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Langdon, one of the librarians at Edendale Library introduced a new children’s librarian at toddler story time this week. According to Langdon, Krista, the new librarian, arrives compliments of our Mayor V, who made it a campaign promise to expand library services. Toddler hour was packed this week – as usual since new year's -- not enough chairs, moms sitting on the floor. A beefed-up children’s program is more than welcome. Hours will be extended, too.

Then, just as I am getting over my amazement at seeing library services improve, I take my dog to Elysian Park and see that a good neighbor has provided hundred of “bio bags” – compostable, bio-degradable, doggy-doo bags – for free. Posted them on a tree at one of the popular foot trails that lead down to the official trail where we all walk. then on the path itself. (Not to overlook the thoughtfulness of other neighbors who have provided used grocery bags for the same purpose.) Thank you, neighbor.

On our walk I noticed a new bird -- a woodpecker, made of wood. The Bird Man of Echo Park (aka Leo) strikes again!? There has been talk that some of the other birds -- the condor, for instance -- have been moved. But no one is quite sure. It did seem to me the other day that the condor was roosting on a tree a bit farther into the "woods" than I was used to see him.

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