Friday, November 30, 2012

Cypress Park Branch brings you Antonio Sacre!

  On Tuesday December 11, 2012 from 3-4pm 

Cypress Park Branch brings you Antonio Sacre!

Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring storyteller, writer, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He has been a featured storyteller at the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals worldwide.
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      His recordings have won numerous national awards, and his retelling of the story The Barking Mouse was published as a picture book by Albert Whitman and Company in March 2003. In 2003, Sacre's first children’s book, The Barking Mouse, was published by Albert Whitman and Company.  It has fast become a staple in many classrooms and libraries in the United States because of its humor, multicultural message, and emphasis on the importance of speaking other languages. His latest book is A Mango in the Hand. Francisco is finally old enough to journey to the mango grove all by himself to gather the mangoes for a special dinner. But bees swarm the fruit, and Francisco has trouble picking them from the tree. He returns to his father several times, and each time his father shares a different proverb to inspire Francisco to continue trying. "Querer es poder. Where there's a will, there's a way!" Finally, Francisco is able to gather some mangoes, and on his way home he stops to visit his uncle, grandmother, and aunt. Francisco shares his mangoes with them, and by the time he gets home he no longer has any! "Es mejor dar que recibir. Sometimes it's better to give than to receive." I love reading these books to the children because there is such a great message along with a great story that kids remember.  I have children come up to me weeks after I have read the story asking me for the books.  I'm very excited to have Antonio Sacre visit our branch. For more information about this wonderful author & storyteller go to (book references and author bio taken from website)  Special Thanks to the Cypress Park Branch Friends of the Library for providing this wonderful program!                            

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

C.A.L.S. Unplugged

The Cypress Park Branch Library will be hosting an evening dedicated to Arts education on Wednesday, December 12th from 5pm to 7pm.
The California Academy for Liberal Studies (CALS) will be featuring a variety of student art work and performances. CALS offers a rich arts education in Visual Art, Theater, Computer Technology, and Music. CALS unplugged will showcase many student performers and visual artists. A gallery space will feature student art work in a variety of mediums. The music stage will feature an evening of acoustic performances. Many student musicians will perform original compositions for this special evening. Along with student performances, there will be several performances by professional musicians.
Please join the CALS community for this very special evening.
For more information on CALS Middle School and CALS Early College High School please visit .

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Ultimate Breaking Dawn Part 2 Giveaway

As you're probably aware by now, we've been excitedly celebrating the release of the final installment of the epic vampire series Twilight. Soon Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be released.

Since June we've been hosting creative movie poster giveaways. Our two online giveaways were the most fun:

The first giveaway was simple, we chose a random winner from a list of Facebook friends who "liked" our Facebook post announcing the giveaway. 

The winner, Anthony Cruz from Murrieta, California, 
was chosen randomly from a list of over 70 "likes"

In the second giveaway we asked fans to send us, via Twitter or Instagram, photos of themselves outside of their favorite LAPL branch.
Arianna was one of the winners of our second giveaway.
With 5 sets of posters left and plenty of goodies, we're going out with a bang!

Starting November 16, the first 4 people to come to our branch and check out any of our Twilight books or movies (don't forget to mention this blog post) will win:

One set of these 3 posters
One BDP2 goodie bag which includes
-1 BD keychain
-1 BD slap bracelet
-1 set of four BD temporary tattoos
-2 BD pens

On November 16, the first fan to come in and show us your Breaking Dawn Part 2 movie ticket stub will win:
1 BDP2 Goodie bag, including two extra stickers
4 Breaking Dawn P2 posters
1 Collector's Edition Twilight Graphic Novel
Our Grand Prize winner Sazi showing off her winnings!