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The Los Angeles Public Library has been the custodian of  the photo collection from the Valley Times newspaper (1946-1970) for over thirty years, since receiving as part of the donation from the Security Pacific National Bank in 1981. Not much attention had been paid to it since then, except for in 1986 when many of  the prints suffered water damage following the Central Library fire.

With a published book and several art exhibits to his credit, photographer and Los Angeles Public Library staffer Art Meza has a legitimate claim to being considered one of the City's artists of the moment. “Lowriting,” a book featuring his photography, is now a part of LAPL's collection, and his work and personal story has resonated with the public and media. Astonishingly, he has yet to take a formal art or photography class.

A common professional conversation among librarians and folks that work with teenagers is how we can better prepare young people for the highly competitive, cooperative, fast-paced work environment. One key aspect that is bandied about is an emphasis on STEAM teaching; the other is the training of students to become a part of the creative class. Creative, as it is used here, means less about painting, and more about the ability to problem solve and to draw from a large body of experiences to create these solutions.

The more we share information about ourselves online, the less potential control we have on how that information is used.   However, there are simple precautions you can take to minimize the amount of personal information about you that is online.  Below are some resources that can help you learn more about securing your personal information and privacy on-line:

Many people consider the June 27, 1969 Stonewall Riot in Greenwich Village, New York as the starting point for the gay rights movement in this country.