Peninsula Transportation and the Pacific Electric Railway

Train enthusiasts may recall the “Red Car,” the Pacific Electric Railway system that covered the Los Angeles region with more than 1,000 miles of rail lines in the early 1900s. By 1914, there were more than 1,600 trains criss-crossing and connecting communities in Los Angeles County daily. In 1904, Pacific Electric reportedly considered extending the San Pedro line “to run... Read more

Frankenfest: Frankenstein Turns 200

Mary Shelley’s monstrous classic, Frankenstein, was published 200 years ago this year. In celebration of her work, which started the science fiction literature genre, PVLD is hosting a series of events to celebrate the original work and the works it has since inspired. From book discussions delving into the deeper themes of the book, and a film screening of the... Read more

Bringing Stories in the Local History Center to Life

By Monique Sugimoto and Dennis Piotrowski Photographs tell a visual story on their own. When paired with the recorded experiences, memories and reflections of community members from days gone by, the story becomes even richer and more vivid. A small photograph collection of a Peninsula shepherd and the oral history interview of former Rolling Hills resident Gordon Shultz, recorded in... Read more

Kanopy Adds Children's Content to Catalog with Kanopy Kids

Hey parents, we’ve got a brand-new source of educational and entertaining children’s programming—free to watch! PVLD and Kanopy have partnered to bring you Kanopy Kids, featuring hundreds of enriching videos available to stream whenever you want. Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings to help you decide what to watch. Visit to start... Read more

Young Readers Section at Peninsula Center is getting a makeover

PVLD has been making exciting changes to the YR section of the Peninsula Center Library. This popular area of the library hosts 9 storytimes a week, many visits from schools, and lots of afterschool and weekend traffic. We’re working on expanding the area and adding whimsy and color to make this an even better destination for kids, parents and caregivers... Read more

Palos Verdes has always been Reagan Country

By MONIQUE SUGIMOTO and DENNIS PIOTROWSKI Richard Nixon wasn’t the only former president with long-standing ties to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. In this installment, we focus on former president Ronald Wilson Reagan whose ties to the area date from the Great Depression. Reagan first visited Southern California in the mid-1930s. According to his autobiography, he wanted to escape the “frigid... Read more

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 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


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