Marionettes Show


On September 7th, Franklin Haynes Marionettes came to the library to entertain children 5-12 and their families. The show “The Princess and The Pirates” involved freeing the Princess from Jack Cannonball and Skull Island. Other characters included her brother John, the pirate’s dog Treasure and their island friends. Children sat in a circle around the stage; mesmerized by touching and interacting with the characters. Mr. Haynes closed the show with a demonstration of how to make puppets using household items.


Accessible Astronomy


On August 10th, Richard Wade presented “Down to Earth Astronomy” for children 5-12 and their families. Using common objects, the audience learned “How Big is Big? How Far is Far?” by building scale models of the earth, moon, sun, solar system and stars to grasp the vastness of the universe. The program was especially meaningful as Richard also explained the upcoming solar eclipse, how it occurs, what to expect and how to safely watch it. 


Aloha from the Islands


On July 27th, the Polynesian Dancers once again provided the Summer Program Finale. The standing-room-only crowd enjoyed music, costumes and dances from a variety of islands. Children were called up on stage to learn basic dance patterns and performed several songs as a group. After the Polynesian performance, attendees re-convened in the outside patio for refreshing Italian ice, fruit drinks and fruit kabobs while being serenaded with classic favorites performed by our local favorite, the Malibu Ukulele Orchestra


Decorate Your Notebook


On July 26th, Insley Julier along with the Malibu HS summer interns enjoyed an afternoon expressing their individual style through coloring and creating personalized notebooks. This program was part of the summer reading program; a great way to prepare students for the 2017-18 fall school year. 


Cupcake Decorating


On July 19th, Insley Julier, with the help of Malibu HS summer interns hosted teens and tweens for summer cupcake decorating. The Friends purchased cupcakes from Sweet Arlene’s, plus icing, tube frosting and fondant. Participants frosted the cakes in white, then rolled out fondant and used cookie cutters to make shapes, and finished it all by using tube frosting to complete their masterpieces. Parents rushed to take photos before products were enthusiastically devoured! 


Interior Design


On July 18th, Elizabeth Lamont and her assistants conducted an Interior Design Workshop.  Lamont owns “Room at the Beach” at Cross Creek Center and has more than 25 years experience. She guided participants through the design process using slides from various projects emphasizing how a home should reflect one’s unique personality and style while creating a warm, relaxing space to reside. During the final hour, participants created their own dream space on poster board using fabric, wallpaper samples, and magazine photos.


Up, Up and Away


On July 13th, Mad Science introduced 50+ children and their parents to the principles of air and pressure. The audience was amazed to see what happens when dust, air, and a little flame are combined. Hot air balloons, vortex generators, and even a hovercraft helped children understand the power of air!


Anime Drawing


During “Anime Your Way,” Carlos Nieto III walked 25 participants through a step-by-step drawing program to illustrate their favorite anime characters or create their own from scratch.  After leading attendees through a brief history of the evolution of cartooning and anime styles, Nieto encouraged teens to practice, experiment and be innovators! 


Getting Organized


Laura Ellis, President of the Los Angeles National Association of Professional Organizers, broke the organization process down into 10 steps and gave participants a list of questions to ask themselves as they tackle de-cluttering projects.  Participants left feeling encouraged and motivated by her practical advice! 


Creating Vision Boards


On Saturday, June 24th, Judith Fine-Sarchielli and her assistant conducted a memorable and fun vision board workshop. As a certified Vision Board Coach and Transactional Analysis Practitioner, Judith shared her vast knowledge and resources about life transitions, life story edits, and creative marketing. At the end of the three-hour workshop, using active imagination to guide goals and map dreams, each participant successfully created and took home a personalized vision board.