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Vi Ha, Librarian III, Octavia Lab



close up to the gumball machine in the octavia lab

Turn the Knob: Find Inspiration

June 10, 2019

Looking for Inspiration for a project? Need a good fortune to help you out on a bad day?

drawing of Octavia Butler

On Persistence: Octavia E. Butler & Central Library

June 11, 2019

“Habit is persistence in practice.”—Octavia E. Butler

sunrise graphic with book

Teen Love for the Central Library

April 05, 2018

There is a strong cadre of teenagers that love the Central Library. Teens get the same wow factor of seeing the building and also thinking about how this space is built to store and share knowledge, learning, and books.

Roger Arst's photography class, Birmingham High School, 2002

Helping Students Succeed

February 13, 2017

Much has been studied on mindset and how depending upon how one chooses to experience life, one can change how successful one can be.

Chinatown in the seventies.


December 04, 2015

My parents worked in the garment industry. My father started out doing bespoke suits in the 1970s and had to constantly reinvent his career as the clothing tastes changed.

Mixtapes Are Back!

August 14, 2015

Not to show my age, but I recently put  together a mixtape after a decade long hiatus.

Surfer Beetle

World Water Day, Innovation, and Southern California

March 31, 2015

World Water Day was celebrated this past March 22. It is a day created in 1993 by the UN to bring light the importance of water to life among people. This year’s celebration was dedicated to Water and Sustainable Development.


November 10, 2014

Recent conversations with the teenagers that visit Teen’Scape revolved around the history of words.


June 22, 2014

A common professional conversation among librarians and folks that work with teenagers is how we can better prepare young people for the highly competitive, cooperative, fast-paced work environment.