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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.

On June 14, in Central Library’s filled-to-capacity Taper Auditorium, Amanda Gorman, 16, was named the first Los Angeles Youth Poet Laureate. Gorman will serve as LA Youth Poet Ambassador and receive a book deal with Penmanship Books to publish her first collection of poems and.

The Los Angeles Public Library has been the custodian of  the photo collection from the Valley Times newspaper (1946-1970) for over thirty years, since receiving as part of the donation from the Security Pacific National Bank in 1981. Not much attention had been paid to it since then, except for in 1986 when many of  the prints suffered water damage following the Central Library fire.

With a published book and several art exhibits to his credit, photographer and Los Angeles Public Library staffer Art Meza has a legitimate claim to being considered one of the City's artists of the moment. “Lowriting,” a book featuring his photography, is now a part of LAPL's collection, and his work and personal story has resonated with the public and media. Astonishingly, he has yet to take a formal art or photography class.

A common professional conversation among librarians and folks that work with teenagers is how we can better prepare young people for the highly competitive, cooperative, fast-paced work environment. One key aspect that is bandied about is an emphasis on STEAM teaching; the other is the training of students to become a part of the creative class. Creative, as it is used here, means less about painting, and more about the ability to problem solve and to draw from a large body of experiences to create these solutions.