The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library offers a variety of free programs for adults every month. To find out more about our programs, be sure to bookmark this page or call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.
Library Lovers' Day: Meet Your Perfect Book!
February 14 is not just Valentine’s Day – it's also Library Lovers’ Day! To celebrate, fill out our quick survey and get a personalized reading suggestion. Printed copies of the survey are available at the Reference Desk, or you can complete and submit your survey online here.
Then, drop by February 14 - 23 to meet your perfect reading match! (Note: If you complete your survey after February 14, we'll notify you when your "match" is ready.) Our librarians will handpick a book they think you'll love and have it wrapped and waiting for you - along with a little sweet treat! If you can't make it into the library, we can also email you our suggestion. For more information, call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic
Beginning January 18- April 11
Mondays 12:30- 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Individuals or families whose income is less than $63,500 are invited to participate in Chinatown Service Center’s free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic. This program helps U.S. residents or legal Green Card holders prepare their 2023 federal and state income tax returns. Services are by appointment only. For appointments, call (626) 307-1366 or register online.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic – Saturdays
Saturday, March 9 and 23, 10:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. in the Computer Lab
Haven Neighborhood Services will present VITA clinics on Saturdays. This service helps low-to moderate-income individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited-English speakers file their taxes each year. Tax preparation services will be conducted in Spanish, English and Mandarin. For more information about the program or to register, call Adult Services. .
Securing Your Digital World
Wednesday, February 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Langley Senior Center
Hear about the latest scams and tricks from the internet and learn how to keep yourself safe while browsing the web.
Reimagining Asian Communities: A Morning with Curtis Chin, Jeff Yang & Paula Yoo
Saturday, February 24 at 11 a.m. in the Friends Room
Join us for a lively discussion exploring Asian American communities and culture! Our panel of acclaimed authors will talk about a wide range of topics including Chinese restaurant culture, Asian American representation in film and television, the 1992 LA uprisings - and, of course, their books!
- Curtis Chin, author of Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant.
- Jeff Yang, author of The Golden Screen: The Movies That Made Asian America.
- Paula Yoo, author of Rising from The Ashes: Los Angeles, 1992. Edward Jae Song Lee, Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and a City on Fire (May 2024) and From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement.
- Dr. Juily Phun (moderator), Assistant Professor of Asian/Asian American Studies at Cal State LA.
Books will be available for sale and signing.
Saturday, February 24 at 3 p.m. in the Friends Room
Saturday March 23 at 2 p.m. in the Friends Room
Join other crafters to share ideas, compare projects, or simply chat while you work! Bring your own supplies or use provided supplies to craft away.
Introduction to Tinkercad
Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. in the Computer Lab
Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. in the Computer Lab
Did you know that the Library offers free 3D printing services? Learn how to create your own 3D printing file using the Tinkercad online modeling program and have it printed at the Library for free! This program is designed for patrons aged 12 and up. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Friends Room
Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about famous female artists and their work. Art supplies will be provided to give you the chance to try your hand at their styles.
Free Legal Assistance Clinic
Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Friends Room
Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to answer questions at the free legal assistance clinic sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Southern California (AJSOCAL). Attorneys will answer questions about immigration, criminal law, civil matters, estate planning, government benefits, labor and employment. Registration is required. For more information and to register, call Adult Services.
Job Seeker Support
Wednesday, March 13 at 2-4 p.m. in the Computer Lab
Chinatown Service Center will offer 30-minute one-on-one appointments to help write resumes or cover letters, as well as offering job-seeking tips. Please bring a copy of your resume or cover letter to your appointment. Help is available in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. To register, visit bit.ly/428Stnq.
The Potato Chip Queen of Monterey Park
Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. in the Friends Room
Celebrate National Potato Chip Day with a fascinating talk about local business icon, Laura Scudder, and a delectable session of potato chip tasting! In the 1920s, Scudder defied convention by turning a simple potato chip into a million-dollar empire. The talk will be presented by Emmy-nominated TV writer/producer Ellen Sandler who wrote an article on Scudder for The Food Journal of the Culinary Historians of Southern California.
Open Mic Karaoke
Wednesday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Friends Room
Step into the spotlight at Open Mic Karaoke! It is your time to shine, so grab the microphone and give it your all!
Open Mic Karaoke
Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m.
Attorneys from Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Southern California (AJSOCAL) will provide a free housing rights clinic. Meet with an attorney for free legal counsel and help with a variety of housing-related issues and free full legal representation for eligible tenants facing eviction. Other service areas include immigration, citizenship, anti-Asian discrimination, family law and more. Make an appointment for free legal counseling by calling 888-349-9695 (English) or 800-520-2356 (Chinese).
Agatha Christie Tea Party
Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. in the Friends Room
Calling all mystery fans: Hercule Poirot needs your help solving his latest whodunit! The clues are gathered, the suspects have been questioned, but can you figure out the criminal? Work together or alone in this immersive puzzle game to solve the mystery. Light refreshments will be provided.
Get Fit While You Sit
Join staff on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. as we practice pose to learn how to maintain flexibility, improve posture and boost memory, concentration and focus with simple brain exercises. Staff will conduct these sessions in English. To register, call Adult Services.
Langley Senior Center
400 W Emerson Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Can't make it in person? Watch our Get Fit While You Sit videos on YouTube!
Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
In the second floor Computer Lab
If you have a computer, phone or tablet that you need assistance with, come to Technology Help, where a Library staff member will be present to answer your questions. Computers will also be available for one-on-one help with the internet or email. Help is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
Matinee and Movie Club
Stay after the movie for an optional small group discussion about the movie where we will discuss the characters and ideas in the film, and what we liked - or did not like - about it.
Tuesday, February 27 at 1 p.m. in the Friends Room
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck…suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. Director Sasie Sealy brings to life a dark comedy about immigrant life, the vulnerabilities of aging and an unexpected friendship. Set in alleyways underground mahjong parlors with a cast of richly drawn characters (including Taiwanese movie star Corey Ha), LUCKY GRANDMA is a love letter to Chinatown and an homage to all the badass elderly women who inhabit it. Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. This movie is not rated and runs 87 minutes.
Tuesday, March 12 at 1 p.m. in the Friends Room
Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. Stay after the movie for an optional small group discussion where we will talk about the characters and ideas in the film, and what we liked - or did not like - about it.
She's Beautiful When She's Angry: The History of the Women’s Liberation Movement
Tuesday, March 26 at 1 p.m. in the Friends Room
Commemorate Women’s History Month with this provocative, rousing and often humorous account of the birth of the modern women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s through to its contemporary manifestations in the new millennium, direct from the women who lived it. This movie is not rated and runs for 92 minutes.