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Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 20, 2019

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.

Wharton came by her knowledge of America's aristocracy by birth. She was born Edith Jones, daughter of a wealthy family that had made its fortune in...


A24 and Kanopy logos on black background

Thoughtful Entertainment: Kanopy

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kanopy offers Los Angeles Public Library cardholders 24/7 online streaming access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers. We are excited to announce that most recently, Kanopy has acquired over 70+ films from A24.

Portrait of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz

A Week to Remember: Naguib Mahfouz

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 10, 2018

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911. Mahfouz was an Egyptian novelist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first (and still only) Arab writer to receive that honor.

John Stark being cold on an LA beach

Winter is Coming...Or Is It?

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter in Los Angeles is a strange thing if you have grown up with “real winter” elsewhere. Where are the leaves changing colors, the bare winter branches...the snow?

Close-up of Sammy Davis, Jr. performing

Music Friday: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 7, 2018

Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925. Davis was a singer, dancer, and actor whose show business career spanned most of the 20th century.

Gato Barbieri en concierto toca su saxofón bajo luces rojas en el escenario

5 datos interesantes sobre Gato Barbieri

Nicholas Clayton, Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Leandro “Gato” Barbieri fue un músico muy famoso e influyente, considerado como uno de los saxofonistas más importantes del siglo veinte. Empezó tocando el saxofón alto, pero luego cambió al saxofón tenor.

Collage of Shaun Barger and his first novel, Mage Against the Machine

Interview with an Author: Shaun Barger

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Shaun Barger is a Los Angeles-based novelist who detests cold weather, idiot plotting, and fascism. He splits his days between writing, resisting the siren’s call of Hollywood’s eternally mild summer climes, and appeasing a tyrannical three-pound Chihuahua with peanut butter and apple slices.

Bette Davis signs books for fans at a Hollywood book store,1988.

Bette Davis, a Life in One Archival Folder

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The library’s Los Angeles Herald Examiner photo collection spans seven decades, from the mid-1920s to 1989 and is a treasure trove of all things Los Angeles.

three movie posters

Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You - December 2018 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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.

Collage of cookies

A Week to Remember: National Cookie Day

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 3, 2018

December 4 is National Cookie Day.

Man holding vision board

Vision to Success

Literacy Office, Librarian, Saturday, December 1, 2018

Oprah Winfrey did it. Ellen Degeneres did it. Steve Harvey did it, too. Recognizing the power of visualizing their dreams these successful celebrities created vision boards to remind them of their goals. And we all know how things turned out for them!