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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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A maple-shaped bottle in front of food items using maple syrup.

A Week to Remember: National Maple Syrup Day

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 16, 2019

December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day, a chance to celebrate the sweet goodness of maple syrup, maple sugar, maple candy, and other products made from the sap of the sugar maple. 


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Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 13, 2019

Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989. Swift is a singer and songwriter who began as a teenage country singer with pop crossover appeal and has become one of the world’s biggest pop stars.


Studio City Children’s Book Club members, with children's librarian Miss Lauren and author Adam Jay Epstein

Children Chatting with Authors Podcast is Live!

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Thursday, December 12, 2019

One evening last year, I was assisting local children’s author Adam Jay Epstein at the reference desk.


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What's Your Type?

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I believe there is one perfect use for every typeface ever drawn, no matter how hideous.—Fred Woodward


4 childrens book covers

Building with Books

Caitlin Quinn, Children's Librarian, Eagle Rock Branch Library, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

“The great thing about architecture is that it’s everywhere,” my father would assert with enthusiasm. He, himself, was a Los Angeles-based architect and it felt nothing short of magical to see his hand-drawn sketches transform over time into three-dimensional spaces.


Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.

A Week to Remember: Emily Dickinson

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 9, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.


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Lo nuevo en español para niños

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, December 6, 2019

La Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles le 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!


French composer, Olivier Messiaen

Music Memories: Olivier Messiaen

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 6, 2019

Olivier Messiaen was born on December 10, 1908. The French composer wrote primarily keyboard and orchestral music, often focused on his two primary devotions—the mysteries of his Catholic faith, and birds.


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Meet a Maker: James Ancheta

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Thursday, December 5, 2019

Ahead of DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2019, we are spotlighting a few of the Makers who will be joining us this Saturday, December 7.


Nicholas Meyer and his latest novel, The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols

Interview With an Author: Nicholas Meyer

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 5, 2019

Nicholas Meyer is an award-winning author, screenwriter and director. His body of creative work in publishing, film and television spans more than five decades.


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