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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.



fireworks at Los Angeles City Hall

What the 4th of July Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Independence Day aka the Fourth of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.

Screenwriter James M. Cain

A Week to Remember: James M. Cain

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, July 1, 2019

James M. Cain was born on July 1, 1892. Cain’s novels and stories of the 1930s and 1940s helped to create the modern antihero. His later work would never recapture his early success, either with critics or with readers, but his best works still hold up as taut, plot-driven crime thrillers.

Saxophone inventor, Adolphe Sax

Music Memories: Happy Birthday to the Saxophone!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, June 28, 2019

On June 28, 1846, the saxophone was patented by its inventor, Adolphe Sax. He had been developing the instrument for several years before the patent was issued, but the patent is as close as we come to having an actual “birthday” for any musical instrument.

Kris Waldherr and her book

Interview With an Author: Kris Waldherr

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, June 27, 2019

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and her fiction has been awarded with fellowships by the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and a reading grant by Poets & Writers.

Eric Ambler

A Week to Remember: Eric Ambler

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, June 24, 2019

Eric Ambler was born on June 28, 1909. For forty years, Ambler wrote novels and screenplays. His specialty was spy thrillers, and he helped shape that genre into its modern form.

George Michael

Music Memories: George Michael

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, June 21, 2019

George Michael was born on June 25, 1963. For a decade beginning in the mid-1980s, Michael was one of America’s biggest pop stars, topping the charts with 11 #1 hit singles. His success lasted even longer in England, where he continued producing hit songs into the mid-2000s.

Trap artist Bad Bunny

El conejo malo (Bad Bunny, Baby...)

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, June 21, 2019

¡El verano está aquí! ¡El verano está aquí!

*Me enfrento al ventilador mientras escribo*

Nunca he sido una persona de verano, pero después de toda la lluvia de este año (aunque la aprecié), me alegra ver que el sol brilla.

Section of a map of Downtown Los Angeles

Video: Mapping Los Angeles' LGBTQIA History

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, June 20, 2019

In the latest, Pride-themed episode of Stories from the Map Cave, map librarian Glen Creason walks us through some significant landmarks and events in Los Angeles' LGBTQIA history. Watch below:

Seanan McGuire and her book Middlegame

Interview With an Author: Seanan McGuire

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, June 20, 2019

Seanan McGuire is the award-winning author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, a

Ethel Schultheis looks into a large fountain

Mr. and Mrs. Schultheis go to Santa Barbara

Photo Friends, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We have written before about Herman Schultheis, the German-born photographer and jack of all film-related trades. With his wife, Ethel, Herman arrived in Los Angeles in 1937 with high hopes of a career in the film industry.