WHITTIER >> There's a lot going on after the doors close on Thursday nights at the Whittier Central Public Library.
The After Hours programming presents top-selling authors and entertainers most Thursday nights free to the public.
The latest event featured former prosecutor and best-selling author Vincent Bugliosi talking about his book, "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy."
"It was perfect timing to have him speak, since we're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the president's death," said Paymaneh Maghsoud, director of library services.
"Mr. Bugliosi could not have been more gracious with his time," she said. "Although he mostly spoke about Kennedy, he did touch upon the Manson Family."
Bugliosi prosecuted Charles Manson and his followers for a series of murders in the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles, including the slaying actress Sharon Tate and her unborn child. He wrote a best- selling book on the murders.
The nearly 200-member audience was not the biggest the After Hours program has seen.
"There have been presentations that have produced crowds of 250 and more," Maghsoud said.
"Libraries have evolved into a community hub," she explained. "And we are fortunate to have two outstanding groups, the Whittier Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library, who allow us to provide quality programming to the community."
Whittier College, along with the WPLF, co-sponsored the Bugliosi event.
The upcoming After Hours schedule includes a Pinterest Party at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14; a "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21; and a holiday program, "Popular Christmas Songs by Jewish Composers," at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12.
For information on After Hours, call the library at 562-567-9922 or log on to www.cityofwhittier.org/depts/library.
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