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Graphic illustration of the great white whale, Moby Dick
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, November 11, 2018

On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States. The story of Captain Ahab's obsessive quest for the great white whale Moby Dick is a classic of American literature and the work for which Melville is best remembered; its first sentence, "Call me Ishmael," is one of the best-known first lines in literature.

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Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez

Monsignor Romero: A Symbol Against Repression and Poverty

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, better known as Monsignor Romero or San Romero has represented a symbol of social justice against repression and poverty in El Salvador and throughout Latin America for more than 38 years.

Portada de 4 de los libros

Lo nuevo en español para niños

Dinorah Pinelo, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

La Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles te ofrece los libros más leídos y más esperados para niños. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

collection of Manga book covers

Witches, Magic and Manga! / 魔女と魔法とマンガ!

Yoko Hata, Young Adult Librarian, Little Tokyo Branch Library, Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Halloween is just around the corner, are you getting excited? Halloween is a very popular holiday in Japan these days with people observing all the traditions of wearing costumes and handing out candy for the children’s trick or treating night.

Photo of author Debbie Macomber

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Debbie Macomber!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 22, 2018

Debbie Macomber was born on October 22, 1948. Macomber is the author of more than 150 novels; she primarily writes romance and women's fiction.

Weird Al Yankovic

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, "Weird Al" Yankovic!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, 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.

Collage of new films in Kanopy

Great Cinema with Kanopy

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kanopy offers Los Angeles Public Library cardholders 24/7 online streaming access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers. These films are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere.

Author Erin Kelly and her book Hello Universe

Representation Matters: An Interview with Erin Entrada Kelly

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Erin Entrada Kelly, the author of the Newbery Award winning book, Hello Universe, spoke at the Central Library a few months ago as part of our Summer Author Series. Audience members wrote questions for Kelly on index cards.

Documentary films of Frederick Wiseman

A Visit to the Doc: The Frederick Wiseman Collection

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The documentary films of Frederick Wiseman are compelling, thought-provoking, and chilling in their candor. Wiseman led the way in making us look at subject matter we did not necessarily want to look at, even think about.

image of a red white and blue Vote button

Your Country. Your Voice. Your Vote.

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

With the November 6 general election fast approaching, we wanted to share some voter and election resources. For information about upcoming voter events at the library, check out our voter information page.

Author Rebecca Serle and her book, The Dinner List

Interview with an Author: Rebecca Serle

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rebecca Serle is a full-time writer, which means she gets to wear pajamas to work. She went to the University of Southern California, then got her MFA from the New School in NYC.