DOWNEY – The Friends of the Downey City Library holds monthly silent auctions to raise money for library programs. This month’s items include:
“A Crack in the Edge of the World” (the definitive look at the political and sociological effect of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906);
“Islam: An Illustrated History” (illuminating text and stunning artwork and photographs provide a fascinating and accessible guide to this world religion);
“DiMaggio-Setting the Records Straight” “The Life and Times of Babe Ruth” “Cobb-The Life and Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball” (biographies of three of the greatest men to ever play the game);
“Pop Sixties” (culled from the archives of Magnum Photos, these photos celebrate the memorable moments of the decade);
“The Big Book of Civil War Sites” (provides historical and geographical information for all the major Civil War sites);
“Through Indian Eyes-The Untold Story of Native American Peoples” (a fascinating look at our common history as the first Americans experienced it-lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings and maps);
“Mechanix Illustrated-March 1948” “Mechanix Illustrated-June 1957” “Popular Science-August 1959” “Electronics Illustrated-June 1966” (some very interesting ideas and projections from four popular magazines in their time);
“Legacies” (the Smithsonian’s collection of American artifacts with pictures, dates and names of 250 items in the collection);
“Rush Revere and the American Revolution” “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims” (experience the voyage of the Mayflower firsthand – How was the food? Why did you leave Europe? – and then the Revolution with Rush – Limbaugh – and his horse Liberty);
“The Good Cookie” (an assortment of international favorite recipes plus a wealth of hard-won baking advice – more than 250 recipes with a section for baking with children);
“The Complete Works of Shakespeare” (published in 1986, re-examines the original documents and is edited according to the most up-to-date findings of textual scholarship);
“Titanic-Triumph and Tragedy” (an astonishingly thorough pictorial record of her brief existence-hundreds of stories and pictures).
Books have opening bids from $5-$8 and are on display in the library lobby. Bids can be made through noon, Saturday, April 30, on cards in the Friend’s Bookstore located in the young adult section of the library.