Checkin Okanoue Library

Checked into Okanoue Library

Books for my summer Japanese reading list. I’ve got most of my hiragana. Next up katakana.

My haul from the Okanue Library

Checkin Glendale Central Library

Checked into Glendale Central Library

Glendale Central Library Re-Opening Gala!

The best part of the $22M renovation: The Open Bar right in the heart of the Glendale Central Library

–Chris Aldrich, library patron

RSVP to Re-Opening to Glendale Central Library

RSVPed Attending Glendale Central Library Foundation: Creation Celebration & Re-Opening Gala
Be the first to experience the re-imagined Central Library at the Glendale Library Foundation Creation Celebration and Re-Opening Gala Friday, April 28, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Glendale Central Library 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale CA 91205 Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, specialty drinks and live jazz while you explore the new: MakerSpace, Remembrance Room, Reading Spa, Art on the Walls, and Recording Studio. This event is sponsored by and benefits the Glendale Library Foundation, Tax ID 46-4303592. To learn more visit the Glendale Library Foundation website, or contact by email or phone at 818-937-7813. The Central Library will reopen to the public on Monday, May 1, 2017. For more information see the website.

Glendale Central Library

Checkin Chevy Chase Library Connection

Stopping by the local mini branch and there’s an exciting storyteller with balloons. A fully grown woman amazed a bunch of 1-8 year olds with the ability to climb into a 6 foot yellow balloon and carefully escape. In a terrifically tiny branch library, how can you not but pay attention to 20 kids chanting, cheering, clapping, and generally recreating the sounds of a hurricane from a storybook? It was better than anything I might have otherwise watched on TV tonight.

Checkin Los Angeles Public Library – Eagle Rock

Waiting for the library to open with central casting milling around the front door:

  • A poor actor talking about knowing Corey Feldman back in the day is wearing a brown poncho with black devil horns on his forehead while speaking in a preternaturally loud voice, as if he were giving a performance;
  • His sixty-ish female companion is trying to wrangle several children, though I’m not sure how many of the three or so orbiting her are actually hers;
  • One of the children, a 7 year old named Tommy Two Feathers, is commanded to look for a blue jacket as the group hovers around a very late model Toyota pickup parked in a no parking zone that appears to have all of the family’s belongings except for the several dozen or so which are sitting on the sidewalk for no apparent reason;
  • Then there are two tatted up 20 something thugs, one of whom is sparking up in the grass while the other twitchily watches;
  • There’s a granola mom with two home-schooled kids buzzing around on scooters;
  • A first generation Chinese woman with tattered plastic grocery bags full of books to return;
  • A Caucasian retiree in a hoodie;
  • An average mom with a bright, curly red-headed 2 year old; and
  • A few hipsters of the Eagle Rock persuasion.

I wish I could take more photos, but don’t think the menagerie would really appreciate it. I definitely wanted to videotape the devil’s performance, but I’m not sure if I would have remained one of the audience in the process.

I’m wondering how I came to be here…