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Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, 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.

Gogol was born in what is now Ukraine, and was raised speaking both Russian and Ukrainian. He was exposed to the theatrical world from a...


Engelbert Humperdinck and an illustration of his opera Hänsel und Gretel

Music Friday: Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 21, 2018

Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hänsel und Gretel was first performed on December 23, 1893, in Weimar, Germany.

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LAPL Reads: Best of 2018

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, LAPL Reads presents the best books of the year selected by our staff. Since 2011 we have shared our recommendations. You will find a little bit of everything including books by writers whose works you might not be aware of, but definitely deserve attention.

Author Stuart Turton and his debut novel, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Interview With an Author: Stuart Turton

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Stuart Turton is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife and daughter.

Collage of the Ghost of Christmas Present and Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' 1st Edition book, A Christmas Carol and the 1999 movie

A Week to Remember: A Christmas Carol

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 17, 2018

Charles Dickens' novella A Christmas Carol was published on December 19, 1843.

Child and adult with woodworking equipment at DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018

DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018: An Incredible Success in the Books

Jessica Krill, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, December 15, 2018

Spanning 6 hours and attracting over 8,100 attendees on December 1, we declare DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018 a whopping success!

Music critic Lester Bangs

Music Friday: Lester Bangs and Writing About Music

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 14, 2018

Lester Bangs was born on December 14, 1948. Bangs wrote about popular music, and he was one of the most influential music critics of the 1970s. He wrote for Rolling Stone, Creem, The Village Voice, and a variety of other magazines.

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Cuckoo For Cocoa

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13 is National Cocoa Day. Don't confuse it with Hot Chocolate Day, which is its own holiday and celebrated on January 31. I thought they were the same thing but after a bit of research realized the terms are used interchangeably, and they are actually two different beverages!

3 Spanish book covers

Lo nuevo en español para niños

Dinorah Pinelo, Senior Librarian, Catalog, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

La Biblioteca Pública de Los Ángeles te 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 2018 top ten books

My Favorite Books of 2018

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Season’s Readings everyone!

A24 and Kanopy logos on black background

Thoughtful Entertainment: Kanopy

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Kanopy offers Los Angeles Public Library cardholders 24/7 online streaming access to the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers. We are excited to announce that most recently, Kanopy has acquired over 70+ films from A24.