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Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building
Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #1000. Photo by Robert Garcia on Flickr
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, February 22, 2018

In 1920s Los Angeles, insurance companies considered blacks to be either uninsurable or extremely high risk. As a result, blacks were routinely denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums. Determined to fill this void, William Nickerson, Jr., Norman Houston, and George Beavers founded Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1925. They had two goals, to provide insurance and loans to...


Photo of Harry Connick, Jr. and text that reads Music Monday

Music Monday: Harry Connick, Jr.

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy birthday to Harry Connick, Jr., who turns 50 today! 

Movie poster and book cover for King’s classic horror novel "it"

Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, September 7, 2017

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.

Portadas de tres de los libros incluidos en el articulo

Lo nuevo en español: 10 libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Los libros en español más leídos y más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo.

View of the New York City skyline from the Staten Island Ferry

Ferries Are Forever

Galina Stoyanova , Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Friday, September 1, 2017

In ancient times – the profession of the ferryman is embodied in Greek mythology in Charon, the boatman who transported souls across the River Styx to the Underworld.

Angels Flight: Welcome Back, Olivet and Sinai

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome back, Olivet and Sinai.

1650 map of North American showing California as an island.

Is California an Island?

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, August 28, 2017

California has been a land of hopes and dreams, opportunities and endless possibilities, and a place with allusions to glamour and danger. It is a state where fact and myth often overlap.

Book pages forming a heart and text that reads "for the love of reading"

For The Love of Reading

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Collection Services, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Reading has been my favorite pastime for most of my life. Curling up with a good book and a cup of tea, is one of my favorite things.

heart illustrations in red and pink with the text, romance novels.

Romancing the Book: Romance Novels

Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Monday, August 21, 2017

Romance is in the air, and on the page and the tablet and the smart phone. August is Read-a-Romance Month, and it’s a great time to settle into an air-conditioned library (or on a bright, sunny beach or really anywhere) with a fabulously satisfying romance. You won’t be alone.

August 20, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 20, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 21, 2017

The Late Show by Michael Connelly remains at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, while