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Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, August 17, 2018

At the tap of your finger or click of a button, a plethora of streaming award-winning cinema is yours to choose from, anywhere, anytime. Kanopy is the digital resource that showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films. Kanopy's offerings include award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. Special...


Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, 1942-2018

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, August 17, 2018

When I heard the news this morning that Aretha Franklin had died at the age of 76, it occurred to me that she was the most universally loved singer I could think of.

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National Tell a Joke Day: Library Edition

Guest Blogger, Thursday, August 16, 2018

What is the tallest building in the world? The library, because it has the most stories. Happy National Tell a Joke Day!

Author Anne Youngson and her debut novel, Meet Me at the Museum

Interview with an Author: Anne Youngson

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Anne Youngson had a long, successful career in the motor industry before taking an early retirement to focus on her writing. She is currently studying for a PhD at Oxford Brookes. Anne and her husband live on a farm in Oxfordshire, where they have a two-acre garden open to the public.

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A Week to Remember: Walter Dean Myers

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937. For more than forty years, Myers wrote books for children and young adults, usually centered on the lives of young African Americans.

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Read Your Way Back to School

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Monday, August 13, 2018

“I know you’re anxious about going to school. It’s not always easy to get along with humans, but just be yourself. I know you’ll have a great day!”

―Jared Chapman, Steve, Raised by Wolves

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Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Madonna!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, August 13, 2018

Madonna was born on August 16, 1958. She's the most successful female pop star ever, a dominant presence in American music and culture for almost forty years.

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Manga Lovers Unite! Travel Edition / マンガラバーズ団結せよ!~ 旅とマンガと~

Yoko Hata, Young Adult Librarian, Little Tokyo Branch Library, Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer vacation is almost over, and it will soon be time to go back to school. Did you enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge? Did you complete it? For me, reading lots of fun books, and having lots of fun experiences, makes for a nice summer, don't you agree?

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Alexa, Meet hoopla!

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Saturday, August 11, 2018

Alexa, meet hoopla...hoopla, meet Alexa, your new best streaming friend!

3 children heading into a school on the first day

What Back to School Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, August 10, 2018

It's the day lots of adults look forward to, and lots of kids dread. After a summer of fun, it's time to start setting that alarm again, shop for supplies, and go back to school!

Tommy the Cat reading a book

Celebrate International Book Lovers Day With Cats!

Emily Aaronson, Adult Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Thursday, August 9, 2018

With International Book Lovers Day coming hot on the heels of International Cat Lovers Day, we thought it would be fun to make a reading list for people who love both books and cats!