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Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, March 24, 2019

Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809. Gogol wrote mostly short stories and plays. He is generally thought of as the first great Russian realist, but his stories often contain elements of the surreal and the bizarre, occasionally leaning into horror.

Gogol was born in what is now Ukraine, and was raised speaking both Russian and Ukrainian. He was exposed to the theatrical world from a...


Collage of four historical women

Visionary Women Who Pursued Their Dreams and Changed the World

Diane Garcia, Children's Librarian, Los Feliz Branch Library, Thursday, March 14, 2019

“We’ll all grow up someday, Meg, we might as well know what we want.”—Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Drawing of a scene from Chinatown, Los Angeles

Remembering Old Chinatown

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Big Read this year is The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.

The Junior League created this tourist map in 1980 showing a festive looking Chinatown

Chinatown: On the Map

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Chinatown in Los Angeles has been demeaned and misunderstood for about a century and a half.

Susan Orlean holding the Library Book

The Library of The Library Book

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Library Book by Susan Orlean has introduced our downtown gem to a whole new audience.

Bayard Rustin at a news briefing on the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.

A Week to Remember: Bayard Rustin

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, March 11, 2019

Bayard Rustin was born on March 12, 1912. For half a century, Rustin was an influential leader of the civil rights movement, advocating for nonviolent demonstrations and equal rights.

Jack Nicholson in Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown: Film Score Sets the Mood

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Monday, March 11, 2019

The success and lasting popularity of the 1974 neo-noir classic, Chinatown, are often credited to Robert Towne's

All aboard the Disco train in 1979

Music Memories: 40 Years Ago — A Look Back at 1979

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, March 8, 2019

The Sony Walkman went on sale for the first time in 1979. Kurt Russell played Elvis in a TV movie.

Still from digital animation based on artwork in central library

Video: Making Central Library's Massive New Digital Artwork

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, March 7, 2019

Beginning this March, visitors to the library will see a new series of generative digital animations on the Central Library Video Wall. Designed for the library by StandardVision, the animations draw inspiration from Central’s distinctive art and architecture.

3 book covers in Spanish

Lo nuevo en español: 10 libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Thursday, March 7, 2019

Los libros en español más leídos y más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

Classic Poetry or the Book of Songs written in traditional Chinese characters against a Chinese painting.

Chinese Classic Poetry Verses - Part Two

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ancient Chinese classic poems are complex works of art. As far back as 3,000 years ago, Chinese poets composed the beautiful work called Book of Songs and Elegies of the South. They later created more splendid poetry during the Tang and Song dynasties.