This is the first issue of 11371, the teen magazine of the Porter Ranch Branch Library, a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library system. Launching this magazine has been dogged with procrastinations. And now finally, it's up, at the height of the summer season.
The Porter Ranch neighborhood and its surrounding areas have never been short of talented folks who've made a name in their field of work. For example: In the field of technology, the co-founder of the ridesharing app UBER, Travis Kalanick, graduated from Granada Hills High School, where many of our teen patrons are currently studying. And in literature, we have Bill Buford who also graduated from that same high school back in 1972. Mr. Buford used to be the fiction editor of The New Yorker, but still on staff. He was also the editor of the UK-based literary magazine Granta for 16 years after re-launching it in 1979; the magazine was founded in Cambridge University in 1889, but went through financial difficulties in the 1970s.
In this inaugural issue, our contributors hail from diverse backgrounds. And despite busy, demanding schedules, they managed to express their world through poetry, art, photography, or as fashion critic ready to flag down the crimes and misdemeanors of your current fashion style and sensibilities. Indeed, they're giving us hints today about their future. We know they'll nurture their talents.
And so after doing butterflies with the 3pm sun in your backyard pool, grab a pink lemonade and a slice of caramel carrot cake, while splashing yourself with the first issue of 11371.
Best, The Porter Ranch Branch Library Young Adult Librarian. 2 August 2017
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