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Luis J. Rodriguez at age 21 in Watts with his first son Ramiro, age 1, and his first wife Camila. By then Luis was gang-free, drug-free and crime-free.
Luis J. Rodriguez at age 21 in Watts with his first son Ramiro, age 1, and his first wife Camila. By then Luis was gang-free, drug-free and crime-free.
Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, June 23, 2015

The calling came to me while I languished
in my room, while I whittled away my youth
in jail cells and damp barrio fields.

It brought me to life, out of captivity,
in a street-scarred and tattooed place
...

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Books in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Series

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As fans look forward to the theatre release of Mockingjay Part 2 this November, we encourage you to read (or read again) the books in the popular Hunger Games series written by


Drum major Terry Dunn, leads the 100-member G.A.Y. Freedom Band down Santa Monica, June 22, 1981.

Los Angeles, what’s your queery?

Xochitl Oliva, Librarian, Digitization, Monday, June 1, 2015

On June 14, the Los Angeles Public Library LGBT Services Committee will be leading the first official contingent of Library staff, friends, and family to march in the L.A. Pride Parade, a TLGB celebration. The group of 100 will form a human rainbow marching down Santa Monica Blvd.


Bike Week

Bike Week Los Angeles

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Saturday, May 16, 2015

We celebrated Bike Week 2015 by featuring some of the fabulous librarians who bike to work every day. In case you are not our friend or follower on social media, here's the recap! 


Juan Felipe Herrera

In Praise of Chicano Poetry

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chicano/a poets have emerged as major literary figures in the United States with the recent appointments of Juan Felipe Herrera as California Poet Laureate (although he just finished his two-year t


National Poetry Month Poster

Celebrate National Poetry Month: Support Your Local Poets

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Thursday, March 26, 2015

As the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I’m excited about National Poetry Month, which every year falls on April.


Families enjoying storytime at Central Library.

Share your library story!

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Monday, March 2, 2015

The Los Angeles Public Library is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor given to a library or museum: the National Medal awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


 “Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.” —e.e. cummings

Why Poetry Matters

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Thursday, February 26, 2015

“Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.” —e.e. cummings


City Librarian John Szabo, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, and Cultural Affairs Director Danielle Brazell

Poet Laureate? Poet Illiterate? What?

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When I received the call last September from Mayor Eric Garcetti that I’d been chosen as the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I had to keep this quiet until the official announcement in October.


LAPL Celebrates National Transgender Awareness Week!

Hillary St. George, Young Adult Librarian, Atwater Village Branch Library, Friday, November 14, 2014

Transgender Awareness Week takes place November 14th through 20th. It's an opportunity to celebrate so many of the great advancements, achievements and dialogues that have taken place this year.


I Love My Librarian Award

Nominate a Librarian for the I Love My Librarian Award

Public Relations Office, Library Administration, Friday, August 22, 2014

Our librarians make a difference in the lives of people in Los Angeles every day. If a librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.


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