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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...


3 ninos libros

Lo nuevo en español para niños

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Monday, November 4, 2019

La Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles le 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!

author W.E. B. Griffin

A Week to Remember: W. E. B. Griffin

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

W. E. B. Griffin was born on November 10, 1929. Griffin was the author of more than 50 novels, mostly military thrillers that drew upon his own experience in the military. More accurately, it was William E. Butterworth III who was born in 1929; “W. E. B.

girl with headphones looking at a computer

Ponte las pilas

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, November 1, 2019

Es noviembre y a pesar de que todos los estudiantes ya han comenzaron la escuela, decidí escribir este artículo.

musician k.d. lang

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, k. d. lang!

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

k.d. lang was born on November 2, 1961. lang is a singer-songwriter whose music crosses genre lines from country to dance-pop, and an activist on behalf of LGBT and animal rights issues.

Scott Thomas and his latest novel, Violet

Interview With an Author: Scott Thomas

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 31, 2019

Scott Thomas’ debut novel, Kill Creek, is a classic “haunted house” updated for the 21st Century. It is also a love letter to the horror genre, its authors and readers.

A 1890s illustration of an animated moving picture system invented by Émile Reynaud.

A Week to Remember: International Animation Day

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 28, 2019

Since 2002, the International Animated Film Association has celebrated October 28 as International Animation Day. The date was chosen in honor of the 1892 opening of Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre Optique in Paris, which presented the first public showings of motion pictures on film.

Niccolò Paganini, a celebrated Italian violinist, guitarist, and composer

Music Memories: Variations on a Theme by Paganini

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, October 25, 2019

Niccolò Paganini was born on October 27, 1782. Paganini was a composer, primarily of music for violin or guitar, and the most celebrated violinist of his era. Today, we focus one small piece of his music and its influence on 200 years of composers.

Shaun Hamill and his first novel, A Cosmology of Monsters

Interview With an Author: Shaun Hamill

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, October 24, 2019

Shaun Hamill is a native of Arlington, Texas. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in the dark woods of Alabama with his wife, his in-laws, and his dog.

3 childrens book covers

You Can DIY: Book-Inspired Kids’ Costumes for Halloween

Tina Princenthal, Senior Librarian, InfoNow, Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A nightmare more terrifying than you can imagine…the party supply store on the eve of Halloween! The hordes of customers, the cries and screams of fitting-room meltdowns, flimsy costumes at horrifyingly high prices!

Gravestones at New Calvary Cemetery

The Final Farewell—Funerals, Burials, and Memorials in Southern California

Photo Friends, Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Southern Californians have panache. From the clothes they wear to the dishes they cook to the homes they make, they create their own style—often a mixture of tradition and innovation—and show it proudly. This flair for living does not stop once they stop living.