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


One Night in Miami movie poster

One Night in Miami: The History and Los Angeles Stories Behind the Film

February 22, 2021

On February 25, 1964, 22-year-old boxer Cassius Clay defeated the heavily favored Sonny Liston to win the heavyweight boxing title in Miami Beach, Florida.

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The Queen's Gambit and the Unexpectedly Thrilling and Glamorous World of Chess

December 08, 2020

Since debuting on Netflix in October, The Queen’s Gambit has become the streaming service’s number-one show and its most-watched limited scripted series ever. It’s been responsible for a surge in chess set purchases and new memberships in online chess programs.

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In the Cards: Tarot for Connection, Reflection, and Inspiration

August 18, 2020

I remember when tarot cards would come out at parties at my house, back when I had parties at my house.

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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. And we all deserve better than that, right?

Sandy Koufax at the pitch

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.