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Free Calligraphy Class

Free Calligraphy Class

Calligraphy Class 2014

What:    Presenter Kristi Darwick from the Society for Calligraphy will be teaching a free class on calligraphy for anyone interested. The class will focus on the Copperplate script.

When : Sunday, August 17th, 2014 @ 2-4pm

Where: The A.K. Smiley Library Assembly Room

125 W. Vine Street

Redlands, CA 92373

Cost:   Free

Attendees must RSVP in person at:

A.K. Smiley Library Reference Desk

125 W. Vine Street, Redlands, CA 92373

About the Program:

Free lesson: A Taste of Copperplate

Copperplate is a beautiful script which was historically etched into copper for printing. Written with a pointed pen, it is popular for addressing envelopes and is a mainstay of formal invitations, greeting cards, as well as other print applications. This elegant lettering can be composed in its most basic style or flourished for a very decorative effect.

Participants of this class will learn to draw a sampling of the basic copperplate letterforms, using pencil. The use of a copperplate pen and nib will be demonstrated. This is a formal type of handwriting, and its many variations make it popular among both men and women.

Instructor, Kristi Darwick: After having studied calligraphy and art throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada and Europe, Kristi segued from the corporate I.T. world to immerse herself in creative pursuits. A graduate of the University of Redlands, Kristi now teaches calligraphy for UC Riverside and leads programs and workshops in California and beyond. As President of the California Society for Calligraphy, Kristi shares this passion through events for guild members and for the public. Recently, she led eighteen artists on a study tour in Amsterdam and Bruges.

All materials will be provided courtesy of A.K. Smiley Library

For More Information Contact:

A.K. Smiley Library

(909) 798-7565

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Employment Workshop

Employment Workshop

BOOT CAMP August 5

What:

Employment Workshop

 

Where:

A.K. Smiley Library Assembly Room

125 West Vine Street

Redlands, CA 92373

 

When:

August 5th, 2014   1-5pm

 

Cost :

Free and open to the public.

 

Learning Objectives:

This interactive workshop targets professionals anywhere from recent graduates to mid‐career changers as well as those who were laid off, downsized, or returning to a career after time away from the workforce.

Whether a person has been searching for a job for 2 weeks or 2 years, this workshop will provide imaginative ideas that will turn the job search process from reactive to proactive and put the job seeker in the driver’s seat for landing his/her dream career. Attendees will learn how to not be their own worst enemy and find a job based on their passion and interests using innovative search strategies.  Attendees will also learn effective resume writing and interview techniques.

 

Presenter Bio: Jamie Beck is a former Career Counselor for the California State University system and has a Master’s Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Social Systems and a concentration in Family and Work. She has worked for the California Department of Education and First 5 programs in the public and nonprofit sector.

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New Book on Redlands History

New Book on Redlands History

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 is now available for purchase at the Smiley Library circulation desk. All proceeds from the book will benefit the special collections of the library in the Heritage Room.

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.

 

Orange and State Streets, Fourth of July 1901, Photographer: Elias F. Everitt

 

A.K. Smiley Public Library east wing after expansion, 1907, Photographer: Elias F. Everitt

 

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AKSPL goes mobile

AKSPL goes mobile

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:   tech@akspl.org

AKSPL is for YOU
 

 

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Ebooks – Downloadable books & audiobooks

Ebooks – Downloadable books & audiobooks

Download a digital book from Overdrive’s Southern California Digital Library  with your 14-digit AKSPL card number &  PIN.

Need help getting started?  View how-to videos on the Overdrive Channel hosted on YouTube or visit our eBook online access page for more information.

 

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Will J’s Coffee Cafe – Located Downstairs

Will J’s Coffee Cafe – Located Downstairs

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.

The newly designed coffee bar was funded by the Will J. Reid Foundation and was specifically designed to be enjoyed by study groups, wireless users, and book lovers alike.

Enjoy your stay.

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Book Clubs – Join the Conversation

Book Clubs – Join the Conversation

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

 

 

 

 

First Meeting

Dec. 1st 4pm,

In the A.K. Smiley Library Tower Room

Limited Space: RSVP!

(909) 335-5984

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Redlands Adult Literacy Program

Redlands Adult Literacy Program

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!

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