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Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, February 19, 2019

Herbs and spices have been used to improve and maintain health by people around the world for thousands of years. Adding some spice to your life enhances not just your food, but also your overall well-being. The International Languages department will be hosting a series of workshops presented by Integrative Health Specialist, Dr. Desmonette Hazly. The lectures will cover the history of common...


Graphic collage of American novelist Jonathan Lethem and two of his books Gun, with Occasional Music and The Feral Detective

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Lethem!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jonathan Lethem was born on February 19, 1964. Lethem is a writer of novels, short stories, and essays; his work moves freely among genres, from science fiction to detective stories.

Photos of African-American composers of classical music

Music Memories: African-American Classical Composers

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, February 15, 2019

February is African-American History Month, so this week, we look at the work of several African-American composers of classical music.

Kiss cam hearts around a couple kissing

A Kiss Cam View of Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ah Valentine's Day! The day to celebrate romantic love.

For some, it's a day of love and kisses to look forward to with your sweetheart, for others, well, not so much.

Collage of featured books on the map of United States

Reading the Map: A Celebration of African American Stories Across the United States

Diane Garcia, Children's Librarian, Los Feliz Branch Library, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Black History Month is a time to remember the contributions that African Americans have left on our country and world. This year’s theme, Black Migrations, explores the impact the African diaspora has made around the globe.

man looking at statistics on a computer

Welcome to the RAND State Statistics Database

Greg Reynolds, Librarian III, Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Are you a student, journalist, researcher, or policy maker looking for statistics or data to support your position or argument? Are you unsure of where to find your data?

Writer Richard Ford

A Week to Remember: Richard Ford

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, February 11, 2019

Richard Ford was born on February 16, 1944. Ford is a writer of novels and short stories; his best-known work is his series of books about former sportswriter Frank Bascombe.

Film composer John Williams

Music Memories: John Williams

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, February 8, 2019

John Williams was born on February 8, 1932. Williams is a composer whose movie themes are instantly recognizable. In his sixty-year career, Williams has received 3 Emmys, 24 Grammys, and 5 Academy Awards. He's been nominated for the Academy Award 51 times, second only to Walt Disney.

music cassette tape

Canciones románticas para San Valentín

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, February 8, 2019

Celebra el día del amor y la amistad con esta selección de canciones románticas de ayer y hoy que encontramos en Freegal Music. ¿No sabes qué es Freegal?

Graphic header of organizational books superimpose within an outline of a house.

Organize Your Home and Your Life

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, February 7, 2019

Start 2019 by organizing your home and your life. If you do not know how to start, the Los Angeles Public Library has many books that can help you.

Collage of Adult Literary program volunteers

Spring Spotlight on Adult Literacy

Megan Katz, Librarian, Office of Education and Literacy, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Looking for a way to contribute to your community? Consider becoming an adult literacy volunteer with the Los Angeles Public Library! Statistics show that an estimated 33% of the adult residents of Los Angeles lack basic prose literacy skills.