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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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Budding filmmakers

21st Century Kids: In the Director's Chair

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 8, 2020

“Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read...if you don't read, you will never be a filmmaker.”—Werner Herzog


Mark Kurlansky - journalist and historian, and the author of several best-selling nonfiction books

A Week to Remember: Mark Kurlansky and "A History of..."

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 7, 2020

On December 7, 1948, Mark Kurlansky was born. Mark Kurlansky is a journalist and historian, and the author of several best-selling nonfiction books.


Collage of books adapted to films

Read it First! Celebrating Jewish Authors

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 7, 2020

This year the Hanukkah holiday will begin on Thursday, December 10, and continue through Friday, December 18. With social distancing encouraged and travel restricted, it will be a quiet holiday for most this year.


Dave Brubeck on the cover of his album, The Essential Dave Brubeck

Music Memories: Dave Brubeck

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 4, 2020

On December 6, 1920, Dave Brubeck was born. For more than sixty years, Brubeck was one of our most popular and acclaimed jazz pianists, particularly noted for his experiments with unusual rhythms.


Lo nuevo en español

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

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, December 4, 2020

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 and screenwriter, Simon Stephenson and his latest book, Set My Heart to Five

Interview With an Author: Simon Stephenson

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 3, 2020

Simon Stephenson is an author and screenwriter (and once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away he was a medical doctor). He is originally from Edinburgh in Scotland but currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover

Feels Like Home: Epilogue - Part 20

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, December 2, 2020

This post is the twentieth and final excerpt serializing the book Feels Like Home.


Young person taking a picture of two cute dogs.

21st Century Kids: Behind the Camera Lens

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 1, 2020

“Photography is about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion.”—Larry Wilder


Author Noé Álvarez and his first-time memoir, Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land

Native American Heritage Month: Interview With Author Noé Álvarez

Susan Fukushima, Adult Librarian, Felipe de Neve Branch Library, Monday, November 30, 2020

Noé Álvarez is a writer, a runner, and the son of Mexican immigrant parents descended from the Indigenous Purépecha people and raised in Yakima, Washington.


Rex Stout among his book covers

A Week to Remember: Rex Stout

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 30, 2020

On December 1, 1886, Rex Stout was born. Stout was a novelist who began his career writing for the pulps in the 1910s before creating the character for which he is remembered, orchid-loving detective Nero Wolfe.


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