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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.



Author Casey McQuiston and her first novel, Red, White & Royal Blue

Interview With an Author: Casey McQuiston

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Casey McQuiston grew up in the swamps of Southern Louisiana, where she cultivated an abiding love for honey butter biscuits and stories with big, beating hearts.

8 new adult literacy coordinators

Meet the New Adult Literacy Coordinators

Randall Hinson, Librarian, Office of Education and Literacy, Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Meet the new Adult Literacy Coordinators!

Color postcard of California Alligator Farm, in Los Angeles [ca.1911]

Bring the Kids! Fun at the California Alligator Farm

Tina Princenthal, Senior Librarian, InfoNow, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Before Mickey and his Magic Kingdom, there was Billie the Alligator and his reptilian pals at the California Alligator Farm.

French novelist and playwright, Alexandre Dumas

A Week to Remember: Alexandre Dumas

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, July 22, 2019

Alexandre Dumas was born on July 24, 1802. Dumas was a prolific novelist and playwright who wrote more than 100,000 pages during his life. He is best remembered today for historical adventure novels, including The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Mexican-American musician, Carlos Santana

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Carlos Santana!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, July 19, 2019

Carlos Santana was born on July 20, 1947. Santana is a guitarist whose band, also called Santana, plays a mix of blues, rock, and Latin jazz.

Pura Belpré 2019 Award winners

Pura Belpré Award: A Celebration of Exceptional Latino Literature for Children

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Thursday, July 18, 2019

I had the honor of being a part of the 2019 Pura Belpré Selection Committee. This past June, we had the chance to celebrate the authors and illustrators for their amazing wins.

comic book characters riding on top of a bus

Hey Kids! Comics! Eisner Nominees

Vince Zalkind, Messenger Clerk, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July is one of the biggest months for comic books and pop culture, mostly due to San Diego International Comic-Con which celebrates hundreds of creators from film, TV, comics, and more.

Pura Belpré 2019 Award winners

Premio Pura Belpré: una celebración de la literatura latina excepcional para niños

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

El año pasado tuve el honor de ser parte del Comité de Selección del Premio Pura Belpré 2019. El domingo 23 de junio tuvimos la oportunidad de celebrar a los autores e ilustradores durante la ceremonia de premiación.

English novelist and philosopher, Iris Murdoch

A Week to Remember: Iris Murdoch

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, July 15, 2019

Iris Murdoch was born on July 15, 1919. Murdoch was an English novelist and philosopher; in both fields, her work centered on the importance of the inner life, and the ability of people to shape their own moral behavior.

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¡Levántate, floja(o), es tiempo de limpiar!

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, July 12, 2019

Todos lo hemos escuchado, bueno, la mayoría de nosotros, cuando nuestras madres, padres, tíos, tías, primos o cualquier miembro de la familia mayor que tú, te despierta con música súper alta un sábado o domingo por la mañana.