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Astronomy for Everyone

Astronomy for Everyone

astronomy for everyone

Astronomer and national lecturer, Kevin J Manning, will take you on a journey into the realm of the

universe. This all-ages presentation will give you a sense of the size and scale of the universe.

Kevin is a gifted astronomer, having worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray

Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,

and other ground-based observatories. The program will conclude with a chance for

you to view celestial bodies with a real telescope.

Join us in the A.K. Smiley Library

Assembly Room on

Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00pm

 

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Geography Day: April 30th

Geography Day: April 30th

Explore South America at A.K. Smiley Public Library’s GeoDay 16

Young explorers and their families are invited to spend a fun afternoon learning about South America’s geography while being introduced to the fascinating world of Geographic Information Systems at A. K. Smiley Public Library’s GeoDay 16 on Saturday, April 30 from 12 to 4 pm.

Guests will receive a  personalized “passport” to South America  in order  to get up close and personal with the Andes and the Amazon on the National Geographic Giant (35’ by 26’) Traveling Map of South America – don’t forget your socks for map-walking! Use Arc/GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to track South American soccer teams as they make their way to Copa América or get a 3-D view of how climate change impacts the rain forests. Follow the navel orange from Bahia to Redlands and construct your own tiny orange crate. Get your groove on with pre-Columbian and South American music from Alturas.  Learn to dance the cumbia with the Limonadas Dance Company. Play games and read books about South America in the Library’s Young Readers Room. Construct your own paper globe. Decorate and eat a yummy, continental cookie, thanks to Gerrard’s Market.

Free admission to GeoDay 16 is sponsored by A. K. Smiley Public Library, University of Redlands, and Esri. “ Last year’s GeoDay event was very popular and we anticipate an even better event this year” observed Library Director Don McCue.  The Smiley Library is located at 125 W. Vine St. in Redlands. To learn more about the event, visit www.akspl.org or contact the library at (909) 798-7565.

GeoDay16 info for Smiley Library web site as of April 7-page-001

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Redlands History Class

Redlands History Class

Larry Burgess and Tom Atchley are offering their Redlands Intensive class which focuses on the history of Redlands. The class will begin Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will run for eight weeks ending on April 5. All classes will be held at the Smiley Library.

The local history class began in 1971.  Since that time nearly 4,000 people have taken the course, many of them multiple times.  “I thought it would be of interest to people in the community to learn about Redlands, its glories and its losses, and its philanthropists and its scoundrels,” said Larry Burgess.  “Shortly after it began Tom Atchley agreed to come aboard and between the two of us we can take the course subjects in many directions,” Burgess added.

The eight-week series is sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees for a fee of $30.00 per person. All proceeds go to the acquisition fund for the Redlands Heritage Room.

The class is limited in size and reservations can be made either by e-mail at admin@akspl.org or by calling the Library Director’s Office at 798-7565.

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Hoja Volante

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Hoja Volante

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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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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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