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Weird Al Yankovic
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, October 19, 2018

Musical comedians don't tend to have long careers. Political satirist Tom Lehrer retired after about a decade; folk-singer parodist Allan Sherman's moment in the spotlight lasted for two years. So what are the odds that an accordion-playing clown would still be going strong after more than 40 years? "Weird Al" Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, and his mix of song parodies and polka...


Arm with a tattoo on it

Beyond Butterflies & Barbed Wire: Tattoo Designs That Stand Out

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department, Friday, August 24, 2018

Instagram is a perfectly good place to research tattoo designs, or to find an artist whose work you admire, but it can quickly become a sea of interchangeable infinity symbols, feathers, skulls, anchors, cheesy inspirational quotes, and mistranslated Kanji.

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

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Thursday, August 23, 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!

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A Good Laugh is Great Medicine

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, August 23, 2018

One of the greatest joys of being human is laughter. Laughing not only feels good, but research has found laughter to be good for your physical and mental health. Our Integrative Health Specialist, Dr.

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Lo nuevo en español para niños

Dinorah Pinelo, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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!

3 book covers of LA Times Best Sellers

Check Out L.A.Times Best Sellers for This Week

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh regains the top spot on the Los Angeles Ti

Photo of Juliet McDaniel and her debut novel, Mr. & Mrs. American Pie

Interview with an Author: Juliet McDaniel

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Juliet McDaniel has an M.A. in Writing from DePaul University. Although raised in Arizona, she spent the last 25 years living in Chicago, where she currently resides with her partner and her cats.

Senior reading to a child at the library

5 Great Resources for Seniors at the Library

Guest Blogger, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day at the Library!

Photo of Dorothy Parker with husband Alan Campbell, actor James Cagney and Frances Cagney

A Week to Remember: Dorothy Parker

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, August 20, 2018

Even if you're not familiar with the name Dorothy Parker, you've probably heard some of her most memorable quips.

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What's New This Month on Kanopy

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Friday, August 17, 2018

At the tap of your finger or click of a button, a plethora of streaming award-winning cinema is yours to choose from, anywhere, anytime. Kanopy is the digital resource that showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, 1942-2018

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, August 17, 2018

When I heard the news this morning that Aretha Franklin had died at the age of 76, it occurred to me that she was the most universally loved singer I could think of.