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Wikipedia turns 20 years old
Happy 20th Birthday Wikipedia!
Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, January 15, 2021

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia and consistently one of the top ten most visited websites, was launched to little fanfare on January 15, 2001: it turns 20 today. Love it or hate it (and many librarians do both), it has had a tremendous impact on the internet and become nearly indispensable for a certain kind of easy information access.

While far from perfect,...


A young woman reads a book while her dog lie beside her.

21st Century Kids: Animal Allies

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Many times animals find themselves in the wrong situation and require rescue and a new forever home. Fortunately, volunteers and non-profit animal welfare organizations focus efforts to change the future for animals in need.

selection of Spanish book covers

Lo nuevo en español: libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Monday, January 4, 2021

Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

Survey says, Happy 2021!

What’s Your Resolution? 2021

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, December 31, 2020

January is the month for resolutions; making them, revising them, and keeping them, but in an unprecedented year like 2020 was, how do we set goals in such a complex time as 2021 is sure to be?

Collage of 2020 Best of Chinese book covers

Best of Chinese Books 2020 / 2020 館員推薦中文書單

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, December 31, 2020

新冠病毒大流行改變了人們的生活方式,但並沒有終止我們閱讀的習慣。 在2020年即將結束之際,我們列出中文館員的推薦和高人氣的作品,供您參考。只要登入您的圖書館帳戶,在缐上目錄預訂資料,選擇鄰近的圖書館室外取書服務地點(Library To Go) ,並耐心等候我們的通知,到館領取預訂的資料後就可以開始享受閱讀!

Collage of favorite books of 2020

My Favorite Books of 2020

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Season’s Readings everyone! Well, 2020 has been quite a year, and not simply in terms of fiction and non-fiction titles. With the continuing pandemic, the natural disasters, and the civil and political unrest, the need for diversion and windows into differing perspectives has never been more important.

Young person dreaming big

21st Century Kids: Dream Big

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Having dreams, wishes, and goals are human aspirations. After all, striving to improve one's lot in life is encouraged. Our dreams and hopes bolster our emotions when times are challenging; somewhere on the horizon is a better version of ourselves and our lives.

Jimmy Buffett on his album Buried Treasure: Volume 1

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Jimmy Buffett!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Saturday, December 26, 2020

On December 25, 1946, Jimmy Buffett was born. Buffett’s distinctive Caribbean-flavored blend of rock and country has made him a popular recording and touring artist for more than 40 years.

1935 postcard of the Los Angeles Central Library

Yes Virginia, There is a Central Library

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, December 24, 2020

Dear History and Genealogy Department:
I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Central Library anymore.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in on the website it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Central Library?

Hansen sketch of Los Angeles after statehood. A War Department publication in 1856, “Reports of Explorations and Surveys”

What Christmas in L.A. Was Like in 1851

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, December 24, 2020

We don’t have a typical Christmas season here in L.A., like the ones in syrupy movies with snow, ear muffs, winter coats, and people standing in a blizzard preparing to jump off a trestle.

Author Charlie N. Holmberg and her latest book, Spellbreaker

Interview With an Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 24, 2020

Charlie N. Holmberg is an award-winning, best-selling, and internationally published author of fantasy and romantic fiction. She was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog.