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Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building
Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building, Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #1000. Photo by Robert Garcia on Flickr
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, February 22, 2018

In 1920s Los Angeles, insurance companies considered blacks to be either uninsurable or extremely high risk. As a result, blacks were routinely denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums. Determined to fill this void, William Nickerson, Jr., Norman Houston, and George Beavers founded Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1925. They had two goals, to provide insurance and loans to...

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November 26, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

November 26, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly remains in the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List for the week of November 26, 2017, while 


Madeleine L'Engle

A Week to Remember: Madeleine L'Engle

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Madeleine L'Engle was born on November 29, 1918.


Photograph of Michael Jackson reclining looking at the camera. From the early 80s

Music Monday: Thriller Turns 35

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 27, 2017

On November 30, 1982, Michael Jackson's sixth album, Thriller, was released. Within a year, it became the best-selling album in history, and nothing has ever topped it.


colorful flag banner with maker faire logo

Amazing Makers You Do Not Want to Miss at DTLA Mini Maker Faire

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, November 27, 2017

It’s almost here! The DTLA Mini Maker Faire is about to go live. It takes place Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in our indelible Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles, and it’s free to the public.


book covers for The Help, Salvage The Bones and Little Friend

2017 Shines A Spotlight On Mississippi

Hillary St. George, Senior Librarian, Cahuenga Branch Library, Saturday, November 25, 2017

Mississippi figured prominently in American popular culture in 2017 thanks to the powerful and recently lauded works of authors


Tania Velasquez,  Los Angeles Public Library Career Online High School graduate

Career Online High School Hits 100th Graduate Milestone

Kelly Tyler, Senior Librarian, Lifelong Learning, Wednesday, November 22, 2017

On September 1, 2017 the Los Angeles Public Library hit a big milestone with the Career Online High School (COHS) diploma and career certificate program when Tania Velasquez completed her coursework to become the 100th graduate!


Section of Historic Map of Los Angeles

Stories From the Map Cave: The Tongva

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Before Los Angeles, there was Yangna, home to the Tongva people, Native Americans who numbered at least 5,000 in the Los Angeles Basin before the arrival of Europeans.


children oohing at turkey coming out of the oven

What We Were Eating 100 Years Ago On Thanksgiving

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles 100 years ago was an interesting affair. World War I was raging on overseas and most institutions were supporting the war effort either by rationing food supplies, or sending supplies “Over There.”


Happy Thanksgiving

A Week to Remember: Happy Thanksgiving!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 23 is Thanksgiving. The holiday began as a celebration of the fall harvest, and has become a day when we are encouraged to appreciate and give thanks for the joys and blessings in our lives.


November 19, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

November 19, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, November 20, 2017

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly debuts in the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Fiction Hardcover List for the week of November 19, 2017, while 


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