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Edith Wharton was an American novelist, short story writer, and designer.
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, January 20, 2019

Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1862. Wharton didn't publish her first novel until she was 40, but her stories of the New York social elite at the end of the 19th century made her one of America's most popular and respected novelists.

Wharton came by her knowledge of America's aristocracy by birth. She was born Edith Jones, daughter of a wealthy family that had made its fortune in...


Collage of new films in Kanopy

Great Cinema with Kanopy

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kanopy offers Los Angeles Public Library cardholders 24/7 online streaming access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers. These films are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere.

Author Erin Kelly and her book Hello Universe

Representation Matters: An Interview with Erin Entrada Kelly

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department, Thursday, October 18, 2018

Erin Entrada Kelly, the author of the Newbery Award winning book, Hello Universe, spoke at the Central Library a few months ago as part of our Summer Author Series. Audience members wrote questions for Kelly on index cards.

Documentary films of Frederick Wiseman

A Visit to the Doc: The Frederick Wiseman Collection

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The documentary films of Frederick Wiseman are compelling, thought-provoking, and chilling in their candor. Wiseman led the way in making us look at subject matter we did not necessarily want to look at, even think about.

image of a red white and blue Vote button

Your Country. Your Voice. Your Vote.

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

With the November 6 general election fast approaching, we wanted to share some voter and election resources. For information about upcoming voter events at the library, check out our voter information page.

Author Rebecca Serle and her book, The Dinner List

Interview with an Author: Rebecca Serle

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rebecca Serle is a full-time writer, which means she gets to wear pajamas to work. She went to the University of Southern California, then got her MFA from the New School in NYC.

Portrait of playwright Eugene O'Neill

A Week to Remember: Eugene O'Neill

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, October 15, 2018

Eugene O'Neill was born on October 16, 1888. O'Neill was one of the great American playwrights, a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the recipient of the 1936 Nobel Prize in Literature.

background of vote buttons with the make of California colored by the flag

Tippecanoe and Libraries, Too

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, October 15, 2018

When I was a young child, my parents became US citizens. My dad first, and then a few years later my mom. I didn't fully understand what that meant at the time, but I remember them talking about how important it was because now they could vote.

Cindy Holsey

What a Library Means to Me: Save the Books Essay Contest Winner Now a Librarian

Cindy Holsey, Young Adult Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Saturday, October 13, 2018

It was a typical day in my 11th grade English class, except my teacher offered a rare extra credit opportunity—to write a 100-word essay on the topic, "What a Library Means to Me." She explained that our essays would be submitted to the "Save the Books" essay contest, part of an effort to raise f

firefighters climbing ladder with equipment

Video: Firsthand Accounts of the Central Library Fire and Recovery

Neale Stokes, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the LA Central Library reopening seven years after a catastrophic fire in 1986. In this short film, three people who were at the fire share their memories of the fire and the effort to recover and rebuild.

book covers from 1993

Technology Graveyard: What a Difference 25 Years Make

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, October 12, 2018

The Science, Technology & Patents Department is participating in the Central Library Reopening 25th Anniversary celebration with a display of Science Department materials published in 1993.