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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...


rice crispy turkey leg and apple

Children in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving and All Year Long

Lauren Kratz, Children's Librarian, Studio City Branch Library, Saturday, November 17, 2018

Do you want to build your children’s confidence, basic life skills, and encourage them to be a little less picky when trying new foods? Have your children join you in the kitchen!

Singer/songwriter Gordon Lighfoot with his guitar

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Gordon Lightfoot!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 16, 2018

Gordon Lightfoot was born on November 17, 1938. Lightfoot is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, and who is best known for a string of hit records in the 1970s.

Photo of Barb from Crash Space Holding One of Her Creations with DTLA Mini Maker Faire Logo

Meet a Maker: Barb from Crash Space & reDiscover Center

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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

Rendering of the NASA InSight lander on the martian surface.

Mars: We’ve Been Wrong Before

Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Science is a long and occasionally embarrassing process. Take for example the exploration of Mars. From the natural philosophers of ancient times to the InSight Mars Lander heading to Mars today, we always have some idea of what we’ll find on Mars.

Graphic illustration of the great white whale, Moby Dick

A Week to Remember: Moby Dick

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, November 11, 2018

On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States.

Composer Ennio Morricone conducting one of his many music scores.

Music Friday: Happy Birthday, Ennio Morricone!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, November 9, 2018

On November 10, 1928, Ennio Morricone was born. Morricone is the composer of more than 400 film scores and dozens of concert works, and one of the most popular and best-selling film composers of all time.

Robert Masello and his current novel The Night Crossing

Interview with an Author: Robert Masello

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, November 8, 2018

Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer, and bestselling author.

3 Spanish book covers

Lo nuevo en español para niños

Dinorah Pinelo, Senior Librarian, Catalog, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

La Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles te ofrece los libros más leídos y más esperados para niños. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

dtla mini makerfaire logo

Water Computers, Plastic Recyclers, & Earth Air Studies from Space at DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018

Jessica Krill, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, November 6, 2018

DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018 takes place Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our historic Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles.

U. S. participants facing off in opening of chess tourney, Samuel Reshevsky and Robert J. (Bobby) Fischer. July 16, 1966.

A Week to Remember: The World Chess Championship

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, November 5, 2018

On November 9, the World Chess Championship match begins in London. Magnus Carlsen, the reigning champion since 2013, will defend his title against Fabiano Caruana in a 12-game match.