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Author Conner Habib and his debut novel, Hawk Mountain
Author Conner Habib and his debut novel, Hawk Mountain. Photo of author: Al Higgins
Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, September 29, 2022

Conner Habib hosts the podcast Against Everyone With Conner Habib, which covers topics like punk rock, philosophy, pornography, and occultism. His writing has appeared in CR Fashion Book,...


Julius Levitt is pictured on this coloring page in front of Breed Street Shul

Julius Levitt, Community Activist

Vi Ha, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Julius Levitt (1885–1953) was a promoter of Yiddish culture and a community activist, most importantly through the Jewish Labor Committee (JLC) to bring attention to the horrors of Nazism throughout the world.

Map of Bell’s Row, from the Western States Jewish History Archives.

Jewish Roots of L.A.

Peter Hauge, Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department, Monday, May 16, 2022

President Joseph Biden may have put it best in his 2021 proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month: “The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress.

yellow banner with a blue fist in the air behind an open book

Stand With the Banned: Free Access To Challenged Books for Teens and Tweens

Kadie Seitz, Librarian, Youth Services, Saturday, May 14, 2022

Here at the library, we closely follow stories of books being banned or challenged throughout the country.

Glen Creason and his daughter Carrie

When a Librarian Retires

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Friday, May 13, 2022

I dislike the question “how do you like retirement?” I mean, this is like asking “how do you like breathing?” Life is a one-way street and there are no U-turns on the way toward the great unknown.

Author Jenny Tinghui Zhang and her debut novel, Four Treasures of the Sky

Interview With an Author: Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 12, 2022

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has received support from Kundiman, Tin House, and VONA/Voices.

Panoramic view of Heart Mountain Relocation Center, the WWII Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming, [ca 1943]. Shades of L.A.: Japanese American Community

Memoirs of Japanese-Americans Incarcerated During World War II

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, May 9, 2022

By the late nineteenth century, the West Coast of the United States was home to thriving Japanese communities. After the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 barred the immigration of Chinese workers, Japanese laborers were sought for many industries, including agriculture and fishing.

Author Alma Katsu and her latest novels, The Fervor

Interview With an Author: Alma Katsu

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 5, 2022

Alma Katsu is the award-winning author of six novels, most recently Red Widow,

Collage of films adapted from books

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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.

Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca

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

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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!

Collage of vintage photos from Tessa.org

Why We Need Another Celebration Month

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, April 30, 2022

May is Jewish American Heritage Month. It was officially declared on April 20, 2006. The month of May was chosen due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History. 350 years. That's a lot of years!