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Author Terry J. Benton-Walker and his anthology The White Guy Dies First
Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, July 11, 2024

Terry J. Benton-Walker grew up in rural GA and now lives in Atlanta with his husband and son, where he writes fantasy and horror for adults, young adults, and children. He has an Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Georgia State. When he’s not writing, he can be found...


red orange yellow flames with banned books

Banned Books Week: 2023

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction, Sunday, October 1, 2023

Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled.

A colorized 1930 pen & ink drawing of the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel by Harold E. Powe

The Host of the Coast: 100 Years of the Los Angeles Biltmore

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Saturday, September 30, 2023

1923 proved to be a banner year for construction in Los Angeles.

Author Timothy Janovsky and his latest novel, New Adult

Interview With an Author: Timothy Janovsky

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, September 28, 2023

Timothy Janovsky is a queer, multidisciplinary storyteller from New Jersey. He holds a degree in theatre and dance from Muhlenberg College.

Los Libros performers Peruvian Ensemble INCA

Discovering INCA and the Rich Tapestry of Peru

Maria Bonilla, Librarian, InfoNow, Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Close your eyes and listen to the percussion. Let it take you back to an ancient time when the great Inca empire ruled. La imaginación or imagination (nisqa) makes it easy to see the people with their ritual dances and textiles.

Eric Brightwell and his maps

Video: L.A. Untangled - Eric Brightwell

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Los Angeles, the sprawling metropolis known for its iconic palm trees, Hollywood glitz, and diverse neighborhoods, has always been a city of unique stories and hidden treasures. And in our latest installment of "L.A.

Author Mayra Cuevas and her novel Does My Body Offend You. Author Jessica Parra and her novel, Rubi Ramos’ Recipe for Success

¡Quiérete! / Love Yourself With Mayra Cuevas and Jessica Parra

Llyr Heller, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Monday, September 25, 2023

Realistic young adult fiction holds a special place in the hearts of many readers. It is a genre that offers relatable stories and voices that resonate with our communities, a sentiment that holds true regardless of one's age but is particularly crucial for the younger generation.

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.

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.