Angst at Gabrielino High School

On Thursday, November 15, about 200 students and parents viewed IndieFlix’s documentary Angst at the Goodson Theatre, made possible by a grant from San Gabriel Community Foundation. With one screening in the morning during 4th period and another in the evening with students and parents, these screenings kicked off the line of activities related to the grant “Addressing Teen Stress Through Community Action”.


Following the evening screening, Librarian Fiona Reimers moderated a Q&A with school and community experts including: Hoa Nguyen, LMFT from Asian Pacific Family Center; Denise Ledesma, SGUSD District Social Worker; Chris Saporito, Gabrielino Counselor; and Gil Magana, SGPD Mental Evaluation Team. 


The film stirred up a lot of questions, and the panel did an excellent job of addressing all sorts of topics such as how anxiety relates to social media and whether parents can educate their children on using it, degrees of anxiety and when to be concerned, reluctance of teens to talk to their counselors at school, and issues related to immigrant families and anxiety.  It was a healthy discussion and indicated the level of interest and concern in the community about this issue. 


All participants--parents and students--were encouraged to contact the school counseling office if they had any other questions. 

Addressing Teen Stress Through Community Action

It was announced on August 15, 2018, that the Friends of the San Gabriel Library would be awarded a $5,000 grant from San Gabriel Community Foundation to “Address Teen Stress Through Community Action”.

Stress, anxiety, fatigue, sleep deprivation, and depression were identified by San Gabriel Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) as teens’ top health concerns in the San Gabriel community. Now the library is able to do something about it.

Through partnering with local schools to provide therapeutic books and materials, as well as a documentary called Angst—which will be screened at Gabrielino High School on November 15 and will be open to the public—students will have resources at their fingertips. Pictured above is Principal of Gabrielino High School, Sharron Heinrich, and school counselor Denise Faigao, receiving some of these materials that will be housed at Gabrielino and used in student counseling sessions.

Additionally, the library is bolstering its mental health collection with books, DVDs, and materials that relate directly to teens. Programs including Teen Yoga and a series of stress-free art workshops will provide tools to teens to overcome stress and anxiety.

We thank the San Gabriel Community Foundation for this awesome grant and everything we will be able to achieve with it!

For more information about this grant, please visit the link below:

Women's Foundation Awards $500 to FOL

$500 Grant awarded to The Friends of the San Gabriel Library by the San Gabriel Women’s Foundation

The money has been used to pay for laptops that were purchased for an 11-week Coding Discovery Club for tweens and teens held throughout this summer. The Coding Club is already underway and seeing a lot of interest from youth in the community. Students are learning html and Java from local high school students who are volunteering their time until the end of August, and the full class wouldn’t have enough laptops without the money from this grant. Thank you, Women’s Foundation!

Beverage Tour of Asia

May 12, 2018

This drink-tasting teen program attracted an audience of all ages. Teen Librarian Fiona Reimers prepared three different drinks from around Asia in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. She made a Nam Dang-Mu Pan from Thailand, a mango lassi from India, and a Salty Lime Soda from Vietnam and explained history and some cultural context for each. Plenty of Asian cookbooks were on display for customers to take home. All of the ingredients were generously provided by the Friends of the Library, which contributed to a happy audience who got to sample each drink and have a second or third helping.