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Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape


Roger Arst's photography class, Birmingham High School, 2002

Helping Students Succeed

February 13, 2017

Much has been studied on mindset and how depending upon how one chooses to experience life, one can change how successful one can be.

Chinatown in the seventies.


December 04, 2015

My parents worked in the garment industry. My father started out doing bespoke suits in the 1970s and had to constantly reinvent his career as the clothing tastes changed.

Mixtapes Are Back!

August 14, 2015

Not to show my age, but I recently put  together a mixtape after a decade long hiatus.

Surfer Beetle

World Water Day, Innovation, and Southern California

March 31, 2015

World Water Day was celebrated this past March 22. It is a day created in 1993 by the UN to bring light the importance of water to life among people. This year’s celebration was dedicated to Water and Sustainable Development.


November 10, 2014

Recent conversations with the teenagers that visit Teen’Scape revolved around the history of words.


June 22, 2014

A common professional conversation among librarians and folks that work with teenagers is how we can better prepare young people for the highly competitive, cooperative, fast-paced work environment.

picture of storyteller reading to children

Digital Storytelling Workshop Coming to Central Library in April

March 11, 2014

I grew up in a family of storytellers and so have always had

A picture with teens at the Teen'scape department

Low Tech Supplies, High Tech Concepts with STEAM Programs in Teen'Scape

September 16, 2013

I had a friend once explain to me that there are basically two ways to learn about the world: one method is to take it apart into parts, a destructive method and the other way is to experience wholly and to make models of our experiences.