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Louise Redding McClain
Kurt Thum, February 05, 2018

Louise Redding McClain, a retired Los Angeles Public Library librarian, is the sister of the great singer/songwriter Otis Redding.


photograph of Elva Diane Green and book cover of her book
Catherine Sturgeon, February 01, 2018

February is African American Heritage Month at the Los Angeles Public Library.


Martin Luther King Jr. and Governor Edmund G. Brown during a Freedom Rally at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on June 18, 1961. Photo Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Herald-Examiner Collection
Eileen Ybarra, January 12, 2018

In the early 1960s, Martin Luther King, Jr., (MLK) symbolized hope, fortitude and change in a country that was caught in discriminatory social attitudes towards African-Americans. He was a leader and spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement.


Section of Historic Map of Los Angeles
Neale Stokes, November 21, 2017

Before Los Angeles, there was Yangna, home to the Tongva people, Native Americans who numbered at least 5,000 in the Los Angeles Basin before the arrival of Europeans.


Plate 455 Tolowa Dancing Head-Dress.  Native American Tolowa man wearing a head dress, photographed looking straight into camera with plain expression
Rudy Ruiz, November 07, 2017

If you are not familiar with Edward S.


Gord Downie performs in Toronto on Oct. 19, 2016
Tina Lerno, November 02, 2017

Gord Downie, the lead singer for the Canadian band The Tragically Hip died on October 17 of terminal brain cancer at the age of 53.


The Sherman Institute class of 1919. Shades of L.A. Collection.
Christina Rice, November 01, 2017

When the Perris Indian School was established in 1892 by the United States government, it became the first non-reservation boarding school for Native American children in California.


Photo of Rotunda with the entire Oaxaca exhibit displayed in it's entirety

This month the Los Angeles Public Library is celebrating Latino Heritage Month, and it’s especially timely as a new exhibition at Central Library recently opened to the publi


a photograph of the five Latina's in L.A's Creative Industries panelists, standing in front of the Edendale Branch Library
Angi Brzycki, September 29, 2017

On September 23, 2017 five young women came together at the Edendale Branch Library, for the Latinas in LA’s Creative Industries panel. This moderated discussion centered on the complexities of intersectionality as it relates to these Latinas' professional lives. The panelists included:


two little boys reading children's board books, sitting on the ground with their backs against the same huge pile of books
Anna Avalos, September 27, 2017

Lil’ Libros are bright and perfect books for parents who want to introduce children to Latin American culture, history, and traditions!


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