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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,...


Jimi Hendrix on a psychedelic background

Music Memories: Jimi Hendrix

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Saturday, November 28, 2020

On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born. While his career was brief—less than four years of leading his own band—he made an extraordinary impact in that time and is generally considered to be one of the finest electric guitar players of all time.

Diego Maradona celebrates his winning penalty kick as The Americas beat The Rest Of The World, 6-5, at the Rose Bowl on July 28, 1986

5 datos interesantes de Diego Armando Maradona, una de las leyendas más grandes del mundo del fútbol

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, November 25, 2020

El 25 de noviembre de 2020 murió una de las grandes leyendas del fútbol, Diego Armando Maradona. Maradona nació en 1960 en Argentina. Él es reconocido como uno de los mejores jugadores del fútbol de toda la historia a nivel mundial.

Family discussion

How to Talk to Friends & Family Who Share Misinformation

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, November 25, 2020

We all have been given misinformation from family and friends at one time or another, but sometimes it is hard to tell if something is false or true. And when we know that the information is false, how do we talk to our family and friends about it? Or how can we verify the information is true?

Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover

Feels Like Home: The Early Days at New Central - Part 19

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, November 25, 2020

This post is the nineteenth in a series of excerpts serializing the book Feels Like Home

Collage of thank you books

Family, Food, and Gratitude

Laura Duncan, Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Tuesday, November 24, 2020

What is Thanksgiving all about? For me, the most important part of the holiday has always been getting together with family, or with friends if I was living far from home, and counting our blessings over a delicious meal.

Freelance journalist, Stuart Turton and his latest book, The Devil and the Dark Water

Interview With an Author: Stuart Turton

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Stuart Turton is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife. Stuart is not to be trusted—in the nicest possible way.

Author Rita Mae Brown with her late cat, Baby Jesus

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Rita Mae Brown!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 23, 2020

On November 28, 1944, Rita Mae Brown was born. Brown began her literary career in the 1970s as one of the first lesbian authors to find mainstream success; more recently, she has distanced herself from the label “lesbian author” and become a popular writer of cozy mystery novels.

Colorful assortment of vegetables and fruits on a table

Fall Harvest and Health

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, November 20, 2020

Mild weather, morning dew and leaves changing colors are all signs that autumn is upon us. Autumn is also harvest time and a beautiful selection of fruits and vegetables are available for our enjoyment.

Astronomy professor, Emily Levesque and her first popular science book, The Last Stargazers

Interview With an Author: Emily Levesque

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 19, 2020

Emily Levesque is an astronomy professor at the University of Washington. She has observed for upward of fifty nights on many of the planet’s largest telescopes and flown over the Antarctic stratosphere in an experimental aircraft for her research.

National Book Awards

2020 National Book Awards Winners And Finalists

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The National Book Foundation has announced the 71st Annual National Book Awards and shortlists for 2020.