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Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, April 22, 2018

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, launched the modern environmental movement and spurred the passage of several important environmental laws. People took part in marches, teach-ins, rallies, and speeches across the country. Congress adjourned so that politicians could attend hometown events, and cars were banned from New York City's Fifth Avenue. Following Earth Day, conservation...


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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. April 2018 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 30, 2018

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.

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New Musical Scores by Women Composers

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, March 30, 2018

Women's History Month provides an opportunity to highlight some of the new scores in our collection by women composers. Many of these scores are the first works by these composers in our music collection.

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Strong Female Protagonist: Women in Comics, Part 2

Marissa Thompson, Young Adult Librarian, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Thursday, March 29, 2018

On March 9, we delved into some of the ways female-written and female-fronted comics are shaking up the comic book community.

LA Times illustration of Los Angeles Club Women taking their concerns to Mayor McAleer.

The Great Library War of 1905, Part 3: The Firing of Mary Jones

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This blog post series looks at the history of the 1905 firing of Mary L. Jones as Los Angeles City Librarian.

Montage of four photographs and a ticket for the opening game of the Los Angeles Dodgers, April 18, 1958.

60 years of L.A. Dodgers Opening Day

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On April 18, 1958, Major League Baseball finally arrived in what was then the country’s third-largest city. The brand new Los Angeles Dodgers were going to play their first official home game against their fellow, exported from New York arch rivals, the San Francisco Giants.

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Bookflix: Watch the Story, Read the Book

Joanna Fabicon, Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Two years ago, bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, accepted the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video for

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A Week to Remember: The Eiffel Tower

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

On March 31, 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel led a group of government officials and members of the press on the first trip to the top of the Paris tower that bears his name.

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Music Monday: Sarah Vaughan

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, March 26, 2018

On March 27, 1924, Sarah Vaughan was born. Vaughan was a pop and jazz singer with a wide range, a powerful voice, and impeccable technical control. She continued to perform and record until shortly before her death in 1990, with very little change or loss of quality in her voice.

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Cesar Chavez

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Sunday, 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.

Illustration of the three women heading the library. Los Angeles Herald, March 1903

The Great Library War of 1905, Part 2: The ‘Slush’ of Concession

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Saturday, March 24, 2018

This blog post series looks at the history of the 1905 firing of Mary L. Jones as Los Angeles City Librarian.