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One way you can celebrate Banned Books Week is by reading whatever you want, whenever you want!
Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, October 2, 2023

"The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare and follow your curiosities through all manner of books. I was made for the library…The library was open, unending, free."—Ta-Nehisi Coates from Between the World and Me

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Author Amiee Gibbs and her debut novel, The Carnivale of Curiosities

Interview With an Author: Amiee Gibbs

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, September 21, 2023

Amiee Gibbs grew up in rural Maryland, where she still lives on an allegedly haunted road, but has dreams of running away to Ireland.

Author Annette Chavez Macias and her novels, Big Chicas Don't Cry and Too Soon for Adiós

Bridging Hearts and Cultures With Annette Chavez Macias

Celia Avila, Senior Librarian, West Los Angeles Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Sometimes, all you need is to submerge yourself in the pages of a classic romance novel. The allure of passion and drama draws us in, gives us something to root for, and offers a welcome escape from the mundanity of everyday tasks.

Author Alex Sanchez and his novels, The Greatest Superpower and You Brought Me the Ocean

Celebrating Diversity and Unity Through the Words of Alex Sanchez

Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections, Monday, September 18, 2023

In a world where literature has the power to bridge gaps and foster understanding, Alex Sanchez stands as a shining example of an author who has dedicated his literary career to celebrating diversity, promoting cultural harmony, and inspiring young minds to embrace their authentic selves.

Graphic novelist Aarón Durán and his novels, Lazarus X66 and Season of the Bruja

Brujas, Horror, SciFi, and All In Between With Graphic Novelist Aarón Durán

Llyr Heller, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, September 15, 2023

For years, graphic novels have entwined the art of illustration with storytelling, captivating readers with their unique blend of creativity. At the heart of this compelling medium are the stories by authors of the various communities that live, love, and thrive in the world.

Le-shanah tovah. A Happy New Year [Postcard for the Jewish New Year] Williamsburg Art Co., New York, printed in Saxony (Germany), n.d. Yiddish and Hebrew The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley

Happy New Year!

Tina Lernø, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, September 14, 2023

Happy New Year! May your year be sweet and filled with joy!

Author Mat Osman and his latest novel, The Ghost Theatre

Interview With an Author: Mat Osman

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, September 14, 2023

Mat Osman is a musician, songwriter, bassist, and founding member of the British band Suede, as well as a composer for film

Author Henry Barajas and his graphic novel, La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo. An illustration of him receiving a medal of honor from President Barack Obama

Exploring Family Heritage Through Graphic Novels With Henry Barajas

Llyr Heller, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Graphic novels have become a captivating medium combining visual artistry and storytelling. The voices and perspectives of the Latino community have gained recognition thanks to authors like Henry Barajas.

Author Lan Samantha Chang and her latest novel, The Family Chao

Interview With Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director: Lan Samantha Chang

Michael C. Baradi, Librarian, Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, September 12, 2023

I met Lan Samantha Chang in 2019 when I took a short vacation to Iowa City, IA, home to the University of Iowa, known for its football team, the Hawkeyes, its speech-language pathology program, and its highly celebrated graduate program in creative writing, the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Singer-songwriter Silvia Valencia and her book Bichazo

Crecer entre libros y canciones: un encuentro con la cantautora Silvia Valencia

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Monday, September 11, 2023

Escribir y compartir historias para niños y adolescentes en español es superimportante. Catalina Holguín y Silvia Valencia nos compartirán qué significa para ellas crecer entre libros y canciones en una plática que tomará parte durante Los Angeles Libros Festival.

Playwright Anthony Aguilar and his plays Little Red and El Verde

The Shop: A Decade of Celebrating Theatre With Playwright Anthony Aguilar

Deborah Spector, Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Friday, September 8, 2023

In July 2023, Center Theatre Group celebrated a significant milestone—the tenth anniversary of The Shop program. This program offers residents of Boyle Heights a valuable opportunity to engage with the art of theatre.