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San Pedro Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
Tiffney Sanford, July 11, 2022

With locations all over the city, and lots of books and other materials devoted to local history, libraries are a perfect springboard for exploring Los Angeles. This is the second in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.


Leo Politi and his muse, Alicia, in front of his drawing of her, 1972
Catherine Sturgeon, July 06, 2022

The Vermont Square Branch Library is one of three extant Carnegie libraries in the Los Angeles Public Library system.


Chinatown Branch Library
Tiffney Sanford, June 03, 2022

With locations all over the city, and lots of books and other materials devoted to local history, libraries are a perfect springboard for exploring Los Angeles. This is the first in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.


Interior of Angeles Mesa Branch Library with colorful mural called, Education is a Basic Right, over fireplace
Catherine Sturgeon, June 01, 2022

Art in public spaces can serve as a means of shared identity, of connecting residents and visitors to the community, and creating a sense of ownership and respect in a shared space; to spark imagination, conversation, dialogue, and reflection; and to provide beautification and aesthetics.


view of Central Library looking through Maguire Gardens

The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) conducted a patron experience survey in the Fall of 2021 (from September 27 to October 31, 2021) to better understand how the library can enhance patron experiences.


Collage of Los Angeles Public Libraries named after women
Tiffney Sanford, March 11, 2022

The Los Angeles Public Library has seven and a "half" branches dedicated to extraordinary women. Let’s take a look at these women and their namesake libraries for Women’s History Month.


Actores del programa de TV Gentefied en la Biblioteca Benjamin Franklin Branch Library
Lupita Leyva, February 28, 2020

No es común que una serie de televisión comience con la imagen de una biblioteca. En este caso, la serie en cuestión empieza con la imagen de la Biblioteca Benjamín Franklin, una sucursal de la Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles. ¡Qué emoción!


outside view of the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library
Lupita Leyva, February 28, 2020

Not often does a TV series begin with a shot of a library. In this case, the series in question began with a shot of the Benjamin Franklin Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Be still my heart! This library is very special for me as this was the first library I frequented growing up.


Some puppets from Puppet Shows
Mara Alpert, July 31, 2013

Here’s something you may not know about the World Famous (or at least Los Angeles Famous) Children’s Literature Department at Central Library. If it weren’t for a puppet show, it might not ever have existed. Okay, make that a lot of puppet shows.


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