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Author Felice Picano and his latest book
Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, June 18, 2019

Felice Picano is an author whose work includes novels, stories, poetry, non-fiction, memoirs, plays, and film scripts, with international bestsellers and award winners. In Hollywood, he has worked with Cary Grant and director Frank Perry (Mommy Dearest), among others. That story is told in his new novel, Justify My Sins, based on his three decades of experiences as a gay man...


8 album covers of women jazz musicians

Queens of Jazz

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Jazz is one of my favorite music genres. I've been a fan for almost twenty years. For me, it started with listening to my parent's old jazz records on vinyl when I was in high school. Eventually, I moved onto CDs in college and then downloading mp3s.

Comics creators at the North Hollywood library

Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2019

Vince Zalkind, Messenger Clerk, North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library, Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Each year the Young Adult Library Services Association, or YALSA, creates an annotated list of recommended graphic novels appropriate for teen readers. This list is created annually by a mix of both school and public librarians who have backgrounds in graphic novel collection development.

Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol

A Week to Remember: Nikolai Gogol

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, 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.

waffle with syrup and strawberries

Waffles and Froffles for International Waffle Day

Curtis Livingston Edwards, Messenger Clerk, Adult Literacy Services, Friday, March 22, 2019

Cooked right, they’re warm and fluffy, with a glaze of buttery-syrupy goodness and a golden color to get anyone up and running to Denny’s at 2 a.m. Cooked wrong, well, waffles are still pretty delicious.

Musician and songwriter George Benson

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, George Benson!

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

George Benson was born on March 22, 1943. Benson is a guitarist and songwriter; he's best known as a jazz musician, but in the late 1970s and 1980s, he also had considerable success on the pop and R&B charts.

Eleanor Brodie Jones in front of the Hollywood Branch Library

Eleanor Brodie Jones: Hollywood Star Librarian

Tiffney Sanford, Administrative Clerk, Valley Plaza Branch Library, Thursday, March 21, 2019

Since 1872 the Los Angeles Public Library has been home to some very interesting librarians.

hand tinted bird photo

The Lemon Yellow Rays of Spring: Equinox Traditions

Diane Garcia, Children's Librarian, Los Feliz Branch Library, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The hills of Los Angeles blossom in spring. This time of year can make traffic a bit more pleasant as the sun squeezes its lemon-yellow rays onto the mint colored hillsides of our metropolis. In the northern hemisphere, the March equinox marks the beginning of spring.

Tessa Kelso, former City Librarian

Tessa Kelso: Library Hall of Famer

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

As the Los Angeles Public Library celebrates Women’s History Month, it’s appropriate to remember Tessa Kelso, sixth city librarian for Los Angeles (1889-1895).

Author Mary Roach experiences weightlessness on a parabolic flight

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Mary Roach!

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

Mary Roach was born on Mar 20, 1959. Roach writes books about scientific topics that might be offputting but handles her material with a sense of humor that helps readers get past the "ick" factor.

Mallory O’Meara and her debut book, The Lady from The Black Lagoon

Interview With an Author: Mallory O'Meara

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Monday, March 18, 2019

Mallory O’Meara is a film producer and the co-host of the “Reading Glasses” podcast. She is also a lifelong fan of classic horror.