Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library

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Orhan Pamuk sitting in a big gold chair

Born June 7: Orhan Pamuk

June 07, 2022

On June 7, 1952, Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul. He is Turkey’s most celebrated author, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006.

Miles Davis on his album covers, Kind of Blue and Birth of The Cool

Music Memories: Miles Davis

May 26, 2022

On May 26th, 1926, Miles Davis was born. He would revolutionize jazz several times over as a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.

Collage of Jewish musicians. Photos from tessa.lapl.org

Jewish Rock That Really Rocks

May 25, 2022

Jews rock! You know it even if you don’t know it.

Collage of albums by African Americans available on Freegal and hoopla

Celebrate African American History Month With Great Music on hoopla and Freegal

February 18, 2022

February is African American History Month, but every month is a good month to celebrate African American history and culture, and what better place to do so than your local library!

record wall with a giant Rudolph ornament in front

Groove up Your Holiday With These Freegal Super Sounds

December 10, 2021

The temperature has plunged below 82. You’ve switched from cold brew to hot coffee and you’re thinking about putting on a sweater. Lights twinkle from the palm trees along the boulevards… the Kings are battling the Ducks out on the Staples Center ice… it’s holiday time once again in the Southland!

Oscar Zeta  Acosta, Las Vegas 1971

The Brown Buffalo and the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles

October 13, 2021

One of the most colorful figures of the Chicano Movement of the late 60s and early 70s was Oscar Zeta Acosta, a.k.a. the Brown Buffalo. A radical, hard-living lawyer and activist, Acosta helped lead the East L.A.

Collage of books about volcanic eruptions of Mount Vesuvius and Karkatoa

Mountains of August Doom: Vesuvius and Krakatoa

August 24, 2021

Two of history’s most terrifying volcanic eruptions took place in August: Mount Vesuvius, on August 24-25 in 79 A.D., and Krakatoa, on August 26-27 in 1883. Each blasted colossal volumes of burning ash and rock high into the atmosphere and killed thousands of people for miles around.

the Eiffel tower with fireworks

Bonne Fête Nationale!

July 14, 2021

July 14 is the French national holiday, marking the date in 1789 when a Parisian mob stormed the Bastille, officially kickstarting the French Revolution—the first of many, but certainly the most notable. As Louis XVI asked the Duc de la Rochefoucauld at the time, Is it a revolt?

Portrait of Alan Mathison Turing

Born June 23: Alan Turing

June 23, 2021

Alan Turing was born June 23, 1912, in London. He was an extraordinary man well ahead of his time, who was recognized early on as a genius by his peers.

Collage of albums by LGBTQIA artists

Queer Up Your Stereo! Underground Music by LGBTQIA Artists

June 16, 2021

Ever since the Stonewall riots brought the struggle for queer rights and representation to the forefront in June of 1969, June has been celebrated as LGBTQIA Pride Month.