One Book, One City 2020

The Sierra Madre Public Library is honored to announce the 2020 One Book One City selection, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Gregory Boyle.

One Book One City (OBOC) is a community reading program which invites everyone in Sierra Madre to read and discuss the same book during February 2020 and attend exciting programs. In conjunction with this fabulous community program, Father Gregory Boyle will join us in conversation at Sierra Madre Elementary School on February 15th, to discuss his book.

Barking to the Choir reveals the success of using “radical kinship” and compassion to transform the lives of gang members in Los Angeles. Throughout the book, Boyle gives a sense of the overall operation of Homeboy Industries, and seeks to engage with the difficulties of the world with more compassion and fewer barriers.

Throughout the month of February, Barking to the Choir will be available for checkout at the Library, along with engaging programs related to this One Book One City selection. The author event on February 15th and a tour of Homeboy Industries will be free to the public. Reserve your spot by picking up a ticket at the Library on or after January 6th, 2020.

OBOC Brochure of Events in February 2020

Third Thursday Book Club

A monthly book club for adults on the third Thursday of every month at 11:00 am. Participants read, discuss, and enjoy a selected book each time. Check the Calendar for this month's selection. OBOCBookClub

Books read by the Third Thursday Book Club in the past year:
A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird
Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Quiet American by Graham Green
In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Cricut - STEAM Station

The Cricut is an electronic cutting machine for DIY crafts and projects. The machine is available during open Library hours and no appointment is necessary. We recommend you attend our once a month Cricut Basic Intro Workshop first to learn how to use the Library's machine. An adult must accompany all users under age 13. Check the Library's Event Calendar for specific dates of the Cricut Intro Workshops.

3D Printer - STEAM Station

3D Printing is the process of making a physical object from a digital model. 3D Printing is available at the Library on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend you attend our once a month Intro to 3D Printing Workshop first to learn how to use our 3D printer. An adult must accompany all users under age 13.  Check the Library's Event Calendar for specific dates of the 3D Printing Workshops.

Virtual Reality - STEAM Station

Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Step into a virtual world with Oculus and VIVE! These new and easy-to-use VR systems will transport you to real and imaginary places. Visitors aged 13 and older can join the fun.  Check the Library's Event Calendar for more info.

OBOC Book Club Photo

For more information about programs and services or to make a suggestion, call the Library at 626-355-7186.