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What's In Your Wallet?

September 23, 2016

“A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.”—Author Lilian Jackson Braun


The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today

Revisiting East Adams

May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store. Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.


Clara Shortridge Foltz

Who the heck is Clara Shortridge Foltz?

March 21, 2016

Who hasn’t received that notice in the mail--the one that commands you to report for jury duty at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center?


Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"

The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles

August 04, 2015

What’s in a name?  The stories behind the names of the streets, avenues, roads, and boulevards of Los Angeles reveal much about the history of our city, from its beginning as a tiny pueblo to today's sprawling metropolis of 3.8 million.  A list of L.A.


Vacation Without Humiliation

February 27, 2015

As African American Heritage Month draws to a close, I would like to bring your attention to a largely unknown chapter of American history.


Armed Serviced Editions

Weapons in the War of Ideas

January 11, 2015

One of the many special and unique items at Central Library is a collection of ASE books.  Armed Services Editions, popularly known as ASEs, are pocket-sized books made for and distributed to American servicemen around the world during World War II. 


Babe Ruth

The Sultan of Swat

September 30, 2014

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the year, breaking his own record of 59 set in 1921 and setting a mark that would last until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961. He hit it off Tom Zachary, a 31-year-old left-hander pitching for the Washington Senators.


Charles Lindbergh, wearing helmet with goggles up.

Charles Lindbergh

August 19, 2014

Since today is National Aviation Day, let's take a brief look at Charles Lindbergh. Like some of you, I’m sure, I was only passingly familiar with the story of Charles Lindbergh.


Ed Sullivan rehearses with the Beatles before their appearance in the United States.

1964 - What a Year It Was

July 16, 2014

Fifty years ago, the United States was still recovering from the assassination of John F. Kennedy. President Lyndon Johnson began to build his vision of a “Great Society.” Young men burned their draft cards as the Vietnam War escalated.


One Summer: America, 1927

July 01, 2014

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."


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