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8 colorful manga books
Yoko Hata, August 13, 2018

Summer vacation is almost over, and it will soon be time to go back to school. Did you enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge? Did you complete it? For me, reading lots of fun books, and having lots of fun experiences, makes for a nice summer, don't you agree?


3 children heading into a school on the first day
Tina Lerno, August 10, 2018

It's the day lots of adults look forward to, and lots of kids dread. After a summer of fun, it's time to start setting that alarm again, shop for supplies, and go back to school!


coloring page of the lapl pyramid
Tina Lerno, August 02, 2018

National Coloring Book Day is recognized annually on August 2. Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but in the last few years, adults have gotten in on the act, and a whole cottage industry of coloring books for grown-ups have cropped up.


Comics book covers with LGBTQIA characters
Vince Zalkind, June 23, 2018

The world of comics has long been filled with stories written by young men, for young men, featuring men throwing punches in a never-ending fight for justice, revenge, etc. But times have changed.


10 manga titles with their book covers
Yoko Hata, June 15, 2018

LGBTQ themes are not foreign to the manga universe, and in fact, have been around for decades. The most widely read genres of LGBTQ manga are “Boy’s Love” (BL) and “Girl’s Love” (GL). The Japanese express these words in floral terms: “Bara” (Roses) for BL, and “Yuri” (Lilies) for GL.


Cindy Holsey (bottom right) and teen volunteers from the Northridge Branch Library
Margaret Trtryan, June 07, 2018

Look out Los Angeles because our volunteens are making a difference around the Southland!


manga titles with their book covers
Yoko Hata, May 18, 2018

Are you a manga-lover? That’s good news because there are lots of new manga series being released in 2018. What a time to be alive! I’d like to introduce you, the manga-lover, to some new releases for this year:


Teens crowned prom king and queen, 1961
Tina Lerno, May 11, 2018

The prom in all its drama has been around a lot longer than I thought. Originating somewhere in the1870s as a college tradition called the Promenade, it was a debutante coming out kind of thing.


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