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Author Veronica G. Henry and her latest novel, The Quarter Storm
Author Veronica G. Henry and her latest novel, The Quarter Storm
Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, May 19, 2022

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Collage of Oscar nominated films adapted from books

Read It First! Oscar Nominated Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Academy Awards are right around the corner and, once again, films adapted from books have snagged multiple nominations! From larger than life musicals to quiet period dramas, these adaptations caught the eye, and the hearts, of the critics this year.


Collage of books about unknown genealogy, family tree and adoption

Uncovering Family Secrets: Forming a New Identity

Janice Batzdorff, Librarian, Monday, March 7, 2022

Imagine discovering that the man who raised you is not your biological father. That your mother’s race differs from how she presented herself. That the person you are attracted to is your sibling. That you are the descendant of a renowned individual. A monstrous one.


Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca

Lo nuevo en español: libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, March 4, 2022

Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!


Author Freya Marske and her debut novel, A Marvellous Light

Interview With an Author: Freya Marske

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, March 3, 2022

Freya Marske is one of the co-hosts of Be the Serpent, a Hugo Award-nominated podcast about SFF, fandom, and literary tropes, and her work has sold to Analog and been shortlisted for Best Fantasy Short Story in the Aurealis Awards. She lives in Australia.


Children eating lunch b & w photo from 1983

5 Picture Books Celebrating California Foodies

Kadie Seitz, Librarian, Youth Services, Tuesday, March 1, 2022

California Nouns: People, Places, and Things
California Food Culture


Author Andrea Hairston and her latest novel, Redwood and Wildfire

Interview With an Author: Andrea Hairston

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, February 24, 2022

Andrea Hairston is a novelist, essayist, playwright, and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. She is the author of Mindscape, shortlisted for the Phillip K. Dick and Otherwise awards, and winner of the Carl Brandon Parallax Award.


African-American classical composer, Julia Perry

Julia Perry - American Neoclassicist

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Julia Perry (1924-1979) was an American composer of African descent who had remarkable success in Europe and the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. She made an international impression with her Stabat Mater, composed in 1951, and her Short Piece for Orchestra the following year.


Pictured: Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Bich Ngoc Cao,City Librarian John Szabo, Meg DeLoatch

Congressman John Lewis: Civil Rights Leader and Trailblazer

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, February 23, 2022

John Lewis was born in Troy, Alabama, the third oldest son of ten children. His father was a tenant farmer, while his mother earned extra money doing housework for other families.


Japanese family gather beside an automobile at Wawona Tree in Yosemite National Park

Big Trees, Big Hearts: 5 Picture Books about Redwoods & Sequoias

Kadie Seitz, Librarian, Youth Services, Tuesday, February 22, 2022

California Nouns: People, Places, and Things
Big Trees


Collage of albums by African Americans available on Freegal and hoopla

Celebrate African American History Month With Great Music on hoopla and Freegal

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Friday, February 18, 2022

February is African American History Month, but every month is a good month to celebrate African American history and culture, and what better place to do so than your local library!


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