  Published by Harper Collins last year, the book has received significant attention in children’s literature circles. 

In the story, a young boy is asked to bring his little sister home from the bus stop after school for the first time and he finds out that many things can happen on that short walk home.  It is a delightful story of a boy taking on responsibility for the first time, and his interactions with a little sister who wants very much to interact with every possible “adventure” that they encounter.  The colorful artwork draws the reader into the tale. 

Maple Lam’s family came to the United States from Hong Kong when she was eleven.  After attending Huntington Middle School and San Marino High School, she graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Studio Arts and a minor in Digital Arts.  She has always been interested in drawing, writing, creating characters and constructing worlds around them.  She finds inspiration through reading, meeting with other creatives, traveling and even finds a fascinating mixture between art and science.  Maple will speak about her path to becoming an artist and author, how she put the book together, and how she got it published.  In 2016 and 2014 Maple Lam was a finalist for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Bologna Showcase. 

The event is free and will take place in the Barth Community Room of the Crowell Library and will be appropriate for adults and for children.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  Call (626) 300-0777 for questions.  Don’t miss this special Meet the Authors! event at Crowell Public Library!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture




The Friends of Crowell Public Library Meet the Authors Series
Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture
with authors Arnold Schwartzman & Stephen Gee
Wednesday January 11th   7:00 p.m.
 
The Friends of Crowell Public Library’s Meet the Author! series begins 2017 on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm with the publication Los Angeles Central Library: A History of its Art and Architecture, written by Stephen Gee with photographs by Arnold Schwartzman.  This landmark volume not only explores the visual history of the building, but also the story that has led to the legendary Library as it stands today. The Library’s beautiful building, paintings, murals, sculptures, decor, and storied tile work are captured by the lens of renowned Hollywood documentarian, photographer and graphic designer Arnold Schwartzman.  In detail that has never been chronicled before, architectural historian Stephen Gee shares the drama of the public’s fight to save the Library on several occasions, including the heart-wrenching story of the 1986 fire that destroyed or damaged over a million volumes.  More than 250 firefighters risked their lives for the love of books, and then the citizens of the city came together to save thousands of smoke and water-damaged books. That the priceless artwork originally installed in the 1926 building was preserved is nothing short of a civic miracle. Schwartzman shows the art—and much more—in page after page of color, all juxtaposed with historic images and blueprints, many never before published.

As City Librarian John F. Szabo wrote in his Foreword to Los Angeles Central Library: A History of its Art and Architecture, “Stephen Gee provides a captivating biographical tour through the life of this Los Angeles landmark. He offers the reader insights into the motivations and competing interests of the citys leaders, extensive details on building materials, stories of conflict between stakeholders, and even a detailed list of the fascinating contests of the buildings cornerstone. . . Between them, Gees words and Schwartzmans camera leave no stone unturned.

The Los Angeles Central Library and its history are as fascinating as any of the storied volumes found on its shelves.  Library Lovers far and wide, don’t miss this special Meet the Authors! event at Crowell Public Library.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Rose Pruning Made Easy!




Saturday, January 7th, 9:00-11:00 a.m.


Ron Serven, Environmental Services Manager/City Arborist for the City of San Marino, will conduct his 24nd annual rose pruning workshop on Saturday January 7, 2017, and give even the most inexperienced gardeners the knowledge to promote healthy, beautiful rose blooming when spring comes around.  Learn the techniques in one two-hour session and be ready to work in companionship with nature.

A former City Parks Division Manager, Ron’s expertise with roses is still visible throughout the city, particularly at beautiful Lacy Park.  Many rose lovers have benefited from and attended repeat performances of Ron’s workshop at Crowell Library.  He will demonstrate optimum rose pruning techniques and answer questions from the audience, such as what to do in cold weather, or how to deal with irregular rainfall.  Those who attend will be ready to go out into their own yards the very same day to get the job done.  Rose pruning promotes healthy roses and abundant blooms in the spring.  Increasing air circulation can help prevent disease. 

Attendees will get a better sense of how Mother Nature works and will soon be spending some enjoyable time in their home gardens, armed with the knowledge to keep it thriving and beautiful.
This workshop is free and reservations are not required, but if you have questions, please call the library (626) 300-0777, extension 579.