Wordless Wednesday: SoCal Skylines

Laguna Niguel Sunset

Sunset at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

If you’re new here, let it be known that this Wordless Wednesday is for Angry Julie.  In her own words:  “I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) that you took in the past week and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that ‘speaks’ for itself, no words needed.”

Agoura Hills Holds City-Wide Paper Shredding Event

Drowning in paper!
Shred-it and the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s Identity Theft Task Force will help you protect the security of your confidential information by shredding your personal documents for FREE! This event is open to everyone, hosted by the City of Agoura Hills.Date:

October 9th, 2010


9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Agoura Hills City Hall

30001 Ladyface Court

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Free Content Jackpot: the Local Library

I’m not sure when the light went off in my head – maybe it was when I realized I had purchased a book that I later decided I hated.  Why pay $16 or more for a paperback that sucks and then give it away or put it out in the front yard in a box marked “Free?”  You can get all the books you need – for free – at the library!

I grew up around the corner from the main branch of my hometown’s public library.  I practically lived there during the summers.  It’s not like the concept of a library is something new to me.  I guess I just got lazy.  Well now I’m a mom, and there are many things I’m lazy about, but spending less money is not one of those things.  Plus, bringing my kids to the library is a great way to a) kill time b) mess up someone else’s place instead of my house and c) teach them about books, responsibility, and public manners.

I have learned that I can’t look for books for myself when my boys are with me because they are still small and need my supervision, but never fear.  During the years when I was foolishly buying books at overpriced big box stores instead of using the library, the system miraculously modernized their functions and now I can simply go online, select the book I want, tell the library which location is convenient for me, and then soon I get an email that says “Ding!  Your book’s ready!”  And I just drive to the local branch and pick it up.  And if the book’s a stinker, well, some other sucker gets to check it out after I’m done.

Imagine my delight when I visited the Agoura Hills Public Library for the first time.  In a building that also houses the civic center and city hall, the library complex is a tasteful Craftsman-style bungalow.  A giant, sprawling bungalow.  The interior is calm and organized, with a spacious rotunda with tiny benches in the children’s section.  Several private conference rooms are available for use by reservation.  The staff is patient and kind, you know, like love.  And…there’s plenty of parking.  Ah, the suburbs.

[photo from City of Agoura Hills website]