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ceramic ghost on a book shelf
Daniel Tures, December 14, 2022

'Tis the season for ghost stories! And hark, Robert Anderson from the Literature & Fiction Department and I are here to herald some of our favorite ones for your reading pleasure.


Collage of books with uncoventional Christmas themes
Christa Deitrick, December 15, 2021

If Scrooge makes you snooze and The Gift of the Magi has lost its holiday mojo, I am here to offer you some unconventional options. Our shelves are filled with seasonal fiction in a wide variety of genres, many of which you might find delightfully unexpected.


record wall with a giant Rudolph ornament in front
Daniel Tures, December 10, 2021

The temperature has plunged below 82. You’ve switched from cold brew to hot coffee and you’re thinking about putting on a sweater. Lights twinkle from the palm trees along the boulevards… the Kings are battling the Ducks out on the Staples Center ice… it’s holiday time once again in the Southland!


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.


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.


View of the Rose Bowl entrance flanked by tall palms on either sides
Tina Lernø, 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?


cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows
Tina Lernø, December 13, 2018

December 13 is National Cocoa Day. Don't confuse it with Hot Chocolate Day, which is its own holiday and celebrated on January 31. I thought they were the same thing but after a bit of research realized the terms are used interchangeably, and they are actually two different beverages!


John Stark being cold on an LA beach
Tina Lernø, December 10, 2018

Winter in Los Angeles is a strange thing if you have grown up with “real winter” elsewhere. Where are the leaves changing colors, the bare winter branches...the snow?


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