Welcome to the Culver City Friends of the Library website! The
Friends are a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the Culver
City Julian Dixon Library. Your support enables the Culver City
Julian Dixon Library to enrich its resources, enhance its services,
and expand its programs to maximize the Library's role and usefulness
in the community.
One Book, One City
The One Book, One City program, sponsored by the Culver City Friends
of the Library as part of the Centennial Celebration was well-attended
and well-received. The selected book, West of Sunset by Stewart
O'Nan, is a fictionalized account of the time F. Scott Fitzgerald
was working as a screenwriter at MGM, located in Culver City.
A variety of events were held, culminating in a talk by the author
at the library on Saturday, October 15. The interested audience
members were able to listen to O'Nan talk about the process of writing
the book, his experiences as a writer, and hear an excerpt from
his new book, City of Secrets. A Question and Answer session followed
the talk. Participants were able to chat with O'Nan and have their
books signed, and a reception and mini-book sale were held in the
Community Room of the Culver City Julian Dixon Library.
Several discussions of the book preceded the final weekend. These
discussions were held at the library, at the Senior Center and at
Temple Akiba. Numerous community book groups and individuals read
and discussed West of Sunset in the months preceding the author's
visit. An additional talk at the library by author Lesley M.M. Blume
who wrote the book Everybody Behaves Badly, the story of Ernest
Hemingway and the writing of The Sun Also Rises, gave a good description
of the relationship between Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
A historical tour of Sony, allowed 40 community members and O'Nan
to get a closer look at the studio where Fitzgerald spent so much
of his time. This was followed by two presentations at Culver City
High School by O'Nan, who gave students a look at the life of an
author, and what it takes to become a best-selling writer. Friday
evening ended with a social hour at the Culver Hotel for members
of the Friends of the Library.
Thanks to Sony Pictures and Janice Pober for making the tour possible,
to the Culver Hotel for providing accommodations for O'Nan's visit,
and to Sorrento Italian Market for providing sandwiches for high
school students who attended the lunchtime presentation as well
as the dedicated volunteers who made everything run so smoothly.
Readers Wanted !!
Are you a reader? Do you belong to a book club?
Do you like reading for enjoyment? For information? Do you like
discussing what you read? Do you just read for your own pleasure?
Do you like hearing authors speak? No matter what category you fall
into, the Culver City Friends of the Library invite you to join
our One Book, One City reading project to help celebrate the Culver
After spending several months investigating books that are relevant
to Culver City itself, we chose West of Sunset by best-selling author
Stewart O'Nan for our Citywide Centennial Read. This is the fictionalized
story of F.Scott Fitzgerald's life while he was trying to make ends
meet as a screenwriter at MGM studios, now the Sony Pictures Entertainment
lot on Overland. Filled with references to the Golden Age of Hollywood,
local color and the actors, movies and players of the time, this
is a perfect complement to our celebration of Culver City's Centennial.
We are planning several activities to enhance your enjoyment of
the book. Among other activities, we will have a readers' discussion
at the library and one at the senior center, a historical tour of
the Sony lot, and a talk by Stewart O'Nan himself at the library
on Saturday morning, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. In addition, the author
will be speaking to students at Culver City High School on October
14 during lunch, and to a couple of classes during the day.
Books are available on loan at the Culver City Julian Dixon library
and for purchase at the Ripped Bodice bookstore, located at 3806
Main Street in Culver City, or Lundeen's at 9726 Washington Boulevard.
Special thanks to the Culver Hotel and Sorrento Italian Market for
helping sponsor this event!
This is a great opportunity to share a love of reading with the
love of our city. Invite a friend to join you in reading the book
and becoming part of the Centennial Celebration!
As part of the One Book, One
City program for the Culver City Centennial, the Friends of the
Library are pleased to announce that in addition to the appearance
by Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset on Saturday, October
15, we have a second author visit scheduled. Lesley M.M. Blume,
author of Everybody Behaves Badly, will be at the Culver City Julian
Dixon Library on Thursday, September 29 at 6 p.m. to discuss her
here for more detailed information.
ONE BOOK, ONE CITY LINKS
Culver City Centennial
of Sunset Photo Hunt
FIND THE BOOK AT:
Lundeen's- 9726 Washington Bl., Culver City
The Ripped Bodice-
3806 Main St. Culver City
City Julian Dixon Library- 4975 Overland, Culver City
F.SCOTT FITZGERALD LINKS:
Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood
for Fitzgerald by author Lesley M.M. Blume
tour of F. Scott Fitzgerald's St Paul sites
GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD LINKS
Click here for
a printable version of this flyer.
Click here for more information
about this book.
printable version of this flyer click here.
Hard at Work During the Book Sale
It is people like these that make our library possible.
Donor photo taken at the 2014 Installation Dinner Event
Click here for the original photo not sized to fit.
Click here to view the Donor list for the Library
and see some project details
here to see the entire 7 page collection of "Edible Books 2011"
Click here to see a partial listing of titles purchased by the CCFOL for our Library
here to see photos of the CCFOL knitting class.
here for the Whip Cream Butter Cream Icing recipe.
here to see the Culver City Friends of the Library knitting class photos.
Click here for an application.
Culver City Julian Dixon Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue in Culver
For more information, pick up a flyer at the library
or phone, write or email the Culver City Friends of the Library, www.ccfol.org,
and (310) 559-1676.
Culver City Julian Dixon Library
Culver City Friends of the Library-www.ccfol.org
4975 Overland Avenue,
For ADA accommodation, call
of Los Angeles Public Library (310) 830-0231 (voice) or (310) 830-4532 (TTY)
www.colapublib.org Monday-Friday 8-5 at least 6 days prior to event