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Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team

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Trees of the Elysian

April 25, 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).


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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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A Kiss Cam View of Vintage Los Angeles

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.


2019 Youth Media Award Winners

2019 Youth Media Award Winners

January 31, 2019

Is there a collective name for a group of librarians? How about a Catalog of Librarians! Well, that was surely the case on a brisk Monday morning in Seattle Washington, where the librarian equivalent of the Oscar awards was held.


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Celebrate the City with LA Made

January 19, 2019

Get ready, we're preparing to launch Season 4 of the LA Made cultural programming series on February 1, 2019!


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Cuckoo For Cocoa

December 13, 2018

December 13 is National Cocoa Day. Don't confuse it with Hot Chocolate Day, which is its own holiday and celebrated on January 31. I thought they were the same thing but after a bit of research realized the terms are used interchangeably, and they are actually two different beverages!


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Top Tens: The Most Popular Titles of 2018

December 26, 2018

It’s the time of year for lists: recommendations, best of’s, and favorites.


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Winter is Coming...Or Is It?

December 10, 2018

Winter in Los Angeles is a strange thing if you have grown up with “real winter” elsewhere. Where are the leaves changing colors, the bare winter branches...the snow?


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