Redlands finally has a film that details its rich philanthropic history and culture—and just in time for its 125th birthday! Join Work and Play Productions for the premiere of its documentary Redlands: A Celebration of 125 Years – 1888-2013. Hosted and narrated by Larry E. Burgess, the film is the long-awaited “biography” of one of the most unique towns and cultures in southern California. Refreshments will be served immediately following the screening, so make sure to eat and mingle!
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If you have ever seen a 100-year-old photograph and marveled at its clarity and composition, it is likely that you were noticing the work of aprofessional photographer. In the days before personal cameras were commonplace, professional photographers were essential members of communities. From promotional photography for tourism or businesses, to family portraits or school photography, the work of early professional photographers documented the growth of cities and the lives of the people who lived there.
Co-authored by Ann Deegan and Maria Carrillo, Images of America: Early Redlands explores Redlands through the lens of the professional photographers who lived and worked here between 1880 and 1920. Utilizing images solely from the Archives of A.K. Smiley Public Library, this book examines the work of the 34 professional photographers who captured Redlands in its formative years. “These photographs reveal the aesthetics and technical skills of the men and women who photographed Redlands in those early years,” Ann Deegan noted. Co-author Maria Carrillo added, “The clarity of these photographs is truly impressive. It is almost as if the viewer can walk through the photograph and see early Redlands. They are a true testament to the extraordinary photography collection of the Heritage Room.”
Also included is a how-to chapter detailing how Deegan and Carrillo’s research can be applied to other communities. “What makes this book unique in the Images of America series is that it includes a chapter on how we identified Redlands photographers and used information about the photographers to date photographs. This is a useful tool for other communities and groups to date their own photographs,” explained Deegan.
Images of America: Early Redlands can be preordered now at Smiley Library. Books will be available for pick-up at an author book signing and presentation on November 24 at 3pm in the Smiley Library Assembly Room. This presentation is free to the public. All proceeds from Early Redlands will benefit the Heritage Room special collections.
A.K. Smiley Public Library is located at 125 West Vine Street in Redlands. For more information, please contact the Heritage Room, (909)798-7632.
About the Authors:
Ann Deegan received her Ph.D. in Textile History at University of Maryland minoring in U.S. History with her dissertation related to the American Civil War, and has an M.S. and B.S. from the University of California, Davis. She has taught at numerous universities over the last 30 years including University of Maryland, Kansas State University, Utah State University, University of Redlands, and UC Riverside. Topics have included Museum studies, U.S. history, and a variety of courses related to the history of costumes and textiles. Additionally she has been a curator of history in private and public museums including the San Bernardino County Museum as Curator of History and Head of the History Division. She does research, writing, and publishing in areas such as U.S. history and has numerous publications in professional and public journals. She is currently serving as a consultant in the Heritage Room of A.K. Smiley Public Library related to cataloging of archival materials.
Maria Y. Carrillo received a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Fullerton in 2005. She then decided to pursue a career in the museum and historic preservation field and continued on for a master’s degree in history from University of California, Riverside in 2008. As a graduate student she worked as a museum intern at Fort Donelson National Battlefield, a Civil War battlefield in Dover, Tennessee. She has served as curator, collections manager, historic interpreter, and researcher for museums and cultural institutions in southern California. She is currently associate archivist at A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands, California, where this new work by Arcadia Publishing is set.
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The City of Redlands yearlong 125thAnniversary celebration will culminate in November with a series of events beginning with a daylong Extravaganza including local history tours, art exhibits, a community dinner in Smiley Park and a Bowl presentation concluding with a fireworks show. The daylong Extravaganza will take place Saturday, Nov. 2.Read More »
The A.K. Smiley Library we will be hosting a five-part reading and discussion series exploring the theme Muslim Journeys and related books. Book discussion will take place starting September 2013 and will be led by Dr. Patrick Wing, history professor from University of Redlands.
Copies of each book will be available for checkout in the weeks preceding each book talk at the A.K. Smiley Library. Bring your A.K. Smiley Library card and start reading today. All book discussions will be held in the A.K. Smiley Library Assembly Room:
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar: Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 2-4pm
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi: Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 2-4pm
House of Stone by Anthony Shadid: Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 2-4pm
Broken Verses by Kamila Shasie: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 2-4pm
Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Memissi: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2-4pm
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AKSPL for You – mobile app (beta test)
Available for iOS devices
With AKSPL for You you can browse the library catalog and view your account information all from your smart phone.
Social recommendations, barcode scanning, and bestseller list make finding books more convenient than ever.
AKSPL for You is available in the app store. Find the app under keywords: akspl; aksmiley; redlands; library
We welcome your suggestions: email@example.com
AKSPL is for YOU
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Download a digital book from Overdrive’s Southern California Digital Library with your 14-digit AKSPL card number & PIN.
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Will J’s Coffee Cafe on the lower level of AKSPL offers a variety of coffees, teas, and hot chocolate.
The new cafe has tables and chairs where patrons can sit and enjoy their drinks, but you are also welcome to enjoy your covered beverage throughout the library, except in areas near public computers.
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Exploring Literature that shaped Western Civilization
Join the Great Conversation
Every First Thursday
First Book: Epic of Gilgamesh
(More will be added)
Great Ideas Welcomed
Dec. 1st 4pm,
In the A.K. Smiley Library Tower Room
Limited Space: RSVP!
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The Redlands Adult Literacy Program has been awarded a 2011 Community Impact Fund Grant of $9534 from the Community Foundation Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The grant will be used to develop an adult literacy computer lab at the A. K. Smiley Public Library, expand public outreach to adult learners in the Redlands community and enhance the adult literacy tutor training program.
Stay posted to learn more about these enhancements to the Redlands Adult Literacy Program!Read More »