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From all of us at the library, thank you Keith, for your years of informatitive and creative writing!
Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, March 5, 2021

One of our most prolific writers for the LAPL Blog will be retiring soon. We thought it might be a fun and fitting send-off, to turn the tables and ask Keith some questions before he rides off into the sunset.

First of all, can you tell our readers about your career with the library? How long have you worked for us, and when did you start writing for the blog?

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cheerful young woman with hands raised

New Year, New Resolution: Find Joy in the Ordinary

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, January 8, 2021

Traditionally the top resolutions at the beginning of a new year for people in the US are about losing weight, improving their finances, and eating healthier.

Author Michel Faber and his latest book, (A Tale of Two Worlds)

Interview With an Author: Michel Faber

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 7, 2021

Michel Faber has written seven other books, including the highly acclaimed The Crimson Petal and the White,

Collage of books adapted into movies

Read it First: From Memoir to Movie

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Happy New Year! Was there ever a year more happily left in the dust? As we say goodbye to a universally tragic and trying year, we may be looking ahead with some trepidation. Will 2021 bring us the respite we so desperately need?

album cover of deceased musicians

Underground Music Legends We Will Miss

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Some truly beloved pop music stars passed away in 2020, including Little Richard, Eddie Van Halen, and Bill Withers, and many others as well. I would like to shine a light on some lesser-known but favorite musicians of mine who left us this past year: MF DOOM, Harold Budd, Tony Allen, and Peter Green.

A young woman reads a book while her dog lie beside her.

21st Century Kids: Animal Allies

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Many times animals find themselves in the wrong situation and require rescue and a new forever home. Fortunately, volunteers and non-profit animal welfare organizations focus efforts to change the future for animals in need.

selection of Spanish book covers

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

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Monday, January 4, 2021

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!

Survey says, Happy 2021!

What’s Your Resolution? 2021

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, December 31, 2020

January is the month for resolutions; making them, revising them, and keeping them, but in an unprecedented year like 2020 was, how do we set goals in such a complex time as 2021 is sure to be?

Collage of 2020 Best of Chinese book covers

Best of Chinese Books 2020 / 2020 館員推薦中文書單

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, December 31, 2020

新冠病毒大流行改變了人們的生活方式,但並沒有終止我們閱讀的習慣。 在2020年即將結束之際,我們列出中文館員的推薦和高人氣的作品,供您參考。只要登入您的圖書館帳戶,在缐上目錄預訂資料,選擇鄰近的圖書館室外取書服務地點(Library To Go) ,並耐心等候我們的通知,到館領取預訂的資料後就可以開始享受閱讀!

Collage of favorite books of 2020

My Favorite Books of 2020

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Season’s Readings everyone! Well, 2020 has been quite a year, and not simply in terms of fiction and non-fiction titles. With the continuing pandemic, the natural disasters, and the civil and political unrest, the need for diversion and windows into differing perspectives has never been more important.

Young person dreaming big

21st Century Kids: Dream Big

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Having dreams, wishes, and goals are human aspirations. After all, striving to improve one's lot in life is encouraged. Our dreams and hopes bolster our emotions when times are challenging; somewhere on the horizon is a better version of ourselves and our lives.