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Comics book covers with LGBTQIA characters
Vince Zalkind, Messenger Clerk, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, June 23, 2018

The world of comics has long been filled with stories written by young men, for young men, featuring men throwing punches in a never-ending fight for justice, revenge, etc. But times have changed. The market has expanded to feature more inclusive stories thanks to publishers like...


Claire Evans author photo

Interview with an Author: Claire Evans

Angi Brzycki, Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician.

Collage of books by Thomas Pynchon

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Thomas Pynchon!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On May 8, 1937, Thomas Pynchon was born. Pynchon's novels are usually long and complex, with large casts of characters. He explores large social and political themes – racism, class, imperialism – and often blurs the lines between high and low culture.

Eurovision Song Contest album cover "All Aboard!"

Music Monday: The Eurovision Song Contest

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, May 7, 2018

Imagine the pop songs of American Idol crossed with the national fervor of the Olympic Games. That's the Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place this week in Lisbon, Portugal.

Cinco de Mayo plus colorful banners

What Cinco de Mayo Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, May 4, 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.

lots of star wars book covers

Star Wars Books to Share With Your Children

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Thursday, May 3, 2018

“Where are your Star Wars books?” This is a very popular question librarians receive from children and their caregivers at the library.

movie posters for the 3 featured movies

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, May 3, 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.

collage with the 9 winning titles and the mystery writers of america logo

Edgar Awards: The Best In Mystery Fiction and Nonfiction

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

At a ceremony in New York last week the Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2018 Edgar Awards.

Sandy Koufax at the pitch

Dodger Thoughts and Beyond: An Interview with Author Jon Weisman

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

If you're an Angeleno with even a casual interest in the Dodgers, you've probably heard of veteran baseball writer Jon Weisman.

"May the Force be with you" words on top of Star Wars related books

A Week to Remember: Star Wars Day

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 4 is Star Wars Day.

Young Japanese girls brave the early morning rain to bid farewell to friends leaving for Manzanar relocation camp

There and Back: Los Angeles Japanese and Executive Order 9066

Photo Friends, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

In the spring of 1942, the City of Los Angeles experienced a population exodus triggered by a presidential executive order. Images in the Los Angeles Public Library's Herald Examiner Collection and Shades of L.A.