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vintage postcard of central library
Glen Creason, April 28, 2018

"It happened in New York, April 10th, nineteen years ago. Even my hand balks at the date. I had to push to write it down, just to keep the pen moving on the paper.


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. From 1949 to 2004, Los Angeles Public Library’s bookmobiles made a significant impact in the community by visiting lots of neighborhood schools, parks, and housing developments around the city.


Los Angeles Herald headline from July 24, 1905 reads "woman's rights volcano bursts"
Nicholas Beyelia, March 31, 2018

This blog post series looks at the history of the 1905 firing of Mary L. Jones as Los Angeles City Librarian.


LA Times illustration of Los Angeles Club Women taking their concerns to Mayor McAleer.
Nicholas Beyelia, March 28, 2018

This blog post series looks at the history of the 1905 firing of Mary L. Jones as Los Angeles City Librarian.


Illustration of the three women heading the library. Los Angeles Herald, March 1903
Nicholas Beyelia, March 24, 2018

This blog post series looks at the history of the 1905 firing of Mary L. Jones as Los Angeles City Librarian.


Mary L. Jones
Nicholas Beyelia, March 21, 2018

This blog post series looks at the history of the 1905 firing of Mary L. Jones as Los Angeles City Librarian.


Harriet Child Wadleigh
Catherine Sturgeon, March 19, 2018

Chances are if you have heard of any of the early women City Librarians of Los Angeles Public Library, you may know about Mary E.


Library cards
Kelly Wallace, September 23, 2016

“A library card is the start of a lifelong adventure.”—Author Lilian Jackson Braun


Aerial view of fire, April 29,1986
Central Docents, April 29, 2016

This year, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most catastrophic fire of a library building in the U.S. It occurred at our Central Library.


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Christina Rice, April 28, 2016

On the morning of April 29, 1986, librarian Dan Dupill was answering telephone calls at the Literature Reference Desk at Central Library. The antiquated phone system was slow, and the volume of calls high in those pre-Internet days, so getting through to a Reference Librarian could be a challenge.


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