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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...


Collage of Pink Floyd's album The Wall

Music Friday: Pink Floyd's The Wall

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 30, 2018

Pink Floyd's concept album/rock opera The Wall was released on November 30, 1979. It was an enormous success; it spent 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, and it was the best-selling album of 1980.

Andrew McGregor working on a project with DTLA Mini Maker Faire logo

Interview with a Maker: Andrew McGregor

Jessica Krill, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, November 29, 2018

Andrew McGregor is one of over 100 Makers joining us at DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018 this Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

California native garden

Let’s Plant California Natives!

Julia G, Librarian, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

We think of springtime as the season for planting gardens, but that’s not the case here in Southern California, where summers can be scorching and rains only come in the winter. Here in L.A. County, November and December are the perfect time to start a garden.

3 book covers of LA Times Best Sellers

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

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Monday, November 26, 2018

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!

Kings playing hockey, 1964

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, National Hockey League!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 26, 2018

The National Hockey League was formed on November 26, 1917. The "National" was originally a reference to Canada, where the first organized hockey leagues were created in the 1880s.

Spanish composer Manuel de Falla

Music Friday: Manuel de Falla

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 23, 2018

Manuel de Falla was born on November 23, 1876. Falla was one of the most important Spanish composers of the early 20th century. His music was strongly influenced by flamenco and other music of Andalusia, the region of southern Spain where Falla was born.

James Paul Ancheta holding a book in the library stacks with DTLA Mini Maker Faire Logo

Meet a Maker: Fashion Designer James Paul Ancheta

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ahead of DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018 we are spotlighting a few of the Makers who will be joining us December 1.

kids with their LAPlays backpacks

¡Juguemos a leer!

Lupita Leyva, Senior Librarian, Robert Louis Stevenson Branch Library, Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hoy en día se reconoce que es de suma importancia que mamá, papá o las personas que los cuiden les lean a los niños, empezando desde su nacimiento.

Graphic collage of Abraham Lincoln and his written copy of the Gettysburg Address

A Week to Remember: The Gettysburg Address

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 19, 2018

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief speech at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Gettysburg Address has become one of the best-known speeches in American history.

telephones ringing off the hook with read background

Don’t Fear the Ringer: Keeping Yourself Safe From Telephone Scammers

InfoNow Department, Central Library, Monday, November 19, 2018

Picture this—you’re sitting at home when the phone suddenly rings. Thirty years ago, nobody would have hesitated to pick up. Whoever was calling probably had a good reason, whether it was family or friends, local businesses, or even emergency services.