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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 15, 2018

Janis Joplin was born on January 19, 1943. Joplin was one of the most important rock singers of the late 1960s. Her recording career included only four albums, released in less than four years, but her style, personality, and voice have been influential on women in rock ever since.

Joplin began performing while she was a student at the University of Texas at Austin. The academic life did...


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Interview with an Author: Samantha Silva

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Saturday, November 4, 2017

Samantha Silva is an author and screenwriter based in Idaho. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, where she studied in Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C. Over her career she's sold film projects to Paramount, Universal, New Line Cinema and TNT.

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Interview with a Yarn Bomb Artist: Jenny Brown's Snowy Day

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Friday, November 3, 2017

A yarnbomb depicting Peter from Snowy Day is currently on display at the Silver Lake Branch Library until November 30, 2017. 

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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. November 2017 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, November 3, 2017

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.

Gord Downie performs in Toronto on Oct. 19, 2016

Gord Downie's Lasting Legacy

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gord Downie, the lead singer for the Canadian band The Tragically Hip died on October 17 of terminal brain cancer at the age of 53.

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Selena Day in Los Angeles

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Known as the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a beloved American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.

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The Sherman Institute of Riverside, California: A History in Photos

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When the Perris Indian School was established in 1892 by the United States government, it became the first non-reservation boarding school for Native American children in California.

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A Week to Remember: Scary Movies for Halloween

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, October 31, 2017

It's Halloween, and what better time for a marathon of horror movies?

Couples are dancing to the big band music at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium's "Battle of the Bands" concert, Horace Heidt vs. Bob Crosby, held Saturday night, April 6, 1942

Music Monday: 75 Years Ago - A Look Back at 1942

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 30, 2017

In 1942, the big bands ruled American music.

October 29, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 29, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 30, 2017

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan takes over the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List for the week of October 29, 2017, while 

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NaNoWriMo at the Los Angeles Public Library

Angi Brzycki, Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Sunday, October 29, 2017

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an annual writing challenge. Participants have the entire month of November to write a novel. What does that translate to? Averaging about 1667 words per day, 50,000 words in 30 days. If maintained, this will produce a 200 page novel.