On This Day: May 5 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: May 5

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Stephen Backhouse: Kierkegaard On this day in 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was born. Kierkegaard was a theologian and philosopher whose writing focused on the importance of the individual's choices in coping with a meaningless world. He prioritized the reality of day-to-day life over abstract thinking and idealized concepts. Kierkegaard's theological writing was often concerned with the relationship between faith and doubt; he argued that neither could exist without the other. Stephen Backhouse's Kierkegaard explores his life, ideas, and influence on thinkers and writers who followed; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive
Leo Lionni: Frederick On this day in 1910, Leo Lionni was born. Lionni worked in advertising and graphic design before he began to write and illustrate children's books at the age of 50. He wrote more than forty books, and was four times a runner-up for the Caldecott Medal (awarded to the year's best American picture book). Lionni was among the first to use collage as his primary illustration technique, and many of his books feature mice as characters, including Frederick, the tale of a mouse who finds a distinctive way to help his friends survive the cold winter. Frederick is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.
Johnnie Taylor: Who's Making Love And on this day in 1934, Johnnie Taylor was born. For a decade beginning in the mid-1960s, Taylor was a popular R&B singer whose hits included "Who's Making Love," "Cheaper to Keep Her," and "Disco Lady." For much of the 1980s, he worked as a DJ at a Dallas R&B oldies radio station; he also continued to record and occasionally perform until his death in 2000. Several of Taylor's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.