July 4, 2013
Hello all and welcome newcomers:
Check the latest Arboretum Newsletter for an article about grant funding from the Good Family Foundation for digitizing the Arboretum’s legacy of publications. The Arboretum Library welcomes librarian, Ashley Sparks, who is managing the project. For a sneak peak at some of the best materials go to: http://bit.ly/11WWK76. Click on the link and then the box towards the upper right and scroll, scroll, scroll through the Arboretum history.
Click here for new titles added in the Arboretum Library February 2013 – early July 2013
We added a total of 805 titles for a total of 15,131 titles in the online catalog with 16,656 items in the Arboretum Library. The 3 new titles lists show my favorites: 1) 32 new children's books, 2) 35 new articles I thought you might be interested in and 3) 156 “new” books in the main collection.
The new title lists are always a wonderful reminiscence for me of the generosity of the Arboretum Library's customers. The Compulsive Gardeners group helped bring new items in for children.
They helped me pluck them off the Arboretum Library’s Children’s Book Wishlist. If you are interested in helping augment the Library collections the wishlists are an easy place to start. The Arboretum Library’s new volunteer, Erin Chen, also helped me buy 20 Chinese language children’s books about plants and nature.
The Arboretum Foundation Library book budget, the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries annual book raffle which included several botanical illustration books, and several donors certainly improved the main Library collection in the past six months. We also finally processed an excellent donation of materials on biblical plants and plants of the Holy Land; the best I've ever seen in my history as a botanical garden librarian.
Which book in the new titles list do you like best? We can't do it without donations. I'm so happy we have a steady stream of them. Thank you so much to our donors. Let me know if you would like to donate your plant and garden-related books and magazines or checkout the wishlist for the main collection.
I had about 6 favorite articles in the list (no. 3) above, but I will only inflict two of them on you here.
Inspriation and advice for gardening with native plants : [special issue]
Fremontia, v. 40, no. 3 and 41, no. 1 (Sept. 2012 and Jan. 2013)Systematic botany, v. 38, no. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2013), p.104-117.
California poppy conundrums : insights into relationships within tribe Eschscholtzieae (Papaveraceae) / Shannon M. Still and Daniel Potter.
The next Reading the Western Landscape Book Group meeting is coming up Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Arboretum Library. If the weather is not too hot we will go out in the garden and try to find the edge between “Berkeley and Oakland.” We will be discussing:
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon; New York: Harper, 2012.
“Chabon is one of the most gifted painters in the history of American literature [...]Such vividness doesn't require a wide field of play, just a few square miles of the Bay Area and a bottomless empathy for its inhabitants. [...He] writes so well about music [...]; his talent [...]is for performance, in the sense that his language dazzles and challenges and delights[...] That's how the novel's conclusion, a decidedly mixed one for Brokeland Records, comes to feel redemptive, even triumphant. That's how, [...]the audience in front of the page can enjoy that aftermath free from the burdens of nostalgia, discovering in those broken pieces something quite beautiful indeed.” – from James Santel, Los Angeles Review of Books.
Here is the complete list of upcoming books for July-December 2013 for the Reading the Western Landscape Book Group. There are good reads here! Here is a link to the books and questions we have finished.
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.There is a wonderful group of volunteers who read the stories, take the group out in the garden for exploration and sometimes a craft activity too!
Water in the Garden Wednesday, July 10 & 17; 10:30 am Saturday, July 20; 10:30a m You Can Do That With Dirt? All the Ways To Compost Wednesdays, August 7 & 21; 10:30 am Saturday, August 17; 10:30 am Madagascar in L.A.: Welcome to the Spiny Forest Wednesdays, September 11 & 18; 10:30 am Saturday, September 14; 10:30 am
Love Those Ladybugs Wednesdays October 2 & 16; 10:30 am Saturday, October 12; 2:00 pm Cluck, Cluck, Cheep, Cheep, Peep, Peep the Chickens Say Wednesday, November 6 & 20; 10:30 am Saturday, November 9; 2:00 pm In December We Plant Wednesdays, December 4 & 18, 10:30 am Saturday, December 21; 2:00 p.m.
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!
Remember we are circulating 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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Happy reading! Hope to see you soon!
Susan C. Eubank, Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.orgArboretum Librarian Arboretum Library Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden 626-821-3213