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Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, December 9, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.

She was born into a prominent family in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her father served in the state legislature, and for two years in the United States House of Representatives. Dickinson was a fine student,...

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Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic, Margaret Atwood

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Margaret Atwood!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 18, 2019

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic best known for her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.


a boy and a bear in a painted wood

Take a Hike!

Caitlin Quinn, Children's Librarian, Eagle Rock Branch Library, Saturday, November 16, 2019

Los Angeles is saturated with sunshine something close to 300 days a year with an equally impressive number of hiking trails from Malibu Creek State Park to Burbank’s Wildwood Canyon.


Songwriter, Johnny Mercer

Music Memories: Johnny Mercer

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 15, 2019

Johnny Mercer was born on November 18, 1909. For a quarter-century, Mercer was one of America’s most successful songwriters, writing more than 1,200 songs; he was primarily a lyricist, but occasionally wrote the music as well.


Clay McLeod Chapman and his latest novel, The Remaking

Interview With an Author: Clay McLeod Chapman

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show and the author of Rest Area,


cover art for Plots Unlimited

Plots Unlimited! NaNoWriMo

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It’s National Novel Writing Month. Austen did it, Melville did it, Faulkner did it, and you can do it too! Fortunately, writing a novel is a piece of cake. Sure you could do it the hard way as the heavy hitters do.


3 new book covers

Check These Out! Titles to Look for at the Library

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, November 12, 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.


American writer, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

A Week to Remember: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was born on November 11, 1922. Vonnegut’s accessible style, dry humor, and anti-war politics made him one of the most popular novelists of the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Young woman making a salad with floating musical notes in the background

Hay comida en la casa

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, November 8, 2019

Tengo veintisiete años de edad y ahora comprendo por qué mi madre siempre me decía: "hay comida en la casa".


Bonnie Raitt, a blues and rock singer

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Bonnie Raitt!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 8, 2019

Bonnie Raitt was born on November 8, 1949. Raitt is a blues and rock singer who was a critical favorite for twenty years before finding commercial success in the early 1990s.


Photo of Rich with 3D printed math objects

Meet the Makers: Joan and Rich from Nonscriptum

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Thursday, November 7, 2019

Ahead of DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2019, we are spotlighting a few of the Makers who will be joining us December 7.


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