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Photographer Rolland J. Curtis and his mother, Mathilda Curtis. They are standing near a Delta Airlines plane, and she is wearing a corsage.
Photographer Rolland J. Curtis and his mother, Mathilda Curtis
Photo Friends, May 24, 2018

Born in Louisiana in 1922, Rolland J. Curtis came to Los Angeles with his wife in 1946 after serving in the Marines during WWII. He worked as an LAPD officer for four years before attending USC where he played football and obtained the nickname “Speedy.” After earning a Bachelor’s degree and then a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Curtis ran a filling station with a friend before...


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Lo nuevo en español: 10 libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Los libros en español más leídos y 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!

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners for 2018

Anisfield-Wolf Awards: Books That Address Racism and Diversity

Janice B., Librarian, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward’s novel set in the fictional town of Bois Sauvage in rural Mississippi, was presented with the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction in March.

Collage of Dracula book covers

A Week to Remember: The Legacy of Dracula

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On May 26, 1897, Bram Stoker's novel Dracula (e-book | e-audio | print |

Fats Waller playing the piano.

Music Monday: Fats Waller

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, May 21, 2018

Fats Waller was born on May 21, 1904. Waller was a pianist, singer, and songwriter whose innovations helped create the foundation of modern jazz piano.

4 autographs from the Lummis Collection

Lummis Collection: Can We Get Your Autograph?

Rudy Ruiz, Librarian, Digitization & Special Collections, Friday, May 18, 2018

Former City Librarian Charles F. Lummis approached the Library Board of Directors in October of 1905 and recommended that a system of collecting autographs be put in place:

manga titles with their book covers

Manga Lovers Unite! マンガラバーズ、団結せよ!

Yoko Hata, Young Adult Librarian, Little Tokyo Branch Library, Friday, May 18, 2018

Are you a manga-lover? That’s good news because there are lots of new manga series being released in 2018. What a time to be alive! I’d like to introduce you, the manga-lover, to some new releases for this year:

Author Lisa Ko and her award winning book the Leavers

Asian Pacific American Award for Literature

Janice B., Librarian, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lisa Ko’s The Leavers, was selected as the Adult Fiction winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature for 2017-2018.

Author V. E. Schwab and her books

Featured Author: V.E. Schwab

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Victoria "V.E." Schwab is a celebrated author of books for young adults. Her best-selling teen titles include The Near Witch, The Archived, The Unbound, This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet.

Positive Thoughts headline over rainbow graphic

Positive Thoughts = Positive Health and Wellness Choices

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Integrative health is about incorporating lifestyle changes that will encourage and maintain total wellness. Making different lifestyle changes and choices can be very difficult and sometimes frustrating.

Photo of Studs Terkel and some of his books.

A Week to Remember: Studs Terkel

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Studs Terkel was born on May 16, 1912. Terkel was a writer, historian, and radio broadcaster who found that history could be told not only in the voices of scholars and political figures, but by ordinary people as well.