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Documentary films of Frederick Wiseman
Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, October 17, 2018

The documentary films of Frederick Wiseman are compelling, thought-provoking, and chilling in their candor. Wiseman led the way in making us look at subject matter we did not necessarily want to look at, even think about. His documentaries have explored social, political and cultural aspects of American life and include some of the following: welfare, meat production, luxury shopping, high...


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Read Your Way Back to School

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Monday, August 13, 2018

“I know you’re anxious about going to school. It’s not always easy to get along with humans, but just be yourself. I know you’ll have a great day!”

―Jared Chapman, Steve, Raised by Wolves

Pop-art photo illustration of Madonna

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Madonna!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, August 13, 2018

Madonna was born on August 16, 1958. She's the most successful female pop star ever, a dominant presence in American music and culture for almost forty years.

8 colorful manga books

Manga Lovers Unite! Travel Edition / マンガラバーズ団結せよ!~ 旅とマンガと~

Yoko Hata, Young Adult Librarian, Little Tokyo Branch Library, Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer vacation is almost over, and it will soon be time to go back to school. Did you enjoy the Summer Reading Challenge? Did you complete it? For me, reading lots of fun books, and having lots of fun experiences, makes for a nice summer, don't you agree?

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Alexa, Meet hoopla!

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Saturday, August 11, 2018

Alexa, meet hoopla...hoopla, meet Alexa, your new best streaming friend!

3 children heading into a school on the first day

What Back to School Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, August 10, 2018

It's the day lots of adults look forward to, and lots of kids dread. After a summer of fun, it's time to start setting that alarm again, shop for supplies, and go back to school!

Tommy the Cat reading a book

Celebrate International Book Lovers Day With Cats!

Emily Aaronson, Adult Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Thursday, August 9, 2018

With International Book Lovers Day coming hot on the heels of International Cat Lovers Day, we thought it would be fun to make a reading list for people who love both books and cats!

Nadine with Puzzums

And Now For Something Completely Different: International Cat Day

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August 8 is International Cat Day! Also known as World Cat Day, it's a holiday created to not only celebrate the friendship that humans and cats share but also to advocate for their safety and well-being.

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A Week to Remember: Andy Warhol

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928. Warhol was a leading figure in the pop art movement of the 1960s. His work explored the boundaries between art, celebrity, and commerce.

This drawing, by Valley Times staff artist Bob Hyde depicts a "hot" dog suffering during the hot Nevada summer.

Beat the Heat at the Library!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, August 6, 2018

It's another So Cal scorcher, and you really need somewhere cool to go. Why don't you head over to your local library? We have 73 locations around Los Angeles that function as cooling centers.

Photo illustration of the Ramones

Music Monday: The Ramones

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, August 6, 2018

On August 6, 1996, The Ramones performed their final concert, at The Palace in Los Angeles. For more than twenty years, The Ramones had been pioneers of punk rock. They were never a large commercial success, but their influence on punk and rock was enormous.