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The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  What you won’t find are many signs of the Chinese community that lived in the area between the 1930s...

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March 27, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 27, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin remains the #1 book on the Los Angele


March 20, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 20, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin is the new #1 book on the Los Angeles


Clara Shortridge Foltz

Who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz?

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Monday, March 21, 2016

Who hasn’t received that notice in the mail--the one that commands you to report for jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center?  As you moan and groan and prepare to wait a very long time for an elevator, do you ever stop and ask yourself, who was Clara Shortridge Foltz


Looking for Answers about Money? Ask a Woman!

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Friday, March 18, 2016

With March being Women’s Heritage Month honoring women for their historical and contemporary contributions it is worth noting that some of the most prominent and popular columnists, bloggers, TV & radio hosts and guests, and authors on the subject of personal finance are women.


Earned Income Tax Credit: Cash Back from BOTH Federal & California Government

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The federal government first offered the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 1975 and has expanded the program over the years.  California is introducing a new additional California Earned Income Tax Credit this year.  The credit provides money even when taxes are not owed.


Big List of Book Lists VIII

Big List of Book Lists VIII - The Lost, Neglected, Forgotten and Underrated

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 11, 2016

A round-up of interesting lists of lost, neglected, forgotten and underrated books and authors found on the internet in March, 2016.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. March 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 4, 2016

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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Celebrating Women's Heritage Month with the Canoga Rockettes

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The post-War era brought exponential growth to the San Fernando Valley, transforming the region into the quintessential suburbs.


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