Lauren Kratz, Librarian III, Octavia Lab



Authors Michael Yates and Paul Downs

Will Eisner Celebration: Paul Downs & Michael Yates

March 04, 2021

Paul Downs is a screenwriter, animator, and educator. Paul's animation credits include the Ice Age franchise, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, Rio, Spies in Disguise, and the 2017 Oscar® nominated film, Ferdinand.

Chris Grine

Will Eisner Celebration: Chris Grine

March 04, 2021

Chris Grine is a Will-Eisner nominated comic book author and illustrator.

Darnell Johnson

Will Eisner Celebration: Darnell Johnson

March 03, 2021

Darnell Johnson is an Atlanta, Georgia-based artist and illustrator.

Natalie Riess

Will Eisner Celebration: Natalie Riess

March 02, 2021

Natalie Riess is an Austin, Texas-based cartoonist and illustrator. Natalie’s popular graphic novel Space Battle Lunchtime Vol.

Studio City Children’s Book Club members, with children's librarian Miss Lauren and author Adam Jay Epstein

Children Chatting with Authors Podcast is Live!

December 12, 2019

One evening last year, I was assisting local children’s author Adam Jay Epstein at the reference desk.

rice crispy turkey leg and apple

Children in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving and All Year Long

November 17, 2018

Do you want to build your children’s confidence, basic life skills, and encourage them to be a little less picky when trying new foods? Have your children join you in the kitchen!

page from the book, Something Smells

Not So Scary Stories for Halloween

October 25, 2018

The most popular question I receive during the month of October is, “Where are your Halloween books?” The library has a vast collection of Halloween and holiday books, but sometimes there are families that prefer not to participate in the holiday or have children that get too scared from Halloween stories.

two ladies holding a baby chewing on a library card

A Child’s First Library Card = Reader For Life

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 Your Way Back to School graphic

Read Your Way Back to School

August 13, 2018

“I know you’re anxious about going to school. It’s not always easy to get along with humans, but just be yourself. I know you’ll have a great day!”

―Jared Chapman, Steve, Raised by Wolves