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November 20, 2002
Molly Shore Twice a week when the 3 p.m. bell signals the end of the day at Emerson Elementary School, third-grader Tanya Barskhian gathers her books and heads to Room 18 for more instruction. For nearly the next two hours, Tanya studies the history, heritage and art of Armenia by reading, writing and speaking in Armenian -- her family's native language. "I like the language and the writing," Tanya said. "My grandma is Armenian and Persian so that's how I learned."
March 6, 2004
Jackie Conley Wearing red-and- white-striped hats made out of paper, about 175 St. Finbar Parish School students gathered in the school's auditorium this week to salute Dr. Seuss and celebrate Read Across America Day. Vice Mayor Marsha Ramos was among the guest readers who shared such Seuss classics as "The Cat in the Hat," "The Sneetches and Other Stories," and "Captain Underpants" with their captive audience. "I prefer speaking in front of children," Ramos said.
January 16, 2002
Laura Sturza HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Performing as Abraham Lincoln for more than 11 years hasn't slowed John Kendall's enthusiasm for bringing the former president to life for children. Kendall will portray Lincoln Thursday at the Central Library, as he did two years ago. "He did a good job of explaining history in an exciting way, and he bears an uncanny resemblance to Abraham Lincoln," Children's Librarian Ericka Carr said. During the show, the actor stresses the way Lincoln overcame opposition and worked with diverse people to preserve the Union, Kendall said.
By JUNE CASAGRANDE | August 29, 2007
Nothing compares to the joy of researching the difference between “compare to” and “compare with,” except maybe the joy of touching the exposed metal prongs of a half-plugged-in lamp or perhaps watching eight seconds of “American Idol.” This is especially true for me. Most people who want an answer to some grammar or usage question just open a book. I don’t have that luxury. I have to open 11 books. Any fewer and I’m guaranteed to end up in hot water.
By Bianca Nepales | July 14, 2007
While most visitors arrive at the Burbank Public Library in search of a quiet place to study or read books, now they'll get the chance to hear live music during the "Sounds of Summer" concert series. The gig on Aug. 21 will offer visitors the chance to listen to exciting, strong and really loud music, said Robert Kausek, the drummer of the surf-rock band SoundWaves. "I think it's a great idea to have a concert at the library," said Kausek, who graduated from John Burroughs in 1974.
By Patrick Caneday | February 6, 2010
“Pat needs to increase his efforts in oral participation . . . He needs to place more emphasis on neatness rather than hurrying through his work . . . He did not work as hard as he should have in several areas.” — comments on my sixth-grade report card. And as true today as when Mrs. Grossman wrote them 31 years ago. In a world where few people stay with the same employer for more than a few years, Mrs. Grossman is an anomaly.
April 27, 2005
JUNE CASAGRANDE If you read William Safire's column in New York Times Magazine, you may notice something strange. In sentences such as, "Disraeli said as much in the 1930's," you'll see an apostrophe after the zero. But if you go to the library and open up one of the books that are nothing but compilations of Safire's columns -- books like "Coming to Terms" or "The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time" -- you'll notice things like, "Disraeli said as much in the 1930s."
November 29, 2003
DAUGHTERS DONATE BOOKS TO LIBRARY At a recent meeting at the Southern California Genea- logical Society, members of the Capt. Sally Tompkins Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy made a donation of 125 books relating to the Civil War and Southern history to the society's research library. The books will now be part of the library's permanent collec- tion. Society President Pat Parish attended the meeting to receive the donation. The daughters group is a service organization with membership open to women who have ancestors who served with the Confederate States of America during the Civil War or who have an interest in Southern history.
By JUNE CASAGRANDE | April 11, 2007
Here's a little quiz that I just made up to test your sanity and that may or may not speak volumes about my own. Which of the following is the best reason to open a book: A. To learn something you don't know. B. To find in print something you already know. If you answered A, you may have a fulfilling life ahead of you as a writer or a real estate broker or an engineer or a homemaker or a teacher or partner in a real-life human relationship. Indeed, an answer of A suggests that you may be completely sane.
August 13, 2005
TODAY The city of Burbank Recycle Center will hold a backyard composting workshop from 10 to 11 a.m. at the center, 500 S. Flower St., Burbank. Residents can learn how to turn their yard trimmings into compost that will improve their soil, produce healthier plants, and save money on fertilizers and water. For more information, call the Burbank Recycle Center at (818) 238-3900 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Authors L.A. Banks, Carlton Smith, Eric Shapiro and Peter von Sholly will be signing their books at 2 p.m. at Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd.
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