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Author Felice Picano and his latest book
Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, June 18, 2019

Felice Picano is an author whose work includes novels, stories, poetry, non-fiction, memoirs, plays, and film scripts, with international bestsellers and award winners. In Hollywood, he has worked with Cary Grant and director Frank Perry (Mommy Dearest), among others. That story is told in his new novel, Justify My Sins, based on his three decades of experiences as a gay man...


Glen Creason and Loida Garcia-Febo looking at a new map

Major Gift to Our Map Collection

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Saturday, May 25, 2019

An over one-hundred-year-old, beautifully detailed map of downtown Los Angeles has been received by the History and Genealogy department from the Historical Society of Southern California.

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Rosanne Cash!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, May 24, 2019

Rosanne Cash was born on May 24, 1955. Cash is a singer-songwriter who is most often thought of as a country artist, but her music includes elements of pop, rock, blues, and gospel.

A group holding signs with hello greeting in different languages.

Meet the Instructors and Learn a New Language at the Library

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, May 23, 2019

In 2016 the International Languages Department at Central Library hosted its first language class, the Spanish Lunchtime Conversation Class. A year later as demand grew, more language classes were added.

short story print out with 2 rolled up with red ribbons

Vending Machine Dispenses Short Stories for Angelenos

Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Disconnect from technology and the busy life in Los Angeles for a few minutes as you explore the world of short stories. Los Angeles Public Library invites you to visit Central Library to pick-up a short story, freshly printed from our Short Story Dispenser. On the go? no problem.

Design for the 2019 L.A. Zine Fest by artist Sophia Zarders

Celebrate Zines With L.A. Zine Fest and the Library!

Ziba Perez Zehdar, Librarian, Donald Bruce Kaufman - Brentwood Branch Library, Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Zine Fests are large, free to attend, typically one-day events, where zinesters, people who make zines, gather from all over the world to sell and trade their zines and related merch.

English novelist and short story literary writer, Ian McEwan

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Ian McEwan!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, May 20, 2019

Ian McEwan was born on May 21,1948. McEwan is an English novelist and short story writer literary enough to please the critics, but with enough mass appeal that most of his novels have been adapted as films.

John Snow in front of Central Library

We (GoT) Game of Thrones at the Library!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, May 17, 2019

Winter is...going going gone!

Blues singer and composer, Taj Mahal

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Taj Mahal!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, May 17, 2019

Taj Mahal was born on May 17, 1942. Mahal is a blues singer and composer whose music incorporates elements of jazz and world music.

Kim Michele Richardson and her book jacket

Interview With an Author: Kim Michelle Richardson

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Kim Michele Richardson is a resident of Kentucky, where she has worked with Habitat for Humanity building houses and where she is an advocate for the prevention of child abuse, partnering with the U.S. Navy for the prevention of domestic violence.

Nightclub at 42nd and Central Avenue, with Lucille and Edward on the right.

It’s Cool, It’s Hot, It Swings, It Slides … It’s Jazz - and it’s in L.A.

Photo Friends, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Whether you want it hot or cool, swingin’ or slow, Dixieland or experimental, there’s jazz to fit your mood, mellow you out, pick you up. Jazz was born in New Orleans—the only place in the U.S. in the 1800s where slaves were allowed to own drums.