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Graphic illustration of the great white whale, Moby Dick
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, November 11, 2018

On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States. The story of Captain Ahab's obsessive quest for the great white whale Moby Dick is a classic of American literature and the work for which Melville is best remembered; its first sentence, "Call me Ishmael," is one of the best-known first lines in literature.

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TransLogic system tracks running through the library

Translogic: Central Library's Forgotten Book-Mover

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

When the gleaming “new” Central Library opened its doors on October 3, 1993, seven years after the devastating fires of 1986, it touted the latest innovations in computer automation.

Barney entertains a crowd in 1993

A Look Back at 1993

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Central Library's re-opening, let's look back at what else was happening in 1993.

Teresa Uriarte

Entrevista con la Profesora Teresa Uriarte

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

En celebración del Mes de la Herencia Latina tenemos el honor de entrevistar a la profesora María Teresa Uriarte de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM, quien se especializa en la cultura prehispánica

Richard Kraus in the Business & Economics Department at Central Library

Saving for Retirement: An Interview with Richard Kraus

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A high number of Americans do not have enough savings for retirement. Many are relying on Social Security benefits, with some experts predicting Social Security might disappear in the near future.

Photo of author Elmore Leonard

A Week to Remember: Elmore Leonard

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, October 7, 2018

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11, 1925. Leonard was a writer of novels, short stories, and screenplays. At the beginning of his career, he wrote mostly Westerns; when he shifted to crime and suspense novels, he became one of the country's most popular novelists.

Octavia E. Butler seated by her bookcase, 1986

Spotlight on Octavia E. Butler

Julia G, Librarian, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Saturday, October 6, 2018

Temperatures are rising, the environment is suffering, and income inequality is widening. Amidst the confusion, a charismatic politician takes the presidency with the promise to, “Make America great again.”

3 movie posters and books covers

Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. October 2018 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, October 5, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.

Photograph of composer Guiseppe Verdi

Music Friday: Giuseppe Verdi

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 5, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 9, 1813. Verdi was a composer of opera, and many of his works are among the most beloved operas in the repertoire. He had an unusually long career as a composer, spanning almost sixty years.

Collage of pre-Columbian food

Pre-Columbian America: Food

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, October 4, 2018

Our third part of the series celebrating Latino heritage month highlighting interesting things about Pre-Columbian America is dedicated to the wonderful foods of the Americas. We are also highlighting some of the unique qualities of these foods.

Collage of pre-Columbian food

América Precolombina: Comida

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, October 4, 2018

Nuestro tercer segmento en celebración del mes de la herencia latina celebra la comida de las Américas. También le daremos información de algunos datos interesantes de estas comidas.