Since taking over the Photo Collection nearly four years ago, there are two questions I get asked most. The first is, “Do you have any photos of my house?” If your residence is named Pickfair or was once owned by Gloria Swanson, then yes, we probably do. If you live in a rather modest dwelling in one of the city’s many middle class neighborhoods, then the chances are a bit slim.
If the year 2012 were a car, it would have long ago been pulled over for speeding. Here in the Children’s Literature Department, we are all convinced that the entire twelve months went by in about six weeks. No surprise, I guess, given that it was a very VERY busy and exciting year.
One of the great advantages of living in Los Angeles is the ability to go out to find cuisine of just about any type. For the last thirty years, the library has helped to document the history of Los Angeles cuisine through our historic menu collection. For years, it was only available to view through appointment, but anyone can view it from the comfort of their own computer.
Are you looking for fun things to do with the kids this holiday season? Look no further than Central Library and the Children’s Literature Department. Besides the over 235,000 items (books, DVDs, recorded books, music CDs, magazines, comic books, and more) in our amazing collection, we will have activities every day for the next three weeks! Learn how to draw cartoons with Max & Ruben’s Cartoon Drawshop, or create beautiful projects with teaching artists from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art! Meet Erica Silverman, award-winning author of non-fict
With the New Year looming ahead of us, it seemed like a perfect time to look back at the 2012 goings on in the Photo Collection.
City Librarian John F. Szabo welcomed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Central Library on Friday, December 7 for a press conference at which the Mayor named Eloise Klein Healy the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.
This week the Library Foundation of Los Angeles launched "The Library Store On Wheels," a mobile incarnation of the Central Library’s beloved and critically-acclaimed store. Featuring a unique and carefully-curated collection of literary-inspired gifts, the store chose an itinerary Library Storeof six different neighborhood branches of the Los Angeles Public Library to visit during its inaugural week; for good measure, the world-famous Amoeba Music store was also added to the mix.
As the start of winter draws near (the winter solstice will be on December 21 in 2012 and it happens at 3:12 am on the West Coast according to the U.S. Naval Observatory), most of us will see snow. It will appear on holiday cards, in familiar TV holiday specials, people will sing about it, and, those of us in certain parts of Los Angeles, will even see it on the mountains that ring the area.