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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.

Santa Anas blow chill and autumn days of mellow fruitfulness are at an end. The Harvest Moon has risen and set. The day shortens, the shadows lengthen; Halloween creeps into the Business & Economics Department.


Budget scares, Fiscal cliffs, Shutdowns, Default bankruptcy, economic apocalypse keep the times interesting and set the mood for a scary Halloween.


There’s something about restaurant menus--especially those from a bygone era-- that intrigue and fascinate. Is it the ability to peek into another time through the lens of food? Notice tastes and trends that extend beyond food culture? Get a sense of signature ‘decade’ foods?

This October has been a busy month for Teen'Scape, with a Big Draw LA program where we made a Central Library collage, sugar skull decorating and our all-day Teen Book Fest event.

Unfortunately, with all those exciting programs our attention has been scattered and now we seem to have an onslaught of dead bodies in our midst and unknown killers to blame.

Well, it’s time little spooks to get your ‘creep’ on. To help with your decorations, costumes, treats, and pranks, here is a list of do-it-yourself guides to pumpkin carving, creating creepy creatures, planning parties and food creations, scaring your neighbors and yourself.

While new technology points toward every reference resource being digitized and on your hand-held something there are library beauties that can only be savored in person, in your actual hand kind of experiences. While I iPhone cat pictures across the globe I also find that there is no substitute for standing in front of an actual map or holding the magazine your great, great granddaddy may have held.

Los Angeles Daily News published an article about the library’s Valley Times digitization project and the efforts by our Photo Friends to raise money to support this initiative.

“The historic images from the defunct Valley Times newspaper help mark the rapid development of suburban Los Angeles in the decades after World War II.

Now 45,000 Valley Times news photographs from the Los Angeles Public Library collection are being scanned for digital viewing thanks to an initiative by its nonprofit Photo Friends.”