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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 19, 2020

January is National Soup Month, and what better time than the middle of winter to relax with a nice bowl of hot soup?

Soups have been around for as long as there have been waterproof containers to cook them in. We have evidence of soups going back as far as 20,000 BCE when they were probably boiled by dropping hot rocks into cooking vessels.

Today, soups and stews—the only real...


3 new book covers with a library logo

Check These Out! Titles to Look for at the Library

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 9, 2020

At Check These Out!, each month you will find a few recently published or upcoming titles that are worth “checking out” from the library.

foto de los escritores javier cercas, paco taibo 2 y jj benitez con la tarjeta de biblioteca de los angeles

Saludos desde la FIL: mensajes de tres afamados escritores para ti

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Cada año, un grupo de bibliotecarios de la Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles asistimos a la FIL, Feria Internacional del Libro en Guadalajara, para seleccionar libros en español para nuestras comunidades.

book covers of three of the movies coming out in January

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 7, 2020

January is the cruelest month for movies based on books—or movies in general, for that matter. The weakest releases typically happen in the early months of the year, far away from the summer and holiday blockbuster seasons.

Zora Neale Hurston is a novelist, short story writer, and anthropologist.

A Week to Remember: Zora Neale Hurston

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, January 6, 2020

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. Hurston was a novelist, short story writer, and anthropologist who was among the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

detail from an illustration of Alice holding the "drink me" bottle

This Year I Will: Literary New Year’s Resolutions

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, January 3, 2020

Every January in the Literature & Fiction department, we put up a display with the theme This Year I Will….

Stephen Stills is singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Stephen Stills!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 3, 2020

Stephen Stills was born on January 3, 1945. Stills is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed as a solo act and with several different bands. He's best known for his work in the late 1960s and early 1970s with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Two women celebrating with arms raised as they look at sunrise

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start at the Library

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, January 2, 2020

A new year brings new opportunities. Let the library help you make and keep your New Year’s resolutions —without spending a dime. All you need is your library card.

View of the Rose Bowl entrance flanked by tall palms on either sides

First and 100: A Century of Rose Bowl Football

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year, Happy Rose Bowl, Happy Football! Did you know that the Rose Bowl Stadium is nearing its 100th year? The story of the Rose Parade and the subsequent football games have been going on long before.

English author Rudyard Kipling

A Week to Remember: Rudyard Kipling

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 30, 2019

Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865. Kipling wrote novels, short stories, and verse, and was one of the major literary figures of England during the height of the British Empire.

colorful close up of herbs and spices

Comidas que sanan

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Saturday, December 28, 2019

Al comienzo del nuevo año, muchos de nosotros nos ponemos la meta de mejorar nuestra dieta para perder unas cuantas libras. Pero el comer alimentos más saludables tiene muchos más beneficios que tan solo mantener y controlar nuestro peso.