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Leon Fleisher's album cover Piano Works for the Left Hand
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, July 23, 2018

Leon Fleisher was born on July 23, 1928. Fleisher is a pianist who specialized for many years in music written to be played using only the left hand.

Fleisher made his public debut as a pianist at the age of eight, and played with the New York Philharmonic at 16. He made a series of critically acclaimed recordings in the 1950s, playing the standards of the mainstream piano repertoire....


Photo of Studs Terkel and some of his books.

A Week to Remember: Studs Terkel

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Studs Terkel was born on May 16, 1912. Terkel was a writer, historian, and radio broadcaster who found that history could be told not only in the voices of scholars and political figures, but by ordinary people as well.

Luis Antonio Pichardo

Develop Skills and Transcend Limits through the Arts: Meet Luis Antonio Pichardo

Catherine Sturgeon, Librarian, Vermont Square Branch Library, Monday, May 14, 2018

DSTL Arts is a nonprofit arts mentorship organization based in Los Angeles that “inspires, teaches, and hires emerging artists from underserved communities.” The acronym in DSTL Arts stands for Develop Skills and Transcend Limits through the Arts.

Photo of David Byrne

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, David Byrne!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, May 14, 2018

On May 14, 1952, David Byrne was born. Byrne is a singer-songwriter who led the band Talking Heads in the 1970s and 1980s. His later solo career has featured collaborations with a wide range of artists.

Mrs. Elwood Berney lying in bed with her children

What Mother's Day Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, May 12, 2018

In the United States, Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In some countries, it was changed to dates that were significant to the majority religion, or to historical dates.

Teens crowned prom king and queen, 1961

Will You Go To Prom With Me?

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, May 11, 2018

The prom in all its drama has been around a lot longer than I thought. Originating somewhere in the1870s as a college tradition called the Promenade, it was a debutante coming out kind of thing.

a graphic illustration of famous children's movie characters like a cartoon bee and a cartoon dinosaurs with the text, kanopy kids

Now Streaming: Kanopy Kids & More

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Friday, May 11, 2018

We’ve got a brand-new source of educational and entertaining children’s programming: Kanopy Kids. This collection features hundreds of enriching videos available to stream whenever you want.

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Digital Inclusion Includes You

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Digital literacy is no longer a choice; access to high-speed Internet is essential for Americans to do everything from finding a job to applying for college to gaining health care coverage...Libraries have always been keepers and curators of the world’s knowledge, and today are utiliz

John Kessel and his book Pride and Prometheus

Interview with an Author: John Kessel

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

John Kessel holds a B.A. in Physics and English and a Ph.D. in American Literature. He helped found and served as the first director of the MFA program in creative writing at North Carolina State University, where he has taught since 1982. He is also an award-winning author.

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week with Chalk board and apple

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Every year during the first full week of May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Of course, teachers should be celebrated all year long, but a United States national holiday is a good reminder to show our teachers some extra love and appreciation. I remember my favorite teacher was Ms.

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.