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Esteban “Steve” Jordan on the cover of his album, Turn Me Loose
Esteban “Steve” Jordan on the cover of his album, "Turn Me Loose"
Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk, Silver Lake Branch Library, May 5, 2021

Don’t call him the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion. The epithet frequently given to Tejano accordionist Esteban “Steve” Jordan (because of his instrumental virtuosity and penchant for effects pedals) was vehemently rejected by the artist himself. In fact, don’t even try to box him into a genre, as he...

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Lo nuevo en español: libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Monday, May 3, 2021

Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!


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Are You Ready For a New Chapter in Our Reopening? Try This Fun Quiz

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, April 30, 2021

Beginning May 3, the Los Angeles Public Library is offering limited in-person services at 38 libraries across the city, including Central Library.


Suzanne Lummis at the Skirball Center, 5/6/2017 photo by Penelope Torribio

Noir Goldilocks: An Interview with L.A. Poet Suzanne Lummis

Michael C. Baradi, Librarian, West Valley Area, Friday, April 30, 2021

I used to be a Messenger Clerk at the Cahuenga Branch Library many years ago, still undecided about being a librarian.


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Canoga Park Teens Tell the Tell Tale Heart

Marcia Melkonian, Young Adult Librarian III, Canoga Park Branch Library, Friday, April 30, 2021

The Canoga Park Friends of the Library sponsored an amazing collaborative among Connectopod (a non-profit organization that uses podcasting as a vehicle to develop youth leaders and to instill an understanding of multiple points of view), Mr.


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Make Every Walk a Nature Walk

Anne Olivier, Adult Librarian, Woodland Hills Branch Library, Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Los Angeles City Nature Challenge is here! Every spring, Angelenos have the chance to become neighborhood naturalists during the City Nature Challenge, organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.


Young Adult author Dahlia Adler and her latest novel, That Way Madness Lies

Interview With an Author: Dahlia Adler

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, April 29, 2021

Dahlia Adler is an editor of mathematics by day, a book blogger by night, and a Young Adult author at every spare moment in between.


Big Star: Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, Andy Hummel and Alex Chilton

The Most Famous Unknown Band in Rock History

Marc Horton, Acting Senior Librarian, Wilmington Branch Library, Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The story of rock and roll is full of missed opportunities, poor decisions, and tragic turns of fate that consigned many worthwhile artists to obscurity.


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21st Century Kids: Embrace Diversity Through Poetry

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, April 27, 2021

There is power in poetry, as it can relay to others your feelings and what you care about. The world needs more young voices to use their words to bring unity. Here are some poetic selections to explore from a diverse group of voices.


Daniel and his dog at Missile site LA-43

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love L.A.’s Cold War-Era Nike Missile Sites

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Monday, April 26, 2021

Looking for a nice mellow hike to a remote locale with scenic views in every direction…from which one might blast off a nuclear missile at an incoming Soviet bomber if it was 1965? L.A.’s decommissioned Nike missile command and launch sites may be for you.


From left Andrea Quaid, Katelynn Perez, Maximus Oppenheimer, Selene Castañeda, and Elizabeth Crawford and zine, Crystalline Children: An Excavation

Interview With Zine Maker - Elizabeth Crawford

Angi Brzycki, Librarian III, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Friday, April 23, 2021

Originally from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City, Elizabeth Crawford came to Los Angeles four and a half years ago. Elizabeth is a Middle and High School librarian and the program coordinator for Humanities in the City.


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