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Chinatown Branch Library

Dig Los Angeles: Chinatown Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

June 03, 2022

With locations all over the city, and lots of books and other materials devoted to local history, libraries are a perfect springboard for exploring Los Angeles. This is the first in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.


Collage of Los Angeles Public Libraries named after women

The 7½ Los Angeles Public Library Branches Named After Women

March 11, 2022

The Los Angeles Public Library has seven and a "half" branches dedicated to extraordinary women. Let’s take a look at these women and their namesake libraries for Women’s History Month.


Monica Shannon and her Newbery Award-winning book, Dobry

Monica Shannon: Advocate for Libraries, Leprechauns and Luckless Pigwidgeons

March 30, 2021

You may know Monica Shannon as the author of the 1935 Newbery Award-winning book Dobry, but have you read her fairy tales set in California? They are remarkably descriptive and among the strangest books, I’ve read in a long time.


A roadside statue advertising Horton & Converse prescription pharmacists, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, 1920s. Security Pacific National Bank Collection

Art Meets Advertising in 1920s Los Angeles

February 03, 2021

Stand aside muffler men! Fresh milk from a Guernsey cow, high octane fuel fit for an Indy 500 winner, and steak dinners from a stockade-themed eatery are just a few of the products that early-twentieth-century sculptors helped sell to Angelenos.


Eleanor Brodie Jones in front of the Hollywood Branch Library

Eleanor Brodie Jones: Hollywood Star Librarian

March 21, 2019

Since 1872 the Los Angeles Public Library has been home to some very interesting librarians. This is the first of an occasional series highlighting these fascinating people, many of whom are little known but had a role in the history of the city, connecting people with ideas, information, and resources.


Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch in 1949

Tribute to the Traveling Branch

April 11, 2018

Today is National Bookmobile Day, a day to celebrate the contributions bookmobiles make to their communities. From 1949 to 2004, Los Angeles Public Library’s bookmobiles made a significant impact in the community by visiting lots of neighborhood schools, parks, and housing developments around the city.


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