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Natalie Riess
Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, March 2, 2021

Natalie Riess is an Austin, Texas-based cartoonist and illustrator. Natalie’s popular graphic novel Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1 was her first published comic (in 2016) by Oni Press. Natalie uses digital media and watercolor to create her whimsical and...

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Spitzer Image of Star Factory W51 - The star-forming nebula W51 is one of the largest "star factories" in the Milky Way galaxy.

21st Century Kids: Look Among the Stars

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Stars have always fascinated mankind. They are included in songs, children’s rhymes, poems, and stories. Stars have always mystified us, but their story has been unfolding throughout the ages. Here are some fun books to explore and learn more about mysterious stars and our universe.


Will Eisner at his desk with his comic the Spirit

Will Eisner Celebration: Eisner’s Legacy

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, March 1, 2021

Today marks the start of Will Eisner Week. A week-long celebration of comic arts. So who is Will Eisner and why a whole week? The basics: William Eisner was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur.


Collage of films adapted from books

Adapted Screenplays: A Browsing Gold Mine for Reading

Janice Batzdorff, Librarian, Monday, March 1, 2021

Screenwriters for The Dig, Nomadland, White Tiger, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Queen’s Gambit, The Father, One Night in Miami and News of the World are possible award contenders for their adaptations of books and plays.


Betty Crocker through the ages

Better With Betty: The Perfect Homemaker That Never Existed

Tina Princenthal, Senior Librarian, InfoNow, Monday, March 1, 2021

In 1945, Fortune magazine published a list of America’s most popular women. Timeless homemaker Betty Crocker was awarded second place and the title of “First Lady of Food,” following none other than actual First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.


Suzy González and her zine, Xicana Vegan

Interview With Zine Maker: Suzy González

Angi Brzycki, Librarian III, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Friday, February 26, 2021

Suzy González is an artist, zinester, curator, and educator based in San Antonio, TX. She has exhibited, attended residencies, and curated exhibits across the country.


Charlotta Bass, Security Pacific National Collection

"I Promise I Will Do My Best": The Integrity of Charlotta Bass

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Friday, February 26, 2021

Charlotta Bass, a name well known in Los Angeles history circles, has surfaced recently on a national front thanks in part to the ascension of Senator Kamala Harris to the position of Vice President of the United States.


Author Sarah Lagan and her latest novel, Good Neighbor

Interview With an Author: Sarah Langan

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sarah Langan, a Columbia MFA graduate with an MS in environmental toxicology, is a three-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. One of her previous novels, The Keeper, was a New York Times Editors’ Pick.


George Walker on his album George Walker: Great American Concert Music

George Walker: African-American Composer

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, February 25, 2021

George Walker was one of America's most honored composers, having had his works performed by every major orchestra in the country, and was the first African-American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.


twin peaks album cover

Diane: It's Twin Peaks Day

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fans of David Lynch’s cult 1990-91 primetime television show celebrate February 24 as Twin Peaks Day—the day FBI Agent Dale Cooper comes to town to investigate the death of Laura Palmer.


Artwork from the album Black Messiah

Mining Gold From The Music Stream: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk, Silver Lake Branch Library, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Compared at the time of its release to Sly & The Family Stone’s masterpiece There’s A Riot Goin’ On, The Beach Boys’ near-mythical epic


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