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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, 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.

Joplin began performing while she was a student at the University of Texas at Austin. The academic life did...


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Dodgers in The World Series!

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, October 27, 2017

The excitement is heating up as the Dodgers head into the weekend for Game 3 in Houston to face the Astros. The series is currently tied at 1-1. Here at the Los Angeles Public Library we are big supporters of our hometown team.

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Interview with an Author: Scott Thomas

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 26, 2017

Originally from Coffeyville, Kansas, Scott Thomas attended the University of Kansas where he earned degrees in English and Film. He is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Disney Channel’s Best Friends Whenever and Disney XD’s Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.

Cover of the book Chasing Secrets and text that reads essay contest

FOCAL: Connecting Children and Authors for 38 Years

, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

If you are a parent or an educator this information is for you!

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LAPD Read Along at the Vermont Square Library

Catherine Sturgeon, Librarian, Vermont Square Branch Library, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

It’s almost 2:30 on a Friday afternoon when a mother with three young children approaches the Reference Desk. “Are the officers here yet?” she asks. There is a police officer on his way upstairs, but there is no emergency: it’s time for the LAPD Read Along storytime!

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A Week to Remember: The Federalist Papers

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

On October 27, 1787, the first article was published in a series that would come to be known as the Federalist Papers (e-book, e-audio,

Book covers for: Orgin by Dan Brown, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 22, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 23, 2017

Dan Brown's latest, Origin, is the new number one book on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List, while 

a portrait painting of  Tchaikovsky with the text, Music Monday Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony

Music Monday: Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 23, 2017

On October 28, 1893, the Sixth Symphony of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky was performed for the first time, in St. Petersburg, Russia. A performance by the St.

photo of the author Andrew Mayne on the right side, and book cover for The Naturalist on the left side. All one graphic.

Interview with an Author: Andrew Mayne

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 19, 2017

Andrew Mayne, is the star of A&E’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne. He is also a magician, novelist and the host of the Weird Things podcast.

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A Week To Remember: The Many Faces of Jane Eyre

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On October 16, 1847, Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre was published in London, under the pseudonym "Currer Bell." The first American edition was published a year later.

Book covers for: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, and A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre

October 15, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists as A Legacy of Spies by John le Carre remains at the top of th