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Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 20, 2019

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.

Wharton came by her knowledge of America's aristocracy by birth. She was born Edith Jones, daughter of a wealthy family that had made its fortune in...


Keith Emerson at his keyboard in concert at Nearfest 2006

Music Friday: Keith Emerson

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 2, 2018

Keith Emerson was born on November 2, 1944. Emerson was a composer and keyboard player who was, as a member of several different bands, a major figure in the progressive rock movement of the late 1960s and 1970s.

Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

Good Gals Gone Bad, Gone Good...Maybe

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Thursday, November 1, 2018

The TV serialization of two novels, Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies, has brought attention to a new crop of novels. They are edgy, psychological, thriller, suspense stories with distinct characteristics.

collage of movie posters

Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You - November 2018 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, November 1, 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.

close up view of Forest Lawn Cemetery

Where the Souls Sleep on All Saints Eve

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween has become a huge, month-long celebration in these modern times and not just for candy and death as I recall it meant when I was a brat.

ghost lady walking through the library

The Library’s Haunted History: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

When you work at Central Library, at some point in your career, you will be taken on a stairwell safety tour which guides you through a maze of long lonely corridors snaking under and around the staff side of our beloved building. When it was my turn, I had to ask, is this place haunted?

three young adult authors

The Stuff of Nightmares: Modern Teen Horror

Emily Meehan, Young Adult Librarian, Palms - Rancho Park Branch Library, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Thanks to recent critically-acclaimed movies like Get Out

Judy Aldrich, 8, receives pumpkin treat from Donna Lewis

What Halloween Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, October 30, 2018

I'll be the first to admit it, Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love everything about it from the spooky atmosphere and dressing up in a costume, to—I confess—all the candy!

vintage Halloween postcard

Halloween Fun and Folklore

Julia G, Librarian, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Monday, October 29, 2018

Jack-o’-lanterns, trick-or-treaters, clever costumes and spooky decorations—Halloween is one of the most beloved holidays in the United States. But where exactly did Halloween come from? What customs and folklore evolved into the festive holiday we celebrate today?

Collage of Dick Francis with his horse and a steeplechase tournament

A Week to Remember: Dick Francis

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 29, 2018

Dick Francis was born on October 31, 1920. Francis was a mystery writer with a very specific subject; he wrote more than 40 novels, all of them set against the backdrop of horse racing.

Author V.E. Schwab and her latest book, Vengeful

Interview with an Author: V.E. Schwab

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Friday, October 26, 2018

Victoria "V.E." Schwab V.E.