New Library Hours

Effective September 2nd–which was Tuesday in case you missed it–the Temple City Library has new hours. The Library is now open 6 days per week and has adjusted hours to better coincide with usage. The new hours are:

Monday        10am to 6pm
Tuesday       10am to 8pm
Wednesday  10am to 8pm
Thursday      12pm to 8pm
Friday           12pm to 5pm
Saturday       10am to 5pm
Sunday         Closed

Please visit the Library Web Site for additional information.

Moon Festival Activities at the Library

On Saturday, September 6th the Library will be hosting several fun events which the Friends are supporting. All are free and open to the public:

Martial Art Performance at 11:00 AM
Join us for this special occasion with a performance by Wushu Action Star Academy.

Snowy Mooncake Making Demonstration at 11:30 AM
Learn to make snowy mooncakes with Phoebe Chow.

Tanabata Art Activities at 12:30 PM
Come join us for origami art activities and riddle games.

Addition information (location, times, etc.) may be found at:

Schedule change: upcoming presentations

Please note that the meeting of August 14 has been cancelled and replaced by those below:

How to Install Micro-Drip Irrigation
Thursday, September 11
6:30pm to 7:00pm
Temple City Library

Given the state-wide drought, saving water is extremely important. Jim Raney, formerly a Mechanical Designer at NASA JPL and now owner and manager of a landscaping business, will give a presentation on How to Install Micro-Drip Irrigation from products readily available at home improvement stores. By deploying a micro-drip irrigation system, water use is reduced dramatically. A 15-minute Q & A session follows the presentation


Using Technology at the Library
Thursday, October 9
6:30pm to 7:00pm
Temple City Library

This is a half-hour workshop covering the use of laptops and tablets at the Library. The County recently improved the Internet access and the Wi-Fi network at the Temple City branch. We’ll show you how to log into the library Wi-Fi system, access the Internet, check your library account, download eBooks, etc. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet to the workshop.

After each presentation, there will be time for questions and a brief board meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Please update your calendar with the new information.  And one more thing: remember to stay cool and visit the Library!

Fusion Festival

Fusion Festival: Introduction to the Food and Cultures in Asia &
Pacific Islands
Saturday, May 17, 2014
11 am – 3 pm
Temple City Library

FREE event
Whole family is welcome.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Come and explore
various traditions and cultures with food demonstration, art
performance, art activities and full of hands-on fun in an exciting

11 – 11:15 a.m. : Opening
Guest speakers including the President of the Friends of Temple City
Library, the Library Manager, and possible city officials?

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Music and Dance
Enjoy performance featuring spectacular dance performers: America
Chinese Dance Association, Dance for Dream, etc.

12 – 2 p.m.: Art Activities and Refreshments
Make an origami flower for someone special, or candy lei for someone
sweet! Other art activities include bookmark design, calligraphy, silk
painting and more.

Enjoy snacks and food featuring diversity within Asian and Pacific
Island cultures.

2 – 3 p.m.: Sushi Demonstration
Join Chef Andy Matsuda from Sushi Chef Institute for a sushi
demonstration exploring the rich and diverse culinary traditions of

This event is co-sponsored by County Library Foundation and Friends of
the Temple City Library.

Electric Car Conversion


Presentation by James Baker, IdeaLab! Engineer
6:30PM on Thursday, May 15, 2014
Temple City Library, Main Room
5939 Golden West Ave., Temple City, CA 91780
Light refreshments and board meeting will follow
Open to the public

Electric cars offer a clean, quiet and efficient method of transportation.  But until recently, there were few if any choices available.  Even now, electric cars are relatively expensive.  And what if there’s a particular car you love, that you wish was electric?   Some cars make a lot more sense than others, but any gasoline car you love can be converted.  It’s not easy.  It requires a lot of time, especially for someone without any experience.  It involves working with some potentially dangerous items.  It’s not the sort of project you should take on unless you think you will really enjoy it.  There are a few companies out there that can convert a car for you, but this can be expensive, and you miss out on learning how your car really works.  Converting your own car can be an amazing and educational experience, if you go into it for the right reasons.

By working on and off for 4 years, Mr. Baker has transformed his 1974 Jensen Healey into an electric vehicle. Come join us for this intriguing talk, and enjoy some light refreshments afterward courtesy of the Friends of the Temple City Library.

Japanese Painting Exhibition

Artist Ai Hammoto, visiting from Japan, is exhibiting her works at the Temple City Library this month. She was the recipient of the Robert Crowder Award in 2013 and has assembled an exhibition of various paintings and watercolors from contemporary Japan. Please join us for the Opening Reception of this Special Exhibition on Saturday, May 3rd from 2pm to 3pm in the Meeting Room.

Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables

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Friends’ member Helen Redmond, a master gardener and local resident, will teach how to grow your own organic vegetables. Classes will be held April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. The class fee is $15 per class or $50 for the whole series.

The classes are held at Longden Elementary in Temple City from 9am to Noon on the above dates. Please email Helen Redmond  for more information or to sign up.

Students will become a Certified UC Victory Gardener through the Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative. The program is part of the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Program.

New Ongoing Snack Sale

Snack Sale

The new Ongoing Snack Sale starts today. Oat & Honey Granola Bars are $1 each and Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars are $1.50 each. Our first customer was a hungry Library Page, who purchased a bar in the first 10 seconds!

New Ongoing Book Sale

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Thanks to the generosity of the LA County Library System, we have a new and enlarged Ongoing Book Sale at the Temple City Library. This shelving offers quality volumes at discounted prices to library patrons. Come browse the selections today!

Book Sale and Hospitality Committees

The Friends of the Temple City Library is looking to form two new committees consisting of members who’d like to help. The first is the Book Sale Committee. The Friends currently has over 20 boxes of books in storage. We need help organizing several book sales in order to sell these books.

The second committee we’re forming is the Hospitality Committee. This group will focus on getting in touch with members, planning events for members, and generally cooking up fun activities for members that also engage the community.

Let a librarian of board member know that you’re interested. Thanks!