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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...


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Canciones románticas para San Valentín

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, February 8, 2019

Celebra el día del amor y la amistad con esta selección de canciones románticas de ayer y hoy que encontramos en Freegal Music. ¿No sabes qué es Freegal?

Graphic header of organizational books superimpose within an outline of a house.

Organize Your Home and Your Life

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, February 7, 2019

Start 2019 by organizing your home and your life. If you do not know how to start, the Los Angeles Public Library has many books that can help you.

Collage of Adult Literary program volunteers

Spring Spotlight on Adult Literacy

Megan Katz, Librarian, Office of Education and Literacy, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Looking for a way to contribute to your community? Consider becoming an adult literacy volunteer with the Los Angeles Public Library! Statistics show that an estimated 33% of the adult residents of Los Angeles lack basic prose literacy skills.

French novelist Amanda Sthers

Interview With an Author: Amanda Sthers

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Amanda Sthers was born in Paris and now lives in Los Angeles. She is the bestselling author of ten novels, and her debut English-language film, Madame, was released in America in 2018.

Classic Poetry or the Book of Songs written in traditional Chinese characters against a Chinese painting.

Chinese Classic Poetry Verses - Part One

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ancient Chinese classic poems are complex works of art. As far back as 3,000 years ago, Chinese poets composed the beautiful work called Book of Songs and Elegies of the South. They later created more splendid poetry during the Tang and Song dynasties.

William Crawford, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay

A Week to Remember: The Election of 1824

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, February 4, 2019

On February 9, 1825, the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams to be the sixth President of the United States, after no candidate had received a majority of votes in the Electoral College.

Left to right: Ram's player Eric Dickerson (#29), and David Hill (#81) give each other a "high-five" at the end of a winning game.

Super Bowl XIV

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Friday, February 1, 2019

There will be a small sporting event played in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3, matching the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. You may have heard of it.

Singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson

Music Memories: "The Day the Music Died"

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, February 1, 2019

In the early morning of February 3, 1959, singers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. The tragedy would later become known as "the day the music died."

2019 Youth Media Award Winners

2019 Youth Media Award Winners

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Is there a collective name for a group of librarians? How about a Catalog of Librarians! Well, that was surely the case on a brisk Monday morning in Seattle Washington, where the librarian equivalent of the Oscar awards was held.

3 movie posters

Read It First! Movie Adaptations in Theaters This Month

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, January 31, 2019

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.