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Saxophonist John Coltrane
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.

He didn't begin playing the saxophone until high school when he played the alto sax in the school band. He learned the instrument quickly, though, and...


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September Spotlight on Adult Literacy

Kelly Tyler, Senior Librarian, Lifelong Learning, Friday, September 21, 2018

September is National Literacy Month and we want to thank all of our volunteers for the amazing and selfless work they do in support of adult literacy. Every day, all across Los Angeles, they take time out of their busy lives to help other Angelenos learn to read.

Machu Picchu in Peru with a Llama

Grandes logros de la América precolombina

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Durante este Mes de la Herencia Latina compartiremos un artículo cada semana sobre América precolombina, enfatizando los aportes de estas civilizaciones: sus grandes logros, gastronomía, fauna y arte.

Machu Picchu in Peru with a Llama

Pre-Columbian America: Great Achievements

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, September 20, 2018

During the celebration of Latino Heritage Month, we'll be sharing a weekly segment highlighting interesting facts from pre-Columbian America. We'll give information about the contributions of these civilizations, from their greatest achievements to food, animals, and art.

Author Beth Bernobich

Interview With an Author: Beth Bernobich

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Beth Bernobich is the award-winning author of dozens of short stories and a number of SF/F novels, including the epic fantasy series River of Souls, and the alternate history novel,

Group portrait of the Aztecas, a girl's baseball team based in Pacoima, with their manager. Della Fonseca (later Ortega) is standing, second from right,

And Now for Something Completely Different: The Latino Baseball History Project

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Baseball is considered to be an all-American sport, but not all Americans have been able to fully participate. The history of Mexican American baseball bears witness to that.

two ladies holding a baby chewing on a library card

A Child’s First Library Card = Reader For Life

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and as we librarians know, the value of a library card is limitless! But what about if you have children in your lives?

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5 Ways To Celebrate Read an E-Book Day

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Readers around the world share their love for e-books during Read an E-Book Day on every September 18.

George R. R. Martin with a book cover

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, George R. R. Martin!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, September 17, 2018

George R. R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948. Martin is best known for the novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which has been adapted into the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Pictured from left, are Vivian Vance, co-star, holding her Emmy for Best Supporting Actress, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball holding the Best Situation Comedy Emmy

What the Emmy Awards Looked Like In Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, September 15, 2018

Who will win, who will "be happy just to be nominated," and who will go home empty-handed? Watch the festivities tonight to find out, but before you do, check out these amazing images from our photo collection of past Emmy award celebrations.

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Music Friday: B. B. King

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, September 14, 2018

B. B. King was born on September 16, 1925. King was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was among the most influential blues musicians of all time, particularly for his skill on the electric guitar.