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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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What Book Should I Read Next?...Librarians to the Rescue!

Elyse Barrere, Young Adult Librarian, Sherman Oaks Martin Pollard Branch Library, Monday, November 9, 2020

My favorite work question to get asked is “Can you help me find a good book?” I absolutely love this part of my job!


Neil Gaiman at South by Southwest 2019 event

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 9, 2020

On November 10, 1960, Neil Gaiman was born. Gaiman is an author of comics and fantasy novels whose work draws on a wide range of historical styles, literary eras, and mythologies.


Collage of films adapted from books

Read it First! Straight to the Small Screen

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, November 6, 2020

It has now been seven months since the original wave of business closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This means it has been seven months since new films have been regularly released in movie theaters. That equals a lot of films that missed their original release date.


Album collage of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Music Memories: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 6, 2020

On November 7, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will hold its 2020 induction ceremony. Like most such events this year, it will be a virtual ceremony. Six acts are being inducted into the Hall this year.


 No es el fin.

No es el fin, hay que seguir hasta que todo esté bien

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, November 5, 2020

En unas de las presentaciones de nuestro popular programa Pregúntale a tu bibliotecari@, la presentadora invitada Jenny Lizárraga nos compartió sus consejos para hacerle frente a tiempos de crisis e incertidumbre.


Author Alex Pavesi and his first novel, The Eighth Detective

Interview With an Author: Alex Pavesi

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 5, 2020

Alex Pavesi is a former bookseller for Waterstones. He holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and is currently a software engineer for Microsoft in London.


Lo nuevo en español

Lo nuevo en español: libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!


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Feels Like Home: Los Angeles Central Library Project – The Short Version - Part 16

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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


Father and son harvesting their vegetables from their garden.

21st Century Kids: Garden to Plate

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Monday, November 2, 2020

Fall is the time when thoughts turn to consuming pumpkin-spice baked goods and other delicious treats from the market or local farms. This is the season to feel the warmth emanating from kitchens. Kids that plant and grow their own food have the best scenario to consume fresh delicious foods.


Graphic illustration with words vote in a map of United States

A Week to Remember: Election Day

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 2, 2020

November 3 is Election Day, and today we take a look at books about presidential elections.


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