August 2022

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.

-Joyce Carol Oates

New Book Spotlight

The Kingdoms of Savannah, by George Dawes Green, begins quietly on a balmy Southern night as some locals gather at Bo Peep’s, one of the town’s favorite watering holes. Within an hour, however, a man will be murdered and his companion will be “disappeared.” An unlikely detective, Morgana Musgrove, doyenne of Savannah society, is called upon to unravel the mystery of these crimes. Morgana is an imperious, demanding, and conniving woman, who inveigles her four grown children into helping with her investigation, and soon the family uncovers some terrifying truths.

The Vet at Noah's Ark: Stories of Survival from an Inner-City Animal Hospital follows Dr. Sam Mader and his staff over the course of a year at Noah's Ark Veterinary Hospital, an inner-city LA area veterinary hospital where Dr. Mader treats not only dogs and cats, but also emus, skunks, snakes, foxes, monkeys, and a host of other exotic animals. This real life drama is set against the backdrop of the trial of four police officers in the Rodney King case, as well as the violent aftermath following their acquittal.

 In Buy This, Not That, San Dogan, creator of the Financial Samurai blog, takes the guesswork out of financial planning and shows you exactly what to buy, how much to spend, and how to optimize every dollar you earn so you can maximize wealth building and live life on your terms. The good news? You don’t need to be a millionaire or a genius to achieve financial freedom. It’s about making the most of your money, now and forever—and it’s never too late to get started. 

Comics 101

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Hoopla Bonus Borrows return August 1-31, 2022 with new themed collections. You can choose from hundreds of titles in the Bonus Borrows collection. These hoopla Instant titles require ZERO patron borrows.

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Upcoming Programs

Adult Craft Night: Mandala Rocks

Wednesday, August 24, at 6:30 pm Join us for a free evening painting rocks with mandala patterns,

no "artistic talent" necessary.

(Although we are all artists, in our own way!)

Space is limited at the craft table. so please call to reserve your spot.

Click here for more information 

Reading makes immigrants of us all...

-Jean Rhys

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Summer Reading Continues!

Tuesday 2nd


Sink or Float?

The concepts of sink and float are all around us. This will be a fun afternoon for both kids and adults to explore buoyancy and density. Watermelon, sink or float? Let’s find out!

Tuesday 16th


Learn about bioluminescence with Ocean Conservancy and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Bioluminescence describes the enchantingly surreal nature of a living organism that produces light. Many sea creatures possess this quality, but land animals such as fireflies are also known to exhibit bioluminescence. This program examines creatures that glow, the causes and effects of bioluminescence, and the ways in which understanding it can benefit us.

Thursday 18th


Tales under the Tree with Jeanette Harris, an African American storyteller. You may hear stories about; “Anansi,” “call and response” stories or even some personal stories that will allow you to smile, laugh and wonder. “Children of all ages are invited to be a part of “Tales Under the Tree!” Bring your listening ears and a joyful heart to enjoy amazing storytelling with Momma J and her puppets,.

Tuesday 23rd


Welcome to Kindergarten Party! Friends entering kindergarten (and their families) are invited to join us for a special party celebrating their next adventure! Special guests from the community will join us for stories about what to expect and also to answer any questions that the children may have. Oh and of course there will be a special treat!

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Book Clubs

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August 16

3:30 pm

The Liars’ Club

by Mary Karr

September 18

4:00pm on Zoom

A discussion of the film, Just Mercy, based on the book by Bryan Stephenson,

with special guest:

Bob Kagan

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August 19


Who is Maud Dixon?

by Alexandra Andrews

She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live

-Annie Dillard