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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, February 19, 2018

On February 23, 1685, George Frideric Handel was born. Handel was one of the great composers of the Baroque era, particularly noted for his operas and oratorios. His oratorio Messiah has become a standard part of the Christmas season, with annual performances in many large cities.

Handel was born in Halle, in what is now Germany, but was at the time the Duchy of Magdeburg. He...


January 21, 2018 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 21, 2018 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Robert Crais' The Wanted is the new #1 book on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List for the week of January 21, 2018, while 

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Interview with an Author: R.E. Stearns

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Monday, January 22, 2018

R.E. Stearns wrote her first story on an Apple IIe computer and still kind of misses green text on a black screen. She went on to annoy all of her teachers by reading books while they lectured.

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Music Monday: Rock & Roll's First Hall of Famers

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, January 22, 2018

On January 23, 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first class of members.

Deepak Unnikrishan receiving the 2017 Hindu Prize for Fiction from British novelist and journalist Sebastian Faulks.

Temporary People Wins the 2017 Hindu Prize for Fiction

Janice Batzdorff, Librarian, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Saturday, January 20, 2018

The 2017 Hindu Prize for Fiction was awarded on January 15 to Deepak Unnikrishnan for his dystopian and nostalgic work entitled

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Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Part II: Designing Cheltenham, a century-old type font

Central Docents, Central Library, Friday, January 19, 2018

During the late 1800s and early 1900s there was a bookmaking revival in the greater Boston/New York area, and Bertram Goodhue was thoroughly involved, influential, and supportive.

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Celebrate the City with LA Made

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, January 18, 2018

Get ready, we're preparing to launch Season 3 of the LA Made cultural programming series on February 1, 2018!

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DIY Auto Repair: Chilton Library to the Rescue

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It’s a rare cold Los Angeles morning, and when you go outside to fire up your 1974 AMC Gremlin, you discover that it’s not starting.

 Illustration of "Don Quixote" by Gustave Doré, 1863

A Week to Remember: Don Quixote

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, January 16, 2018

On January 16, 1605, the first part of Miguel de Cervantes's novel Don Quixote (in English: e-book, e-audio,

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Music Monday: Janis Joplin

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, January 15, 2018

Janis Joplin was born on January 19, 1943. Joplin was one of the most important rock singers of the late 1960s. Her recording career included only four albums, released in less than four years, but her style, personality, and voice have been influential on women in rock ever since.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Governor Edmund G. Brown during a Freedom Rally at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on June 18, 1961. Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Herald-Examiner Collection

12 Books About Martin Luther King Jr.

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, January 12, 2018

In the early 1960s, Martin Luther King, Jr., (MLK) symbolized hope, fortitude and change in a country that was caught in discriminatory social attitudes towards African-Americans. He was a leader and spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement.