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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.


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.


Graphic illustration of Aimee Semple McPherson and Angelus Temple
Nicholas Beyelia, March 16, 2022

While scouring microfilm in the History & Genealogy Department at Central Library a few months back, I was startled to see a name that seemed entirely out of place in a particular publication.


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.


Norma Merrick Sklarek in front of the big blue whale
Vi Ha, February 15, 2022

In order to showcase the technology available in the Octavia Lab, celebrate the diversity of Los Angeles, and demonstrate how library resources, such as Tessa, the library's online digital archive, and historical newspaper databases, can be used towards social justice, Octavia Lab staff have been creating


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