Sunday, November 11, 2018

This Week at the Library (Nov. 11 - 17, 2018)

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Sunday (Nov. 11) & Monday (Nov. 12)



All Burbank Libraries will be closed Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 in honor of Veterans Day.


Tuesday (Nov. 13)


English Naturally: A Conversation Group
10am, Central Library
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.



Moon Watch
6:30pm, Central Library
Members of the Sidewalk Astronomers will set up telescopes for a close-up look at the moon and any visible planets.










Grades 6-7 Book Club
7pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
This club is for enrolled teens only. This month the grades 6-7 Book Club will be discussing The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Contact Anarda at 818-238-5620 for more information.









Wednesday (Nov. 14)


Board of Library Trustees Meeting
5:30pm, Central Library
Established by Burbank Municipal Code, the seven Council-appointed members serve a four-year term. It is their mission to work with staff in an advisory capacity to ensure the optimum operation of the Burbank Library System, to represent community concerns and suggestions to the Library staff, to act as liaison between the Library and the City Council, and to represent and promote the Library and its undertakings.


Moon Watch
6:30pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
Members of the Sidewalk Astronomers will set up telescopes for a close-up look at the moon and any visible planets.










Grades 10-12 Book Club
7pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
This club is for enrolled teens only. This month the Grades 10-12 Book Club will be reading Get Even by Gretchen McNeil. Contact Anarda at 818-238-5620 for more information











Thursday (Nov. 15)


English Naturally: A Conversation Group
10am, Central Library
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.





Puppy Tales Reading Practice (Full)
4:30pm, Buena Vista Branch Library 
A read-aloud program for children in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Therapy dogs have been proven to help children build confidence in reading and improve communication skills. Parents can sign up their child at the Buena Vista Branch Children's Library or by calling 818-238-5630.



Bilingual Storytime - English/Spanish
6:30pm, Northwest Branch Library
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.






Friday (Nov. 16)


Friday Matinee - 
2pm, Central Library
Three Identical Strangers tells the astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of 19, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio's joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives – a secret that goes to very heart of all human behavior. Rated PG-13. Runtime 96 minutes.




Thankful Turkey Craft for Kids
4pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
Feeling thankful? Drop in and create! No sign-ups needed for this fun, easy craft. Stop by the Storytime Room to create your own Thankful Turkey.





Holiday in the Park
5pm-9pm, Magnolia Park (Magnolia Blvd between Hollywood Way and Florence St.)
Kick off the holiday season in Burbank with this holiday street festival. Over 75 stores will be joining in on the celebration that stretches 8 blocks and 3 parking lots. The library, and other community organizations, will have a table in the street. Come and spin the prize wheel to win fabulous library prizes!







Saturday (Nov. 17)


Baby Party!
10am, Buena Vista Branch LibraryBaby 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
10:15am, Central Library
A program for preschoolers and their families.Join us for a fun introduction to movement, coordination, rhythm, and dance! We'll be dancing using shaker eggs & scarves and listening to music.







Storytime Schedule


Baby Storytime (under age 12 months)
Tuesday at 10am, Northwest Branch Library

Toddler Storytime (under age 3)
Thursday at 10am, Buena Vista Branch Library (FULL)
Friday at 10am, Buena Vista Branch Library (FULL)
Friday at 10am, Central Library

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Tuesday at 10am, Central Library
Wednesday at 10am, Northwest Branch Library





Sunday, November 04, 2018

This Week at the Library (Nov. 4 - 10, 2018)

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Tuesday (Nov. 6)


English Naturally: A Conversation Group
10am, Central LibraryPractice 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.




NaNoWriMo Write-in
6:30pm, Central Library
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Participants begin writing on November 1, working toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Join with other writers to participate in a writing warm-up and enjoy 2 hours of distraction-free writing.

French Book Club
6:30pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
For more information, call Isabelle at 818-238-5620.








Wednesday (Nov. 7)


Teens Book Cafe
7pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
Coffee house treats and book-talking for teens. Bring whatever you’re reading... Stand up and tell others how amazing it is. That’s what we do at Book Café! ALSO: Find out who will be named as the top writers from "It's Written in the Stars..." the October writing challenge for teens. Prizes will be awarded, so don’t miss it!





Thursday (Nov. 8)


English Naturally: A Conversation Group
10am, Central Library
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.



Family STEM Night: Light & Shadow
5pm, Central Library
Kids in grades 1-3 with their families will explore the science behind light and shadow. After a shadow-themed story and demonstration, we will investigate and experiment at different stations. Free reservations required. Call 818-238-5610 to reserve your spot.




Getting Started with HTML (led by Rain Breaw Michaels)
7pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
HTML (hypertext markup language) is the basic language of the web. Even as websites become increasingly dynamic and advanced, HTML sits at the core of the experience. This workshop will be interactive, and you will be writing HTML during the evening. Please bring a laptop or pair with someone with a laptop. Your laptop does not need to be able to connect to the internet, but it will help.

Storytime Schedule


Baby Storytime (under age 12 months)
Tuesday at 10am, Northwest Branch Library

Toddler Storytime (under age 3)
Thursday at 10am, Buena Vista Branch Library (FULL)
Friday at 10am, Buena Vista Branch Library (FULL)
Friday at 10am, Central Library

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Tuesday at 10am, Central Library
Wednesday at 10am, Northwest Branch Library



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

AUTHOR EVENT


THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST AT 7:00 P.M., AT BUENA VISTA BRANCH,
SUSAN ORLEAN WILL DISCUSS HER CURRENT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING BOOK, THE LIBRARY BOOK.




A bestselling book about public libraries?  Who would have thought that would happen?  But perhaps it just proves the theme of the book, that public libraries have a deeply felt and enduring place in our cultural and social life, and that they are likely to endure.  Susan Orlean uses the disastrous fire at the Central Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, and the history of LAPL, as an allegory for how public libraries respond and adapt to meet the changing needs of their patrons, and she shows us how that adaptation is sustained by ideas and values, shared by us all, that remain central to their continuing  civic and cultural value.

Join us for a discussion and celebration!  Susan Orlean will be discussing her book with Library Director Elizabeth Goldman.  Books will be available at the event and the author will sign.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

This Week at the Library (Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2018)

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Monday (Oct. 29)


Opera Talk
7pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
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 LA. This month's program will be presented by Ray Bussman. He will discuss Satyagraha.

Tuesday (Oct. 30)


English Naturally: A Conversation Group
10am, Central Library
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.



Glow in the Dark Pajama Storytime
6:30pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
An evening Storytime for kids in Kindergarten and younger with their families. Come dressed in a costume or your pjs and enjoy an evening of stories, songs, and fun!

Wednesday (Oct. 31)


Fright Night Movie: Wait Until Dark
6:30pm, Central Library
a 1967 American thriller directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel Ferrer. Audrey Hepburn stars as a young, blind woman who gradually realizes that the man inside her apartment intends to murder her--and then realizes that in a darkened apartment she knows well, her blindness can become her advantage in this classic thriller. Not rated. Runtime 105 minutes.




Thursday (Nov. 1)


English Naturally: A Conversation Group
10am, Central Library
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.




Author Susan Orlean: The Library Book
7pm, Buena Vista Branch Library
The Burbank Public Library is pleased to host an evening with celebrated writer and journalist Susan Orlean, in conversation with Burbank's Library Services Director, Elizabeth Goldman.The Los Angeles Public Library fire in April 1986 was a catastrophic event – it was the biggest library fire in American history, destroying or damaging more than a million books. Likely arson, the fire drew scant attention because of an eerie coincidence; it happened the same day as the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown.




Saturday (Nov. 3)


Baby Party!
10am, Buena Vista Branch Library
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.

Computer 101 - Clase de Computación en Español (Computer Class in Spanish)
10am, Buena Vista Branch Library
Para las personas nuevas en computadoras, aprenda conceptos básicos sobre cómo iniciar programas, guardar y volver a abrir un archivo y crear una carpeta en esta clase. Pueden reservar su lugar inscribiéndose en el escritorio de referencia de Buena Vista en persona o llamando al 818-238-5625.

Storytime Schedule


Baby Storytime (under age 12 months)
Tuesday at 10am, Northwest Branch Library

Toddler Storytime (under age 3)
Thursday at 10am, Buena Vista Branch Library (FULL)
Friday at 10am, Buena Vista Branch Library (FULL)
Friday at 10am, Central Library

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Tuesday at 10am, Central Library
Wednesday at 10am, Northwest Branch Library

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Burbank photos on Calisphere


You may have heard of Burbank in Focus, the library's digital collection of historical Burbank images, but have you heard of Calisphere, the gateway to digital collections from libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies throughout California? Developed by the University of California Libraries and maintained by the California Digital Library, Calisphere harvests metadata from digital libraries, providing one interface to find great historical resources such as photographs, documents, letters, diaries, artwork, maps, oral histories, etc.


Calisphere homepage


More than two hundred institutions participate in Calisphere, and we are officially one of them! You can now find items from Burbank in Focus on the Calisphere site (and by extension the Digital Public Library of America). This means many more people from across the state and nation will be exposed to the items in our digital collection. Now when you search “Burbank” in Calisphere 9,350 items result of which 1,251 come from Burbank in Focus (note: not all of the items are related to our city, as thousands of items in the results are about famed horticulturalist Luther Burbank, and no, our city was not named after Luther Burbank but dentist Dr. David Burbank).

search results for "burbank"


May I suggest that you explore Calisphere a bit? I am sure you will find something of interest. Some of the neat (non-Burbank) collections I discovered through Calisphere include:





advertising artwork created by Dr. Seuss,




photos from a Santa Cruz surf club,











and photos of Ghiradelli chocolate manufacturing in 1919.
















Wednesday, October 24, 2018

SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT FROM THE BURBANK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND THE BURBANK VETERANS COMMITTEE




C.J. Chivers will be here to discuss his new book with Max Uriarte and Paul Szoldra on Thursday night, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch.










The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq by C.J. Chivers 


Chivers is a former Marine who served in the Gulf War and is now a journalist working for the New York Times. He has spent most of his career reporting on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, often from the front line. He witnessed many events he writes about in this book. Most reviews have agreed that The Fighters the best account that has been written of the experience of the rank-and-file soldiers who served in those conflicts. Chivers follows the stories of a half dozen soldiers during their time in Iraq and Afghanistan, tracing their experience through the long arc of those wars. They become representative of the experience of many others in a general way, but the strength of this book comes from Chivers’ respect for each of these men as people who have their own story to tell, telling us what faced them at a particular time and place and circumstance during their service. We come to realize that the experience of war is narrow, immediate and individual, that soldiers react in different ways, and that the very nature of the experience can change for a soldier over wars of long duration and in repeated deployments. The assignments change, the nature of the war changes, the tactics, strategy, and politics evolve, the kinds of personal cost and consequences may change, and all of it seems to depend on timing and coincidence. Fate turns on a dime.

 
Cpl. Thomas Bourget,assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Infantry Division,
observes the mountain landscape opposite his position that surrounds the 
Kornegal Valley, Afghanistan, April 21, 2009.  Photo by Sgt. Mathew Moeller,
U.S. Army

In his preface the author gives a brief strategic and political overview of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that is for the sake of providing context to the stories he is about to tell. The subject of this book is not the rightness or wrongness of these conflicts, or the mistakes of strategy or the fate of our military ambitions—although these background the experience of soldiers—but rather on those who fought and the intimate, local and immediate experience of each of these lower and middle-rank soldiers. Chivers writes “Stripped of all other context, apart for the errors and misjudgments of military and political figures above them, this is what the pages that follow are about, so that their labors—what they gave in good faith—might be more fully understood, even where squandered by those who sent them into circumstances of grave danger, moral confusion, and agonizing deed.” The author’s discipline and dedication in making that the purpose and theme of his work, in telling us that story, is what makes this so powerful a book. 

 
C.J. Chivers
This is the largest 350- page book I’ve ever read, and by that I mean the most meticulous detail and description I’ve seen packed into that number of pages, a whole other world we know little or nothing about, all in service of giving us a sense of being there, of seeing and experiencing things through the eyes of individual soldiers. This is where the impact, and achieved purpose, of the book comes from. It is not that we hear deep and troubling or extensive emotional confessions from these soldiers. Yes, there are powerful moments and words, but they seem to have all the more power because the expressions of emotions are generally laconic in the narrative, both with the soldiers and in Chivers' telling. What we feel and imagine they feel is due to Chivers ability to put us there with these soldiers, seeing things through their eyes. That is what Chivers has achieved so remarkably here. There are moments in this book you will never forget. For me, two of them, among many others, are the inventory of the Afghan bodies in houses in Marja, Afghanistan that were mistakenly targeted in a missile hit, and the anticipation of soldiers set in ambush waiting for a group of Taliban fighters to fall into their trap. 
      
A U.S. Army soldier and a U.S. Air Force airman scan the Kornegal Valley's
rocky hillside as fellow members return fire at insurgents.  Photo by Sgt. 
Mathew Moeller, U.S. Army
As you read the epilogue to this book, you realize that Chivers has made us care about these soldiers and what happened to them; we want and need the epilogue, and it is very affecting. All of what The Fighters does has been achieved by incredibly labored and fastidious work, checking facts, supplying details, examining news stories and official accounts, interviewing participants, reconciling varying memories, and fashioning all that into a coherent and accurate narrative. But it is because of this painstaking work that this will be a lasting testimony to those who served—a portrait of the nature of modern warfare-- and will serve as an important enlightenment for the rest of us who have so little idea of why these soldiers chose to serve, what they experienced, and the personal price they paid--and many continue to pay--for all of us.