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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 19, 2020

January is National Soup Month, and what better time than the middle of winter to relax with a nice bowl of hot soup?

Soups have been around for as long as there have been waterproof containers to cook them in. We have evidence of soups going back as far as 20,000 BCE when they were probably boiled by dropping hot rocks into cooking vessels.

Today, soups and stews—the only real...

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group of teens at the Canoga Park Branch Library

What's Cookin' at Canoga Park?

Marcia Melkonian, Young Adult Librarian III, Canoga Park Branch Library, Monday, October 21, 2019

Summer programming at your local library can mean lots different things to lots of different people.


American novelist, Ursula K. Le Guin

A Week to Remember: Ursula K. Le Guin

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 21, 2019

Ursula K. Le Guin was born on October 21, 1929. Le Guin is best known as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, but she also wrote literary criticism, essays, and poetry, and she preferred to be identified simply as “an American novelist.”


Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning duo of 123 Andrés

123 Andrés!

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, October 18, 2019

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning duo of 123 Andrés. Through their music and performances, children and adults learn both in Spanish and English.


Portrait of Laura Nyro from her album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession

Music Memories: Laura Nyro

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 18, 2019

Laura Nyro was born on October 18, 1947. Nyro was a singer-songwriter whose critically acclaimed records never found a large public audience, but whose songs became hits when recorded by others.


Jennifer Giesbrecht and her first book, The Monster of Elendhaven

Interview With an Author: Jennifer Giesbrecht

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 17, 2019

Jennifer Giesbrecht is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia where she earned an undergraduate degree in history, spent her formative years as a professional street performer, and developed a deep and reverent respect for the oc


3 spooky book covers

Spooky Old Books of Hallowe’en

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tis the season for spooky old books, and one of my very favorites is a hidden gem—Ruth Edna Kelley’s The Book of Hallowe’en (1919).


P. G. Wodehouse with Jeeves book covers

A Week to Remember: P. G. Wodehouse

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, October 13, 2019

P. G. Wodehouse was born on October 15, 1881. The English humorist had an unusually long and prolific career, averaging a novel a year for more than 70 years.


Bert Kaempfert surrounded by his album covers

Music Memories: Bert Kaempfert

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 11, 2019

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923. In the 1960s, Kaempfert was one of the last great stars of the easy listening genre, leading his band in smooth instrumental music that mixed pre-rock Tin Pan Alley, international folk music, and occasional touches of jazz.


Rhys Thomas and his new novel, The Secret Life of Sam Holloway

Interview With an Author: Rhys Thomas

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rhys Thomas is the author of The Suicide Club and On the Third Day. He lives in Cardiff, Wales, with his partner and three cats.


3 new book covers

Check These Out! Titles to Look for at the Library

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At Check These Out!, each month you will find a few recently published or upcoming titles that are worth “checking out” from the library.


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