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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 19, 2020

January is National Soup Month, and what better time than the middle of winter to relax with a nice bowl of hot soup?

Soups have been around for as long as there have been waterproof containers to cook them in. We have evidence of soups going back as far as 20,000 BCE when they were probably boiled by dropping hot rocks into cooking vessels.

Today, soups and stews—the only real...

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King

5 datos interesantes del legendario activista civil Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Sunday, January 19, 2020

El tercer lunes de cada mes de enero en los Estados Unidos se celebra el cumpleaños del activista civil Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. El Dr. King luchó por los derechos civiles de los afro-americanos con manifestaciones pacíficas.


Rayando el sol logo Maná – Rayando el Sol Tour

Es más fácil llegar al sol que a tu corazón

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, January 17, 2020

En la última semana de diciembre cumplí 28 años y eso no solo viene con un nuevo año de vida, sino también un año nuevo. Mi cumpleaños cae en el día treinta de diciembre, así que tengo la suerte de poder decir que mi cumpleaños es el próximo año por solo UN día.


Music inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poems and stories

Music Memories: Edgar Allan Poe in Music

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 17, 2020

In Monday’s “Week to Remember” post, we looked at the life and literary career of Edgar Allan Poe, and some of the books inspired by his work. Today, we took a look at Poe in music, and the many musicians who have been inspired by his poems and stories.


Tochi Onyebuchi and his adult fiction debut novel, Riot Baby

Interview With an Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of the young adult novel Beasts Made of Night, which won the Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African, its sequel,


Artist and Zine-Maker Esther Pearl Watson

Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?

Angi Brzycki, Librarian III, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Meet Esther Pearl Watson, a Los Angeles based artist, illustrator, children’s book author and zine maker.


4 jóvenes  libros

Lo nuevo en español para jóvenes: libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Monday, January 13, 2020

Los libros en español más esperados para jóvenes están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!



Edgar Allan Poe was a writer of poetry and short stories.

A Week to Remember: Edgar Allan Poe

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, January 13, 2020

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809. Poe was a writer of poetry and short stories. He died young with relatively little literary success during his lifetime, but he became one of America’s most influential writers, central to the development of mystery and detective stories.


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Lo nuevo en español: los libros más interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Saturday, January 11, 2020

Los libros en español más leídos y más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!


street mural of rapper Nipsey Hussle

Books that Inspired Nipsey Hussle

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Friday, January 10, 2020

Nipsey Hussle was a rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist from Los Angeles. In March of 2019, Hussle was fatally shot outside his store Marathon Clothing.


Melba Liston was a jazz trombonist and arranger.

Music Memories: Melba Liston

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 10, 2020

Melba Liston was born on January 13, 1926. Liston was a jazz trombonist and arranger, one of the few women to play in major bands of the big band era. She is perhaps best remembered today for her long association with pianist Randy Weston, for whom she worked as an arranger for many years.


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