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A colored post card showing a small stand at the Fremont entrance to Elysian Park. The hill above the entrance is landscaped with shrubs and flowers. Adolph Selige Publishing Co., St. Louis, [1909]. Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, April 25, 2019

Friday is National Arbor Day: a day to celebrate trees. When we look around Los Angeles today with its beautiful tree-filled parks and palm-lined streets, it's hard to imagine it being any different. But when Los Angeles was first settled, it was a landscape mostly devoid of trees, with only chaparral and scrub as far as the eye could see. The four species of trees that made up the landscape...


Maggie Severiano holing a book in the library

Historia de aprendizaje y superación: Maggie Severiano

Alicia Chavarin, Adult Literacy Coordinator, Benjamin Franklin Branch Library, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Maggie Severiano ha participado en el programa de alfabetización para adultos en la Biblioteca Benjamín Franklin desde el 2014.

Vladimir Nabokov holding a book of lepidoptery – butterflies

A Week to Remember: Vladimir Nabokov

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, April 22, 2019

Vladimir Nabokov was born on April 22, 1899. Praised for his wit and wordplay, Nabokov is best known for the novels he wrote in the 1950s and 1960s.

close up of pink tulips

Uncovering Meaning in Poems

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Friday, April 19, 2019

Every April is National Poetry Month - I've always enjoyed this time of year because April gives me a chance to reflect on poetry that is personally meaningful to me.

Roy Orbison in his trademark sunglasses

Music Memories: Roy Orbison

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, April 19, 2019

Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936. Orbison was a singer/songwriter, most popular in the early 1960s, who specialized in grandly melodramatic ballads of romantic suffering and torment.

Chihuahua held in a purse

Pet Lovers on Parade: What Blessing of the Animals Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, April 18, 2019

When it comes to cats versus dogs, or birds, rabbits, and horses, what makes your pet special? Is it all your love and nurturing? Its abject cuteness and sass? What if you could receive a blessing for your pet—more special still?

Scotto Moore and his novel, Your Favorite Band Can Not Save You

Interview With an Author: Scotto Moore

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Scotto Moore is a Seattle playwright whose works include several speculative fiction themed plays.

fraudulent advertisements from the early 1900s

Fight Back Against Fraud With the Library

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Have you heard of the “Health Jolting Chair”? What use would you have for a “Lung Expander” or an “Ozone Generator”? Would you trust an “Electric Girdle for Men”?

British novelist Jeffrey Archer

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Jeffrey Archer!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, April 15, 2019

Jeffrey Archer was born on April 15, 1940. Archer is a British novelist and former politician whose own life has been colorful and eventful enough to be the stuff of fiction.

Gajin Fujita

Portrait of an Artist: LAPL x Gajin Fujita

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Friday, April 12, 2019

Gajin Fujita takes us into his studio to discuss the role the public library played in inspiring his art as well as the meaning behind Guardian Angel which is featured on our new Los Angeles Public Library art library card. As Gajin says,

Collage of a some selected National Recording Registry 2019

Music Memories: The 2019 National Recording Registry additions

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, April 12, 2019

In 2000, Congress created the National Recording Preservation Board, an agency of the Library of Congress, to select titles each year for a National Recording Registry.