Light Notes

As promised, here are just a few quick words on current topics:

One Book/One City LA

Again this year, LAPL is participating in the Mayor's reading initiative, with Seabiscuit as the 2004 selection. The program, which encourages all Angelenos to read Laura Hillenbrand's best-seller, began April 1 and will conclude April 25. Platt Branch has extra circulation copies of the book, the film on DVD, and the screenplay. Check our bulletin board for tie-in events scheduled after press time. For more information and citywide events, visit

Artful Touches

We've all been enjoying Helene Jukoff's and her students’ latest paintings, which are on display in the Magazine Section. Thanks, Helene, for brightening Platt Branch with the loan of these original works.

A Little Reorganization

As you may be aware, some of our most-used library materials have been relocated.

Let me know how this arrangement works for you, by e-mail (click here or click on “Tell the Librarian” at or by snail-mail or at the Reference Desk.

And Thanks

My first 7 months have been hectic, but not as enervating as they could have been without a great team of volunteers. I really appreciate the Friends Board and members’ cooperation and support. Thanks to you all for carrying on so well.

Lynn Light, Senior Librarian

Children's Programs

In February and March, Platt Branch got back into the swing of fun programs for our youngest patrons.


Vickie and Judie with Milo Bougetz-Aulbach

Once again, Grandma Judie Mount (the Grandparents and Books volunteer who regularly conducts our Monday morning Preschool Storytime) and I paired up for a President's Day program. The audience got to watch a light-hearted “So You Want to be a President” video based on Judith St. George & David Small's Caldecott Award-winning book. The kids had plenty to share on what they knew about Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Judie and I did a puppet play commemorating these two presidents and their achievements. And then the kids had a grand time making Valentine crafts for their special someone.


At our St. Paddy's Day program, your Newsletter Editor, Grandma Therese Hearn (also a GAB volunteer), joined me for lots of lively music and tall, tall tales. The audience learned about St. Patrick, the significance of shamrocks, and what to do when you catch a leprechaun. Therese entertained everyone with her special costume and storytelling. Not to be outdone, the kids were quick to learn an Irish folk song as they rattled along with gourds and rainsticks. Irish for the day, we all even stood up for Ireland's national anthem. As a finale, everyone enjoyed their fresh green lemonade and homemade oatmeal cookies while creating shamrock wreaths.

Upcoming Events: Sign-up for the bus that leaves Platt Branch on June 5 to take families downtown to the Central Library for the LA Kids Read Festival. Help us kick-off the annual citywide summer reading program. The event's free children's programs and activities will make this a fun-filled trip for all! For more information, please contact me at (818) 340-9386.

This year's summer reading program theme is “Reel Books to Movies”. Watch the events calendar for special theme programs, beginning with children's author Anne Ingram's “Hollywood and the Stars” on June 10 and Tony Daniels's The Reel Books & Reel Movies Magic Show on June 17.

Vicki Magaw, Children's Librarian

Young Adult Programs

Introductory Baby-sitting Workshop:

At 3:30 pm on Tuesday, April 20, Platt Branch will offer a class designed to introduce young adults to the responsibilities involved in baby-sitting children. Topics to be covered include how to prevent home accidents, dealing with emergencies, and how to make the experience fun for both the sitter and the child. The class will be taught by Eileen Landacre, a volunteer with LAFD’s Fire and Safety Education Unit. Participants will receive certificates indicating that they took this introductory class.

Teen Job Workshop:

At 3:30 on Wednesday, April 28, Michael Golldthreat, a youth specialist from the CA-EDD, will offer tips on summer jobs.

Jack Zafran, Young Adult Librarian

Display Case


Platt would not be such a gem of a library without the efforts of dedicated volunteers who give many hours of their time with no expectation of any reward. Membership VP Millie Berger created the January display to honor these Beautiful People.

As a tie-in with our Women in Aviation program and for Women in History Month, 99s Member Susan Theurkauf mounted this informative February–March display.


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