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About 30 children came to the March 21 Preschool Storytime with Miss Teri.

NewsThey’re On the Same Page: La Jolla Library preschool storytime sees rise in attendance

Mar 30, 2016, 3:11 p.m.

"I cannot overstate the value of having toddlers come together and be read to,” said Teri Newlee, who for the last three years has been the host of preschool storytime at La Jolla’s Riford Library. “It’s wonderful for children to see people reading.” Added branch manger Shaun Briley, “Reading to children encourages the use of their ‘mind’s eye,’ which is different from the visual eye used if you are watching something on a screen. Reading stimulates the imagination and introduces ...

Art from a Curseborn Saga novella

NewsLa Jolla fantasy authors launch fifth book, 'The Curseborn Saga: Soldier Games'

Feb 24, 2016, 10:21 a.m.

The storytelling band of brothers behind the Curseborn Saga has had a remarkable year — and they show no signs of slowing down. They will release the fifth and final book in their first series “The Curseborn Saga: Soldier Games” next month. After that, they will jump right into writing the saga’s next series. And that is only the beginning. (Did someone say Comic-Con?) The four creators behind the work include brothers Trevor Barber (pen name Elnath Shanks), Justin Barber ...

The cover of the book features Richard Nixon strolling across the White House lawn with aide Alexander Butterfield.

News‘Last of the President’s Men’ talks about Nixon years in new book with Bob Woodward

Dec 17, 2015, 12:05 p.m.

A sell-out crowd, composed mostly of older adults and a sprinkling of students, was on hand at the Price Center East Ballroom at UC San Diego Dec. 4, to hear Tulane University professor of history and economics Michael Bernstein interview bestselling author and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward and former Nixon White House aide (and Watergate informant) Alexander Butterfield, who is the subject of Woodward’s new book, “The Last of the President’s Men.” A sequel to the legendary “All the ...

Quinn Farrar Wilson’s book will be available on amazon.com in January 2016.

NewsLa Jolla native writes books about bone broth

Dec 17, 2015, 11:47 a.m.

Long before the bone broth craze took hold, La Jolla native Quinn Farrar Wilson was drinking the nutritious elixir. Now the North Park resident and founder of Balanced and Bright has written a book to chronicle her experiences, provide insight into what bone broth is, and offer recipes so readers can make it at home. Drinking bone broth — a simmered broth made from animal bones, vegetables and herbs — is a longstanding practice that has picked up steam in ...

While thumbing through a library book, Jennifer Teege shockingly learns her grandfather was Amon Goeth.

BooksWoman discovers relative was ‘Butcher of Plaszow’

Nov 12, 2015, 6:54 p.m.

Many of us think we know who we are, but every once in a while a surprise reveals we don’t know everything about our past. That’s what happened to Jennifer Teege when she discovered her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the real-life Nazi “Butcher of the Płaszów” concentration camp, portrayed in “Schindler’s List.”Teege will talk about her extraordinary experience, as a guest of the 21st annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 at the Jewish Community Center, ...

Singer-songwriter Jewel will celebrate the release of her book, “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story,” at a signing event 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. in La Jolla.

Jewel comes to The Jewel: Singer-songwriter to hold discussion, book-signing in La Jolla

Sep 16, 2015, 10:38 a.m.

Jewel, known for her songs “Hands,” “You Were Meant For Me,” “Foolish Games” and “Who Will Save Your Soul” in the mid- and late-90s, will celebrate the release of her book “Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story,” at a signing event 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St. Although she has written a book of poems and a children’s book, this is Jewel’s first long-form nonfiction. It was written to ...

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer literally rolled up his sleeves to observe a biotech workshop taking place at La Jolla’s Riford Library Sept. 1.

Mayor calls La Jolla Library's biotech lab ‘game changer’

Sep 2, 2015, 9:45 a.m.

Speaking to a group of library supporters and media reps at a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the La Jolla Library, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said of its new 3-D printing and biotech lab, "The lab is a game changer for the city. This is the first of its kind, but probably not the last." Faulconer and Congressmember Scott peters celebrated the grand opening of the lab that has been available on a “soft-opening” basis to library patrons ...

13-year-old Belisha Genin shows off the iPad she won through la Jolla library’s summer reading program.

Readers Roundup

Aug 26, 2015, 2:22 p.m.

La Jolla Library concluded a stellar summer reading program with near record participation and one very excited teenager. Homeschooled library patron Belisha Genin, 13, won an iPad for her participation in the program. Youth Librarian Bill Mallory presented Belisha with her iPad Aug. 21 at the 7555 Draper Ave. library. “We’re so glad we get to give this prize to a La Jolla Library patron, especially one who loves to read, like she does,” he said. Others who completed the ...

Connie Unger at home in Carmel Valley with her own book collection.

Fabulous Finds: Connie Unger raises $31,000 for La Jolla Library via donated books

Aug 20, 2015, 9:32 a.m.

Over the last 11 years, former La Jollan Connie Unger raised more than $31,000 for La Jolla’s Riford Library. Tack on the funds matched by the City of San Diego, and that total jumps to more than $62,000. Her efforts on behalf of the Friends of La Jolla Library and its used bookstore will be sorely missed. Unger, who moved to Carmel Valley, has decided not to continue appraising and selling books for the library, so she can spend more ...

La Jolla native Pamela Little will sign her book and discuss her journey writing it on Aug. 15.

From Diary to Memoir

Aug 11, 2015, 3:46 p.m.

"Dear Diary...” are two words most people have written at some point in their lives. But La Jolla native Pamela Little has taken the joy of writing in a journal and made it a career. In October she self-published her memoir, “The Resting Place: A Graveside Diary” and, with friend and author Jinx Schwartz, will hold a lecture on navigating the world of self-publishing Saturday, Aug. 15 in La Jolla Shores. Little said her love of journaling began when she ...

NBC crews for ‘The Today Show’ film children during a reading of ‘What Pet Should I Get?’ at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library July 23.

‘Today Show’ films segment on new Seuss book in La Jolla

Jul 30, 2015, 9 a.m.

To celebrate the release of Dr. Seuss’s latest book “What Pet Should I Get?” (considered a long-lost work by the late children’s book author), NBC’s “The Today Show” came to UC San Diego’s Geisel Library July 23 to film a segment for the nationally televised program. The segment, which aired the morning of July 24, featured young children — patrons of La Jolla’s Riford Library — having the story read to them and then reading it for themselves. Dr. Seuss ...

Rosemary Ellsworth Brown is the author of "Addiction is the Symptom"

Tapping the Root: Psychologist tackles cause of addictive behavior in new book

Jul 28, 2015, 4:09 p.m.

Part-time La Jollan Rosemary Ellsworth Brown’s new book is redefining what it means to look at addiction. Published in May, “Addiction is the Symptom” examines how to handle addiction in general, rather than targeting the one thing on which an addict focuses. Brown will discuss her work 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 at La Jolla’s Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Using variations on the 12 steps found in conventional recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous, ...

The new Scripps Express Youth collection will support the curriculum of local schools and provide new, in-demand books.

La Jolla Library establishes Scripps Express Youth collection

Jul 21, 2015, 4:10 p.m.

The Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation granted La Jolla’s Riford Library $15,000 for what branch manager Shaun Briley expects to be one of the library’s “best circulating collections.” The grant will establish the Scripps Express Youth collection, with material expected in the next month or two. Two-thirds of this collection will be educational materials that support the curricula of local schools, and the remaining third will be the latest and hottest new releases. The entire collection will only be available at ...

Curseborn Saga creators Peter Kolias (aka Squall Ace), Trevor Barber (aka Elnath Shanks), Simon Gatsu Sandoval (who doesn’t use a pen name) and Justin Barber (aka Trowa Cloud) hold a book signing at Warwick’s May 30.

La Jolla High grads launch fantasy book series, 'Curseborn'

Jun 10, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

The four creators of the Curseborn Saga line of books — two of whom are La Jolla High School graduates — consider themselves a traveling, storytelling band of pirates. Their story, expressed in novellas and graphic novels (and eventually a series of audio books and an animated series), explores the myth of Eiendrahk, the never-ending war between the Goddess of Life and the God of Death, in a made up world of fantasy. With illustrations by Sean Lam Hayashi, the ...


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