Digital Museums!

Sadly, as we all stay home to keep safe from the coronavirus, we can’t pick up free museum passes from the library. BUT we can still visit some wonderful museums. Click on the pictures to find all the digital activities.

The intrepid museum


Cooper Hewitt Online Exhibits

Cooper Hewitt


No, the Botanical Garden doesn’t offer library passes! But, during this difficult time, they do have many online resources that you and your family may enjoy. Click on the picture of the flowers to get started!



Visit the MOMA’s online magazine at the link below for a few fun activities!


The Bruce Museum

As of March 31, the Bruce is also offering digital tours and many online activities for families!


I hope these links will help you in the coming days, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the library. If you know of any other museums offering online activities, please comment!



Library Programs at home!

Hello! We miss our patrons, and we’re working on ways to reach out to you at home. So are some of our presenters. Here are a couple of free teleseminars about the Gokhale method. Hopefully we’ll still be able to hold our posture workshop in mid-April, but, if not, these teleseminars might be a good intro.

How to set up an ergonomic home office (7:30 a.m Pacific time, Friday March 20)

Exercise breaks for fun and productivity (9:00 a.m. Pacific time, Monday March 23)

Other sessions are being offered as well. Check their website for other times on those days.

And, as I write, Angela and Stephanie are doing a terrific online story time. This is something they will be doing regularly as the library is closed. You can find them on our FaceBook page, here.

And my writing group will be meeting long-distance, also on Monday, March 23. The time is 6:30 and it will probably be a telephone conference, possibly with a YouTube component as well. If you’d like to participate, please give me your info in the comments section.

Best wishes, and stay well.





Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some of us celebrate and some of us don’t, but it’s always good, in the middle of this chilly, rainy winter, to get some chocolate, roses, and popcorn and watch a feel-good movie. Here are some my colleagues have put on display for the holiday.


Shakespeare in Love_

Who inspired young Will Shakespeare to write some of his greatest romances, including Twelfth Night? A beautifully cast and acted historical romance.

Love, Simon_

Love, Simon is also based on literature– in this case, the hit YA novel, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Simon’s a typical teenage boy trying to negotiate high school friendships. He’s also gay. This is a warm romantic comedy with a twist.

Valentine's day

Valentine’s Day shows us how a group of Los Angeles residents celebrate the day–or how they fail to celebrate it!


Finally, a touching and inspirational real-life love story. Richard and Mildred Loving were a working-class couple from small-town Virginia. They loved each other deeply, married, and had three children. But interracial marriage was illegal in the state of Virginia. The couple had to go to court to defend their marriage.

These are just a few of the wonderful films my colleagues shared. Why not come into the library and check out our displays? You might find something to take home for the weekend!


Happy Birthday, Severus Snape!

Yes, today, January 9, is the birthday of perhaps the bravest man Harry Potter ever knew. Of course, all true Potter fans of all ages know that already. 😉 . What you may not know is that we’ve got several books and series that Snape fans may enjoy. Some of these are adult, others YA, but both teens and adults who love fantasy and SF should enjoy them.

Jonathan strange

In an alternate England, during the Napoleonic Wars, young Jonathan Strange becomes apprentice to Mr. Norrell. Their goal is to bring magic back to England.  But who is the Raven King? At once a comedy of manners, an alternate history, a coming of age, and a tragic love story, this book is beautifully written and unique.

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The Intense Humanity of Robert Crumb

A movie review by Caleb Brown.

Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb is an intimate documentary. Its subject is an eccentric and often abrasive personality, but he still has a peculiar and captivating humanity. The film’s greatest success is that it portrays his flaws unflinchingly, and contextualizes his deeply felt alienation through the lens of his comics. While the content is oftentimes shocking, the film thrives on the very tension leveraged from this voyeuristic element. The film is not interested in passing moral judgement on Crumb but instead challenges the audience to understand him. It doesn’t ask for sympathy, but instead asks the audience to find humanity in art that’s deliberately crass. It gives us a psychological profile of the man Robert Crumb and also shows us how that psychology, in addition to the environment which constructed it, reflects in his creative process. In doing so the documentary digs into the nature of the creative process itself, and the suffering that often drives the people behind the art.Crumb self-portrait

While my first paragraph may paint Crumb as a relentlessly bleak, uncompromisingly stern piece, it’s not as intimidating as one would imagine. The film is in fact primarily a comedy. Offbeat jokes, humorous anecdotes and a slew of editing gags give the film a breezy pace. Much of the humor comes from the titular Crumb himself. He is a constantly self-effacing and eccentric fellow, whose humorous asides ride the thin line between playful self-deprecation and a coping mechanism for his own anxiety. Continue reading “The Intense Humanity of Robert Crumb”

December Observances!

It’s time for another poll! There are lots of Holidays and Observances in December, including Christmas, Hanukkah (which starts this year on the evening of December 22), Kwanzaa, and New Years, of course.  But we also celebrate things like International human rights, Write a Business plan month, and much more. MUCH more! In the poll below, see if you can guess what we don’t celebrate in December. You might be surprised. 🙂

Here’s a link showing all those December holidays and observances.

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