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1935 postcard of the Los Angeles Central Library
Glen Creason, December 24, 2020

Dear History and Genealogy Department:
I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Central Library anymore.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in on the website it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Central Library?


Hansen sketch of Los Angeles after statehood. A War Department publication in 1856, “Reports of Explorations and Surveys”
Glen Creason, December 24, 2020

We don’t have a typical Christmas season here in L.A., like the ones in syrupy movies with snow, ear muffs, winter coats, and people standing in a blizzard preparing to jump off a trestle.


Christmas films adapted from books
Elizabeth Graney, December 21, 2020

This difficult year is, once again, taking its toll on beloved holidays and traditions. As we find ourselves separated from family and friends during a time of celebration, we could all use some good old fashioned holiday cheer.


A santa and a ghost decoration on a porch
Daniel Tures, December 16, 2020

Ghost stories have been shared as long as we have wondered what happens to us after we die, and sought to connect with spirits of the departed. Midwinter is the perfect time for them. The nights grow long and dark, and winter weather brings us together to huddle around the fire and share tales.


A Charlie Brown Christmas album cover with tinsel decoration
Daniel Tures, December 09, 2020

The first Charlie Brown television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, debuted on CBS on December 9, 1965.


detail from an illustration of Alice holding the "drink me" bottle
Christa Deitrick, January 03, 2020

Every January in the Literature & Fiction department, we put up a display with the theme This Year I Will…. The display features a variety of books on aspirational topics, such as acting technique, how to write poetry, careers in journalism, brushing up your grammar skills, and so on.


Two women celebrating with arms raised as they look at sunrise
Madeline Peña, January 02, 2020

A new year brings new opportunities. Let the library help you make and keep your New Year’s resolutions —without spending a dime. All you need is your library card.


View of the Rose Bowl entrance flanked by tall palms on either sides
Tina Lerno, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year, Happy Rose Bowl, Happy Football! Did you know that the Rose Bowl Stadium is nearing its 100th year? The story of the Rose Parade and the subsequent football games have been going on long before.


3 women eating fruitcake
Photo Friends, December 19, 2019

Ready for the holidays? Hungry?


The holiday tree in the Central Library Rotunda
Vi Ha, December 03, 2019

Each December we face a design challenge of decorating a 15-foot noble fir tree in the Central Library’s rotunda.


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