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Wikipedia turns 20 years old
Happy 20th Birthday Wikipedia!
Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, January 15, 2021

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia and consistently one of the top ten most visited websites, was launched to little fanfare on January 15, 2001: it turns 20 today. Love it or hate it (and many librarians do both), it has had a tremendous impact on the internet and become nearly indispensable for a certain kind of easy information access.

While far from perfect,...

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Ivy Queen

A los hombre' los tengo de hobby

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Bueno, eso es lo que dice Ivy Queen en el remix de la canción de Bad Bunny, “


A santa and a ghost decoration on a porch

Ghost Stories at Christmastime

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Ghost stories have been shared as long as we have wondered what happens to us after we die, and sought to connect with spirits of the departed. Midwinter is the perfect time for them. The nights grow long and dark, and winter weather brings us together to huddle around the fire and share tales.


Family members making crafts with plastic and paper products

21st Century Kids: Limit Plastic Use

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 15, 2020

What was once seen as a remarkable new material, is now viewed, by many, as a menace to the environment.


L.A. author, Michael J. Bowler and his winning book Spinner

Local Author is California Indie Author Project Winner

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Monday, December 14, 2020

We are thrilled to report that one of our local L.A. authors, Michael J. Bowler, has taken the top prize in Young Adult Fiction for his book, Spinner.


Philip K. Dick

A Week to Remember: Philip K. Dick

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 14, 2020

On December 16, 1928, Philip K. Dick was born. Dick was a science fiction writer whose work centered on the unreliability of reality and of personal identity; his stories of paranoia, shifting personas, and an unstable world made him one of the genre’s most popular writers of the 1960s and 1970s.


Hector Berloiz

Music Memories: Hector Berlioz

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 11, 2020

On December 11, 1803, Hector Berlioz was born. Berlioz was not an enormously productive composer, but those of his works that are still played are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.


Author David Gerrold and his latest book, Hella

Interview With an Author: David Gerrold

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 10, 2020

David Gerrold has been writing professionally for half a century. He created the tribbles for Star Trek and the Sleestaks for Land of the Lost.


A Charlie Brown Christmas album cover with tinsel decoration

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The first Charlie Brown television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, debuted on CBS on December 9, 1965.


Como agua para chocolate de Laura Esquivel

Dos mujeres un camino

Patricia Alvarado, Librarian, Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Sierra Madre
3 de diciembre de 2020

Querida Patty,


close up of woman staring at a chess board

The Queen's Gambit and the Unexpectedly Thrilling and Glamorous World of Chess

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department, Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Since debuting on Netflix in October, The Queen’s Gambit has become the streaming service’s number one show, and its most watched limited scripted series ever. It’s been responsible for a surge in chess set purchases, and new memberships in online chess programs.


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