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Vince Zalkind, Messenger Clerk, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, August 20, 2019

It’s back-to-school time! Time to sharpen up your pencils, meet your new teachers, and grab your list of classics to read for homework. Time to put away those comic books and graphic novels in favor of “serious” literature, right? Wrong! There is a growing list of visually stunning adaptations of the classics that are worth checking out for both the reluctant reader and the bookworm.



L.A. native novelist, Harry Turtledove

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Harry Turtledove!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, June 10, 2019

Harry Turtledove was born on June 14, 1949. Turtledove is a novelist who works in several genres—science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction—but is best known as a writer of alternate history. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Gardena. He briefly attended Caltech and earned a Ph.D.

Its Showtime at the Library artwork

It’s June, It's Summer Reading, It's Showtime!

Teri Markson, Senior Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, Saturday, June 8, 2019

Be a star at the library this summer! Read, create and discover when you participate in the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge at the Los Angeles Public Library. Summer reading isn’t only about reading, it’s about community, family, and fun!

Welsh singer Tom Jones

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Tom Jones!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, June 7, 2019

Tom Jones was born on June 7, 1940. The Welsh singer became a star in the mid-1960s with a series of cheerfully bombastic pop songs, and continues to tour and record new material after more than 50 years in the spotlight.

T.J. Martinson and his debut novel, The Reign of the Kingfisher

Interview With an Author: T.J. Martinson

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, June 6, 2019

T.J. Martinson grew up just outside Chicago. He received his MA in literary studies from Eastern Illinois University and is currently working toward a Ph.D. at Indiana University Bloomington.

Star Wars header with lightsabers

Los Latinos de Star Wars

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Read this article in English

¿Eres un fan de Star Wars? ¿Conoces a la mayoría de los personajes y a los actores que los interpretaron?

*Comienzan los ruidos de espadas láser*

three movie posters coming out in June

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, June 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.

Pacific Coast League in 1930 with Ernest Thayer's baseball poem screened on top

A Week to Remember: Casey at the Bat

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, June 3, 2019

Ernest Thayer's baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" was first published on June 3, 1888, in the San Francisco Examiner.

Foto del cantante Chalino Sanchez

Ya se fueron las nieves de enero y llegaron las flores de mayo

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, May 31, 2019

¡Es viernes de música!

Como dice el famoso corrido de Chalino Sánchez:

Ya se fueron las nieves de enero
y llegaron las flores de mayo

BTS receiving a Donsang award at the 31st Golden Disk Awards in Seoul in 2017.

BTS is the Best! / BTS가 최고다!

Heawon Paick, Senior Librarian, Access Services, Friday, May 31, 2019

Probably everyone has heard of this Korean boy band called BTS by now. They are a 7-member Korean idol group called 방탄소년단 (Bangtan Sonyondan), which translates as Bulletproof Boy Scouts.

Anthony Horowitz and his latest Mystery series book, The Sentence is Death.

Interview With an Author: Anthony Horowitz

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Anthony Horowitz is a prolific journalist and writer for television and the author of both young adult and adult literature. He has been commissioned by the Doyle and Fleming estates to write new adventures for both Sherlock Holmes and James Bond.