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A stack of books related to the immigrant experience
Wendy Westgate, Librarian, Exploration & Creativity Department, February 19, 2020

In the spring of 2020, Los Angeles Public Library will host a series of five book discussion programs focusing on the immigrant experience. The Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups for Public Libraries is a program in which librarians arrange reading groups to discuss three books of Yiddish literature in translation, and one book related to an immigrant community served by...


Author Eve Babitz

Eve Babitz and the Hollywood Library

Angi Brzycki, Librarian III, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Novelist and essayist Eve Babitz grew up in Hollywood. Her work focuses on essay memoirs centered in Los Angeles, particularly in the sixties and early seventies.

Ruth Rendell was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

A Week to Remember: Ruth Rendell

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Sunday, February 16, 2020

Ruth Rendell was born on February 17, 1930. Under her own name and the pseudonym Barbara Vine, Rendell wrote more than sixty police procedurals and psychological thrillers.

John Adams, American composer works on his composition.

Music Memories: John Adams

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, February 14, 2020

John Adams was born on February 15, 1947. Adams is one of America’s most popular classical composers, best known for his operas and orchestral music.

Ryan La Sala and his debut novel, Reverie

Interview With an Author: Ryan La Sala

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ryan La Sala grew up in Connecticut, but only physically.

three examples of romance book cover art featuring couples embracing passionately

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Steamy Romance Cover Art

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 12, 2020

One of the coolest things about working at the Central Library is getting to be around our amazing collection. We have amassed quite a few books since we opened our doors in 1926—the Fiction collection alone boasts over 375,000 titles!

3 new book covers

Check These Out! Titles to Look for at the Library

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

At Check These Out!, each month you will find a few recently published or upcoming titles that are worth “checking out” from the library.

Author Jerry Craft and his book New Kid

Comics Are For Everyone

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

I love comics and graphic novels and have been reading them since, well, forever.

Thomas Edison holding the electric light bulb.

A Week to Remember: Thomas Edison

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, February 10, 2020

Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847. One of the most prolific inventors in history, Edison created the phonograph, the electric light bulb, and the motion picture camera.

cover of three of the books featured on the blog posts

Read It First! Oscars Edition

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, February 8, 2020

Fictional characters, run for the hills! Or better yet, stay home. Oscar is falling all over himself to fawn on biopics. The biopic (a biographical film based on the life of a public or historical figure) has always been Oscar bait.

Jerry Goldsmith conducting his film score

Music Memories: Jerry Goldsmith

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, February 7, 2020

Jerry Goldsmith was born on February 10, 1929. Goldsmith was a film and television composer who scored almost 200 films in his 50-year career.