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Weird Al Yankovic
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, October 19, 2018

Musical comedians don't tend to have long careers. Political satirist Tom Lehrer retired after about a decade; folk-singer parodist Allan Sherman's moment in the spotlight lasted for two years. So what are the odds that an accordion-playing clown would still be going strong after more than 40 years? "Weird Al" Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, and his mix of song parodies and polka...


Dixie Chicks

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Dixie Chicks!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 12, 2018

This week, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the three members of the country group the Dixie Chicks. Martie Maguire was born on October 12, 1969, and Natalie Maines was born on October 14, 1974.

Collage of Pre-Columbian art

Pre-Columbian America: Art

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, October 11, 2018

This is the last segment of our series highlighting interesting things about Pre-Columbian America. This segment is dedicated to the wonderful art and people of Pre-Columbian America.

Families fill the Maguire Gardens on Central Library's reopening day

History of Central Library's Grand Reopening in 1993

Curtis Livingston Edwards, Messenger Clerk, Adult Literacy Services, Thursday, October 11, 2018

A month after the first of two fires burned through the Central Library in 1986, a collective effort by the City of Los Angeles raised $3.2 million. This was yet another plus in a major reconstructive campaign lasting 7 and a half years.

Pre-Columbian art header

América Precolombina: Arte

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, October 11, 2018

Este es el último segmento de nuestra serie que destaca temas interesantes sobre la América precolombina. Este segmento está dedicado al maravilloso arte de las civilizaciones precolombinas.

TransLogic system tracks running through the library

Translogic: Central Library's Forgotten Book-Mover

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

When the gleaming “new” Central Library opened its doors on October 3, 1993, seven years after the devastating fires of 1986, it touted the latest innovations in computer automation.

 Librarian Bob Anderson stands behind the reference desk of the Literature & Fiction Department

And Now for Something Completely Different: Questions Are Librarians' Stock in Trade

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Librarians who work at public libraries can find almost anything, even someone’s lost dog. No, they will not look for your lost pooch, but they will provide information about public and private agencies that will. Patrons ask questions and librarians provide information.

Barney entertains a crowd in 1993

A Look Back at 1993

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Central Library's re-opening, let's look back at what else was happening in 1993.

Teresa Uriarte

Entrevista con la Profesora Teresa Uriarte

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

En celebración del Mes de la Herencia Latina tenemos el honor de entrevistar a la profesora María Teresa Uriarte de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM, quien se especializa en la cultura prehispánica

Richard Kraus in the Business & Economics Department at Central Library

Saving for Retirement: An Interview with Richard Kraus

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A high number of Americans do not have enough savings for retirement. Many are relying on Social Security benefits, with some experts predicting Social Security might disappear in the near future.

Photo of author Elmore Leonard

A Week to Remember: Elmore Leonard

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, October 7, 2018

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11, 1925. Leonard was a writer of novels, short stories, and screenplays. At the beginning of his career, he wrote mostly Westerns; when he shifted to crime and suspense novels, he became one of the country's most popular novelists.