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Photo of a drawing by Edward Vischer of El Aliso at the Vignes winery
Kelly Wallace, April 27, 2018

“Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

—Trees by Joyce Kilmer


Portrait of John James Audubon and a collage of his bird illustrations
Keith Chaffee, April 24, 2018

John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785.


two bookplates

During the Middle Ages and the early modern era, owning a book was a rare and precious thing.


yogi bear and boo boo bear cartoon
Glen Creason, April 21, 2018

The best way to celebrate the National Park System in America is to stand on the hallowed ground of any one of them and just look around. They never fail to fill you with wonder and genuine pride in the treasures that exist in this country.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shoots his famous skyhook shot
Keith Chaffee, April 16, 2018

On April 16, 1947, Lew Alcindor was born; he would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest players basketball has ever known; since his retirement, he has focused much of his time on writing.


Los Angeles Public Library Traveling Branch in 1949
Tiffney Sanford, April 11, 2018

Today is National Bookmobile Day, a day to celebrate the contributions bookmobiles make to their communities.


Haiku Poetry written in Japanese characters
Keith Chaffee, April 10, 2018

April is National Poetry Month. We take the opportunity to celebrate one of the most popular poetic forms, the haiku.


Oil painting of the Brontë Sisters
Tina Lerno, April 10, 2018

The Brontë sisters are some of the most famous siblings in literature.


Martin Luther King and Governor Edmund G. Brown during a Freedom Rally at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Tina Lerno, April 04, 2018

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. He was 39 years old when he was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.


College of images of First Olympic Games
Keith Chaffee, April 03, 2018

On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were opened in Athens, Greece.


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