The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024, in observance of Memorial Day.

Christopher Taylor, Adult Librarian, Mark Twain Branch Library

Author Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem on "The Collapsing Frontier"

March 19, 2024

Jonathan Lethem is a writer of short stories, novels, essays, and the occasional song.

Taylor lorenz and Brian Merchant

Podcast: Taylor Lorenz and Brian Merchant in Conversation

December 04, 2023

From a 19th-century worker rebellion against automation to the unlikely origins of social media, join us for a far-reaching discussion into technology, people, and power with authors Brian Merchant and Taylor Lorenz in a celebration of their newly published books.

Oprah and background collage of selected books from her book club

Happy Birthday Oprah Winfrey!

January 28, 2023

Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

	 Officials presenting the old courthouse clock to the Los Angeles County Museum on March 2, 1936.

Daylight Saving Time: Keep or Toss?

November 29, 2022

Fall officially begins with the autumnal equinox, which fell on September 22nd this year, but it is with the end of Daylight Saving Time that Fall kicks into high gear. Time is interrupted and abruptly travels backward; under the shadow of the night, 2 a.m. mysteriously becomes 1 a.m.

Martin Scorsese at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Happy Birthday Martin Scorsese: From Gangster Epics to Film Preservation

November 17, 2022

Martin Scorsese, born November 17th, 1942 turns 80 years old today. Known as Marty to his pals, he is one of North America’s most well-known directors.

Portrait of Mike Davis against an enlarged, posterized image of his book, City of Quartz

Mike Davis (1946 - 2022)

October 28, 2022

On Tuesday, October 25, Mike Davis, the towering left-wing polemicist, passed away at his home in San Diego at the age of 76.