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Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, April 20, 2018

The “best coffee in town.” That’s one of the comments overheard when we recently stopped by our weekly Coffee & Conversation Life Skills Group.

The Coffee & Conversation idea came about while serving clients at The Source, a free monthly event that provides personal one-on-one assistance from a variety of mental health organizations. The...


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Ex Libris: Bookplates From Around the World

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, April 19, 2018

During the Middle Ages and the early modern era, owning a book was a rare and precious thing.

The Walrus and the Carpenter speaking to the Oysters

Our Favorite Poetry Books for Children

Linda Israelson, Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Thursday, April 19, 2018

April is National Poetry Month! Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, this festive celebration aims to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

Portada de 4 de los libros

Lo nuevo en español para niños

Dinorah Pinelo, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Los libros en español para niños más esperados este mes ya están disponibles en nuestro catálogo. Haz clic en cada título para reservar tu copia en línea y ser el primero en leer estas novedades con tus pequeños.

Photo of Bill Kovach

Deciphering the News: Interview with Bill Kovach

Jane Dobija, Senior Librarian, Engagement and Outreach, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Our democracy holds us, its citizens, responsible for knowing what the issues are, and how we intend to vote on them. Journalists, for their part, are responsible for providing us with the information we need to understand the issues and our choices.

Photo of Nick Hornby and some of his books

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Nick Hornby!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

On April 17, 1957, Nick Hornby was born. Hornby is a novelist, screenwriter, and critic whose recurring themes include the emotional resonance of pop music and the lives of men who haven't quite made the transition to adulthood.

book covers

中文新書 New Chinese Books

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

歡迎借閲中文新書! 如果您要的書已被借走,您可以預定 (place a hold), 也可要求把書送到您附近的分舘。
如您需了解如何查閲圖書館其它中文書籍, 或您有購書建議, 請聯係

Sarah Kendzior: the view from flyover country

Interview with an Author: Sarah Kendzior

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Monday, April 16, 2018

Sarah Kendzior is a writer, journalist, and researcher who has studied authoritarian states in Central Asia. She is a former columnist for Al Jazeera English and is credited with being one of the first to predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Herbie Mann playing his flute

Music Monday: Herbie Mann

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, April 16, 2018

On April 16, 1930, Herbie Mann was born. Mann was a jazz flutist whose blending of jazz with other styles was often looked down on by jazz purists, but made him one of the best-selling jazz musicians of his era.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shoots his famous skyhook shot

Happy Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, April 16, 2018

On April 16, 1947, Lew Alcindor was born; he would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest players basketball has ever known; since his retirement, he has focused much of his time on writing.

California poppies, and Book to Action logo

Book to Action Volunteers

Emily Aaronson, Adult Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Saturday, April 14, 2018

Almost all book lovers know the feeling: you read a great book, and you want to discuss it with someone. Sometimes the book also inspires you to learn more and perhaps do something to make the world a better place.