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Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, March 24, 2019

Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809. Gogol wrote mostly short stories and plays. He is generally thought of as the first great Russian realist, but his stories often contain elements of the surreal and the bizarre, occasionally leaning into horror.

Gogol was born in what is now Ukraine, and was raised speaking both Russian and Ukrainian. He was exposed to the theatrical world from a...


Singer Joan Baez performing at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Joan Baez!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 4, 2019

Joan Baez was born on January 9, 1941. Baez was one of the major stars of the 1960s folk music movement, and has been acclaimed for almost sixty years for her songwriting and interpretive skills.

2 movie posters and 2 books

Read It First! From Page to Screen - January 2019 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, January 4, 2019

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.

Collage of Waiting for Godot performance by Bert Lahr and E. G. Marshall

A Week to Remember: Waiting for Godot

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 31, 2018

On January 5, 1953, the first full production of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot took place in Paris. The play has become a theatrical landmark, despite—or perhaps because of—its cryptic nature.

Two champage classes with body of water in background

Some Bubbly to Ring in 2019

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Saturday, December 29, 2018

Champagne is a sparkling wine served on festive special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, or to ring in a new year), and to christen boats and ships (military or pleasure). Champagne has a legendary history and a certain cachet.

money and small tree in glass as concept of saving and growing money

Una versión breve de cómo puede empezar a mejorar sus finanzas en el 2019

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, December 28, 2018

El 2018 ya casi se acaba y usted tiene la oportunidad de empezar de nuevo en el 2019. Puede empezar a tener una vida más saludable y tratar de mejorar sus finanzas. Para ayudarle con su meta de mejorar su finanzas, aquí le presentamos unos consejos básicos sobre cómo lo puede lograr.

Donna Summer "Queen of Disco"

Music Friday: Donna Summer

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 28, 2018

Donna Summer was born on December 31, 1948. Summer is best remembered as the "Queen of Disco," but her career lasted for thirty years after the disco era ended. Summer was raised in Boston, and moved to New York after high school.

Dacre Stoker with J.D. Barker and the book Dracul

Interview With an Author: Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 27, 2018

Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of 2009’s Dracula the Un-Dead, the official Stoker family e

variety of bestselling books from 2018

Top Tens: The Most Popular Titles of 2018

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, December 26, 2018

It’s the time of year for lists: recommendations, best of’s, and favorites.

Film director FW Murnau with his creation Nosferatu

A Week to Remember: F. W. Murnau

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, December 23, 2018

F. W. Murnau was born on December 28, 1888. Murnau was a German film director, one of the most acclaimed craftsmen of the silent film era.

nueve de las portadas de los libros

Lo mejor del 2018: los libros preferidos por nuestros lectores y bibliotecarios

Dinorah Pinelo, Senior Librarian, Catalog, Friday, December 21, 2018

El mejor regalo que puedes ofrecer durante la Navidad y las festividades de invierno es un libro. Si necesitas ideas sobre qué libros regalar (o regalarte a ti mismo), aquí te presentamos los títulos preferidos por nuestros lectores y bibliotecarios en el 2018.