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Collage of different types of soup
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...


3 Spanish books

Lo nuevo en español: 10 libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Los libros en español más leídos y más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

book covers of three of the movies coming out in December

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Here in L.A. we had a wet Thanksgiving and we probably won’t have a white Christmas, but we can still take part in that old tradition—big-budget holiday movies.

The holiday tree in the Central Library Rotunda

Ornament Making in the Octavia Lab

Vi Ha, Librarian III, Octavia Lab, Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Each December we face a design challenge of decorating a 15-foot noble fir tree in the Central Library’s rotunda.

postcard of the Cawston Ostrich farm

For the Birds: Edwin Cawston and the Farm That Invigorated Los Angeles

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Tuesday, December 3, 2019

For someone who only spent about 25 years in Los Angeles, Edwin Cawston made a lasting impression on the cultural history of our great city and he did so through, of all things, a farm.

Author Joseph Conrad

A Week to Remember: Joseph Conrad

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 2, 2019

Joseph Conrad was born on December 3, 1857. Conrad wrote in English, a language he didn’t learn until he was in his twenties, and still became one of the most acclaimed novelists of his era.

members at a book club, man with a blue mustache

Noname Selections at LAPL

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Sunday, December 1, 2019

We are excited to partner with Noname's Book Club to keep you up to date in finding all the selections free of charge.

Billy Strayhorn is a jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.

Music Memories: Billy Strayhorn

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Saturday, November 30, 2019

Billy Strayhorn was born on November 29, 1915. Strayhorn was a jazz composer and arranger who spent most of his career as Duke Ellington’s creative partner.

Rin Chupeco and her new novel The Never Titling World

Interview With an Author: Rin Chupeco

Kelli Lowers, Young Adult Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Rin Chupeco has written obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and done many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fantastic worlds but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant.

Bruce posing in workshop

Meet a Maker: Bruce Dominguez and Call to Adventure

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Monday, November 25, 2019

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

Author Louisa May Alcott and her enduring work Little Women

A Week to Remember: Louisa May Alcott

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 25, 2019

Louisa May Alcott was born on November 29, 1832. Alcott was a writer of novels and short stories whose most enduring work is Little Women, the story of the four March sisters and their journey from childhood to adulthood.