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Book covers of delicious Asian Pacific food and cooking

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - Food and Cooking

May 27, 2020

Asia is the largest continent in the world, with over 40 sovereign states and territories. The boundaries between the European and Asian continents are not so easily defined. Many countries have cuisines and methods of cooking that go back centuries.


Book collage for Asian Pacific American Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 16, 2020

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month which was officially designated and signed into law in 1992.

Library of Congress defines the geographic areas of the world as the following:


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Flash Fiction: Telling the Whole Story in 1500 Words or Less

April 15, 2020

If you are having trouble staying focused these days, you’re not alone. Your concentration may not be what it was, so this is a good time for flash fiction, a genre of very, very, very short stories.


Planting tomatoes

Grow Something: Gardening Indoors or Outdoors

April 13, 2020

You do not need a “green thumb” to be a successful gardener. Start small, with one plant. Pick the most forgiving plants; ones that take a lot of water (such as pothos, ivy, spider plant), or ones that need hardly any water (such as a cactus or succulent).


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Daring Women: On Foot, on a Camel, in the Sky, on a Bicycle...

March 31, 2020

As Women’s History Month ends, we would like to offer you a few e-books and e-audiobooks about intrepid, adventurous women who traveled for the sheer joy of doing something different, to escape from others, to see the world, or to take on a challenge.


best of 2019 books wrapped up in a bow

LAPL Reads: Best of 2019

December 19, 2019

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at Central Library and the 72 branches, we are pleased to present the best books of 2019 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations.


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Tortured, Jailed, Exiled, Censored, But Not Silenced

September 21, 2019

Over the centuries, various forms of expression have been banned or destroyed, and their creators have been censored, imprisoned, tortured, killed, exiled.


Two champage classes with body of water in background

Some Bubbly to Ring in 2019

December 29, 2018

Champagne is a sparkling wine served on festive special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, or to ring in a new year), and to christen boats and ships (military or pleasure). Champagne has a legendary history and a certain cachet.


best of 2018 books wrapped up in a bow

LAPL Reads: Best of 2018

December 19, 2018

As 2018 comes to an end, LAPL Reads presents the best books of the year selected by our staff. Since 2011 we have shared our recommendations. You will find a little bit of everything including books by writers whose works you might not be aware of, but definitely deserve attention.


Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde

Good Gals Gone Bad, Gone Good...Maybe

November 01, 2018

The TV serialization of two novels, Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies, has brought attention to a new crop of novels. They are edgy, psychological, thriller, suspense stories with distinct characteristics.


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