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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.



colorful collection of zines

The Search for Zines Begins Here

Angi Brzycki, Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Friday, August 2, 2019

Did you know that we have at least 600 zines in our catalog? That number will continue to grow as we regularly add zines to our collection. Seven of our libraries host zine collections that you can browse, borrow, and read:

women in yellow t-shirt with her arms raised high against a blue sky

La vida es corta, disfrútala

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, August 1, 2019

“La muerte no es la mayor pérdida en la vida. La mayor pérdida es lo que muere dentro de nosotros mientras vivimos.”—Norman Cousins

Leamos volunteers, and mentors

Spotlight on Literacy: A Dream Come True

Randall Hinson, Librarian, Office of Education and Literacy, Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Last July, three students began a journey toward literacy via Leamos, a computer-based literacy program, at the Pacoima Branch Library.

Baby splashing in a pool

Bringing the Heat!

Photo Friends, Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Los Angeles basin cannot escape the fact that its climate tends to extremes, particularly of the hot variety.

Cover of 1946 Thomas Street Guide

Video: Navigating L.A. in the Pre-GPS Era

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, July 29, 2019

Before the advent of GPS and smartphones, residents of Los Angeles were wholly dependent on the street guide to navigate their sprawling metropolis. In this video, map librarian Glen Creason explores the history of the L.A. street guide, and explains why they are still relevant today:

Chilean-American novelist, Isabel Allende

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Isabel Allende!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, July 29, 2019

Isabel Allende was born on August 2, 1942. Allende is a Chilean-American novelist who began writing fiction relatively late in life. Her early work often focuses on mid-20th-century political turmoil in Chile and other South American countries.

Author Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher

Interview With an Author: Susan Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher

Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, Sunday, July 28, 2019

Susan Schaefer Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher are best friends who met during a Mommy and Me class back in 2004. Now, they collaborate on vibrant and meaningful children’s picture books, with Susan doing the writing and Courtenay providing the illustrations.

4 Spanish book covers

Una de las decisiones más importantes que puedes tomar en tu vida

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Saturday, July 27, 2019

El billonario estadounidense Warren Buffett dijo que la decisión más importante que puedes tomar en tu vida es escoger tu pareja.

man playing guitar on a stage

¡Queremos Rock!

Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections, Friday, July 26, 2019

La historia del rock en español es abundante ya que está influenciada por los movimientos del rock provenientes de EE.UU.

Singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Bobbie Gentry!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, July 26, 2019

Bobbie Gentry was born on July 27, 1944. Gentry is a singer-songwriter best remembered for the story song “Ode to Billie Joe,” a cryptic tale of young love, suicide, and family indifference.