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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,...

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Feels Like Home: The Early Days at New Central - Part 18

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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


Linda Leigh and her zine, Life is a Bus, Enjoy the Ride

Interview with a Zine Maker: Linda Leigh of Skid Row Zine

Angi Brzycki, Librarian III, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Linda Leigh has been a grateful Street Symphony Fellow since 2018, as well as a proud member of the Urban Voices Project Choir since 2016. Linda is additionally regarded as an honored and revered elder amongst the Skid Row advocacy and artistic communities.


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21st Century Kids: Dabble in Science

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, November 17, 2020

“A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.” —Marie Curie


Collage of American composers known as the Boston Six

Music Memories: The "Boston Six"

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Saturday, November 14, 2020

On November 13, 1854, George Whitefield Chadwick was born. Chadwick was one of a group of composers who came to be known as the “Second New England School.” Their principal members were the “Boston Six,” and they were among the first American composers to make significant contributions to classical music.


4 face shields made in the library

Octavia Lab - Face Shield Project Update

Science Department, Central Library, Friday, November 13, 2020

The Octavia Lab team realized that there was a global shortage of PPE and following the ethos of the lab namesake, Octavia E. Butler, our team wanted to help.


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Friday the 13th: Library Edition

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Friday, November 13, 2020

The ill-omened day is at hand! Or is it? In Spanish and Greek culture, Tuesday the 13th is the ill-omened day, and in Italy, it’s Friday the 17th. Well, at least we can agree that the number 13 is ill-omened? Or Friday? Although for those who live for the weekend, Friday is propitious.


Author Victoria “V. E.” Schwab and her latest book, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Interview With an Author: V.E. Schwab

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 12, 2020

Victoria “V.


The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries From a Secret World book cover

The Hidden Life of Trees: A Book Review

Hilda Guerrero, Librarian, Science, Technology, & Patents Department , Thursday, November 12, 2020

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Feels Like Home: Central Reopens - Part 17

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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


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21st Century Kids: Giving DIY Gifts

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Handmade gifts will always hold a special place in a receiver's heart. Parents save everything their child has made, and friends treasure special handmade gifts. Therefore, shopping at a busy mall is not the only way to spread holiday cheer.


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