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Collage of American poet Emily Dickinson and her letters, poems and pressed flowers.
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, December 9, 2019

Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830. Her poetry was virtually unknown during her lifetime, but today, Dickinson is considered one of America’s most important literary figures.

She was born into a prominent family in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her father served in the state legislature, and for two years in the United States House of Representatives. Dickinson was a fine student,...

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Johnny Mathis

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Johnny Mathis!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, September 27, 2019

Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935. Mathis is best known as an interpreter of romantic ballads, but in his 60-year career, he’s recorded in a wide range of musical styles—standards and show tunes, jazz, country, Latin, tropical, and R&B.


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Aloha After Dark: First All-Volunteer Recognition Event

Jené Brown, Principal Librarian, Thursday, September 26, 2019

For the first time, the Los Angeles Public Library invited all of its volunteers to a single recognition event at Central Library: Aloha after Dark.


Laura Lacámara

LA Libros Fest: Interview With Laura Lacámara

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, September 26, 2019

Cuban-American Laura Lacámara is the award-winning author and illustrator of Dalia’s Wondrous Hair, a bilingual picture book about a clever girl who transfor


Yesika Salgado

LA Libros Fest: Interview With Yesika Salgado

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city, and her brown body. Salgado is a four time member of Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team, and a 2017 and 2018 National Poetry Slam finalist.


Naibe Reynoso

LA Libros Fest: Interview With Naibe Reynoso

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Multiple-Emmy and AP Award-winning Journalist Naibe Reynoso has been working both in front of and behind the camera for more than 20 years. Her bilingual background includes investigative reporting, hosting, entertainment reporting, radio, and TV production.


Jennifer Torres

LA Libros Fest: Interview With Jennifer Torres

Anna Avalos, Senior Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Jennifer Torres is the author of The Fresh New Face of Griselda; Stef Soto, Taco Queen


photo of Wilshire Boulevard looking towards Bullock's Wilshire

Art Meets Commerce: The Bullocks Wilshire Building at 90

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Tuesday, September 24, 2019

In a city where no structure is guaranteed permanence, the iconic Bullocks Wilshire building turns an astounding 90 years old this week.


Alonso Núñez & Rochelle Newman

LA Libros Fest: Interview With Alonso Núñez & Rochelle Newman (Bilingual)

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, September 23, 2019

Alonso Núñez es un escritor mexicano—¡mexicanísimo! Lo primero que hizo al nacer fue dar el grito. Luego creció y, como no servía para los deportes, tuvo que ponerse a estudiar.


pumpkin spice bottles on a spice blend background

Pumpkin Spice-Up Everything!

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, September 23, 2019

It's that time of year—fall, aka autumn, aka pumpkin spice season!


Author Jane Smiley

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Jane Smiley!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, September 23, 2019

Jane Smiley was born on September 26, 1949. Smiley is best known as a novelist, but has also written several nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, and is a frequent contributor to essay collections.


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