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August 27, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library
August 27, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library
David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, August 30, 2017

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta is the new #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, while Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson returns to the top of...

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Song a Day for a Month Concert

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, July 28, 2017
Song-A-Day for a Month is a community of individuals who challenge each others' creativity in an interesting way.

Bugsy Siegel and attorneys

A Quiet Evening with a Quick Death — The Demise of Bugsy Siegel

Photo Friends, Friday, July 21, 2017

On June 20, 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the East Coast mobster who had relocated to and prospered in Los Angeles and was now intent on building up Las Vegas, sat in his girlfriend’s living room in Beverly Hills.


Two split images: On the left an image of martial artist Bruce Lee, on the right an image of his daughter Shannon Lee.

Bruce Lee: Artist and Philosopher

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bruce Lee died tragically young at the age of 32 of cerebral edema but his legacy lives on.


July 16, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

July 16, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 17, 2017

The Force by Don Winslow moves into the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week, while


Theodora Gross picture and book cover for strange case of the alchemist's daughter

Interview with an Author: Theodora Goss

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Theodora Goss is a World Fantasy Award–winning author of short stories, poetry and essays.


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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. July 2017 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 10, 2017

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.


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Audiobooks for Your Next Family Road Trip

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The summer is upon us—many people may soon be going on family road trips. One great way to pass the time on the road, is for the whole family to listen to an audiobook together.


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Free Fun at the Library this Fourth of July

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, June 30, 2017

Are you looking for fun ways to spend your free time during the 4th of July holiday? Come celebrate at the library! 


A boy drives a golf cart decorated for a Fourth of July parade in San Pedro.

Go Forth and Celebrate the Fourth!

Photo Friends, Friday, June 30, 2017

The Fourth of July is a time when Americans remember their history, look toward the future, and celebrate the present.


French duellist and opera singer Julie d'Aubigny (1670–1707). Anonymous print.

Julie d'Aubigny: La Maupin and Early French Opera

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LGBT Pride Month gives us an opportunity to discover a fascinating character from the early days of French opera.


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