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Cahuenga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library
Tiffney Sanford, September 12, 2022

From its earliest years, the Cahuenga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library operated amidst movie studios, halls of higher learning, and architectural wonders.


Photos of the North Hollywood library (top left) Circulation desk [1954] Valley Times Collection. (bottom left) Library exterior [1946]
Tiffney Sanford, August 17, 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 third in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a Los Angeles Public Library branch.


Canvas triptych mural features Dr. Bethune by Charles White. A folktale-themed hand-carved, glazed ceramic tiles by Cha-Rie Tang
Catherine Sturgeon, August 09, 2022

The current building of the Exposition Park - Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library is an LEED Gold Certified (environmentally sustainable design) structure built in 2008.


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.


América Tropical in April, 2022. Author’s photograph
Alice S., June 08, 2022

The Looking at Art - In the Street program series celebrates artists and art historians who create and preserve open space street art in Los Angeles.


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.


Map of Bell’s Row, from the Western States Jewish History Archives.
Peter Hauge, May 16, 2022

President Joseph Biden may have put it best in his 2021 proclamation on Jewish American Heritage Month: “The Jewish American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress.


Glen Creason and his daughter Carrie
Glen Creason, May 13, 2022

I dislike the question “how do you like retirement?” I mean, this is like asking “how do you like breathing?” Life is a one-way street and there are no U-turns on the way toward the great unknown.


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