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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...


Colorful collection of ukuleles

See Uke at the Library!

Marc Horton, Children's Librarian, Wilmington Branch Library, Saturday, January 19, 2019

Go ahead, admit it: you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument. Maybe you tried the piano when you were a kid, but it was too hard. Maybe you received a guitar for Christmas one year, but it just collected dust in your closet. Introducing: the ukulele!

The Everly Brothers - Don and Phil Everly

Music Memories: The Everly Brothers

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 18, 2019

On January 19, 1939, Phil Everly was born. Phil and his brother, Don (born February 1, 1937), performed as the Everly Brothers; they were one of the most influential acts of early rock 'n' roll.

newspaper with cartoon men running

Fake News and Trusted Resources

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Thursday, January 17, 2019

With our increasingly connected lives on the internet and social media, it can be more challenging than ever to decipher what is fake news or not. Fake news stories claim to be fact-based reporting, but instead are actually false, misleading or inaccurate.

Jesse Kingsley with two puppets

Take a Tour of Our Puppet Gallery

Central Docents, Central Library, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Children’s Literature Department of Los Angeles Central Library is so vast and awe-inspiring, one of its most fascinating offerings could be easily overlooked.

Men dressed as liquor bottles in the Parade of the Departed during the Prohibition.

A Week to Remember: Prohibition

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, January 14, 2019

On January 16, 1919, five states ratified the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, taking the total number of ratifying states to 38, two more than needed to make the Amendment into law.

Eartha Kitt on her album cover, The Essential Eartha Kitt

Music Memories: Eartha Kitt

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 11, 2019

Eartha Kitt was born on January 17, 1927. Kitt was a singer, dancer, and actress whose unusual voice and striking features kept her in the public eye for more than sixty years.

Cover insert with a drawing of fishing boats by Burroughs student, Keith Robinson

Terminal Education: A Junior High School Yearbook and a Lost Community

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Thursday, January 10, 2019

It's a rare instance when a junior high school yearbook has implications on the social history of a city so when you see it, it’s pretty amazing; the winter 1937 edition of the John Burroughs Junior High School yearbook, Burr, is one such anomaly.

Author Arwen Elys Dayton and her latest book Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Interview With an Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Arwen Elys Dayton is the best-selling author of the Egyptian sci-fi thriller Resurrection and the near-future Seeker Series, set in Scotland and Hon

8 books covers by Haruki Murakami

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, January 7, 2019

Haruki Murakami was born on January 12, 1949. Murakami is a Japanese writer whose blend of Japanese themes, Western genre, and dream-like surrealism has made him one of the most popular writers of recent years.