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Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, May 23, 2019

In 2016 the International Languages Department at Central Library hosted its first language class, the Spanish Lunchtime Conversation Class. A year later as demand grew, more language classes were added. We now offer classes in French, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Armenian, and Italian for free!

There are many benefits to learning a second language. People who speak more than one language...

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short story print out with 2 rolled up with red ribbons

Vending Machine Dispenses Short Stories for Angelenos

Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Disconnect from technology and the busy life in Los Angeles for a few minutes as you explore the world of short stories. Los Angeles Public Library invites you to visit Central Library to pick-up a short story, freshly printed from our Short Story Dispenser. On the go? no problem.


Design for the 2019 L.A. Zine Fest by artist Sophia Zarders

Celebrate Zines With L.A. Zine Fest and the Library!

Ziba Perez Zehdar, Librarian, Donald Bruce Kaufman - Brentwood Branch Library, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Zine Fests are large, free to attend, typically one-day events, where zinesters, people who make zines, gather from all over the world to sell and trade their zines and related merch.


English novelist and short story literary writer, Ian McEwan

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Ian McEwan!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, May 20, 2019

Ian McEwan was born on May 21,1948. McEwan is an English novelist and short story writer literary enough to please the critics, but with enough mass appeal that most of his novels have been adapted as films.


John Snow in front of Central Library

We (GoT) Game of Thrones at the Library!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, May 17, 2019

Winter is...going going gone!


Blues singer and composer, Taj Mahal

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Taj Mahal!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, May 17, 2019

Taj Mahal was born on May 17, 1942. Mahal is a blues singer and composer whose music incorporates elements of jazz and world music.


Kim Michele Richardson and her book jacket

Interview With an Author: Kim Michelle Richardson

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Kim Michele Richardson is a resident of Kentucky, where she has worked with Habitat for Humanity building houses and where she is an advocate for the prevention of child abuse, partnering with the U.S. Navy for the prevention of domestic violence.


Nightclub at 42nd and Central Avenue, with Lucille and Edward on the right.

It’s Cool, It’s Hot, It Swings, It Slides … It’s Jazz - and it’s in L.A.

Photo Friends, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Whether you want it hot or cool, swingin’ or slow, Dixieland or experimental, there’s jazz to fit your mood, mellow you out, pick you up. Jazz was born in New Orleans—the only place in the U.S. in the 1800s where slaves were allowed to own drums.


Mental Health spelled out with wood scrabble tiles

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.


Playwright Lorraine Hansberry

A Week to Remember: Lorraine Hansberry

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, May 13, 2019

Lorraine Hansberry was born on May 19, 1930. In 1959, Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun opened, making her the first African-American woman to have a play performed on Broadway.


Portrait of composer Gabriel Fauré in 1905

Music Memories: Gabriel Fauré

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, May 10, 2019

Gabriel Fauré was born on May 12, 1845. Fauré was a composer whose career spanned nearly 60 years; he is best known for his art songs, piano music, and chamber music.


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