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October 23, 2012
The Casa Verdugo Library has been sacked. When the library reopened after being remodeled, the majority of the books were gone. The wonderful book collection compiled over a period of 27 years by librarian Mary Alice Wollam is gone. Now only a small wall of books make up the library. Our lovely library has been turned into a cavernous study hall. This is very sad for book-lovers who like to peruse the books and choose different ones of interest. At a time when resources are not there for libraries, why are the books already in a good collection being discarded?
July 31, 2012
From Washington, D.C. to Small Town, USA, from the building in the heart of Manhattan that is guarded by stone lions to a majestic building in downtown Los Angeles, the public libraries are a great source of knowledge and literature. They also run workshops, classes, lectures and much more. Even now, when states and cities are cutting some libraries' funds, they still function the best they can and they do need our support, financially and otherwise. That is why I am so uneasy when I see some readers have no regard for books they borrow from public libraries.
March 4, 2005
This week, my daughters and I went through their books to decide which to keep when we move in a few weeks and which to sell in the garage sale. And I learned once again a hard lesson of parenting - children don't always share their parents' interests. I had expected the book culling to be an emotional, and largely useless exercise. It always is when I try to see if there are any books I can get rid of. I find that I can't get rid of any of them. I might want to read them again.
By Rachel Kane | October 10, 2006
In a room filled with books, 19 third-graders starred up at the librarian holding the largest one. "The word 'read' has 45 different definitions," Candace Bratmon, librarian at Columbus Elementary School, told the students. She held open a 2,500-page Random House dictionary in front of the children. Students gasped, their mouths open and eyes wide as they began to stir, sitting cross-legged on the brightly colored library floor. "I think it's terrific that they get excited about the 45 different meanings for 'read,'" their teacher, Robin Lamoreaux, said.
March 22, 2002
Janine Marnien LA CRESCENTA -- The cafetorium at Mountain Avenue Elementary School was transformed this week into a book store for the school's annual book fair. Themed "Read for America's Future," the fair offered books on science, American history, poetry and reference books at store prices to students and parents. "We hope that the students will love to read," Cindy Rademacher, chairwoman of the event, said. "That's the whole idea. We want to encourage reading."
By By Vince Lovato | February 11, 2006
Students get to meet authors and illustrators and find out how they work.GLENDALE -- Amy Goldman Koss stood in front of about 40 students at Marshall Elementary School on Friday and explained how she copes with the highs and lows of writing a book. "When things are going well, when I'm writing a book, I feel younger, taller, stronger," said Amy Goldman Koss, who lives in Glenoaks Canyon. "When I get corrections from my editor, I eat a lot of chocolate." Along with Goldman Koss Los Angeles-area authors and illustrators Mary Ann Frazer, Tim Egan, Alexis O'Neil and Kerry Madden visited Marshall classrooms to talk about creating their books as part of the Assistance League of Glendale's Authors and Illustrators Day. When school was over, the authors stayed to sell discounted books.
June 7, 2007
Like the chocolate powder that mixes with wholesome milk, so did the Nestlé Quik bunny mix with Columbus Elementary School students Wednesday. Waving his hands to the shyer children while giving hugs to the ones more comfortable with their long-eared visitor, the bunny rallied the students as they lined up to get books ? and the treats the bunny just happened to have on hand. Class by class, students entered the school's auditorium and cafeteria and were met by an array of titles ?
By Ani Amirkhanian | April 4, 2006
Heather Dankowski sat on the carpet with her son Ian on her lap and listened to him read a book. "I like reading animal books," the 5-year-old said. Ian and other kindergarteners read out loud to their mothers while students in the upper grade levels read to themselves during silent reading hour at Dunsmore Elementary School on Friday. The silent reading time kicked-off the school's annual read-a-thon, which runs until the end of the school year. The theme this year is "Reading Works."
By By Ani Amirkhanian | November 29, 2005
It will take teamwork, creativity and compromise for students Christina Farestveit and Joaquin Peres to create an illustrated children's' book together, they decided. The fifth-graders at Fremont Elementary School are participating in "Kids Are Authors," an annual competition designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing and artistic skills to design their own books. "They need to have a positive attitude be a team player and have good behavior," teacher Sherri Downer said.
By Chris Wiebe | July 31, 2006
The side lawn of the Central Library was transformed into a tidy barnyard on Saturday as a laid-back band of farm animals set up camp in Glendale. And where animals roam, children are sure to follow ? which is just what library staff intended, to attract children to the library during the summer as a part of the Summer Reading Program. Two pygmy goats, two alpacas, two chickens and a smattering of ducks and bunnies composed a handy rural backdrop for entertainers Sandy Walker and Barbara Leone, who introduced each animal with a lively jingle.
By Ruth Sowby | April 22, 2014
On a recent sunny weekend on the USC campus, more than 100,000 bookies gathered to read, attend author seminars, panels and lunch from ubiquitous food trucks. The Los Angeles Times 19th annual Festival of Books also featured author readings and screenings as well as musical and cooking demonstrations. It attracted Southland readers, many of them pushing strollers for the littlest of would-be wordsmiths. About 60 Glendale Community College students from two freshmen comp classes, taught by yours truly, met at the popular statue of Tommy Trojan to begin their field trip.
By Brittany Levine, | April 2, 2014
The Glendale bear affectionately called “Meatball” by fans has a new children's book and a new name. The San Diego sanctuary that took in the roughly 500-pound black bear - who got his name after eating frozen meatballs from a garage refrigerator in a Glendale home in 2012 - is currently selling books called “The Story of Meatball 210.” The owner of the sanctuary, called Lions, Tigers & Bears, said the book title has nothing to do with...
By Veronica Rocha, | March 20, 2014
A 53-year-old male transient from Santa Monica was arrested Thursday and booked under suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a woman on a busy street in Glendale, police said. Michael Caudill is being held on $1 million bail, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The woman, who hasn't been identified by police, suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to her upper torso and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, he said. Police received numerous 911 calls from witnesses about the stabbing just before 10:30 a.m. at San Fernando Road and Pacific Avenue.
By Ruth Sowby | March 12, 2014
The ladies of the Oakmont League decided to have fun at their recent dinner meeting. The venue, the Beckham Grill in Pasadena, was only a hop, skip and a jump from Glendale. The group is commemorating 75 years of service in Glendale and the surrounding communities. Each event seems more celebratory than the last one. This one was strictly entertainment. In her encore appearance, former "Harlettes" star, Frannie McCartney strutted and pranced her way through several musical numbers.
By Brittany Levine, | February 20, 2014
The front desk at Roslin Art Gallery used to be where Seeroon Yeretzian would sketch fantastical drawings of peacocks, serpents and colorful flora that, with a mix of oils and gold foil, took on an illuminated, glow-in-the-dark quality. VIDEO: Artist Seeroon Yeretzian painting "Heavenly Peacocks" But now, the Glendale artist sits at that same desk, mostly motionless, unable to draw. Her muscles have been frozen by a degenerative disease. “It's terrible. My hands are gone,” Yeretzian said, using her eyes to select each letter of her sentence on a computer screen that repeats her selections verbally, giving her a digital voice.
By Nicole Charky, | February 11, 2014
Novelist Chris Bohjalian knows that he inherited a history of survival. As the descendant of Armenian genocide survivors, The New York Times best-selling author discovered resilience was in his blood, inspiring his epic love story “The Sandcastle Girls.” Library staff selected his work for Glendale's One Book/One City project, an open invitation for local residents to read a novel together. “They found me,” said Bohjalian, the first Armenian American author to be featured in the reading event in conversation with City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Glendale Central Library.
By Kelly Corrigan, | January 8, 2014
An author with local ties will be at Once Upon a Time bookstore this weekend to sign and read from a new book he co-wrote, “Glitter Girl,” which tells the story of two girls who have been friends since preschool and now find their friendship at a crossroads. Eighth-grade student Kat Connors serves as a main character in the book, a popular girl with a widely read blog on fashion and style. She faces a conflict when a cosmetic company called Glitter Girl approaches her, looking to feature their products on her blog.
By Brittany Levine, | January 7, 2014
For Edgar Bullington, or Mr. B as he's affectionately called, books are toys. And for the past 26 years he's had the grandest time playing with them as the children's librarian at Glendale's Grandview Library. “I love reading to kids. Their eyes, their smiles. I get to play,” said the 67-year-old who is retiring next month. Bullington is beloved for his theatrics. When he reads to children, which he has done weekly at a pre-school story time at Grandview Library for roughly two decades, he gives each character their own voice.
By Charles Rich, | December 31, 2013
Less than three minutes away from helping the Glendale High boys' water polo team win the program's first CIF Southern Section championship, Arman Momdzhyan heard an unpleasant sound and looked over his right shoulder in dismay. It was the reverberation of the referee's whistle and signaled the senior utility player had picked up his third exclusion of the tight contest with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Momdzhyan arrived at the Glendale bench and sat nervously while the Nitros were left to compete without their leading scorer while protecting a two-goal lead against Los Altos in the CIF Southern Section Division V title match at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine on Nov. 23. “It was without a doubt the most stressful few minutes of my life,” said Momdzhyan, who finished with a team-high six goals for top-seeded Glendale in a 13-11 win against second-seeded Los Altos.
By Brittany Levine, | October 30, 2013
While photographing a crypt full of skulls in Eastern Germany doing research two years ago, Paul Koudounaris, an art historian who specializes in the visual culture surrounding death, was asked by a stranger if he'd like to see a skeleton covered in jewels holding a cup of its own dehydrated blood. For Koudounaris, the answer was a no-brainer. "For a guy who was going around the world studying bone rooms, that was like asking a child if he wanted to go to Candyland," said the Los Angeles resident who is set to talk this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Central Library about 17 t h century decorated skeletons from Europe.
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