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Wikipedia turns 20 years old
Happy 20th Birthday Wikipedia!
Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, January 15, 2021

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia and consistently one of the top ten most visited websites, was launched to little fanfare on January 15, 2001: it turns 20 today. Love it or hate it (and many librarians do both), it has had a tremendous impact on the internet and become nearly indispensable for a certain kind of easy information access.

While far from perfect,...


Collage of selected top ten books of 2020

Top Tens: The Most Popular Titles of 2020

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, December 23, 2020

It’s the time of year for lists: recommendations, best of’s, and favorites.

covered CA graphic with yellow state image and magenta swirls

Covered California Basics

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, Tuesday, December 22, 2020

It’s that time of year again. Covered California open enrollment has begun. The open enrollment period is November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021. You have until December 30 to apply for coverage that starts on January 1.

portada de tres libros sobre bedidas alcoholicas

Esta Navidad quiero WAP

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Pues como ya me conocen tan bien, ya lo saben, yo lo que quiero es WAP para esta Navidad. ¡Exactamente! Lo adivinastes, quiero, Whiskey, Amaretto y Pulque. ¿Qué otra cosa pensabas?

*parpadeo mis ojos*

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21st Century Kids: Emerging Designers

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 22, 2020

What are the qualifications to be a designer? One can argue, people possessing creativity, problem-solving skills, and a willingness to fail, all have the capacity to engage in the design process.

Christmas films adapted from books

Read it First! Seasonal Stories

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 21, 2020

This difficult year is, once again, taking its toll on beloved holidays and traditions. As we find ourselves separated from family and friends during a time of celebration, we could all use some good old fashioned holiday cheer.

Rod Serling

A Week to Remember: Rod Serling

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 21, 2020

On December 25, 1924, Rod Serling was born. Serling was a television writer, one of the major figures in early television.

Christina Aguilera on her album, Liberation

Music Memories: Christina Aguilera

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 18, 2020

On December 18, 1980, Christina Aguilera was born. She’s progressed from a child star on TV to a successful pop diva.

Selected books from the Best of 2020 book list

LAPL Reads: Best of 2020

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction, Friday, December 18, 2020

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at Central Library, and the 72 branches, we are pleased to present the best books of 2020 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations.

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Lo mejor del 2020: los libros preferidos por nuestros lectores y bibliotecarios

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, December 18, 2020

El mejor regalo que puedes ofrecer durante la Navidad y las festividades de invierno es un libro. Si necesitas ideas sobre qué libros regalar (o regalarte a ti mismo), aquí te presentamos los títulos preferidos por nuestros lectores y bibliotecarios en el 2020.

Author P. Djèlí Clark and his latest book, Ring Shout

Interview With an Author: P. Djeli Clark

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 17, 2020

Phenderson Djéli Clark is the award-winning and Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums and