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Vince Zalkind, Messenger Clerk, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, August 20, 2019

It’s back-to-school time! Time to sharpen up your pencils, meet your new teachers, and grab your list of classics to read for homework. Time to put away those comic books and graphic novels in favor of “serious” literature, right? Wrong! There is a growing list of visually stunning adaptations of the classics that are worth checking out for both the reluctant reader and the bookworm.



house graphic with Spanish books inside

Organiza tu hogar y tu vida

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, August 8, 2019

Es tiempo de organizar tu hogar y tu vida. Si no sabes por dónde comenzar, recuerda que en la biblioteca tenemos muchos libros que pueden ayudarte.

Del Howison and his first novel, The Survival of Margaret Thomas

Interview With an Author: Del Howison

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, August 8, 2019

Del Howison is an award-winning editor, journalist, fiction author, and actor. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award four times (and won it once), for the Black Quill Award twice, for the Shirley Jackson Award and for the Rondo Hatton Award.

Leamos volunteers, and mentors

Enfoque en la alfabetización: un sueño hecho realidad

Randall Hinson, Librarian, Office of Education and Literacy, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

En julio del año pasado, tres estudiantes emprendieron su camino hacia la alfabetización a través de Leamos, un programa de alfabetización a base de computadora, en la Biblioteca Pacoima.

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Check These Out! Titles to Look for at the Library

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

At Check These Out!, each month you will find a few recently published or upcoming titles that are worth “checking out” from the library.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (1931 - 2019)

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Toni Morrison, considered one of the world's great novelists, died August 5, 2019, in New York City at the age of 88.

Charles Manson being lead away by deputies

Helter Skelter in the Summer of 1969

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

1969 was a tumultuous year. The US Apollo 11 mission brought men to the moon, and the Beatles gave their final live performance. Richard Nixon was sworn in as President, the war raged on in Vietnam (along with huge protests), and the draft was reinstated.

collage of Movie Posters and books

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 5, 2019

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Great Britain

A Week to Remember: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, August 5, 2019

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809. Tennyson was the Poet Laureate of Great Britain during the Victorian era, and his poems remain widely read today. He was particularly skilled in the use of rhythm and of the musical qualities of language.

American jazz bass player and composer, Charlie Haden

Music Memories: Charlie Haden

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, August 2, 2019

Charlie Haden was born on August 6, 1937. Haden was a jazz bass player, composer, and educator whose career spanned more than 50 years.

couple inside a vintage television

Soy novelera, ¿y qué?

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, August 2, 2019

¡Ay mija, eres toda una novelera! Esas son las palabras exactas que mi madre me decía mientras crecía.