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Music critic Lester Bangs
Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, 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.

Bangs's style was often irreverent and devoted to tearing down the idea that rock stars were special people. He once said that he...


cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows

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, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, 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.

Portrait of Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz

A Week to Remember: Naguib Mahfouz

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 10, 2018

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911. Mahfouz was an Egyptian novelist who was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first (and still only) Arab writer to receive that honor.

John Stark being cold on an LA beach

Winter is Coming...Or Is It?

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter in Los Angeles is a strange thing if you have grown up with “real winter” elsewhere. Where are the leaves changing colors, the bare winter branches...the snow?

Close-up of Sammy Davis, Jr. performing

Music Friday: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 7, 2018

Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925. Davis was a singer, dancer, and actor whose show business career spanned most of the 20th century.

Gato Barbieri en concierto toca su saxofón bajo luces rojas en el escenario

5 datos interesantes sobre Gato Barbieri

Nicholas Clayton, Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Leandro “Gato” Barbieri fue un músico muy famoso e influyente, considerado como uno de los saxofonistas más importantes del siglo veinte. Empezó tocando el saxofón alto, pero luego cambió al saxofón tenor.

Collage of Shaun Barger and his first novel, Mage Against the Machine

Interview with an Author: Shaun Barger

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Shaun Barger is a Los Angeles-based novelist who detests cold weather, idiot plotting, and fascism. He splits his days between writing, resisting the siren’s call of Hollywood’s eternally mild summer climes, and appeasing a tyrannical three-pound Chihuahua with peanut butter and apple slices.

Bette Davis signs books for fans at a Hollywood book store,1988.

Bette Davis, a Life in One Archival Folder

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The library’s Los Angeles Herald Examiner photo collection spans seven decades, from the mid-1920s to 1989 and is a treasure trove of all things Los Angeles.