Sunday, September 23, 2018

This week at the library...

TUESDAY
Central Library, 10:00 a.m.


ENGLISH NATURALLY:
A Conversation Group

Practice your English language skills, make friends, and learn about different cultures. This group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Literacy Room on the second floor. Drop in or call for information. 818-238-5577.



Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.




8+9 BOOK CLUB
The club has read and will discuss Starflight, by Melissa Landers. This club is for enrolled teens only and is full; to be placed on the waiting list, contact awilliams@burbankca.gov.









WEDNESDAY
Central Library, 5:30 p.m.

MEETING:
FRIENDS OF THE BURBANK PUBLIC LIBRARY


Buena Vista Branch, 6:00 p.m.

FAMILY SOCK HOP
Shake, rattle and roll on over to the library. Grab your poodle skirt and your leather jacket and bring the whole family to hop, bop, and twist the night away! Please bring a new pair of socks to donate to Ascencia, a local organization that provides a range of programs and housing to those in need. Bring your camera for the fun photo op.


THURSDAY
Central Library, 10:00 a.m.


ENGLISH NATURALLY:
A Conversation Group

Practice your English language skills, make friends, and learn about different cultures. This group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Literacy Room on the second floor. Drop in or call for information. 818-238-5577.





SATURDAY
Buena Vista Branch, 10:00 a.m.

COMPUTER 101: PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
This class is for novices who take lots of photos and want to automatically organize them, and learn how to crop, create, print, and share with family and friends.

You will learn:
  • Basic editing: resizing, cropping, and adjusting exposure and contrast
  • How to save, print, and share photos
  • How to fix red eye, use filters, and add text
  • Photo organization
Reserve a spot by signing up at the Buena Vista Branch reference desk or calling 818-238-5625.


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING



There have been changes in days and times for most storytime sessions since the Spring, so please check carefully.

BABY STORYTIME (under 12 months):
Northwest Branch: Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required. Please call 818 238-5640 to sign up. Fall Session begins September 11 and ends on November 13, 2018.. Songs, stories, and rhymes for children under 12 months.

TODDLER STORYTIMES (under age 3):
Buena Vista Branch: Thursdays and Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.
Central Library: Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.
Due to limited space, you must sign up online for Buena Vista Toddler Storytime. Sign-ups begin Wednesday, September 5. Plan to visit Toddler Storytime on Fridays at Burbank Central Library - no sign-ups required. This program is geared to children under age 3 and their caregivers. The Fall Session for Thursdays will run from September 13 through November 15, 2018.

Storytime plays an important role in promoting early literacy and the love of books, learning, and exploring the world. Storytime programs expose children and their parents and caregivers to books, simple songs, finger plays, rhymes, and crafts.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES (ages 3-5):Central Library: Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Northwest Branch: Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


BILINGUAL STORYTIME: ENGLISH/ARMENIAN
Central Library, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Bilingual Storytime երկլեզու Հեքիաթի Ժամ
In English & Armenian Անգլերեն եվ Հայերեն

Come and enjoy stories and songs!
Եկեք եվ վայելեք պատմություններ եվ երգեր



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Library Card Month




As we mentioned at the beginning of September, it's Library Card Month! You may not know that we have some new digital toys for those with cards from Burbank Public Library...

On our website main page (burbanklibrary.org), click on "E-LIBRARY" to discover FLIPSTER and HOOPLA.

FLIPSTER is a free digital magazine service, a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. There are 20 popular magazine titles available to you.



HOOPLA is a digital streaming service for library users to access eBooks, audio books, music, movies, and TV shows using portable devices like smartphones and tablets.


Back on the website main page, click on "RESEARCH" to discover Britannica School, and Britannica Escolar.

Britannica School is for all grades and all reading abilities, offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, at three separate levels—Elementary, Middle, or High.

Britannica Escolar is the leading knowledge-building resource that is universally trusted for accurate and age-appropriate content in Spanish. Bienvenido a Britannica Escolar, un recurso informativo para la educación primaria y secundaria que es seguro, actualizado y apropiado para cada nivel educativo.

Just a few more things you can do with YOUR LIBRARY CARD.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

It's Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Yeah, yeah, you're a grown-up and this is for kids, right? If you say so. We like to think that everyone can participate in a dialectical experience!

After all, discussing the relative merits of greeting one's friends with a cordial "Ahoy, matey!" vs. the more abrupt and demanding "Avast ye!" is a philosophical discussion worth having, not to mention the varying nuances of when to use "Arr!" "Harr!" or "Yarr!" And the differing definitions between pirate speak and the King's English as regards such words as "doldrums" and "booty" are likewise fascinating distinctions, as are the relative meanings of "parley" vs. "parlay." Why, you could wet your pipe with a tankard of grog in the company of your fellow swashbucklers and spend a whole evening on this, savvy?

So today, swagger a little, show yer colours, and tell anyone who takes exception that he's a scurvy dog who deserves keelhauling! Honestly!

And just for fun, check out a book about the pirate experience:

Hook's Tale : being the account of an unjustly villainized pirate written by himself, by John Pielmeier   
This debut novel imagines the notorious pirate's childhood days.

Ivory, by Tony Park     
Alex Tremain turns to piracy in order to finance the renovation and reopening of the once 5-star but now crumbling hotel that his parents once operated on an island off Mozambique.

We Are Pirates, by Daniel Handler   
Can a couple of teenagers, a confused old man, and his nursing home orderly really steal a boat and terrorize San Francisco Bay? Of course, says the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, this time writing for adults!

Pirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton   
Set in 1665, this book (discovered after Crichton's death in 2008 amongst his manuscripts) tells the story of Captain Charles Hunter, a privateer who's hired by the governor of Jamaica's Port Royal to steal a Spanish galleon and its cargo of gold treasure. Gore, sex and action, along with every pirate cliché!

We have more. Check the catalogue, landlubbers!





Sunday, September 16, 2018

This week at the library...

MONDAY
Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.

Please note that we have moved the location of Opera Talks from the Central Library to the Buena Vista Branch.

Opera Talks are perfect for opera buffs and beginners alike! A speaker from LA Opera’s Community Engagement Program will provide a multi-media presentation and discussion of a current opera in Los Angeles. This month's presentation will be on Verdi's Don Carlo.


TUESDAY
Central Library, 10:00 a.m.


ENGLISH NATURALLY:
A Conversation Group

Practice your English language skills, make friends, and learn about different cultures. This group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Literacy Room on the second floor. Drop in or call for information. 818-238-5577.




Central Library, 12:00 noon

The Brown Bag Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month, at noon at the Central Library. The club has read and will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. For more information about this club, email lmcmahon@burbankca.gov.

The author skillfully transports the reader to The Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers, where spies spy, thieves thieve and the danger of twentieth century Russia lurks outside its marbled walls. It’s also where wealthy Count Alexander Rostov lives under house arrest for a poem deemed incendiary by the Bolsheviks, and meets Nina. Nina is a precocious and wide-eyed young girl who holds the keys to the entire hotel, wonders what it means to be a princess, and will irrevocably change his life.


Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.

The Scene of the Crime Mystery Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Storytime Room at the Buena Vista Branch Library, but is skipping its September meeting because it conflicts with Yom Kippur. Meetings will resume in October. For more information contact lmcmahon@burbankca.gov.


WEDNESDAY
Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.




The 10-12 Book Club, for teens in grades 10, 11, and 12, meets the third Wednesday of each month (change of day this year), from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This month, the club has read and will discuss Vicious, by V. E. Schwab. This book club is for enrolled teens only, and is full. To be placed on the waiting list, contact Anarda Williams at 818 238-5620.







THURSDAY
Central Library, 10:00 a.m.


ENGLISH NATURALLY:
A Conversation Group

Practice your English language skills, make friends, and learn about different cultures. This group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Literacy Room on the second floor. Drop in or call for information. 818-238-5577.




Buena Vista Branch, 4:30 p.m.

PUPPY TALES
This is a read-aloud program for children in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Parents can sign up their child at the Buena Vista Branch Children's Library or by calling 818-238-5630. Therapy dogs have been proven to help children build confidence in reading and improve communication skills. Reading Sessions are held on scheduled Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. This session is FULL.

Fall Schedule
Sept. 6 & 20, Oct. 4 & 18, November 1, 15, & 29


Central Library, 7:00 p.m.

The Genre-X Book Club (not your mother's book club) is a group intended for Millennials and Gen-Xers to get together, hang out, and talk about diverse, interesting books. The club reads a mix of realistic fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, nonfiction, and graphic novels, and sometimes ranges into young adult fiction. It meets the third Thursday of the month, upstairs at the Central Library in the Literacy Conference Room, at 7:00 p.m. Email lmcmahon@burbankca.gov for more information.

This month, the club has read and will discuss Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi, her West African-inspired fantasy debut.




FRIDAY
Central Library, 2:00 p.m.

Friday Matinee presents...
WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?
An intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. 94 minutes / PG-13



CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING



There have been changes in days and times for most storytime sessions since the Spring, so please check carefully.

BABY STORYTIME (under 12 months):
Northwest Branch: Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required. Please call 818 238-5640 to sign up. Fall Session begins September 11 and ends on November 13, 2018.. Songs, stories, and rhymes for children under 12 months.

TODDLER STORYTIMES (under age 3):
Buena Vista Branch: Thursdays and Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.
Central Library: Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.
Due to limited space, you must sign up online for Buena Vista Toddler Storytime. Sign-ups begin Wednesday, September 5. Plan to visit Toddler Storytime on Fridays at Burbank Central Library - no sign-ups required. This program is geared to children under age 3 and their caregivers. The Fall Session for Thursdays will run from September 13 through November 15, 2018.

Storytime plays an important role in promoting early literacy and the love of books, learning, and exploring the world. Storytime programs expose children and their parents and caregivers to books, simple songs, finger plays, rhymes, and crafts.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES (ages 3-5):Central Library: Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Northwest Branch: Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

BILINGUAL ENGLISH/SPANISH STORYTIME
Northwest Branch, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a bilingual storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish. There will be a short video at the end of the program. Vengan para una hora de cuentos bilingüe con cuentos, canciones, y rimas en inglés y español. Habrá un video corto al final del programa.





BABY PARTY!
Buena Vista Branch, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.

Baby Party! is an informal time for families with babies under 12 months (or pre-walkers) to read, play, explore and make new friends. Spend an hour together in the Storytime Room. Walk-ins welcome, no sign-ups required, but space is limited.


MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Central Library, Saturday, 10:15 a.m.

A program for preschoolers and their families. Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child - the child's desire for language, the body's urge to move, the brain's attention to patterns, the ear's lead in initiating communication, the voice's response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments. Join us for a fun introduction to movement, coordination, rhythm, and dance! We'll be dancing using shaker eggs & scarves and listening to music.




Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Take the first step on the journey to MARS!


Tonight, Wednesday, September 12 at the Buena Vista Branch at 7:00 p.m.

Lockheed Martin Orion Project engineer Chris Nie will be here to tell you about the new space capsule that Lockheed Martin has built for NASA. It will be test launched next year and make an uncrewed deep space orbit around the moon.

The Orion capsule is designed to take humans back into space, and is central to the first mission in a series of planned missions by NASA that will eventually lead to our putting humans on Mars sometime in the 2030s.

 
Pictured above is our display in the library that was designed to give patrons a short preview of tonight’s event. Stop and check it out, and please join us tonight for this fascinating talk.

Monday, September 10, 2018

This week at the library...

It's a busy week at the library: Children's story times and Teen book clubs begin! Orion goes to Mars! Harry Potter turns 20! and more...

TUESDAY
Central Library, 10:00 a.m.


ENGLISH NATURALLY:
A Conversation Group

Practice your English language skills, make friends, and learn about different cultures. This group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Literacy Room on the second floor. Drop in or call for information. 818-238-5577.



Buena Vista Branch, 6:30 p.m.

Twilight Cinema presents...
BOOK CLUB (the movie)
Four lifelong friends' lives are turned hilariously upside down when their book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter. 103 minutes / rated PG-13





Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.

6+7 BOOK CLUB
The club has read and will discuss Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead. This club is for registered teens only, and meets at the Buena Vista Branch Library on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year (September-May). This club is full; to be put on the waiting list, contact Anarda Williams at Buena Vista Branch.






WEDNESDAY
Central Library, 5:30 p.m.

MEETING: BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES


Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.


ORION and the FIRST MISSION

on our JOURNEY TO MARS

An Illustrated Talk with Chris Nie
It is our national goal to put humans on Mars sometime in the 2030s, and NASA is developing a series of missions to that purpose. Key to the first mission (EM-1, or Exploration Mission 1) will be a 2019 uncrewed launch of the new Orion spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin. Designed to navigate, communicate, and operate in a deep space environment, Orion will travel thousands of miles beyond the Moon, farther than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown. Chris Nie will tell you how Orion has been designed to meet the unique challenges posed in transporting humans to Mars, a goal that will be our first interplanetary journey in the solar system and a defining moment for our species.

Chris Nie is a Systems and Integration Engineer working on the environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle at Lockheed Martin Space. His career has given him the opportunity to work on GPS satellites, SmallSats, in government affairs and business development, as well as NASA’s Human Spaceflight Program, Orion. Chris graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a focus in Bioastronautics. He has been named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s as a rising leader in Aerospace and Defense, and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award multiple times for his work in STEM outreach.


THURSDAY
Central Library, 10:00 a.m.


ENGLISH NATURALLY:
A Conversation Group

Practice your English language skills, make friends, and learn about different cultures. This group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Literacy Room on the second floor. Drop in or call for information. 818-238-5577.



Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.

ESTABLISHING A WEB PRESENCE
Rain Breaw Michaels has built more than 100 websites since 1998. In addition she has taught CSS, HTML, web accessibility, and Drupal in workshops and colleges.

In her illustrated talk she will be covering a variety of topics including:
  • Simple options using social media, and how to get the most out of them
  • Setting up a free blog using tumblr, wordpress, etc
  • The various free tools for building a brochure style website (wix.com, weebly.com, wordpress.com)
  • Basic terminology (responsive, database, content management)
  • How to know when you need something more advanced, and how to think about your requirements and cost, as well as the options that are out there


SATURDAY
Buena Vista Branch, 10:00 a.m.

COMPUTER BASICS
If you are new to computers, you can learn the basics here. Opening programs, saving and reopening files, and creating folders is just the beginning.

Reserve a spot at the Buena Vista reference desk or call 818-238-5625.


By the ends of the session, you will be able to:
  • Identify basic computer components
  • Navigate a computer desktop
  • Open and close programs
  • Create, save, and open a file
  • Create a folder
  • Move a file into a folder
  • Rename a file or folder


Buena Vista Branch, 2:00 p.m.



HARRY POTTER BOOK PARTY!
Celebrate 20 Years of Magic!

The program is free, but reservations are required. Please call 818-238-5610.

Kids in grades K-5 are invited to dress up (if they choose) and help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
  • Sit under the Sorting Hat
  • Choose your wand from Ollivander’s
  • Pick up a spellbook at Flourish & Blotts
  • Make Polyjuice Slime in Potions Class
  • Design your own Quidditch snitch
  • Costumes encouraged - but not required
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone eBook will be available with no wait list or holds from August 27 - September 10. Download the Libby app, enter your library card number, and read!


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING



There have been changes in days and times for most story time sessions since the Spring, so please check carefully.

BABY STORYTIME (under 12 months):
Northwest Branch: Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Registration is required. Please call 818 238-5640 to sign up. Fall Session begins September 11 and ends on November 13, 2018.. Songs, stories, and rhymes for children under 12 months.

TODDLER STORYTIMES (under age 3):
Buena Vista Branch: Thursdays and Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.
Central Library: Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.
Due to limited space, you must sign up online for Buena Vista Toddler Storytime. Sign-ups begin Wednesday, September 5. Plan to visit Toddler Storytime on Fridays at Burbank Central Library - no sign-ups required. This program is geared to children under age 3 and their caregivers. The Fall Session for Thursdays will run from September 13 through November 15, 2018.

Storytime plays an important role in promoting early literacy and the love of books, learning, and exploring the world. Storytime programs expose children and their parents and caregivers to books, simple songs, finger plays, rhymes, and crafts.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIMES (ages 3-5):Central Library: Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Northwest Branch: Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


Saturday, September 08, 2018

Temporary reduction in library hours on Mondays


Starting this coming Monday, September 10th, hours at both the Central Library and the Buena Vista branch will be curtailed, on Mondays only:

The Central Library will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Buena Vista Branch will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All other library hours remain the same.


FAQs regarding why the library is cutting hours on Mondays:

Q: Why are you reducing your hours?

A: The change in hours is temporary and is the result of a hiring freeze instituted by City Council in May 2018. At this point in time, the library has lost 13 percent of its staff due to retirements and resignations, and is therefore unable to operate the libraries at full service levels. The hours are only being reduced by 4 percent, and there is always at least one location open during all hours people are used to having library access.

Q: How long will this reduction be in place?

A: The City Council will review the results of the vote on Burbank Measure P, a ¾ cent sales tax, on the November 6 ballot. This will inform their decision about whether to lift the hiring freeze and therefore allow the library to get back to full staffing and restore full services.

Q: Are the libraries being targeted specifically for budget cuts or the hiring freeze?

A: No. All City departments are subject to the hiring freeze. Both libraries and Parks & Recreation facilities will see some reduction in hours of service this fall.