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Tina Lernø, Librarian, Digital Content Team

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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?


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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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.


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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!


John Stark being cold on an LA beach

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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The Library’s Haunted History: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

October 31, 2018

When you work at Central Library, at some point in your career, you will be taken on a stairwell safety tour which guides you through a maze of long lonely corridors snaking under and around the staff side of our beloved building. When it was my turn, I had to ask, is this place haunted?


Judy Aldrich, 8, receives pumpkin treat from Donna Lewis

What Halloween Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

October 30, 2018

I'll be the first to admit it, Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love everything about it from the spooky atmosphere and dressing up in a costume, to—I confess—all the candy! As an adult and a parent, it's also been a joy to create costumes for my family and take my little ghosties trick or treating.


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

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.


colored drawing of women's clothes from 1845

What Fall Fashions Looked Like 200 Years Ago

September 13, 2018

I love fashion and seeing all the beautiful new clothes and styles coming out for the fall season.


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