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Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, March 24, 2019

Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809. Gogol wrote mostly short stories and plays. He is generally thought of as the first great Russian realist, but his stories often contain elements of the surreal and the bizarre, occasionally leaning into horror.

Gogol was born in what is now Ukraine, and was raised speaking both Russian and Ukrainian. He was exposed to the theatrical world from a...


Mark Greenside and his latest book (Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living

Interview With an Author: Mark Greenside

Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, Friday, February 22, 2019

Brooklyn-born Mark Greenside is the author of the short-story collection, I Saw a Man Hit His Wife, a novella, The Night at the End of the Tunnel or Isaia

Five women pose in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1968

The Personal Side of History – Shades of L.A.: African American Community

Photo Friends, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Over 25 years ago, while organizing the photo collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, librarian Carolyn Kozo Cole found many photos that documented the city’s political and professional history—political rallies, building construction, front page stories—but few images showing the personal

A table of herbs and spices

Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Herbs and spices have been used to improve and maintain health by people around the world for thousands of years. Adding some spice to your life enhances not just your food, but also your overall well-being.

Graphic collage of American novelist Jonathan Lethem and two of his books Gun, with Occasional Music and The Feral Detective

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Lethem!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jonathan Lethem was born on February 19, 1964. Lethem is a writer of novels, short stories, and essays; his work moves freely among genres, from science fiction to detective stories.

Photos of African-American composers of classical music

Music Memories: African-American Classical Composers

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, February 15, 2019

February is African-American History Month, so this week, we look at the work of several African-American composers of classical music.

Kiss cam hearts around a couple kissing

A Kiss Cam View of Vintage Los Angeles

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ah Valentine's Day! The day to celebrate romantic love.

For some, it's a day of love and kisses to look forward to with your sweetheart, for others, well, not so much.

Collage of featured books on the map of United States

Reading the Map: A Celebration of African American Stories Across the United States

Diane Garcia, Children's Librarian, Los Feliz Branch Library, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Black History Month is a time to remember the contributions that African Americans have left on our country and world. This year’s theme, Black Migrations, explores the impact the African diaspora has made around the globe.

man looking at statistics on a computer

Welcome to the RAND State Statistics Database

Greg Reynolds, Librarian III, Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Department, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Are you a student, journalist, researcher, or policy maker looking for statistics or data to support your position or argument? Are you unsure of where to find your data?

Writer Richard Ford

A Week to Remember: Richard Ford

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, February 11, 2019

Richard Ford was born on February 16, 1944. Ford is a writer of novels and short stories; his best-known work is his series of books about former sportswriter Frank Bascombe.

Film composer John Williams

Music Memories: John Williams

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, February 8, 2019

John Williams was born on February 8, 1932. Williams is a composer whose movie themes are instantly recognizable. In his sixty-year career, Williams has received 3 Emmys, 24 Grammys, and 5 Academy Awards. He's been nominated for the Academy Award 51 times, second only to Walt Disney.