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Author Shelby Van Pelt and her first novel, Remarkably Bright Creatures. Photo of author by Karen Forsythe
Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, June 23, 2022

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest,

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LAPL Reads: Best of 2021

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction, Friday, December 17, 2021

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at the Central Library, and the 72 branches, we are pleased to announce the best books of 2021 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations. Since 2011 LAPL Reads has been presenting these.


Author Saraciea J. Fennell and her latest book, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed

Interview With an Author: Saraciea J. Fennell

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 16, 2021

Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black Honduran writer and the founder of The Bronx is Reading. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors.


Collage of books with uncoventional Christmas themes

Horror and Chick Lit and Sci Fi–Oh My! Unconventional Christmas Fiction

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, December 15, 2021

If Scrooge makes you snooze and The Gift of the Magi has lost its holiday mojo, I am here to offer you some unconventional options. Our shelves are filled with seasonal fiction in a wide variety of genres, many of which you might find delightfully unexpected.


Vicente Fernández o Chente

5 datos interesantes de Vicente Fernández

Ana Campos, Principal Librarian, Central Library Services, Tuesday, December 14, 2021

El domingo 12 de diciembre de 2021 perdimos a una de nuestras más grandes estrellas de la música latina, Vicente Fernández o Chente, como muchos de sus fans lo llaman. Vicente también fue actor durante la era de oro del cine mexicano. Su música y películas han trascendido idiomas y fronteras.


Zine author, Elizabeth A Salazar and her zine series, The Worst

Interview With Zine Maker - Elizabeth A Salazar

Angi Brzycki, Senior Librarian, Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library, Monday, December 13, 2021

Elizabeth A Salazar is Sun Valley based school librarian, zinester, and aging punk. She holds a BA in Communications from California State University Los Angeles and is a proud first-generation Mexican American.


Declaration of Human Rights Drafting Committee Chair, Eleanor Roosevelt "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" by United Nations Photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

All Human, All Equal

Peter Hauge, Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department, Friday, December 10, 2021

“All Human, All Equal” is the theme of this year’s International Human Rights Day, which is observed every year on December 10 and is the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations.


record wall with a giant Rudolph ornament in front

Groove up Your Holiday With These Freegal Super Sounds

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Friday, December 10, 2021

The temperature has plunged below 82. You’ve switched from cold brew to hot coffee and you’re thinking about putting on a sweater. Lights twinkle from the palm trees along the boulevards… the Kings are battling the Ducks out on the Staples Center ice… it’s holiday time once again in the Southland!


Author Nicholas Meyer and his latest book, The Return of the Pharaoh

Interview With an Author: Nicholas Meyer

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 9, 2021

Nicholas Meyer is the author of three previous Sherlock Holmes novels, including The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which was on the New York Times bestseller list f


a collage of the earliest jigsaw puzzle

A Puzzling History of Jigsaw Puzzles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, December 6, 2021

I have been an avid puzzler all my life, but because of Covid, I have rekindled my love of doing puzzles. 1000 pieces are my jam, and I can usually finish one in the course of 2 to 3 evenings or a marathon weekend.


Collage of films adapted from books

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, December 3, 2021

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


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