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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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Protesters in front of Pandora’s Box, Herald Examiner Collection, photo dated November 20, 1966

Pandora's Box

Steven Kilgore, Administrative Clerk, Special Collections & Digitization, Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Sunset Strip curfew riots, popularly known as the “hippie riots,” exploded on November 12, 1966 and lasted through December of 1966. The counterculture youth protest was a reaction to perceived authoritarian overreach, and an exercise in civil rights by Los Angeles youth.


a pow wow in liberty park

Celebrate Culture Anytime, Anywhere: Native American Heritage Electronic Resources

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Friday, November 22, 2019

Looking for a new way to increase your knowledge of Native Americans' rich cultural traditions? You can access several electronic resources 24/7 for free with your library card.


Randy Newman, singer-songwriter and composer of film scores

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Randy Newman!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 22, 2019

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943. Newman is a singer-songwriter and composer of film scores, capable of writing both darkly ironic songs and lush orchestral Americana.


Author Christine Feret-Fleury and her latest novel, The Girls Who Reads on the Metro

Interview With an Author: Christine Feret-Fleury

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 21, 2019

Christine Feret-Fleury is an author based in France.


an ostrich and Big Bird

Battle of the Big Birds...

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ostriches versus Turkeys. That age-old problem. (Is it? Well, for this blog post, the answer is yes). Which big bird do we Angelenos love more? And I'm not talking just in the looks department; both make for good eating.


Indians accept proclamation

Native American Heritage Month - Images From the Collection

Photo Friends, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

November is Native American Heritage Month. The land that now constitutes California once housed the most diverse population of indigenous people in the Western hemisphere, with 150 different Native American tribes inhabiting the area.


Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic, Margaret Atwood

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Margaret Atwood!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 18, 2019

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic best known for her 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.


a boy and a bear in a painted wood

Take a Hike!

Caitlin Quinn, Children's Librarian, Eagle Rock Branch Library, Saturday, November 16, 2019

Los Angeles is saturated with sunshine something close to 300 days a year with an equally impressive number of hiking trails from Malibu Creek State Park to Burbank’s Wildwood Canyon.


Songwriter, Johnny Mercer

Music Memories: Johnny Mercer

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

Johnny Mercer was born on November 18, 1909. For a quarter-century, Mercer was one of America’s most successful songwriters, writing more than 1,200 songs; he was primarily a lyricist, but occasionally wrote the music as well.


Clay McLeod Chapman and his latest novel, The Remaking

Interview With an Author: Clay McLeod Chapman

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the storytelling session The Pumpkin Pie Show and the author of Rest Area,


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