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Saxophonist John Coltrane
Keith Chaffee, September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.


Group portrait of the Aztecas, a girl's baseball team based in Pacoima, with their manager. Della Fonseca (later Ortega) is standing, second from right,
Sheryn Morris, September 19, 2018

Baseball is considered to be an all-American sport, but not all Americans have been able to fully participate. The history of Mexican American baseball bears witness to that.


two ladies holding a baby chewing on a library card
Lauren Kratz, September 18, 2018

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and as we librarians know, the value of a library card is limitless! But what about if you have children in your lives?


read an ebook graphic with libby logo
Eileen Ybarra, September 18, 2018

Readers around the world share their love for e-books during Read an E-Book Day on every September 18.


George R. R. Martin with a book cover
Keith Chaffee, September 17, 2018

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948. Martin is best known for the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which has been adapted into the popular TV series Game of Thrones.


B.B. King with Music Friday logo
Keith Chaffee, September 14, 2018

B. B. King was born on September 16, 1925. King was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was among the most influential blues musicians of all time, particularly for his skill on the electric guitar.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr
Keith Chaffee, September 10, 2018

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was born on September 16, 1950. Gates is a literary critic, professor, and filmmaker whose work centers on genealogy and African-American history and literature.


Music Friday logo and Raymond Scott album covers
Keith Chaffee, September 07, 2018

It is an unusual career that crosses paths with Mary Martin, Berry Gordy, Bugs Bunny, and Devo, but they will all make appearances as we look at the life and music of Raymond Scott.


3 movie posters
Elizabeth Graney, September 04, 2018

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.


Hugo awards trophy
Keith Chaffee, September 02, 2018

On the weekend of September 5-7, 1953, the 11th World Science Fiction Convention was held in Philadelphia. At that convention, the first Hugo Awards were presented, honoring the year's achievements in science fiction and fantasy.


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