Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, September 8, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 8, 2018 

Naomi Hirahara Co-Authors 
Book 'Life After Manzanar'

Library to Launch New 
Teen Advisory Board

New Selection of 'Raising 
Abilities' at the Library

 “Life after Manzanar” is a 2018 
book co-written by mystery 
and nonfiction author Naomi 
Hirahara, who graduated from 
South Pasadena High School, 
and Heather C. Lundquist, an 
award winning editor, author, 
and writer of museum scripts. 
Its perceptive Foreword is 
written by Dr. Art Hansen, a 
Professor Emeritus of History 
and Asian American Studies at 
Cal State, Fullerton. During his 
CSUF tenure, he was Founding 
Director of both the Center for 
Oral and Public History and 
its Japanese American Oral 
History Project.

 Heyday Books, the 
distinguished publisher of 
“Life After Manzanar,” released 
five books from 2013 to 
2017 that were accorded the 
California Historical Society 
Book Award. Almost all of the 
books published by Heyday 
are available from the Library 
collection which also contains 
dozens of other books by South 
Pasadena-related authors.

 ”Life After Manzanar” is called 
by its publisher Heyday Books 
“a nuanced account of the 
‘Resettlement’: the relatively 
unexamined period when 
ordinary people of Japanese 
ancestry, having been unjustly 
imprisoned during World War 
II, were finally released from 
custody. Given $25 and a one-
way bus ticket, some ventured 
east to start over, while others 
returned to Southern California 
only to face discrimination and 
an alarming scarcity of housing 
and jobs.“

 The book weaves new and 
archival oral histories into 
a narrative that reveals the 
lives of former internees, 
both with their struggles and 
unlikely triumphs. The book 
is published in collaboration 
with the Manzanar History 
Association and serves as 
a poignant example of the 
effects of war on a vulnerable, 
innocent population and the 
power of the human spirit.

 Naomi Hirahara is a writer 
of both nonfiction books and 
mysteries. With Geraldine 
Knatz, she cowrote “Terminal 
Island: The Lost Communities 
of Los Angeles Harbor,” which 
won a Bruckman Award for 
Excellence and an Award of 
Merit from the Conference of 
California Historical Societies. 
Her Edgar Award–winning Mas 
Arai mysteries have also been 
published in France, Japan, 
and Korea. A former editor of 
the “Rafu Shimpo” newspaper, 
Naomi also curates historical 
exhibitions and writes articles 
and short stories

 Heather C. Lindquist is 
the editor of “Children of 
Manzanar,” a copublication by 
Heyday and Manzanar History 
Association, which received 
an award of excellence from 
the Association of Partners 
for Public Lands in 2013, 
and she was one of several 
contributing authors to 
“Freedom in My Heart: Voices 
from the United States National 
Slavery Museum,” published 
by National Geographic in 
2007. She has also written 
numerous exhibit scripts for 
museums, visitor centers, 
and national parks across 
the country, including the 
Manzanar National Historic 
Site; the National Prisoner of 
War Museum at Andersonville, 
Georgia; and the Natural 
History Museum of Los 
Angeles County.

 TAB LogoThe South Pasadena 
Public Library is pleased to 
announce the launch of a Teen 
Advisory Board (TAB) this 
fall. TAB is a small team of 
high school students who will 
work with library staff to help 
shape library services for teens. 
TAB members will brainstorm 
ideas about improving the Teen 
Zone, recommend materials 
for the library to purchase, help 
plan and promote events, and 
assist with programs. 

 TAB will run from September 
19th through December 5th, 
2018 with meetings on selected 
Wednesday afternoons from 
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Students 
must apply to participate 
in TAB and can download 
applications from the 
Library’s TAB webpage: www. 

 Applications are due 
September 14th. 

 Participants will earn 
community service hours 
for attending meetings and 
helping with events. TAB will 
encourage students to think 
creatively, meet new people and 
make friends, work together, 
problem solve and plan with 
other teens, and have fun while 
gaining experience and helping 
the Library. 

 TAB will celebrate Teen Read 
Week in October by presenting 
Anime Your Way, a hands-on 
drawing workshop led by artist 
Brian Lopez on Wednesday, 
October 10, 2018 from 4:30 - 
5:30 p.m. Designed for teens 
ages 13-17, the workshop is a 
step-by-step introduction to 
drawing in the manga style. 

 For complete details about 
TAB and how to apply, please 


 The incidence of Autism 
Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 
has exploded in recent 
times,: increasing somewhere 
between 2000% and 4000% 
in only 25 years. According 
to a study released by the 
Center for Disease Control 
and Prevention (CDC) on 
April 26, 2018, Autism now 
affects an estimated one in 
every 59 children (1 in 37 boys 
and 1 in 151 girls) in the U.S. 
Some experts consider those 
figures to be underestimates. 
Autism cuts across all racial 
and socioeconomic lines and 
its exact causes are unknown. 
There is no known cure, 
although early diagnosis 
and professional advice and 
treatment can be very effective.

 Locally, for about 10 years, 
the South Pasadena Public 
Library and the Friends of the 
South Pasadena Public library 
have continued a partnership 
with the Kiwanis Club of South 
Pasadena and the Institute for 
the Redesign of Learning (IRL) 
-- popularly known in the 
community as the Almansor 
Center-- to present the ever-
expanding “Raising Abilities 
Collection” which now 
contains about 120 up-to-date 
books on Autism and other 
disorders for parents, children, 
teachers, and professionals. 
During the past 8 years or so, 
the partnering organizations 
have also teamed up to present 
free Author Night events at the 
Library showcasing experts 
Areva Martin, Amalia Starr, 
LeeAndra Chergey, and Diane 
Cullinane (a South Pasadena 
resident), all of whom have also 
authored powerful books that 
are contained in the Raising 
Abilities Collection. 

 All of the books in the 
collection can be looked up 
on the library’s online catalog 
by author, title, subject, 
and by their series name of 
“Raising Abilities.” An updated 
brochure for Fall 2018, also 
incorporating the newest titles 
to be ordered, is now available 
from the Library and copies are 
being sent to Kiwanis and IRL 
for their help with distribution.. 
Earlier this year copies of the 
Raising Abilities brochure were 
distributed to approximately 
150 local families by the South 
Pasadena Parents of Children 
with Special Needs Support 
Group at their Special Needs 

 The following books have 
recently been ordered for the 
“Raising Abilities” collection 
and will be available soon for 
checkouts or reserves:

From Thoughts to Obsessions: 
Obsessive Compulsive 
Disorder in Children and 

Encouraging Appropriate 
Behavior for Children on the 
Autism Spectrum: Frequently 
Asked Questions

Visual Perception Problems 
in Children with AD/HD, 
Autism, and Other Learning 

Special Brothers and Sisters; 
Stories and Tips for Siblings of 
Children with Special Needs, 
Disabilities, and Serious Illness

Teaching Children with Down 
Syndrome about Their Bodies, 
Boundaries, and Sexuality: 
A Guide for Parents and 

Teaching Reading to Children 
with Down Syndrome: A Guide 
for Parents and Teachers

Early Communication Skills for 
Children with Down Syndrome

 Books on Autism 
and Related 

Blue Boy Conservation 
Exhibition Set to Open Sept 22


 The exhibition “Project Blue 
Boy” will open at The Huntington 
Library, Art Collections, and 
Botanical Gardens on Sept. 
22, offering visitors a glimpse 
into the technical processes of 
a senior conservator working 
on the famous painting as well 
as background on its history, 
mysteries, and artistic virtues. 
One of the most iconic paintings 
in British and American history, 
The Blue Boy, made around 
1770 by English painter Thomas 
Gainsborough (1727-1788), 
is undergoing its first major 
conservation treatment. Home 
to the work since its acquisition 
by founder Henry E. Huntington 
in 1921, The Huntington will 
conduct some of the project in 
public view, as part of a year-
long educational exhibition that 
runs through Sept. 30, 2019.

 The Blue Boy requires 
conservation to address both 
structural and visual concerns. 
“Earlier conservation treatments 
mainly have involved adding new 
layers of varnish as temporary 
solutions to keep it on view as 
much as possible,” said Christina 
O’Connell, The Huntington’s 
senior paintings conservator 
working on the painting and 
co-curator of the exhibition. 
“The original colors now appear 
hazy and dull, and many of the 
details are obscured.” According 
to O’Connell, there are also 
several areas where the paint 
is beginning to lift and flake, 
making the work vulnerable 
to paint loss and permanent 
damage; and the adhesion 
between the painting and its 
lining is separating, meaning it 
does not have adequate support 
for long-term display.

 The painting first appeared in 
public in the Royal Academy 
exhibition of 1770 as A Portrait 
of a Young Gentleman, where 
it received high acclaim, and by 
1798 it was being called “The 
Blue Boy”–-a nickname that 

 Huntington is located at 1151 
Oxford Road, San Marino. 
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 The City of San Marino is 
working with the Pasadena 
Humane Society and other 
organizations in the San 
Gabriel Valley to monitor, 
track and respond to coyote 
complaints. For information 
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