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Author Sarah Lagan and her latest novel, Good Neighbor
Author Sarah Lagan and her latest novel, Good Neighbor. Photo credit: David Zaugh
Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, February 25, 2021

Sarah Langan, a Columbia MFA graduate with an MS in environmental toxicology, is a three-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. One of her previous novels, The Keeper, was a New York Times Editors’ Pick. She grew up on Long Island and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughters. Her latest novel is...


George Walker on his album George Walker: Great American Convert Music

George Walker: African-American Composer

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, February 25, 2021

George Walker was one of America's most honored composers, having had his works performed by every major orchestra in the country, and was the first African-American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.

twin peaks album cover

Diane: It's Twin Peaks Day

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fans of David Lynch’s cult 1990-91 primetime television show celebrate February 24 as Twin Peaks Day—the day FBI Agent Dale Cooper comes to town to investigate the death of Laura Palmer.

Artwork from the album Black Messiah

Mining Gold From The Music Stream: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk, Silver Lake Branch Library, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Compared at the time of its release to Sly & The Family Stone’s masterpiece There’s A Riot Goin’ On, The Beach Boys’ near-mythical epic

Panteha Abareshi

Interview With Artist Panteha Abareshi

Hilda Guerrero, Librarian, Science, Technology, & Patents Department , Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Panteha Abareshi is an L.A. based artist whose work hones in on chronic illness and disability. Abareshi lives in a body that coexists with sickle cell zero beta thalassemia and their performance-based work reflects the complexities that come with experiencing a body with chronic illness.

Young girl building an electronic device

21st Century Kids: Inventors & Innovators

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What sparks inventors to create? One can say the ability for inventive thinking is not out of reach. Innovation flourishes when an individual possesses strong problem-solving skills, an active imagination, and has the ability to see possibilities.

One Night in Miami movie poster

One Night in Miami: The History and Los Angeles Stories Behind the Film

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department, Monday, February 22, 2021

On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old boxer Cassius Clay defeated the heavily favored Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight boxing title in Miami Beach, Florida.

4 award winning books from African American authors

African American Heritage Month Book Talk: Part II

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Monday, February 22, 2021

February is African American Heritage Month and we are celebrating with book recommendations from the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department collection throughout the month. Titles in this two-part series may be just published or returned to the spotlight during this special month.

Las estafas de inmigración

Evite las estafas de inmigración

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, February 22, 2021

Las estafas de inmigración son muy comunes y por ello es importante que usted se mantenga informado para evitar convertirse en víctima.

Author Victoria Gosling and her debut novel, Before the Ruins

Interview With an Author: Victoria Gosling

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Friday, February 19, 2021

Victoria Gosling grew up in Wiltshire, England, and studied English Literature at Manchester University. She is the founder of The Reader Berlin, hosting salon nights in Berlin and writers’ retreats in Greece and Italy. She also organizes The Berlin Writing Prize.

Collage of HOWdunit books

HOWdunit: The Locked Room Mystery

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Thursday, February 18, 2021

A man is alone in a room, locked so that no one else can enter. When the door is opened, he is found dead, murdered in a way that would have required the presence of a killer—he’s been shot, perhaps, or stabbed.