Saturday, June 30, 2012

The "East L.A. Walkouts", a 44th Anniversary Discussion

                CYPRESS PARK LIBRARY


                                                   AZTLAN READS 


 a panel discussion on the "East Los Angeles Walkouts" and "The East L.A. 13" featuring Co-founders of the Brown Berets, Carlos Montes (Minister of Information) and Cruz (Olmeda) Becerra, (Chairman).
    This year marks the 44th anniversary of the East L.A. Walkouts, a series of protests held (mostly) by students, teachers and family against unequal conditions in the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

Sal Castro (center), educator and activist who championed quality and equality of education.

         The Brown Berets is a Chicano nationalist activistMexican Americans that emerged during the Chicano Movement in the late 1960s and remains active to the present day. The group was seen as part of the Third Movement for Liberation. The Brown Berets focus oncommunity organizing against police brutality and advocate for educational equality.

The "East L.A. Thirteen"

   Immediately following the Walkouts, thirteen Mexican-Americans were indicted, arrested and charged by a secret grand jury with conspiring to disrupt the peace in area schools among other charges. This case and it's defendants, including Carlos Montes and Cruz (Olmeda) Becerra, became known as the "East L.A. Thriteen". 

    @AztlanReads is a website/database of Xicana/o Studies fiction & non-fiction work made available by a community of readers. Join in by contributing your recommendations here.

         Join us July 21st from 12-2pm as we speak to Carlos Montes and Cruz (Olmeda) Becerra on what went on during the Walkouts of '68 and how their lives and the world around them has changed since. 

Carlos Montes, Brown Beret Co-Founder and one of three special guest speakers at today's event.

Our guest speakers, from left, Carlos Montes, Margarita Cuaron and Cruz Becerra
A packed community room is beginning to be a familiar (and very welcomed) site at our programs these days. 

Margarita Cuaron holding a copy of Santino Rivera's book, "¡Ban This!" and explaining the importance of access to books like his. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

This Week At The Library: June 18th - 23rd

2- 4:30pm "Used Book Sale"
The "Friends of The Cypress Park Library" holds a small book sale every Monday in the community room. This one isn't as big as the one they hold Saturdays but it's just as important and proceeds fund library programs and some materials. Please join us.

3:30-5:30pm "Grandparents And Books"
Books come alive for kids when they share the fun of reading with GAB library volunteers. Grandma Sara will be here.

2-3pm "Infant/Toddler Story Time"
Miss Alicia will read stories to the children and we’ll also be making crafts. This free program is for children up to the age of 12.

4-7:30pm "Mini Job Fair"
Looking for a job? Come and meet with Goodwill's and Metro North Worksource Center staffing and recruitment specialists. For more info check the blog link here

12-1pm "Adult computer class"
Adults, join us for a beginner's guide to the internet. Patrick will teach you the basics of web browsing, word processing and how to create and access your email account. Bring your questions. Patrick will supply the answers.

4-5pm "LACMA Family Art Program"
Children and families join us and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for our art weekly family art classes. Learn about various artists and learn art through various mediums.

"Summer Reading Club Kick Off Party"
4-5pm Teens, join Paula for the kick off celebration for this year's Teen Summer Reading Club. We will "Own The Night"

10-11am "Lucha Library" 
Author/Illustrator, Xavier garza will be here. He is a winner of the 2012 Pura Belpre Award for Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel a Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller published by Cinco Puntos Press. We'll also have some cool "Lucha Libre" giveaways.

12-1pm "Grandparents and Books" 
Books comes alive for children when theyshare the fun of reading with GAB library volunteers. "Grandpa Allen" will be here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Art Program The Future of Los Angeles Programa de Arte El Futuro de Los Angeles

Join us this summer for an exciting are program with Lucy Hg.  Thanks to a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles.  Children and families come learn and make art together this summer at Cypress Park Branch.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2" Poster Giveaway

From now until the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, we'll be giving away sets of  3 "Twilight" movie posters. 

There will be different ways to win each giveaway so keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for your chance. 

The first winner will be selected Monday, June 18th, celebrating the 150 day mark until the theater release and randomly until the movie hits theaters.

First Giveaway

A link to this blog entry will be posted on our Facebook acct. In order to win you must "like" that post on Facebook only. Your entry will not be counted if it's not "liked" on Facebook. 

We'll select a random winner for the first contest and he/she will be announced on Facebook on Monday, June 18th. 

Good luck! 

Our winner for this giveaway, Anthony Cruz from Murrieta, sent us a photo of one of the poster up on his wall. Thanks, Anthony!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"Dream Big. Read!"

2012 Summer Reading Club/Club de Lectura 2012
Cypress Park Branch
Sign ups begin June 11/Registro empieza junio 11
Summer Reading Club begins June 19
 Every Tuesday from 3-4pm
El Club de Lectura empieza el 19 de junio
Todos los martes de 3-4pm

Information for Parents 
The Summer Reading Club is free!  Kids have fun while keeping their reading skills strong all 
summer long.  Register and receive your game board at the library information desk.  There is a game board for kids ages 5 to 10 and a game board for kids ages 0 to 4. 

1. Kids and parents keep track of how many minutes kids spend reading.  If kids
read for 10 hours, they earn a free book.
2. Kids can choose to do fun activities as well.  If they complete 10 activities, they
earn a free book.
3. At the end of summer, all kids should turn in their Dream Ticket for the chance to
win a family trip to Disneyland.

¡El Club de Lectura de Verano es gratis! Los niños podrán divertirse mientras mantienen fuertes sus habilidades de lectura a lo largo del verano.

Información para Padres
     Inscríbete y recibe tu tablero de juego en el escritorio de información. Hay un tablero de juego
       para niños de 5 a 10 años y uno para niños de 0 a 4 años.
1.     Niños y padres llevan la cuenta de cuantos minutos el niño ha leído. Si los
       niños leen más de 10 horas, se ganan un libro gratis. 
2.     Los niños también pueden escoger hacer actividades divertidas. Si hacen 10
       actividades, se ganan un libro gratis.
 3.    Al final del verano, todos los niños deberán entregar su Boleto de   
       Sueños para la oportunidad de ganar un paseo a Disneylandia con su
Come to fun and free activities and events at the library all summer long! Kids can keep their game boards to show their teachers how much they read over the
Venga a disfrutar de los programas de verano para sus niños con eventos gratis de su biblioteca.  Los niños podran enseñarle a sus maestros cuantos libros leyeron durante el verano!

For more information/para mas información  

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tony's Two Cents "Warped Tour"

         Hey guys its Tony back with another review! Sorry about     last week. I was busy with a lot of homework. Did you guys read the title!?? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                Warped Tour

          If anyone considers going I want you to watch out for four bands:  Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil, iwrestledabearonce and Rise Against. How many people like punk, metalcore and/or alternative? Comment “y” being yes and “n” being no.
 These bands are really good and out of all of them I would say, based on performances, "Pierce the Veil" is the best band. They’re really cool and the song I really like from them is “Caraphernelia” off of the “Selfish Machines” album. I especially like the singer. He hits high notes not a lot of girls can reach. 

The other band is “iwrestledabearonce”  they’re great; their riffs are a little messy but the songs sound cool. Guess what!? This band has a girl SCREAMER, she sings too but when I first heard this band I was blown away because she’s really good! Check them out and when you do,  listen to “See You in Shell”.


The next band is “Rise Against”. You might’ve heard of them because they’re on KROQ a lot. They’re a really good punk band and I’m sure if you listen to them, your reaction would be “Haven’t I heard these songs before…. Oh yeah they were on KROQ”. Well the singer is really cool and his voice is so nice and oh… he has one blue eye and one green eye. SO COOL!!!!!!!!


The last band reminds me so much of the band, “Paramore”! They’re called “Sleeping with Sirens” is they’re really cool. They’re excited and they jump around in all their videos. The screams too, they’re really efficient and good! Check out the song “Do It Now, Remember It Later”. You  guys would really like that song. 

          Well guys thanks for reading this “Guide”. Again, I’m sorry about missing last week’s review. I know I have some dedicated readers so I won’t do it again. Sorry …. Bye
-Anthony Meza

 Anthony Meza is a regular patron at our library. He enjoys playing video games but making music is his main interest. He plays the drums for his school band. You can keep up with his short stories at