Monday, October 19, 2015

Reminders for this week

Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.

In celebration of Gay History Month, Burbank Public Library is proud to present a talk and book signing by Lillian Faderman about her newly published book, The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle.

This event presents an uncommon opportunity for students to learn about the history of one of the major civil rights movements of our time, and also to see how history is told. The Gay Revolution tells of one contemporary social and political movement in all its complexity.It's a story that should be of particular interest to LGBT students, helping them to understand their lives today; but it can teach everyone about the problems that activists must solve to create an effective movement for social and political change. Proof of attendance slips will be provided at the end of the program, for those whose teachers have agreed to offer extra credit.

Northwest Branch, 3:30 p.m.

Ofrendas are altars or memorial tableaux for the beloved dead. You can honor a family member, a friend, a pet, a celebrity, whomever you like. We will be constructing ofrendas in Altoids tins. We will provide the box and many craft items to decorate it. You should bring a small photo of your person (make a photocopy!), plus anything tiny you want to include that is personal to him or her. SIGN UP:

Buena Vista Branch, 7:00 p.m.

Hanna and Walter, survivors of the Holocaust, told their harrowing story in the book Hanna & Walter: A Love Story. Their daughter, Julie Kohner, has made it her mission to keep alive their powerful first-hand testimony for a new generation, convinced that the power of the personal remains the most effective way to explain the impact and meaning of the Holocaust. Julie’s mother survived Auschwitz but lost her family. She and Walter came to lead a new life in Los Angeles with other expatriates and survivors, and Hanna Kohner was one of the first survivors to tell her story on American television, when she was featured on Ralph Edwards’s show, This is Your Life.

The library will have a drawing for the students who attend this event, so that they can possibly win a copy of the book. The book is also available for sale. Additionally, reference librarian Hubert Kozak has created for this occasion two bibliographies, one a list of important history books in our collection about the Holocaust, and another that features the many primary source accounts of witnesses and survivors that can be found at the Burbank Public Library. Both would be valuable learning aids for students. We will provide proof of attendance slips at the end of the program for those students whose teachers have offered extra credit for attending.

Remember that the contest to write a RETOLD FAIRY TALE is ON, and the stories are DUE on November 12, at 5:00 p.m. latest! So use your imagination, write your best work, and send it to, or drop a copy off at the Reference Desk at any library (attn: Melissa or Anarda)! 

There’s always something happening for teens at the library--join us!

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