Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Chinese American Film Festival

Short subject screenings
Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy an hour of short subjects when the Chinese American Film Festival takes over the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library, Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m.  Among the titles:  “Chinese Dream,” a documentary about classical Chinese opera being learned by the next generation of children; “Citizen,” where a border patrol officer faces a tough decision as her sister is deported while pregnant, “Wishing Box,” a pirate and his monkey find a magic box, but it only operates for the monkey; “Butterflies in the Dark,” a blind woman interacts with a device-fixated little girl.

Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) was founded in 2005 by EDI Media Inc. (USA). It is the most authoritative and influential annual Chinese American cultural event connecting two of world’s largest film markets. Every year in November CAFF hosts its Opening Ceremony and Golden Angel Award in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world. Hundreds of top box office films from China and the US participate in CAFF, of which the Top 10 are selected and awarded with the Golden Angel, named after the city of Los Angeles.

CAFF is the only Chinese American cultural event in the United States that is officially recognized by both the U.S. and Chinese governments. In 2014, it became the only China-US film festival recorded in the 5th Round of China-US High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange and Cultural Activities as a national event. CAFF is also the only China-US film cultural event formally written in the U.S. Congressional report, as part of U.S. History. 

During the month of November, CAFF showcases over 700 feature films in over 20 screening locations in Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities, with over 2,300 total number of screenings.  

Don’t miss this free opportunity to watch some very special films.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Coping Skills for Sight Loss

Monday November 6th, 10:00-11:30 am

Sight loss can be caused by macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts or diabetic retinopathy. On Monday, November 6th, the Braille Institute will offer the latest information on adapting to visual changes and which assistive devices might be appropriate for individuals. Practical day-to-day applications will be presented such as organizing and identifying money and marking and labeling household items. The importance of staying connected will also be explored:  rediscovering the joy of reading, writing and communication. Attendees will learn about resources for getting around town, assistance with orientation and mobility.

According to the Braille Institute, twenty-one percent of people age 65 and over report some form of vision impairment. This represents 7.3 million people.* This workshop will address questions related to daily life with low vision. There are many causes of visual impairment and Braille Institute helps people of all ages overcome obstacles caused by low vision.

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss.  Each year the Institute serves more than 75,000 people, providing an environment of hope and encouragement through integrated educational, social, and recreational programs and through our services, classes, and seminars.  

This program is free to all and will take place in the Library’s Barth Community Room on Monday, November 6th at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tracking John Muir Through San Marino

Monday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.

The year was 1877 when a young Scottish vagabond named John Muir first arrived in Southern California via steamship in the harbor of Los Angeles. After spending the night at the old Pico Hotel, he sauntered along through the Arroyo Seco to the fledgling City of Pasadena, where he found lodging with a former college classmate. He was soon treated to a buggy ride through the prospering citrus groves of what was to become the City of San Marino. The people he met there and the sights he saw have been carefully recorded through Muir’s writings and in the work of Muir’s friend, pioneering photographer Carlton E. Watkins.   

On Monday, October 23 in the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library, Ed Andersen will present his findings on John Muir’s travels through the area during those early days.  Mr. Andersen is a book collector, historian and board member of the Arcadia Historical Society. He has been tracking John Muir for the past two decades.  In addition to Muir’s colorful accounts of the San Gabriel Valley, Mr. Andersen’s presentation will feature Watkins’ invaluable photographs of early San Marino. When looking at history, there is always a “story behind the story,” and this presentation will reveal why Muir visited San Marino so many times during his later life.

In its speakers series, the San Marino Historical Society presents quarterly history talks focusing on topics especially selected for San Marino.  No reservations are needed.  For information on the San Marino Historical Society call (626) 304-9375 or email

Come to Crowell Library at 7:00 p.m. on Monday October 23 for a fascinating look at a groundbreaking conservationist.