Culver City Friends of the Library
Culver City Julian Dixon Library
4975 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 559-1676



Welcome to the Culver City Friends of the Library website! The Friends are a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the Culver City Julian Dixon Library. Your support enables the Culver City Julian Dixon Library to enrich its resources, enhance its services, and expand its programs to maximize the Library's role and usefulness in the community.

One Book, One City
The One Book, One City program, sponsored by the Culver City Friends of the Library as part of the Centennial Celebration was well-attended and well-received. The selected book, West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan, is a fictionalized account of the time F. Scott Fitzgerald was working as a screenwriter at MGM, located in Culver City.

A variety of events were held, culminating in a talk by the author at the library on Saturday, October 15. The interested audience members were able to listen to O'Nan talk about the process of writing the book, his experiences as a writer, and hear an excerpt from his new book, City of Secrets. A Question and Answer session followed the talk. Participants were able to chat with O'Nan and have their books signed, and a reception and mini-book sale were held in the Community Room of the Culver City Julian Dixon Library.

Several discussions of the book preceded the final weekend. These discussions were held at the library, at the Senior Center and at Temple Akiba. Numerous community book groups and individuals read and discussed West of Sunset in the months preceding the author's visit. An additional talk at the library by author Lesley M.M. Blume who wrote the book Everybody Behaves Badly, the story of Ernest Hemingway and the writing of The Sun Also Rises, gave a good description of the relationship between Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

A historical tour of Sony, allowed 40 community members and O'Nan to get a closer look at the studio where Fitzgerald spent so much of his time. This was followed by two presentations at Culver City High School by O'Nan, who gave students a look at the life of an author, and what it takes to become a best-selling writer. Friday evening ended with a social hour at the Culver Hotel for members of the Friends of the Library.

Thanks to Sony Pictures and Janice Pober for making the tour possible, to the Culver Hotel for providing accommodations for O'Nan's visit, and to Sorrento Italian Market for providing sandwiches for high school students who attended the lunchtime presentation as well as the dedicated volunteers who made everything run so smoothly.

Readers Wanted !!



Are you a reader? Do you belong to a book club? Do you like reading for enjoyment? For information? Do you like discussing what you read? Do you just read for your own pleasure? Do you like hearing authors speak? No matter what category you fall into, the Culver City Friends of the Library invite you to join our One Book, One City reading project to help celebrate the Culver City Centennial.

After spending several months investigating books that are relevant to Culver City itself, we chose West of Sunset by best-selling author Stewart O'Nan for our Citywide Centennial Read. This is the fictionalized story of F.Scott Fitzgerald's life while he was trying to make ends meet as a screenwriter at MGM studios, now the Sony Pictures Entertainment lot on Overland. Filled with references to the Golden Age of Hollywood, local color and the actors, movies and players of the time, this is a perfect complement to our celebration of Culver City's Centennial.

We are planning several activities to enhance your enjoyment of the book. Among other activities, we will have a readers' discussion at the library and one at the senior center, a historical tour of the Sony lot, and a talk by Stewart O'Nan himself at the library on Saturday morning, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. In addition, the author will be speaking to students at Culver City High School on October 14 during lunch, and to a couple of classes during the day.

Books are available on loan at the Culver City Julian Dixon library and for purchase at the Ripped Bodice bookstore, located at 3806 Main Street in Culver City, or Lundeen's at 9726 Washington Boulevard. Special thanks to the Culver Hotel and Sorrento Italian Market for helping sponsor this event!

This is a great opportunity to share a love of reading with the love of our city. Invite a friend to join you in reading the book and becoming part of the Centennial Celebration!

As part of the One Book, One City program for the Culver City Centennial, the Friends of the Library are pleased to announce that in addition to the appearance by Stewart O'Nan, author of West of Sunset on Saturday, October 15, we have a second author visit scheduled. Lesley M.M. Blume, author of Everybody Behaves Badly, will be at the Culver City Julian Dixon Library on Thursday, September 29 at 6 p.m. to discuss her book .

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Book Club Guide

Calendar of Events

Culver City Centennial

Culver City Historical Society

CCFOL facebook page

West of Sunset Photo Hunt


Lundeen's- 9726 Washington Bl., Culver City

The Ripped Bodice- 3806 Main St. Culver City

Culver City Julian Dixon Library- 4975 Overland, Culver City




F. Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood

Falling for Fitzgerald by author Lesley M.M. Blume

Nancy's tour of F. Scott Fitzgerald's St Paul sites


Bison Archives

Hollywood Heritage Museum

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Wayne Pullian

Hard at Work During the Book Sale

It is people like these that make our library possible.

Donor photo taken at the 2014 Installation Dinner Event

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Click here to view the Donor list for the Library Centennial Renovation Project

and see some project details

Click here to see the entire 7 page collection of "Edible Books 2011"

Click here to see a partial listing of titles purchased by the CCFOL for our Library

Click here to see photos of the CCFOL knitting class.

Click here for the Whip Cream Butter Cream Icing recipe.

Click here to see the Culver City Friends of the Library knitting class photos.

Click here for an application.

The Culver City Julian Dixon Library is located at 4975 Overland Avenue in Culver City.

For more information, pick up a flyer at the library or phone, write or email the Culver City Friends of the Library, www.ccfol.org, and (310) 559-1676.


Culver City Julian Dixon Library
Culver City Friends of the Library-www.ccfol.org
4975 Overland Avenue, Culver City
(310) 559-1676

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