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1935 postcard of the Los Angeles Central Library
Glen Creason, December 24, 2020

Dear History and Genealogy Department:
I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Central Library anymore.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in on the website it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Central Library?


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.


Author Charlie N. Holmberg and her latest book, Spellbreaker
Daryl M., December 24, 2020

Charlie N. Holmberg is an award-winning, best-selling, and internationally published author of fantasy and romantic fiction. She was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog.


A close-up of a fashion drawing and color swatches
Mona Gilbert, December 22, 2020

What are the qualifications to be a designer? One can argue, people possessing creativity, problem-solving skills, and a willingness to fail, all have the capacity to engage in the design process.


Author P. Djèlí Clark and his latest book, Ring Shout
Daryl M., December 17, 2020

Phenderson Djéli Clark is the award-winning and Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums and


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.


Family members making crafts with plastic and paper products
Mona Gilbert, December 15, 2020

What was once seen as a remarkable new material, is now viewed, by many, as a menace to the environment. Although it’s evident that plastic, in modern times, is the go-to choice for many businesses and homes, it is single-use plastic consumption that is causing great harm to our oceans and marine life.


L.A. author, Michael J. Bowler and his winning book Spinner
Catherine Royalty, December 14, 2020

We are thrilled to report that one of our local L.A. authors, Michael J. Bowler, has taken the top prize in Young Adult Fiction for his book, Spinner.


Author David Gerrold and his latest book, Hella
Daryl M., December 10, 2020

David Gerrold has been writing professionally for half a century. He created the tribbles for Star Trek and the Sleestaks for Land of the Lost.


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.


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