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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...


Olvera Street Mardi Gras revelers

What Mardi Gras Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, March 5, 2019

I must confess I didn't really know that much about the history of Mardi Gras, but with a little bit of librarian research, I found out some interesting facts.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Week to Remember: Gabriel García Márquez

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, March 4, 2019

Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6, 1927. García Márquez was a Colombian novelist who was one of the wave of Latin American writers who brought new attention to the region in the 1960s and 1970s. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Portrait of Agness "Aggie" May Underwood.

The First with the Latest! Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of a City

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Monday, March 4, 2019

A picture may say 1,000 words, though there is possibly another story lurking just outside the frame.

Singer, actor, and activist Harry Belafonte

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Harry Belafonte!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, March 1, 2019

Harry Belafonte was born on March 1, 1927. Belafonte is a singer, actor, and activist who helped to popularize calypso music in the 1950s.

movie posters coming out march 2019

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 1, 2019

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.

colorful graphics of computers and learning

Digital Learning: LAPL Has You Covered

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Thursday, February 28, 2019

Since 2012, educators and librarians have celebrated Digital Learning Day every February 28 by showcasing digital resources that can assist all people with their learning endeavors.

Paul Williams overlooks the construction of the airport restaurant in Los Angeles

A Quiet Gentleman: Paul Revere Williams and His Los Angeles Dream

Steven Kilgore, Administrative Clerk, Special Collections & Digitization, Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Author and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel "Dr. Seuss"

A Week to Remember: Dr. Seuss

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

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. Under the pen name "Dr. Seuss," he would become one of the best known and most beloved of children's book authors. The characters of Dr.

giant Oscar statue being carried to an event

And the Oscar Goes to...Books!

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 22, 2019

The Academy Awards are coming! And while there still isn't a host, and the show might be a total shambles, we're still going to tune in to see who wins.

Actress and singer Bernadette Peters

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Bernadette Peters!

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

Bernadette Peters was born on February 28, 1948. For 50 years, Peters has been a star of musical theater, critically praised as one of the best singers and actresses of her era.