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Monty Python Movie Poster, 1971
Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, June 20, 2018

Many books are published every year, and few of them make it to the numerous bestseller lists. Consider the books listed below, where you will find something old and something new to read. Also take a look at Reading by Design: Books About Books, with more suggestions for good reads. Your library card makes it possible to...


Martin Luther King and Governor Edmund G. Brown during a Freedom Rally at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Los Angeles Remembers MLK

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He was 39 years old when he was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

John Lee and the cover of four of the audiobooks he has narrated

Reading Aloud: Interview with John Lee, Audiobook Narrator

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

John Lee has acted in productions at theatres around the country and is about to embark on the role of Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Parson’s Nose Theatre in Pasadena.

cover for three of the books

April 1, 2018 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah remains in the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List for the

College of images of First Olympic Games

A Week to Remember: The Birth of the Modern Olympics

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, April 3, 2018

On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were opened in Athens, Greece.

pages from the book Mora’s Book Fiesta

Celebrate Día de los niños/ Día de los libros

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Monday, April 2, 2018

El día de los niños/ El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), is a special day to celebrate all our children and the love of books, the absolute best combination!

photo of marvin gaye

Music Monday: Marvin Gaye

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, April 2, 2018

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, DC. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, Gaye played a significant role in the early development of Motown.

Los Angeles Herald headline from July 24, 1905 reads "woman's rights volcano bursts"

The Great Library War of 1905, Part 4: Slaying a Few Philistines

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Saturday, March 31, 2018

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

movie posters for the 3 featured movies

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.

Photo of composers with a musical notes background

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.

3 graphic novel book covers

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.