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Programs at the Library

ONE BOOK, ONE CITY

A yearly city-wide read of a selected book to encourage members of the community to share in the reading experience and to participate in programs relating to the book. Events are planned for February of each year.

Maisie Dobbs, by Jacqueline Winspear, has been chosen as the City of Sierra Madre 2014 One Book One City selection by the Sierra Madre Public Library.

Author Jacqueline Winspear will speak on Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Gooden School multi-purpose room about her mystery novel featuring an extraordinary young woman living through epic times in World War I era England and France. A reception will follow the talk and copies of all the books in the Maisie Dobbs series will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

A month-long series of free events, open to the public, is being planned for February 2014, focusing on WW I. Copies of the book to check out are available now at the Sierra Madre Public Library.

Previous selections are Unbroken: a World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Zorro by Isabel Allende, and On Gold Mountain by Lisa See.

THIRD THURSDAY BOOK CLUB

A Book Club for Adults

An informal roundtable discussion of a selected book takes place at the Library on the third Thursday of each month (except December) from 11 a.m. – noon. Directed by Library staff. A list of the selections is available at the Library Service Desk and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Funded by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR ADULTS

Adult participants will be entered into the grand prize drawing once they have submitted their first title read (book, eBook or audiobook), and can win in weekly drawings.

Adult Summer Reading Programs:
  • Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m. Edible Gardening
  • Saturday, July 13, 4 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Café Sounds
  • Saturday, July 27, 4 p.m. Saturday Afternoon Café Sounds

SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Monday June 10th through Saturday August 3, 2013. We sponsor a very popular eight-week Summer Reading Program. Children register at the library for this free activity and enter one of three reading divisions:

  • "Beginner" for our very youngest patrons, who are not yet able to read on their own
  • "Reader" for school-age readers in grades 1 – 6
  • "Challenger" for children in grades 2 – 6, in which 35 hours of reading is the goal

FAMILY FUN PROGRAMS 2013

Free, family-friendly programs are offered at the Library during Summer 2013.

  • Monday, June 17, 10 a.m.
    Annie Banannie. Cook up an entertaining and sensational balloon story with Annie!
  • Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m.
    Animal Magic. Exciting family audience participation comedy-magic, show with live exotic pets!
  • Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m.
    Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Children leave their stuffed animals at the library for a sleepover.
  • Monday, July 15, 10 a.m.
    Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew. Hilarious music , costumes, play, pirates, toys and more wait!
  • Monday, July 29, 10 a.m.
    David Cousins. Bright, fun award-winning comedy juggling with audience involvement, music and thrills!

BARKS AND BOOKS

Children are invited to read to a gentle and friendly dog visitor on the second Thursday of each month between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR

This very popular program brings babies, toddlers, pre-school children, parents and caregivers together for stories, songs, puppets and crafts.

Preschool story hour is offered :

  • Monday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

PARENT CHILD WORKSHOP SERIES

Part of the Family Place project. This is a popular five-week parent/child workshop series. The workshops are for families with children ages three and younger. Call the Library at 626-355-7186 for information on the next session, to begin 2013.

SUMMER READING CLUB FOR TEENS

We sponsor a popular Summer Reading Program division for teens. Participants read eight books by the end of the program and earn prizes for every two books read.

TEEN BOOK CLUB

Middle school and high school students are invited to join the Teen Book Club, Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. during the school year. Participants receive free paperback books, eat snacks, play board games, meet other students their age, share ideas, and make friends.