Ever wonder what turns children on to reading? A report by CNN August 4, 2015 links it to biography - stories of real people whose lives and beliefs. Giving some credit to Common Core state standards that emphasize nonfiction reading, the bump may be due to children's love of an interesting world! Read more about it here.
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)
Reading to children strongly supports their social and academic skill development! Brain research supports what many parents have known for years! Check out the article on Yahoo Parenting.
On June 16, members of the FOMPL Board presented Monrovia City Council Members with a large (OK fake) check showing the Friends' donations to the Library over the past few years - a grand total of $175........programs and services for children, youth, and adults. In addition, the contributions include three capital projects:a scanner, Sampson, and ipads
Back row: Mayor Tom Adams, FOMPL Board president Karen Hollinhurst, Council members Larry Spicer, Gloria Crudgington, Becky Shevlin, and Alex Blackburn. Front row: FOMPL Board members Louise Robertson, Steve Baker, and Juli Otis.
We have also recently committed another $20,000.00 bringing the total to almost $200,000.00. A big night for the Friends!
“I come at perfume from a different point of view,” says Christopher Brosius (perfumer for CB Beast by CB I Hate Perfume, a Brooklyn-based line of “anti-perfumes). of the classical notion of perfume as a fashion accessory. “I’m looking to create very different experiences.” And different they are. Take In the Library, for instance: an unusual perfume that captures the smell of books in a way that will immediately connect with readers. (The secret: An “English Novel” note that Brosius had derived from a real book.) From Yahoo Beauty April 24, 2015
Mark your calendars! The Friends will put thousands of gently used books out for sale on May 14-16. On May 14, the Friends will host a preview sale from 5pm-8pm which will be open only to paid-up members of the Friends. Of course, non-members and lapsed members can purchase or renew membership at the door. A wine (or other beverage) and cheese reception will be available between 6:30pm and 8pm.
The sale will be open to the general public from noon to 5pm on Friday May 15 and Saturday, May 16. The "Bag of Books" clearance sale will be from 5pm to 6pm at $5 a bag. Of course, we will buy your bag back if you don't find a gem or two or twelve!
Science shows something surprising and positive about people who still read fiction! Check out this post on Mic - an online newsletter with more than 19 million weekly readers. Interesting stuff!
Check out these interesting often gorgeous or practical ideas for home libraries. All your wonderful books need a special place to rest when not being read!
Members of the Board and our volunteers are posting ideas, thoughts, events, and a few surprises.