I Love My Library Contest, 12-11-2012

Calling all students in grades K - 8 who attend school in Sierra Madre! Cash prizes await some talented children who enter the I Love My Library drawing and essay contest. Children in grades K – 2 can create a drawing showing how they love the Library. Those in grades 3 - 8 can write an essay telling why they love the Library.

Contest begins January 7, 2013. Entries are due by January 31, 2013 at the Sierra Madre Public Library. Winners will receive cash prizes, and will be invited to a special event at the Library on February 14, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Winning entries will be posted on the Library website.

Contest forms are available at the Sierra Madre Public Library beginning January 7, 2013. The Library is located at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 91024 (626) 355-7186.

Sierra Madre Public Library's 2013 "One Book One City"

Unbroken: a World War II airman's story of survival, resilience, and redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, has been chosen as the City of Sierra Madre 2013 One Book One City selection by the Sierra Madre Public Library.

In this long-awaited book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she used in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Holiday Hours at the Sierra Madre Public Library

The Sierra Madre Public Library will be open to the public on Christmas Eve day, Monday, December 24, 2012 and New Year’s Eve day, Monday, December 31, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Library will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Regularly scheduled Monday morning storytime will continue at 10:00 a.m. with special holiday crafts. Children of all ages are welcome. On December 24, children will make mini rose floats and on December 31, the craft will be New Year’s party hats.

American Red Cross Holds Holiday Blood Drive in Sierra Madre

Save the date! Thursday, December 20th the Sierra Madre Community Services Department and American Red Cross is hosting a Community Blood Drive from 12 noon to 6:00 pm. This life saving event takes place at the Sierra Madre Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., and is open to the public. Individuals who are 17 years of age or older, 110 pounds or more and are in generally good health are eligible to donate blood. As a thank you to all donors, the American Red Cross is providing Subway sandwiches plus a coupon from Cold Stone Creamery!

With the recent Tropical Storm Sandy blood donations are needed more than ever and what better time than the holidays to donate. To schedule an appointment, please visit the American Red Cross or contact the Community Services Department at (626) 355-7394. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged.

City of Sierra Madre Appoints Chief of Police, 11-14-2012

After serving as the Acting Chief of Police for the past year, the City of Sierra Madre is honored to announce that Larry Giannone has been appointed as the City’s permanent Chief of Police.

Chief Giannone is an active member of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Management Program, a member of the San Gabriel Valley Police Chief’s Association, a member of the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association, and is currently the President of the San Gabriel Valley Peace Officers Association.