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Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, December 9, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.

She was born into a prominent family in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her father served in the state legislature, and for two years in the United States House of Representatives. Dickinson was a fine student,...


Niccolò Paganini, a celebrated Italian violinist, guitarist, and composer

Music Memories: Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 25, 2019

Niccolò Paganini was born on October 27, 1782. Paganini was a composer, primarily of music for violin or guitar, and the most celebrated violinist of his era. Today, we focus one small piece of his music and its influence on 200 years of composers.

Shaun Hamill and his first novel, A Cosmology of Monsters

Interview With an Author: Shaun Hamill

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 24, 2019

Shaun Hamill is a native of Arlington, Texas. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in the dark woods of Alabama with his wife, his in-laws, and his dog.

3 childrens book covers

You Can DIY: Book-Inspired Kids’ Costumes for Halloween

Tina Princenthal, Senior Librarian, InfoNow, Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A nightmare more terrifying than you can imagine…the party supply store on the eve of Halloween! The hordes of customers, the cries and screams of fitting-room meltdowns, flimsy costumes at horrifyingly high prices!

Gravestones at New Calvary Cemetery

The Final Farewell—Funerals, Burials, and Memorials in Southern California

Photo Friends, Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Southern Californians have panache. From the clothes they wear to the dishes they cook to the homes they make, they create their own style—often a mixture of tradition and innovation—and show it proudly. This flair for living does not stop once they stop living.

group of teens at the Canoga Park Branch Library

What's Cookin' at Canoga Park?

Marcia Melkonian, Young Adult Librarian III, Canoga Park Branch Library, Monday, October 21, 2019

Summer programming at your local library can mean lots different things to lots of different people.

American novelist, Ursula K. Le Guin

A Week to Remember: Ursula K. Le Guin

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 21, 2019

Ursula K. Le Guin was born on October 21, 1929. Le Guin is best known as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, but she also wrote literary criticism, essays, and poetry, and she preferred to be identified simply as “an American novelist.”

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning duo of 123 Andrés

123 Andrés!

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, October 18, 2019

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning duo of 123 Andrés. Through their music and performances, children and adults learn both in Spanish and English.

Portrait of Laura Nyro from her album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession

Music Memories: Laura Nyro

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 18, 2019

Laura Nyro was born on October 18, 1947. Nyro was a singer-songwriter whose critically acclaimed records never found a large public audience, but whose songs became hits when recorded by others.

Jennifer Giesbrecht and her first book, The Monster of Elendhaven

Interview With an Author: Jennifer Giesbrecht

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 17, 2019

Jennifer Giesbrecht is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia where she earned an undergraduate degree in history, spent her formative years as a professional street performer, and developed a deep and reverent respect for the oc

3 spooky book covers

Spooky Old Books of Hallowe’en

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tis the season for spooky old books, and one of my very favorites is a hidden gem—Ruth Edna Kelley’s The Book of Hallowe’en (1919).