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Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department



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What's Your Type?

December 11, 2019

I believe there is one perfect use for every typeface ever drawn, no matter how hideous.—Fred Woodward

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Beyond Butterflies & Barbed Wire: Tattoo Designs That Stand Out

August 24, 2018

Instagram is a perfectly good place to research tattoo designs, or to find an artist whose work you admire, but it can quickly become a sea of interchangeable infinity symbols, feathers, skulls, anchors, cheesy inspirational quotes, and mistranslated Kanji.

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Dodger Thoughts and Beyond: An Interview with Author Jon Weisman

May 01, 2018

If you're an Angeleno with even a casual interest in the Dodgers, you've probably heard of veteran baseball writer Jon Weisman.

Teen Artists Organize Comics & Cosplay Event in Teen'Scape

May 02, 2016

There are three bulletin boards in Teen’Scape, all covered in artwork that was created by teen patrons who spend time in the department.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Everyone Has the Right To a Healthy Relationship

February 03, 2016

Love is weird. Love is wonderful. Love has as many shapes and forms and expressions as there are people to experience it.

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Get Away @ Your Library

October 22, 2015

Read about teens in cities like Jason Reynolds's The Boy in a Black Suit (New York), suburbs like Brandy Colbert's Pointe (Illinois), or rural areas like Sarah Tomp's My Best Everything (Virginia).

Stand Up for Your Right to Read

Writers Speak Out on the Freedom to Read

September 28, 2015

Ask writers how they feel about challenges to books and the freedom to read, and you will discover that this is something they think about a lot, and in most cases, it’s something they have terrifically strong feelings about.

"It's powerful to see yourself in a book when you're struggling"  —Courtney Summers

Author Courtney Summers on Book Challenges and the Freedom to Read

September 25, 2015

On July 28, Canadian author Courtney Summers’s inbox filled up with messages. Some were from people she knew, some from strangers, but many came from readers over a thousand miles away in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Librarians to Publishers: More Latin@ Books, Please!

September 16, 2015

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, over 1.8 million Hispanic or Latino people live in the City of Los Angeles, or 48.6% of the population.

Beyond "Boy Books"

August 19, 2015

It happens all the time at my library. A parent walks up to me and says, “My son has to read a book for school. He’s in 7th grade. He doesn’t really like reading. Can you recommend something?”