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Author Joanne McNeil and her debut novel, Wrong Way

Interview With Author Joanne McNeil

November 21, 2023

Joanne McNeil’s debut novel, Wrong Way, is a tech satire set in a highly plausible near future.

Authors Clare L. Evans, Brian Merchant and book,Terraform

In Conversation With Claire L. Evans and Brian Merchant

September 27, 2022

Terraform: Watch/Worlds/Burn is the first Anthology of "near-future" speculative fiction from Terraform, Vice's science-fiction vertical.

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Read, Watch and Learn for Free at Home With the Library

March 20, 2020

Although our buildings are closed, we’re still open online. You can read books, watch movies and TV shows, take a class, or learn a language from home with your library card.

young man in tank top running away from another man

Interview With a Director: Matt Porterfield

August 21, 2019

Matt Porterfield has written and directed four feature films, all set in his hometown of Baltimore. His latest, Sollers Point, tells the story of a young man just released from prison and living under house arrest with his father.

Cover of 1946 Thomas Street Guide

Video: Navigating L.A. in the Pre-GPS Era

July 29, 2019

Before the advent of GPS and smartphones, residents of Los Angeles were wholly dependent on the street guide to navigate their sprawling metropolis. In this video, map librarian Glen Creason explores the history of the L.A. street guide, and explains why they are still relevant today:

Section of a map of Downtown Los Angeles

Video: Mapping Los Angeles' LGBTQIA History

June 20, 2019

In the latest, Pride-themed episode of Stories from the Map Cave, map librarian Glen Creason walks us through some significant landmarks and events in Los Angeles' LGBTQIA history. Watch below:

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Video: Firsthand Accounts of the Central Library Fire and Recovery

October 13, 2018

October 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the LA Central Library reopening seven years after a catastrophic fire in 1986. In this short film, three people who were at the fire share their memories of the fire and the effort to recover and rebuild.

Pi Day. Pie with digits reading 3.14159265 on it

Celebrate Pi Day With These Mathematical Reads

March 14, 2018

It’s not the loneliest number, but it might be the most famous. Pi (or π) is commonly defined as the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Young girl squatting a heavy barbell at a competition

World’s Strongest Teenager: Interview With the Director of "Supergirl"

March 03, 2018

At first glance, Naomi Kutin looks like a typical American teenager—until you see her squat a barbell over twice her body weight.

portion of the front page of the liberator magazine

The Liberator: Librarians Work to Preserve Early 20th-Century L.A. African American Newspaper

February 23, 2018

The Liberator is an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper, whose owner and editor, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, was formerly enslaved and spent twenty years in bondage before Emancipation.