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firefighters climbing ladder with equipment
Neale Stokes, October 13, 2018

October 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the LA Central Library reopening seven years after a catastrophic fire in 1986. In this short film, three people who were at the fire share their memories of the fire and the effort to recover and rebuild.


Claire L. Evans Photo
Neale Stokes, September 27, 2018

Author Claire L. Evans is a big fan of Los Angeles Public Library and she used the library extensively to research her new book Broad Band.


portion of the front page of the liberator magazine
Neale Stokes, February 23, 2018

The Liberator is an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper, whose owner and editor, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, was born enslaved and spent twenty years in bondage before Emancipation.


Picture of woman and child in library
Neale Stokes, December 22, 2017

Los Angeles is massive, and the library has seventy-three locations serving almost every part of the city, from San Pedro to Sylmar.


Section of Historic Map of Los Angeles
Neale Stokes, November 21, 2017

Before Los Angeles, there was Yangna, home to the Tongva people, Native Americans who numbered at least 5,000 in the Los Angeles Basin before the arrival of Europeans.


illustration of sun with face from pictorial map
Glen Creason, May 17, 2017

To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Los Angeles Public Library, we have occasion to show off one of the greatest pictorial maps ever created: The Pageant of the Pacific by the artist


L.A. Stories from the "Map Cave" graphic
Glen Creason, August 11, 2014

I have always felt it was a shame that so many maps and the stories they tell are buried in drawers where no one can hear them.


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