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Comics book covers with LGBTQIA characters
Vince Zalkind, Messenger Clerk, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, June 23, 2018

The world of comics has long been filled with stories written by young men, for young men, featuring men throwing punches in a never-ending fight for justice, revenge, etc. But times have changed. The market has expanded to feature more inclusive stories thanks to publishers like...

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children and parents participating in read, baby, read

Read, Baby, Read: Everything You Need to Develop Your Child's Early Literacy Skills

Susan Lendroth, Public Relations Specialist, Public Relations, Friday, June 22, 2018

To help parents start their babies on the path to lifelong success, the Los Angeles Public Library has launched a new initiative, “Read, Baby, Read!,” to provide new and expecting parents with everything they need to develop early literacy skills in their babies and toddlers.




Author Ian McDonald and his book Time Was

Interview with an Author: Ian McDonald

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Friday, June 22, 2018

Ian McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He has won the Locus Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.


a person walking to the light at the end of a tunnel

Enfermedades mentales y el suicidio

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, June 21, 2018

En la últimas semana se suicidaron el aclamado chef Anthony Bourdain y la famosa diseñadora de carteras


and now for something completely different

And Now For Something Completely Different: No Best Sellers

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Many books are published every year, and few of them make it to the numerous bestseller lists. Consider the books listed below, where you will find something old and something new to read.


Performer Julian Eltinge in and out of drag

The King of (Drag) Queens: The “Fascinating” Julian Eltinge

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Long before Divine, Charles Pierce, Craig Russell, Jim Bailey, or any contestant on ‘Drag Race’ brought the art of drag performance to mainstream audiences, there was Julian Eltinge.


Collage of books by Pauline Kael

A Week to Remember: Pauline Kael

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pauline Kael was born on June 19, 1919. For almost forty years, she was one of our most important film critics. Her writing was opinionated and witty, and she was noted for her willingness – her critics might have said "eagerness" – to disagree with the critical consensus.


two gold wedding bands

Plan Your Wedding With the Library!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, June 18, 2018

It’s June and wedding season is here.


Collage of Cyndi Lauper's music

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, Cyndi Lauper!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, June 18, 2018

Cyndi Lauper was born on June 22, 1953. Lauper is a singer/songwriter who brought quirky style, a powerful voice, and a playful attitude to the pop charts in the early 1980s.


10 manga titles with their book covers

Manga Lovers Unite! LQBTQIA Titles / マンガラバーズ団結せよ!LQBTQIA編

Yoko Hata, Young Adult Librarian, Little Tokyo Branch Library, Friday, June 15, 2018

LGBTQ themes are not foreign to the manga universe, and in fact, have been around for decades. The most widely read genres of LGBTQ manga are “Boy’s Love” (BL) and “Girl’s Love” (GL). The Japanese express these words in floral terms: “Bara” (Roses) for BL, and “Yuri” (Lilies) for GL.


Brenda Allen waits for policewoman Audre Davis to appear at hearing arranged by Judge William McKay. Davis never showed up in court. Herald Examiner Collection, photo dated July 9, 1949

Seduction, Corruption, Deception, and Protection – The Black Widow and the Vice Queen (Part 2)

Photo Friends, Thursday, June 14, 2018

After Ann Forst, the Black Widow, was sentenced to serve time for pandering, one of her protégés, Brenda Allen (born Marie Mitchell and going under a number of aliases including Brenda Allen Burns, Marie Brooks, Marie Cash, Brenda Burris, and Marie Balanque) wasted no time in setting up her own p


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