Council OKs Hiring Director for Library, Recreation Depts.

The San Marino City Council has voted to fund and hire a community services director, setting up the hiring of a department head who will ultimately have control of both the Recreation Department and Crowell Public Library.
In approving the post, the council directed City Manager Marcella Marlowe at its meeting last week to eliminate the Recreation Department manager position at her discretion, the rationale being that the new director will be primarily focused on that department and that the money to pay for the position has to come from somewhere. Continue reading “Council OKs Hiring Director for Library, Recreation Depts.”

Library Efficiency: There’s a Scanner for That

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Longtime Crowell Public Library employee Lora Smith demonstrates the ease by which library patrons can scan their library card and check out materials using the library’s new radio frequency identification system.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Longtime Crowell Public Library employee Lora Smith demonstrates the ease by which library patrons can scan their library card and check out materials using the library’s new radio frequency identification system.

It seems like a simple addition to the facility, but it is a welcome one for the staff at Crowell Public Library.
The new RFID — radio frequency identification — hardware was recently installed at the library’s checkout desks and at the entryways, and the staff is now well into the Herculean task of placing the system’s corresponding tags
into the nearly 90,000 books and other items circulated from the library. Those tags, which are essentially square stickers on the insides of covers, contain a chip that transmits the book’s information to the system to check it out to a patron.
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New Library Technology Booked for Crowell

Crowell Public Library hopes to have a new system implemented by September that would expedite check-out times for patrons and help staff keep track of where everything is.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) chips will be installed in each book, magazine, DVD and CD this year, courtesy of the company mk Solutions. The Library Board of Trustees recently discussed the development in a joint meeting with the City Council. Continue reading “New Library Technology Booked for Crowell”

San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Bookmark contest winners Kimberly Pan (from left), Caitlin Chwang, Irene Xue, Ken Chen and Ashley Tanaka show off their winning bookmarks at Crowell Public Library’s open house with Linda Chang, Brent Chang and Ann Gluck, whose company the Chang Group was a contest sponsor. Madeleine Cham (not pictured) also was a contest winner.
Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK
Bookmark contest winners Kimberly Pan (from left), Caitlin Chwang, Irene Xue, Ken Chen and Ashley Tanaka show off their winning bookmarks at Crowell Public Library’s open house with Linda Chang, Brent Chang and Ann Gluck, whose company the Chang Group was a contest sponsor. Madeleine Cham (not pictured) also was a contest winner.

Local families and community leaders gathered Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Crowell Public Library. A fun-filled day of activities was sponsored by the library’s board of trustees, Friends of the Library and the San Marino Public Library Foundation.
Early visitors were welcomed with a tour of the library, which was completed in 2008 at a cost of $17 million, $12 million of which was donated by private citizens. Continue reading “San Marino’s Crowell Library Turns 10”

East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged

An informal poll of the Barth Community Room at Crowell Public Library last Wednesday indicated that around half of the audience was immigrants and perhaps a half-dozen fell into the “1.5 generation” category.
This was a good pool for Larry Wong, a marriage and family therapist, who was on hand, courtesy of Partnership for Awareness, to discuss the issues related to how children of immigrant families develop their identities, specifically as it relates to East and Southeast Asian culture. As he noted early into his discussion, his family had immigrated to Los Angeles from Hong Kong before he was born; he never learned Mandarin. Continue reading “East, West Cultural Discussion Encouraged”

Marlowe: From Aspiring Judge to City Manager

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Marcella Marlowe explains her life and career to interested residents last week.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Marcella Marlowe explains her life and career to interested residents last week.

It was a chance job with the city of Calabasas that set Marcella Marlowe on the path to becoming city manager for the city of San Marino.
Having grown up there before the city incorporated, Marlowe had freshly earned her bachelor’s degree in classical Greek civilization and, by her own admission, was looking for an easy gig that let her sleep in each day. Calabasas City Hall was looking for a part-time afternoon receptionist and Marlowe hailed it as “Jackpot!” Continue reading “Marlowe: From Aspiring Judge to City Manager”

Local Student Plugs Recycling With Old-Battery Bins

Emily Battaglia, an 8th-grader from San Marino, helped place battery recycling bins like this one in the UPS Store and Crowell Public Library in town.
Emily Battaglia, an 8th-grader from San Marino, helped place battery recycling bins like this one in the UPS Store and Crowell Public Library in town.

Don’t know what to do with your old batteries?
Thanks to an enterprising San Marino girl, you can drop them off at either Crowell Public Library or the local UPS Store so that they may be properly and safely recycled. Continue reading “Local Student Plugs Recycling With Old-Battery Bins”

State Senator Speaks to Parent Group About School Start Time

Having successfully lobbied for it in both his legislative body and his hometown, state Sen. Anthony Portantino hopes to tackle the topic of later start times for middle and high schools in San Marino.
Speaking before the San Marino Schools Participation Forum last Friday, Portantino first related to the parents in the room that among his many other roles and titles, he is “more than anything else, just a public school dad.” Continue reading “State Senator Speaks to Parent Group About School Start Time”