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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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photo of a dia de muertos altar

5 Interesting Facts About Day of the Dead

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, October 30, 2020

Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration with pre-colonial origins. This celebration today is a mixture of indigenous and Christian traditions. Before colonization, the Day of the Dead was usually celebrated in late summer.


Kurt Elling on his Grammy Award Best Jazz Album, Dedicated to You

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Kurt Elling!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 30, 2020

On November 2, 1967, Kurt Elling was born. Elling is a jazz singer and lyricist who has become one of the best contemporary practitioners of vocalese, the art of writing lyrics to previously recorded instrumental solos.


Collage of witch books

Which Witch is Which? Witches in History: Salem and Beyond

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Thursday, October 29, 2020

Over the years, the witch has become a popular figure and costume choice for our modern commercialized holiday rituals.


Author David J. Skal and his latest book, Fright Favorites: 31 Movies to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond

Interview With an Author: David J. Skal

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 29, 2020

David J.


photo of a dia de muertos altar

5 datos interesantes sobre el Día de Muertos

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, October 28, 2020

El Día de Muertos es una celebración mexicana con orígenes precoloniales. Esta celebración hoy en día es una mezcla de tradiciones indígenas y cristianas. Antes de la colonización, el Día de Muertos se celebraba usualmente a finales de verano.


Graphic with Feels Like Home book cover

Feels Like Home: Los Angeles Central Library Project – The Short Version - Part 15

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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


Young boy cutting vegetables with the family watching

21st Century Kids: Building Family Memories

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In the 21st century what constitutes a family unit is varied. However, most will agree: spending quality time with loved ones is very beneficial. Our families are an important foundation that cannot be underestimated. For some, it is a positive experience that sustains them during turbulent times.


English novelist Evelyn Waugh

A Week to Remember: Evelyn Waugh

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 26, 2020

On October 28, 1903, Evelyn Waugh was born. Waugh was an English novelist who wrote primarily satirical comedies in the 1920s and 1930s; his novels became more serious, and often focused on Catholic themes, after World War II.


Duran Duran on their album Duran Duran

Music Memories: Duran Duran

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 23, 2020

On October 27, 1958, Simon Le Bon was born. Le Bon is a member of Duran Duran, the British pop band that became an early star of MTV in the 1980s.


Authors Lisa Morton and Leslie S. Klinger and their book, Weird Women

Interview With an Author: Lisa Morton & Leslie S. Klinger

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, Bram Stoker Award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” She has published four novels, 150 s


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