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Christina Rice, December 30, 2014

Over at the LAPL Photo Collection, we were full steam ahead as always in 2014; processing collections, digitizing photos, acquiring new collections, mounting exhibits, coordinating programs, and assisting patrons with research and orders.


Kelly Wallace, December 05, 2014

Author Program:  ALL NIGHT MENU by Sam Sweet


Julie Huffman, November 01, 2014

My grandmother was born June Eileen Lavonne Nystrom and her husband called her Patty. I know this because my mom told me, and my mom knows this because her mom told her.


Glen Creason, December 02, 2014

     Driving, biking or even walking! around LA we see many place names that we have come to take for granted. Many of these place names were inspired by Angelenos who helped create them. These are just a number of the faces behind the places.


Kelly Wallace, October 02, 2014

Our next selection is Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand; the amazing true story of Louis Zamperini, a local Italian-American from Torrance who ran in the 1936 Olympics, survived 47 days on a life raft after his plane crashed in th


Kelly Wallace, September 30, 2014

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the year, breaking his own record of 59 set in 1921 and setting a mark that would last until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961.  He hit it off Tom Zachary, a 31-year-old left hander pitching for the Washington Senators.  On hi


Sacco and Vanzetti
Kelly Wallace, September 15, 2014

Hey book club members, how far along are you in One Summer?  September is the last month we will spend reading this title, but you've still got time if you haven’t yet started or got stalled after Chapter 2. 


HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus by G. Hartwick in "The Polar World," 1874
Deborah Savage, September 21, 2014

On Sept. 8, 2014, the Canadian Prime Minister announced that one of the ships from the doomed Franklin Expedition had been found in the Arctic. Canadian scientists have been searching for the ships since 2008.


[photo of great grandmother]
Julie Huffman, September 01, 2014

Am I related to anyone famous?

What is my ethnic background?

How far back can I go?  1800s?  1600s?  Adam and Eve?!!


L.A. Stories from the "Map Cave" graphic
Glen Creason, August 11, 2014

I have always felt it was a shame that so many maps and the stories they tell are buried in drawers where no one can hear them.


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