I know exactly where I was the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 1963. I imagine most Americans 55 or older today remember where they were that day. At 12.30 p.m. Central Standard Time, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated, shot fatally by a sniper. At this moment, it is said, our nation lost its collective innocence, our world view changed.
Some of my favorite requests come from a bound periodical called Paradise Of the Pacific: Hawaii’s Illustrated Monthly Magazine. The library has bound issues from (1933:04-1966:06.) This little gem is filled with poetry, articles on Hawaiian customs, bits of history, agriculture and geographical information throughout the pacific region. Every time I fill a request from this magazine I feel like I have gone on a pacific journey.
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.
For the fun, quirky and just plain good information on everything Los Angeles, below is a list of some of the best Los Angeles related Twitter feeds to follow. To sign up for Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com and create a profile. Once a Twitter profile is created you can then follow the below twitter feeds suggested, for continuous updates on Los Angeles related news, information and current events.
Local L.A. Government twitter feeds
When I first started researching the life of 1930s/40s film star Ann Dvorak back in 1998, the Internet was around but there wasn’t much to be found on her. I did own a CD-ROM called Cinemania, a precursor to IMDB, which had the actress’s incomplete filmography listed, but other than that a computer held little value in uncovering the life of the reclusive Dvorak.
Writing Groups in Los Angeles
Here in the Literature and Fiction department, we meet a lot of aspiring writers looking for a chance to practice their craft and get a second opinion on their latest work. As the Library does not provide editing or critiquing services, we look for ways to guide these patrons to those individuals more suited to helping them. In a city of actors, it turns out we have our share of writers too!