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Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, December 9, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.

She was born into a prominent family in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her father served in the state legislature, and for two years in the United States House of Representatives. Dickinson was a fine student,...


Billy Strayhorn is a jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.

Music Memories: Billy Strayhorn

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Saturday, November 30, 2019

Billy Strayhorn was born on November 29, 1915. Strayhorn was a jazz composer and arranger who spent most of his career as Duke Ellington’s creative partner.

Rin Chupeco and her new novel The Never Titling World

Interview With an Author: Rin Chupeco

Kelli Lowers, Young Adult Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Rin Chupeco has written obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and done many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fantastic worlds but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant.

Bruce posing in workshop

Meet a Maker: Bruce Dominguez and Call to Adventure

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Monday, November 25, 2019

Ahead of DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2019, we are spotlighting a few of the Makers who will be joining us December 7.

Author Louisa May Alcott and her enduring work Little Women

A Week to Remember: Louisa May Alcott

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 25, 2019

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832. Alcott was a writer of novels and short stories whose most enduring work is Little Women, the story of the four March sisters and their journey from childhood to adulthood.

Protesters in front of Pandora’s Box, Herald Examiner Collection, photo dated November 20, 1966

Pandora's Box

Steven Kilgore, Administrative Clerk, Special Collections & Digitization, Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Sunset Strip curfew riots, popularly known as the “hippie riots,” exploded on November 12, 1966 and lasted through December of 1966. The counterculture youth protest was a reaction to perceived authoritarian overreach, and an exercise in civil rights by Los Angeles youth.

a pow wow in liberty park

Celebrate Culture Anytime, Anywhere: Native American Heritage Electronic Resources

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Friday, November 22, 2019

Looking for a new way to increase your knowledge of Native Americans' rich cultural traditions? You can access several electronic resources 24/7 for free with your library card.

Randy Newman, singer-songwriter and composer of film scores

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Randy Newman!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 22, 2019

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943. Newman is a singer-songwriter and composer of film scores, capable of writing both darkly ironic songs and lush orchestral Americana.

Author Christine Feret-Fleury and her latest novel, The Girls Who Reads on the Metro

Interview With an Author: Christine Feret-Fleury

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 21, 2019

Christine Feret-Fleury is an author based in France.

an ostrich and Big Bird

Battle of the Big Birds...

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ostriches versus Turkeys. That age-old problem. (Is it? Well, for this blog post, the answer is yes). Which big bird do we Angelenos love more? And I'm not talking just in the looks department; both make for good eating.

Indians accept proclamation

Native American Heritage Month - Images From the Collection

Photo Friends, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

November is Native American Heritage Month. The land that now constitutes California once housed the most diverse population of indigenous people in the Western hemisphere, with 150 different Native American tribes inhabiting the area.