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Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team

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Pumpkin Spice-Up Everything!

September 23, 2019

It's that time of year—fall, aka autumn, aka pumpkin spice season!


Walking in the rain by the Warner Downtown

Nobody Walks in L.A.

September 03, 2019

Walkin' in LA, nobody walks in LA; walkin' in LA; walkin' in LA, only a nobody walks in LA—Terry Bozzio, Missing Persons


Charles Manson being lead away by deputies

Helter Skelter in the Summer of 1969

August 06, 2019

1969 was a tumultuous year. The US Apollo 11 mission brought men to the moon, and the Beatles gave their final live performance. Richard Nixon was sworn in as President, the war raged on in Vietnam (along with huge protests), and the draft was reinstated.


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What the 4th of July Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

July 02, 2019

Independence Day aka the Fourth of July commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.


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Trees of the Elysian

April 26, 2019

Friday is National Arbor Day: a day to celebrate trees. When we look around Los Angeles today with its beautiful tree-filled parks and palm-lined streets, it's hard to imagine it being any different.


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Pet Lovers on Parade: What Blessing of the Animals Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

April 18, 2019

When it comes to cats versus dogs, or birds, rabbits, and horses, what makes your pet special? Is it all your love and nurturing? Its abject cuteness and sass? What if you could receive a blessing for your pet—more special still?


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Coachella Ready? Bring Your Water and Your Library Card

April 11, 2019

The very first Coachella Festival was twenty years ago! If you were there in 1999 (as was I), you are officially old(er).


Olvera Street Mardi Gras revelers

What Mardi Gras Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

March 05, 2019

I must confess I didn't really know that much about the history of Mardi Gras, but with a little bit of librarian research, I found out some interesting facts.


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