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A photo of Cal Ripken, Jr. and text that reads A Week to Remember
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Central Library, September 19, 2017

On September 19, 1998, Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2,632nd consecutive Major League Baseball game, the longest streak in baseball history. The previous record was Lou Gehrig's 2,130 games; that record had stood for 56 years when Ripken broke it in 1995.

Ripken spent his entire career, from 1981 to 2001, with the Baltimore Orioles. His consecutive game streak began in May 1982. The...


The marquee of the Globe Theater advertises Spanish-language entertainment in the early 1970s.

How Spanish-Language Entertainment Revived the Broadway Theaters

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, September 18, 2017

Once upon a time, Broadway was the Great White Way of the West. A high concentration of theaters populating the stretch of Downtown between 3rd and Olympic rendered it an epicenter for film and live entertainment.

Collage of several album covers and the number 1967

Music Monday: 50 Year Ago—A Look Back at 1967

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, September 18, 2017

When you look back at 1967, maybe it's the legendary acts you remember.

book cover of Tropic of Kansas and author photo of Christopher Brown

Interview with an Author: Christopher Brown

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, September 14, 2017

Christopher Brown has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and his short fiction has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies. He lives in Austin, Texas where he practices technology law.

Photo of Agatha Christie and a quote: "time is the best killer"

A Week to Remember: Agatha Christie

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Central Library, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

On September 15, 1890, Agatha Christie was born. The popularity of Christie's murder mysteries is record-breaking. She is the most-translated author in history, with books published in more than 100 languages.

Photo of Harry Connick, Jr. and text that reads Music Monday

Music Monday: Harry Connick, Jr.

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy birthday to Harry Connick, Jr., who turns 50 today! 

Movie poster and book cover for King’s classic horror novel "it"

Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, September 7, 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.

View of the New York City skyline from the Staten Island Ferry

Ferries Are Forever

Galina Stoyanova , Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Friday, September 1, 2017

In ancient times – the profession of the ferryman is embodied in Greek mythology in Charon, the boatman who transported souls across the River Styx to the Underworld.

Angels Flight: Welcome Back, Olivet and Sinai

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome back, Olivet and Sinai.

Book pages forming a heart and text that reads "for the love of reading"

For The Love of Reading

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Reading has been my favorite pastime for most of my life. Curling up with a good book and a cup of tea, is one of my favorite things.

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Local Author Spotlight: Cody Sisco

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Monday, August 14, 2017

Cody Sisco is the author of speculative fiction that straddles the divide between plausible and extraordinary.