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Photo of Dorothy Parker with husband Alan Campbell, actor James Cagney and Frances Cagney
Keith Chaffee, August 20, 2018

Even if you're not familiar with the name Dorothy Parker, you've probably heard some of her most memorable quips.

Best of Summer test with aerial view of a beach
Eileen Ybarra, August 17, 2018

At the tap of your finger or click of a button, a plethora of streaming award-winning cinema is yours to choose from, anywhere, anytime. Kanopy is the digital resource that showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films.

Aretha Franklin
Keith Chaffee, August 17, 2018

When I heard the news this morning that Aretha Franklin had died at the age of 76, it occurred to me that she was the most universally loved singer I could think of.

Photo of  Walter Dean Myers and collage of his books
Keith Chaffee, August 14, 2018

Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937. For more than forty years, Myers wrote books for children and young adults, usually centered on the lives of young African Americans.

Read Your Way Back to School graphic
Lauren Kratz, 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

Pop-art photo illustration of Madonna
Keith Chaffee, August 13, 2018

Madonna was born on August 16, 1958. She's the most successful female pop star ever, a dominant presence in American music and culture for almost forty years.

hoopla logo with Alexa speakers
Eileen Ybarra, August 11, 2018

Alexa, meet hoopla...hoopla, meet Alexa, your new best streaming friend!

Tommy the Cat reading a book
Emily Aaronson, August 09, 2018

With International Book Lovers Day coming hot on the heels of International Cat Lovers Day, we thought it would be fun to make a reading list for people who love both books and cats!

Andy Warhol photo collage
Keith Chaffee, August 07, 2018

Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928. Warhol was a leading figure in the pop art movement of the 1960s. His work explored the boundaries between art, celebrity, and commerce.

Photo illustration of the Ramones
Keith Chaffee, August 06, 2018

On August 6, 1996, The Ramones performed their final concert, at The Palace in Los Angeles. For more than twenty years, The Ramones had been pioneers of punk rock. They were never a large commercial success, but their influence on punk and rock was enormous.