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Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department

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Farewell, Haiku Friday! It’s Time to Chow Down on the Final Poems About Your Favorite Food

May 29, 2020

We hope you’ve enjoyed the scrumdiddlyumptious poems created by Los Angeles Public Library staff members as part of our celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Thanks for sticking with us all the way to the dessert course!


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Sayonara, Tanka Tuesday! Here Is the Last Batch of Tanka Poems About Your Favorite Food

May 26, 2020

Here they are—the last few tankas written by Los Angeles Public Library staffers in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. It’s not too late to join in the fun by posting your own poem to Instagram.


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Happy Haiku Friday! Here’s Another Batch of Poems About Your Favorite Food

May 22, 2020

As we head into Memorial Day Weekend and the feasting that often involves, consider this latest group of poems as your appetizer.


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Hey Everybody, It’s Tanka Tuesday! Here Is a Brand-new Batch of Poems About Your Favorite Food

May 19, 2020

As part of our celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Los Angeles Public Library staffers were challenged to write a haiku or tanka poem about their favorite food. We unveiled the first group of haikus last Friday, and now it’s tanka time!


photo collage with ramen soup, cappuccino and baguette bread

Hang Onto Your Hashbrowns—it’s Haiku Friday! Time to Enjoy the First Batch of Haikus About Your Favorite Food

May 15, 2020

Last week we threw out a new poetry prompt for the month of May, asking Los Angeles Public Library staff to write a poem about their favorite food or dish.


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Riding Off Into the Sunset: Final Odes to My First Car

April 30, 2020

It’s the last day of National Poetry Month, and what better way to close it out than by sharing the final batch of poems Los Angeles Public Library staff members wrote in honor of their first cars?


old red compact car in bad shape

Shifting Into Second Gear: More Odes to My First Car

April 23, 2020

Welcome to the penultimate batch of affectionate, exasperated, and always entertaining poems written by our staff about their first car. We threw down the challenge last week as part of National Poetry Month, and the response was automatic!


1980 Ford Fiesta

Odes to My First Car

April 16, 2020

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we gave Los Angeles Public Library staffers a poetry prompt—Write an Ode to Your First Car—and the response was Fast and Furious!


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From Lewis Carroll to John Lennon: The Irrational Magic of Nonsense Verse

April 06, 2020

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, nonsense verse is defined as “humorous or whimsical verse that differs from other comic verse in its resistance to any rational or allegorical interpretation.


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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Steamy Romance Cover Art

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!


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