The public library system is one of the truly positive contributors to
a civilized society.
It is the original commercial-free world wide information system for
collecting, categorizing and storing information for teaching, learning
and promoting the art of the written word.
In our democracy, it provides uncensored divergent political,
philosophical and religious ideas, both accepted and disputed by various
persuasions of thought in a centralized academic environment for
discussion and analysis. Its vast resources are free to all people
regardless of education, cultural or economic status.
Our librarian, Marianna Hoff, will continue to inform our community of
the many interesting, informative and educational activities your library
offers for all ages (which the Web will never match). She will also add
her own unique and humorous observations of the world in general, Laguna
in particular and any other topic she may find interesting or relevant to
the joys of life.
My contribution will be to explore and report on some of the amazing
resources and benefits of this magnificent institution of ours from a
layman’s perspective. I will also share with you a summary and
recommendations of novels I checked out and truly enjoyed. I will not
bore you with books that I returned prematurely, in that I’m certainly
not qualified to criticize another’s work.
Every other week, we hope you learn a little something from our column
you did not know before and take advantage of the many benefits and
activities this community treasure has to offer all of us.
Thank you and please contact us with your thoughts and comments at
* DOUG BOWLER is a native Californian, born in 1940 in Pasadena. For
the past 18 years he and his wife have lived happily in their
turkey/dairy farm in Laguna Beach.
Kids get ‘Wrapped Up in Reading’ at the library
By Marianna Hoff
This summer a young visitor to our children’s department would be
forgiven for thinking he or she had been magically transported to ancient
Brimming bulletin boards or colorful Egyptian scenes, including two
imposing, floor-to ceiling columns, greet the eye, as do shelves and
troughs full of exciting books.
We want to encourage “book raiders” this summer!
“Wrapped up in Reading,” the theme of this year’s summer reading
program, is open to children of all ages and young adults too.
Beginning June 24 and ending Aug. 17, children are encouraged to read
for pleasure and earn a new, free paperback book to keep for up to 20
hours. Children can participate in the program in one of three ways:
“Read to Me” is for children to whom books are read; the “Read on my own”
is for young people entering sixth grade and under who are readers?. The
“Young Adult” program is for young people entering grades six-12. It’s
been proven in many studies that children who read for fun during the
summer maintain their reading skills and are more likely to be successful
when they return to school.
It’s not too early to mark your calendars for “Tomb Raider’s Tuesday
Evening Programs” starting June 25. The series of eight programs for the
entire family will feature Egyptian magic, a ventriloquist and exotic
animals, just to name a few of the attractions.
We hope to have hundreds of young pharaohs and queens register for
this year’s awesome summer reading program and attend our Tuesday evening
performances, so please encourage the children in your life to “Get
wrapped up in reading” this summer.