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Amanda Charles, Librarian III, Teen'Scape, February 24, 2024

Growing up as a biracial girl in the 1980s and 1990s, there weren't a whole lot of comic books featuring Black and brown characters. I have a distinct memory of sitting in the comics aisle at my local Waldenbooks as a kid, searching the comics for Black faces and only finding one Black character, Storm, from X-Men.

As a grown-up librarian, it is my honor to curate a graphic novel...

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It's All Connected: How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Body

Yvette Cabrera, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Have you ever received some bad news and suddenly felt a headache coming on? Or did you ever experience a very stressful situation and found your stomach becoming upset? This is an example of how your mind is always in communication with your body.


Author Anthony McCarten and his latest novel, Going Zero

Interview With an Author: Anthony McCarten

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 25, 2023

Anthony McCarten is a New Zealand-born screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and journalist.


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Graphic: Part VII: “Gone West”

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Tuesday, May 23, 2023

This is the final part of a seven-part blog series exploring the long-forgotten Los Angeles arts & culture magazine The Graphic.


Gloria Molina in her office

Thank You, Gloria Molina

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Monday, May 22, 2023

The name Gloria Molina has been in my consciousness ever since I can remember. As a fourth-generation Mexican American growing up in Los Angeles, it was impossible not to know that name but rather than being a distant figure as so many L.A.


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How an Endangered Jewish Language Lives On

Meredith Sires, Children's Librarian, Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library, Monday, May 22, 2023

Last week, I came across a perfect Mother’s Day gift in the form of Mazal Bueno! a new board book by Sarah Aroeste sprinkled with Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language of Sephardic Jews.


Assemblywomen Gloria Molina joins protesters opposed to $50-a-semester fee yesterday in an address to students at East Los Angeles Community College

Remembering Trailblazing L.A. Politician Gloria Molina

Lorena Villegas, Young Adult Librarian, Cypress Park Branch Library, Friday, May 19, 2023

Los Angeles lost a rare, truly homegrown hero of the people this week. Our beloved Gloria Molina passed on May 14th after a battle with cancer.


Author Peter S. Beagle and his two collections of short fiction, The Essential Peter S. Beagle Volumes 1 & 2

Interview With an Author: Peter S. Beagle

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 18, 2023

Peter Soyer Beagle is the internationally bestselling and much-beloved author of numerous classic fantasy novels and collections, including


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Graphic: Part VI: The Art of The Graphic, 1917-1918

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Tuesday, May 16, 2023

This is part six of a seven-part blog series exploring the long-forgotten Los Angeles arts & culture magazine, The Graphic.


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Bourekas and Shakshuka, Knishes and Latkes: The Intricacies of Jewish Cuisine

Janice Batzdorff, Librarian, Friday, May 12, 2023

Bourekas (savory stuffed pastry) and shakshuka (eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce) are favorite foods for some Jewish people, while knishes (pastry filled with mashed potatoes) and potato latkes (pancakes) are preferred by others.


Author Moses Ose Utomi and his latest novel, The Lies of the Ajungo

Interview With an Author: Moses Ose Utomi

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 11, 2023

Moses Ose Utomi is a Nigerian-American fantasy writer and nomad currently based out of Honolulu, Hawaii.


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