Flanked by Hospitality Chairman Eileen O’Neill’s grandchildren, Daniel and Rebecca Cromar, KPCC host Kitty Felde runs down this year’s list of titles for The Book Club of the Air for Young Adults.

Oh, what a lively evening!

Everyone attending our February 20th General Meeting was treated to a spirited discussion of a generally ignored field: literature for young adults, led by Kitty Felde, veteran journalist, playwright, and award-winning host of KPCC’s Talk of the City. Ms. Felde spoke on her brainchild, The Book Club of the Air for Young Adults, which airs the first Friday of every month at 2:00 PM (89.3 KPCC). An enthusiastic crusader for early literacy, she traced her concept from its inception through its ultimate evolution into the broad-scope program it is today.

Of particular interest to teens was her advice on how middle and high school literature classes can participate via phone and get students on the studio panel. Friends members and library staff got food for thought when she suggested means to bring the city-wide book club into the library. The audience also coaxed her to digress a bit and tell us something about her work with the Heart of Los Angeles Youth Theater (but that’s another story).

Overall, we all gained a greater appreciation for the effort and expertise of this versatile individual, a broader grasp of the works available for teens, and a better understanding of KPCC’s programming. Those who couldn’t attend missed a truly entertaining and enlightening presentation.

Frona DeCovnick, Program Chairman

Plan ahead for another outstanding program...

Mark Monday, April 8, 7:30 PM on your calendars now! That’s when Patt Morrison--award-winning L. A. Times columnist, author, host of The BookShow with Patt Morrison, commentator, and founding host of KCET’s Life & Times Tonight--will arrive at Platt Branch Library to discuss whatever aspect of books, Los Angeles culture and politics, current events, or journalism the audience wants to pursue.

We hardly need belabor the fact this is what Ms. Morrison does outstandingly well. We’re just reminding you to come early to assure yourself a seat...to come expecting an evening of informative answers and energetic riposte...and to bring your family and friends. This specially scheduled opportunity to meet an L.A. institution was hard won by our Program Chairman. We wouldn’t want any book lovers to miss it. 

Following the program, Ms. Morrison will sign her latest bestseller, Rio LA: Tales from the Los Angeles River. If you would like to reserve a discounted copy, stop in at the Friends Bookstore today.


Ballot Issues Explored

Many thanks to League of Women Voters representative Bette Caraway for her expert presentation of the March 5 Ballot Measures on February 28.

An experienced ballot analyst, Ms. Caraway joined the LWV in 1962. She’s been a member of their Speakers Bureau for some 35 years and always earns high praise for her ability to clarify confusing issues without slanting her commentary. Last February was no exception. Concerned voters left the event feeling much more secure in their choices.

Frona DeCovnick, Program Chairman

New messenger clerks (from left) Evelyn Morales, Andy Nguyen, Karla Merino, Arash Arjang, and Barbara Littlefield

New Staff Members

Well, it only took three issues to introduce all of Platt Branch’s expanded staff. In this final installment we’re pleased to present our six new Messenger Clerks. Here are the folk you keep busy sorting books and getting them back onto the shelves:

Barbara Littlefield, Staff Messenger Clerk

A friend indeed, Barbara volunteered her services for 14 months before joining Platt’s staff. Both she and her husband, Tom, are long-time Friends members, and she still helps set-up for the book sales. Mother of five and grandmother of another five to date, Barbara hails from Springfield, Illinois. Her family and her faith are most important to her. Since coming to Platt, she says, she now considers her co-workers part of her family.

Arash Arjang reassigned from Encino-Tarzana Branch

Born in Iran, Arash was 13 when his family moved to the U. S. He currently attends Pierce College and plans to pursue his Biology major at UCLA next semester. A major sports lover, he also enjoys composing songs.

Karla Merino reassigned from Encino-Tarzana Branch

Karla started at Woodland Hills Branch before being shifted around. She was born in El Salvador, but has called The Valley home since age 7. Currently a full-time student at Pierce, she’s majoring in Linguistics and French.

Evelyn Esmeralda Morales reassigned from Northridge Branch

Also a native of El Salvador, Evelyn joined LAPL at West Valley Regional. A busy lady, she just accepted a second position at an elementary school, studies accounting at Learning Tree University, and still finds time for her husband, Pedro, and for writing poetry.

Andy Nguyen reassigned from West Valley Regional

By age 10, Andy was a seasoned traveler. From Saigon, he migrated with his family throughout Southeast Asia before finally settling here. He was an honor student at Chatsworth High, has earned certificates in accounting and computer programming, and now plans to get a degree in Pharmacology.

Frieda Singer reassigned from Woodland Hills Branch

Frieda has been with LAPL for nearly 2 years and was one of the first reassigned to Platt. When she isn’t sorting and shelving, she’s working at Borders Books. No wonder her major hobby is reading: So many books, so little time.


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