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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...


A close-up shot is lined up by the director and cameraman during a Maverick shoot on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, [1961]. Valley Times Collection

The Industry In Our Backyard

Wendy Horowitz, Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In January 1947, KTLA Channel 5, Los Angeles's first commercial television station, aired its first broadcast, and the Herald Express newspaper was there to report the milestone event.

Collage of books by neurologist and author Oliver Sacks

A Week to Remember: Oliver Sacks

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Oliver Sacks was born on July 9, 1933. Sacks was a neurologist and author whose case studies of patients with unusual disorders became best-sellers.

Bela Fleck playing his banjo and collage of his album covers

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Béla Fleck!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, July 9, 2018

Béla Fleck was born on July 10, 1958. Fleck is a virtuoso banjo player who has taken the instrument far beyond the expected bluegrass and folk music.

women reading magazine on the beach

Toes in the Sand, Book in Hand: Summer Reads

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Saturday, July 7, 2018

With summer finally here, now is a great time to catch up on some fun and breezy reading. Overdrive has recently added a number of digital magazine titles that can be downloaded to any electronic device including smartphones and tablets.

Author Kathryn Harkup and her book Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Friday, July 6, 2018

Dr. Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. Kathryn completed a Ph.D. then a postdoc at the University of York before realizing that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed far more than spending hours slaving over a hot fume-hood.

3 pictures of Nguyen Tran

Who is Nguyen Tran? An Interesting Interview With the Author

Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, Friday, July 6, 2018

Meet Nguyen Tran - the unlikely banana suit-wearing, Virginia born, culturally confused Vietnamese-American son of Vietnam War refugees who settled in Dallas, TX. There, he worked at a before the first internet bubble burst.

Movie posters

Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. July 2018 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, July 5, 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.

3 book covers of LA Times Best Sellers

July 1, 2018 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson resides in the top spot on the Los Angeles Times

Events that occurred on Fourth of July and American flag

A Week to Remember: Happy Independence Day!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Fourth of July is this week, and it's the 242 year anniversary of American independence!

Leoš Janáček and his hand drawn composition

Music Monday: Leoš Janáček

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, July 2, 2018

Leoš Janáček was born on July 3, 1854. Janáček began composing in his late teens, but most of his major works were composed in the last decade of his life.