July 3. 2016 is a day to celebrate the convenience and value of a paperback book or two or three. The Friends Store at the Monrovia Public Library always has a great selection at just 50-cents for mass market paperbacks (those small ones) and $1 for the larger trade volumes.
The contest is an annual event sponsored by The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library which was established in 1957 and helps raise funds to support the enhancement and expansion of library services.
For the fifth year in a row we have hosted the library’s annual Summer Reading Club Bookmark Contest. These winning designs have been printed and are available to patrons in the Library. We gave the Mayor and City Council a copy of each bookmark and thank the city for honoring their creative achievements and participation in our annual bookmark contest.
The Friends were delighted to introduce five of our winners who are shown with members of the Monrovia City Council and FOMPL President Karen Hollinhurst.
From the 0 to 5 year old age category:
Penelope Vuong (age 4) who designed the bookmark Flower Garden.
Sayaka Kodama (age 5) who designed the bookmark Reading is Magical.
From the 6 to 8 year old age category:
Kaitlyn Molinar (age 9) who designed the bookmark Spring Time.
From the 9 to 11 year old age category:
Desiree Cooper (age 11) who designed the Dream UpAdventures bookmark
From the Adult category:
Guillermina De Anda who designed the I Enjoy the Songs of Nature bookmark.
Other winners, who were unable to attend tonight’s meeting, include:
Ricardo Garcia Sanchez (age 7)
Aviya Ramji (age 7)
Drea Wong (age 8)
Abigail Fung (age 12)
With a "soft spot for public libraries", The Wall Street Journal columnist Geoffrey Fowler (August 13, 2014, Page 1 of their Personal Journal section) asks essentially why would you pay a monthly fee to read e-books when you can get it free at your local public library? Over 90% of American's public libraries over e-books - including the Monrovia Public Library! In a not so random study of available titles, public libraries won out in the number of available titles against Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, and Scribe. It's easier than you think - just log into the library's website page for online resources with your card number and pin.
Monrovia Mayor MaryAnn Lutz and City Council members recognized the 2014 Book Mark Contest winners at the July 15 meeting. While not all of the winners were able to be present, Council Members offered congratulations and thanks for providing such wonderful artwork. Certificates have been forwarded to absent recipients. Also pictured is Karen Hollinhurst, president of FOMPL. Thanks to Librarian Annette Simpson for her skill in organizing and actually conducting the contest.
Members of the public may pick up a favorite book mark in the Friends Store at the Monrovia Public Library.
While electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture, and experience of reading a paperback classic. We'll be celebrating in the Friends Store.
Are you old enough to remember "Roots" staring LeVar Burton? Well, he's still around and doing good! The founder and ramrod of "Readig Rainbow." The Sunday, July 6, 2014 issue of Parade magazine bundled with the Los Angeles Times highlighted his reading revolution. As the host of PBS Reading Rainbow for 26 years, LeVar introduced millions of kids to the magic of a good story. He is now working to make it even bigger and better in digital space. You can contribute to the campaign at Reading Rainbow 3.07 . He's picked ten great summer reads. Check here for where to purchase the books or bring the list to the library for check out.
Did you know just 20 minutes of reading a day can prevent a child from loosing literacy skills?
"A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them."–Lemony Snicket
The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.–Libba Bray
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