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an ostrich and Big Bird
Tina Lerno, November 20, 2019

Ostriches versus Turkeys. That age-old problem. (Is it? Well, for this blog post, the answer is yes). Which big bird do we Angelenos love more? And I'm not talking just in the looks department; both make for good eating.


Indians accept proclamation
Photo Friends, November 19, 2019

November is Native American Heritage Month. The land that now constitutes California once housed the most diverse population of indigenous people in the Western hemisphere, with 150 different Native American tribes inhabiting the area.


3 childrens book covers
Tina Princenthal, October 23, 2019

A nightmare more terrifying than you can imagine…the party supply store on the eve of Halloween! The hordes of customers, the cries and screams of fitting-room meltdowns, flimsy costumes at horrifyingly high prices!


Gravestones at New Calvary Cemetery
Photo Friends, October 22, 2019

Southern Californians have panache. From the clothes they wear to the dishes they cook to the homes they make, they create their own style—often a mixture of tradition and innovation—and show it proudly. This flair for living does not stop once they stop living.


3 spooky book covers
Daniel Tures, October 16, 2019

Tis the season for spooky old books, and one of my very favorites is a hidden gem—Ruth Edna Kelley’s The Book of Hallowe’en (1919).


5 spooky movie covers
Christa Deitrick, October 05, 2019

There’s not much going on this month in terms of new movies based on books. There’s Joker and The Addams Family, but those are based on comic book/cartoon characters, not book-length works of fiction.


pumpkin spice bottles on a spice blend background
Tina Lerno, September 23, 2019

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


rice crispy turkey leg and apple
Lauren Kratz, November 17, 2018

Do you want to build your children’s confidence, basic life skills, and encourage them to be a little less picky when trying new foods? Have your children join you in the kitchen!


close up view of Forest Lawn Cemetery
Glen Creason, October 31, 2018

Halloween has become a huge, month-long celebration in these modern times and not just for candy and death as I recall it meant when I was a brat.


ghost lady walking through the library
Tina Lerno, 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?


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