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Angels Flight: Welcome Back, Olivet and Sinai

August 30, 2017

Welcome back, Olivet and Sinai.


Detail of a map of Los Angeles, as it appeared in 1871, showing the site of the 1871 Chinese massacre

Forgotten Los Angeles History: The Chinese Massacre of 1871

May 19, 2017

May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, a month in which we celebrate the culture, traditions, accomplishments, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


Library cards

What's In Your Wallet?

September 23, 2016


                    “A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.”


The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today

Revisiting East Adams

May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  Wh


Clara Shortridge Foltz

Who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz?

March 21, 2016

Who hasn’t received that notice in the mail--the one that commands you to report for jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center?  As you moan and groan and prepare to wait a very long time for an elevator, do you ever stop and ask yourself, who was Clara Shortridge Foltz


Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"

The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles

August 04, 2015

What’s in a name?  The stories behind the names of the streets, avenues, roads, and boulevards of Los Angeles reveal much about the history of our city, from its beginning as a tiny pueblo to today's sprawling metropolis of 3.8 million.  A list of L.A.


Why You Should Take the Ukulele Seriously

May 06, 2015

“The ukulele is a toy guitar and not worth a second thought.”    
           - Hart Stillwell, ESQUIRE, October 1940


Vacation Without Humiliation

February 27, 2015

As African American Heritage Month draws to a close, I would like to bring your attention to a largely unknown chapter of American history.


Armed Serviced Editions

Weapons in the War of Ideas

January 11, 2015

One of the many special and unique items at Central Library is a collection of ASE books.  Armed Services Editions, popularly known as ASEs, are pocket-sized books made for and distributed to American servicemen around the world during World War II. 


ALL NIGHT MENU by Sam Sweet

December 05, 2014

Author Program:  ALL NIGHT MENU by Sam Sweet


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