Because I am a stalled biographer I have become a voracious reader of biographies. I read and read and read - to learn about the lives of the subjects but mainly to glean writing technique. I want to learn how to present history when the chronology isn't perfect, when the facts don't line up, and when the subject seems to have deliberately obfuscated the part of his life most tantalizing.
As I interact with members on a daily basis, I often hear how grateful they are for a welcoming library and open stacks where they can browse, find comfortable chairs for reading and space to write or work. They appreciate our blazing fast and secure Internet, helpful staff and access to professional librarians for answers to their research questions.
The Library’s collection of some 160,000 print volumes, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks, tens of thousands of ebooks, emagazines, ecomics a...[read more]
The Wrecking Crew was an informal name given to a group of Los Angeles based studio musicians who played on countless popular music releases of the 1960s and early 1970s. Although these union musicians stationed at Gold Star Studios had jazz and classical backgrounds, in the hands of Phil Spector, they became the new sound of pop in his “Wall of Sound” playing on popular radio songs by the Crystals, the Ronettes, Ike & Tina Turner, and the Righteous Brothers. Before overdubbing allowed fo...[read more]
The Zinio for Libraries app will be discontinued in the near future. As a result, we need you to download the RBdigital app on your mobile device to access e-magazines. Your username and password will remain the same. You won't lose any of your previously checked out content.
March 11, 2018 marked the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s ground breaking novel Frankenstein: Or, Modern Prometheus. Described as the first and arguably most influential science-fiction story ever written, Shelley’s protagonist, Victor Frankenstein and his monster, has permeated “our everyday culture from cartoons to Halloween costumes. Even the name ‘Frankenstein’ has become a byword for evil scientists and dangerous experiments.”
Written in a...[read more]