Adults

Romayne Martin: Building a Cultured Community

By MONIQUE SUGIMOTO and DENNIS PIOTROWSKI At the first Palos Verdes Community Dinner in 1926, Frank Vanderlip, considered the father of Palos Verdes, emphasized the importance of building a cultured community. Romayne Martin (1889-1991), one of the Peninsula’s earliest residents, had a large part in shaping this vibrant local culture. This included two of its oldest and most treasured institutions:... Read more

Hoopla at the library!

PVLD is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card! Card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com... Read more

Kanopy film streaming is now available at the library

If you're interested in independent, foreign language, classic, or documentary films, you're in luck! Get out your library card and sign up for Kanopy, the Library's newest on demand video streaming service. You can stream over 26,000 carefully selected films from hundreds of popular producers such as The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, and PBS, as well as thousands of... Read more

Local History: An airport almost takes off in Palos Verdes

By Dennis Piotrowski and Monique Sugimoto In a previous column, we recounted one of the first flights over the Palos Verdes Peninsula by famed French aviator Louis Paulhan in 1910. Our next episode takes us into the 1920s and a time when rapid advances occurred in airmail delivery service, the use of private planes expanded, and passenger airline service began... Read more

Local History: Selling the Palos Verdes dream a natural pitch

Frank Vanderlip’s purchase of the Palos Verdes Peninsula “sight unseen” in 1913 was an extraordinary occurrence. So too were the campaigns to finance the construction and advertise the “most beautiful and desirable residential area” in Southern California. In 1921, E.G. Lewis, the man behind the development of Atascadero and University City in Missouri, devised an underwriting scheme and promotional campaign... Read more

Early days of aviation a sight over Palos Verdes

By Dennis Piotrowski and Monique Sugimoto Not long after the Wright brothers piloted the first successful heavier-than-air machine near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, early rickety planes were navigating the skies near Los Angeles. Indeed, Los Angeles with its favorable climate became a center of aviation as early as 1909. One newspaper at the time described the area as... Read more

Writers Wanted! Sign up now for National Novel Writing Month

Writers wanted! PVLD is your headquarters for November's National Writing Month. Please join us for a community writing event that includes workshops, write-ins, networking opportunities, publication in an anthology and the opportunity to read your work in public. National Writing Month workshop/Writing Characters That Are Likeable Wednesday, November 02, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM National Writing Month workshop/Self-Editing for... Read more

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