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Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 19, 2020

January is National Soup Month, and what better time than the middle of winter to relax with a nice bowl of hot soup?

Soups have been around for as long as there have been waterproof containers to cook them in. We have evidence of soups going back as far as 20,000 BCE when they were probably boiled by dropping hot rocks into cooking vessels.

Today, soups and stews—the only real...

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Modern Jazz Quartet - Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath, and Connie Kay

Music Memories: The Modern Jazz Quartet

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 27, 2019

Milt Jackson was born on January 1, 1923. Jackson was a jazz vibraphonist who had a long and distinguished career as a solo recording artist, but who is perhaps best remembered as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet.


colorful close up of herbs and spices

Meals That Heal

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, December 27, 2019

Beginning a new year has many of us pledging to change our diet so we can lose a few pounds. But eating healthier food is so much more than just maintaining and managing our weight. For better or worse, everything we eat and drink has an impact on our bodies and well-being.


Paul Krueger and his new book, Steel Crow Saga

Interview With an Author: Paul Krueger

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 26, 2019

Paul Krueger is a Filipino-American author and a lapsed Chicagoan who may now be found literally herding cats in Los Angeles.


Mary Higgins Clark is a bestseller author of mystery and suspense novels.

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Mary Higgins Clark!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 23, 2019

Mary Higgins Clark was born on December 24, 1927. Clark is an author of mystery and suspense novels whose books have been bestsellers almost from the beginning of her career. She came to writing relatively late, publishing her first novel at the age of 40.


Feliz Navidad with colorful lights

¡Felices fiestas! El regalo te lo debo porque la crisis no respeta ni estos festejos

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, December 20, 2019

No puedo creer que el 2019 está por terminar. No estoy totalmente preparada para las festividades. Justo ayer recordé que había ordenado dos coronas de navidad (obviamente yo no puedo tener solo una) ya que las dos llegaron casi al mismo tiempo.


The Bee Gees winning one of four Grammies in 1979

Music Memories: The Bee Gees

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 20, 2019

Maurice & Robin Gibb were born on December 22, 1949. With their brother Barry (born September 1, 1946), they were The Bee Gees, a pop act who had two distinct periods of success.


best of 2019 books wrapped up in a bow

LAPL Reads: Best of 2019

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Thursday, December 19, 2019

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 2019 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations.


3 women eating fruitcake

The Festive Feasts of Los Angeles

Photo Friends, Thursday, December 19, 2019

Ready for the holidays? Hungry?


3 new book covers

Check These Out! Favorite Titles of 2019

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Season’s Readings everyone. 2019 has been quite a year in terms of fiction and non-fiction titles. I’ve had the opportunity to read some truly remarkable books over this past year.


Jenn Bailey reading her book, A Friend for Henry

Interview With an Author: Jenn Bailey

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Jenn Bailey has won blue ribbons for pie baking, roamed Australia as the still photographer for Continuum, and made it to the Top 40 in the Lego Master Builder competition. Bailey has her MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.


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