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Teens crowned prom king and queen, 1961

Will You Go To Prom With Me?

May 11, 2018

The prom in all its drama has been around a lot longer than I thought. Originating somewhere in the1870s as a college tradition called the Promenade, it was a debutante coming out kind of thing.


Mrs. Elwood Berney lying in bed with her children

What Mother's Day Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

May 12, 2018

In the United States, Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In some countries, it was changed to dates that were significant to the majority religion, or to historical dates.


Cinco de Mayo plus colorful banners

What Cinco de Mayo Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

May 04, 2018

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday commemorating just one event: The Battle of Puebla, which was a day of victory for the Mexican army against the French in 1862. Over 150 years later, people still mistake the holiday for Mexican Independence Day which is September 16.


Coachella Valley image with album covers

Coachella Bound? Pack your Sunscreen and your Library Card

April 13, 2018

The very first Coachella Festival was held over the course of two days in October 1999. It was developed by Rick Van Santen and Paul Tolett of Goldenvoice, who wanted to start a music festival similar to British and European festivals such as Glastonbury and Roskilde.


Oil painting of the Brontë Sisters

The Brontë Bunch

April 10, 2018

The Brontë sisters are some of the most famous siblings in literature.


Martin Luther King and Governor Edmund G. Brown during a Freedom Rally at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Los Angeles Remembers MLK

April 04, 2018

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He was 39 years old when he was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.


Photo of Cesar Chavez and his quote: If you want to remember me, organize!

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Cesar Chavez

March 25, 2018

Why are the libraries closed on Monday? The answer is Cesar Chavez Day. The holiday celebrates the birthday and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist Cesar Chavez.


Kosher Murphy's with green clover

Where Did People Go to Find Irish Bacon and Cabbage in Los Angeles?

March 16, 2018

Los Angeles isn't the usual place you think of for wearing of the green, (we're still brown from the drought), but nevertheless, St. Patrick's Day is Saturday, March 17.


librarians holding up picture books

Children's Librarians Share Their Favorite Award Winning Books

March 14, 2018

Our children’s librarians are all avid readers, but when it comes to choosing award-winning children's books, they can really play favorites. We talked to some of our children’s librarians in our branches to see what they love to read and why.


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