Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development



Barry White at Jordan High School, May 15, 1987

Music Memories: Barry White

September 11, 2020

On September 12, 1944, Barry White was born. White was a singer, songwriter, and producer who became one of pop music’s great romantic icons in the 1970s.

Stephen Jay Gould on the book cover, Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life

A Week to Remember: Stephen Jay Gould

September 06, 2020

On September 10, 1941, Stephen Jay Gould was born. Gould was a paleontologist, biologist, and historian of science. He had the talent of writing about complicated scientific questions in a way that the non-scientist could understand.

John Cage, LA native and avant-garde composer

Music Memories: John Cage

September 04, 2020

On September 5, 1912, John Cage was born. Cage was an avant-garde composer whose work often seemed to be equal parts music and philosophical exploration.

 Mary Renault was a novelist known for historical fiction

A Week to Remember: Mary Renault

August 31, 2020

On September 4, 1905, Mary Renault was born. Renault was a novelist whose career fell into two halves—contemporary novels written mostly in the 1940s, and historical novels set in ancient Greece. Today, she is primarily remembered for the latter.

Dinah Washington on The Best of Dinah Washington album

Music Memories: Dinah Washington

August 28, 2020

On August 29, 1924, Dinah Washington was born. Washington was a versatile R&B singer of the late 1940s and 1950s who crossed over to pop audiences near the end of her short life.

Author Ray Bradbury at Palms-Rancho branch library, [1972]. Security Pacific National Bank Collection

A Week to Remember: Ray Bradbury

August 17, 2020

On August 22, 1920, Ray Bradbury was born. He is most often remembered as an author of fantasy stories and novels, but he also wrote science fiction and mystery stories, poetry, and screenplays.

Steve Martin and Diane Keaton at the Central Library

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Steve Martin!

August 14, 2020

On August 14, 1945, Steve Martin was born. You might not have expected to see Martin in our “Music Memories” series, because he’s still better known as a comedian and actor. But he’s also a Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated musician, and today, we’re focusing on that side of his career.

The Louvre Museum at night

A Week to Remember: The Louvre

August 10, 2020

On August 10, 1793, the Louvre Museum opened in Paris. The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum, and its most visited; more than 9.5 million people viewed its collections in 2019.

Rashaan Roland Kirk on the cover of Roland Kirk’s Finest Hour

Music Memories: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

August 07, 2020

On August 7, 1935, Rahsaan Roland Kirk was born. Kirk was a jazz musician noted for his ability to play a wide range of instruments, and for his unorthodox playing techniques, which often involved playing multiple instruments simultaneously.

Author P.D. James

A Week to Remember: P. D. James

August 03, 2020

On August 3, 1920, P. D. James was born. James was an English writer of crime novels, whose series of novels about London police detective Adam Dalgleish spanned nearly fifty years.