June 14, 2012
Artist Charles Dickson recently was at the Arboretum demonstrating how he uses a chain saw as a first step to creating a sculpture.
He is one of the 130 artists and artisans who were invited to create sculptures, furniture, woodturning and other pieces out of wood salvaged from the trees downed by last December's windstorm.
His creation as well the work of the others will be shown at the art exhibit, Forces of Nature, from November 30 to December 2, at the Arboretum. Mark your calendar so you'll be able to view all the beautiful objects that will give new life to the 235 downed trees.
June 9, 2012
Sara Lind, a wonderful intern from the Library School at Stockholm University, created a new online exhibit for the Arboretum Library using images from the Rare Book Room.
This exhibit is one way to see some of the items in the Rare Book Room. If you are interested in seeing items in person, I’m happy to make an appointment with you to share the treasures in person.
Here are the new titles added to the Arboretum Library during January through May of 2012:
10 new children’s books, 41 new articles I thought you might be interested in and 304 “new” books.
My favorite new book in the main collection is Bamboo Fences.
It is another one that made me swoon. Many of the landscape architecture and garden design around the world books, including Bamboo Fences, came from the Arboretum Foundation’s former board president, Burks L. Hamner. We are so grateful for the gift and as I told him, he filled important gaps in our landscape architecture section. The American Society of Landscape Architecture magazine had just written about the most influential books in the profession earlier this year and Mr. Hamner’s donation quickly filled the gaps and got them off the Arboretum Library’s wishlist. The number 304 is really just a taste of the new items that have been added to the online catalog; the ones I thought would really grab your attention. My volunteers and interns added 1012 titles to the catalog between January and the end of May. Browse away. Significant progress has been made in adding non-current magazine titles, uncataloged older books and transferring items from the old, made-up, non-online, classification system. Total number of titles now in the online catalog is 13,155. I’m guessing we have at least 10,000 more to go.
I can’t just have one favorite children’s book. My first favorite is a Tongva legend about the constellation Pleides called A Story of Seven Sisters.
This book came in the mail one day as an anonymous donation from the Children’s Book Wish List. As I was expressing my delight, my wonderful book repair volunteer, Carl Nicola, confessed that it was his doing. Thank you, Carl.
Wiggle and Waggle is my other favorite. Beginning readers are tough books to make fun to read for both the beginning reader and the adult looking over their shoulder. This one succeeds with humor and verve and tells a story of worms gardening too!
And the new articles list. I can’t pick a favorite there, because I gleaned them all as favorites to present to you as worthy of getting off Facebook, blogs, out of the MSN News, LOL Cats or whatever online sight you are fixated with and for you to run down to the Arboretum Library to see what good, old-fashioned journalism has to offer in the gardening, landscape architecture, and botany fields. Believe me it’s still really good and worth walking away from the computer for. I can even send you the article remotely if you can’t get to the Library.
Our next Reading the Western Landscape Book Group meeting is coming up on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 7:00 p.m. in the Arboretum Library. We will be discussing:
You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up by Richard Hallas [pseudonym for Eric Knight]; New York: R.M. McBride, 1938.
“[…]for many noir aficionados, [this book] remains one of the most evocative and subversive novels of its time. […]The book does read like James Cain filtered through Thomas Pynchon. Although Knight's first person narrative begins in typical tough-guy fashion, with Dick Dempsey, an Oklahoma-born AWOL Marine hopping a freight in Texas for Southern California in pursuit of his wife and son, it soon moves off in another, wilder direction — more like a noir Alice in Lotus Land than a cool and conventional hardboiled novel.” — Woody Haut , Los Angeles Review of Books
Here is the complete list of upcoming books for the rest of 2012 for the Reading the Western Landscape Book Group:
Here is a link to the books and questions we have finished.
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The Bookworms story time themes and dates are below:
The story time is recommended for children ages 3-8.
This is a free program for members and free with admission for non-members.
Scales and Shells
Wednesdays, June 6 & 20, 10 am
Saturday, June 9, 2 pm
It Can Come Out of the Sky: Water Conservation
Wednesday, July 18; 10 am
Saturday, July 21; 2 pm
In the Shade: Looking at Trees
Wednesdays, August 1 & 15; 10 am
Saturday, August 18; 2 pm
Lotsa’ Arboretum Critters
Wednesdays, September 5 & 19; 10 am
Saturday, September 15; 2 pm
Hard, Fall Fruits: Those Seeds and Pods
Wednesdays October 3 & 17; 10 am
Saturday, October 13; 2 pm
Falling Now: All About Leaves
Wednesday, November 7; 10 am
Saturday, November 10; 2 pm
Not the Peacocks: Our Other Birds
Wednesdays, December 5 & 19, 10 am
Saturday, December 8; 2 pm
The Arboretum Library hours are:
Open Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Open Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come visit!
We are a circulating library to Arboretum staff and members. The circulation period for books is 3 weeks with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item. You can renew by e-mail, phone or in person. The circulation period for current magazines is 3 days with 2 renewals if no one else wants the item.
Our Botanical Information Consultant (for plant advice) is available Tuesday-Saturday, Frank.McDonough@Arboretum.org, or 626-821-3239.
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excerpts from The North West London Blues by Zadie Smith in the New York Review of Books Blog. In defense of bookstores and libraries…
“Giving the people what they didn’t know they wanted.
[...]Smart books, strange books, books about the country they came from, or the one that they’re in. Children’s books with children in them that look at least a bit like the children who are reading them. Radical books. Classical books. Weird books. Popular books. She reads a lot, she has recommendations.”
Happy reading! Hope to see you soon! Susan Eubank, Arboretum Librarian, Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org, or 626-821-3213.