Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team

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The Library’s Haunted History: I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts

October 31, 2018

When you work at Central Library, at some point in your career, you will be taken on a stairwell safety tour which guides you through a maze of long lonely corridors snaking under and around the staff side of our beloved building. When it was my turn, I had to ask, is this place haunted?


Judy Aldrich, 8, receives pumpkin treat from Donna Lewis

What Halloween Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

October 30, 2018

I'll be the first to admit it, Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love everything about it from the spooky atmosphere and dressing up in a costume, to—I confess—all the candy! As an adult and a parent, it's also been a joy to create costumes for my family and take my little ghosties trick or treating.


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Tippecanoe and Libraries, Too

October 15, 2018

When I was a young child, my parents became US citizens. My dad first, and then a few years later my mom. I didn't fully understand what that meant at the time, but I remember them talking about how important it was because now they could vote.


Pictured from left, are Vivian Vance, co-star, holding her Emmy for Best Supporting Actress, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball holding the Best Situation Comedy Emmy

What the Emmy Awards Looked Like In Vintage Los Angeles

September 15, 2018

Who will win, who will "be happy just to be nominated," and who will go home empty-handed? Watch the festivities tonight to find out, but before you do, check out these amazing images from our photo collection of past Emmy award celebrations.


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What Fall Fashions Looked Like 200 Years Ago

September 13, 2018

I love fashion and seeing all the beautiful new clothes and styles coming out for the fall season.


game of thrones book covers with Emmy statue

And the Emmy Goes To...Books!

September 11, 2018

The 70th Annual Emmy Awards will air live Monday, September 17. Will you be watching?


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What Back to School Looked Like in Vintage Los Angeles

August 10, 2018

It's the day lots of adults look forward to, and lots of kids dread. After a summer of fun, it's time to start setting that alarm again, shop for supplies, and go back to school!


This drawing, by Valley Times staff artist Bob Hyde depicts a "hot" dog suffering during the hot Nevada summer.

Beat the Heat at the Library!

August 06, 2018

It's another So Cal scorcher, and you really need somewhere cool to go. Why don't you head over to your local library? We have 73 locations around Los Angeles that function as cooling centers.

Here are five cool things you can do at your library to beat the heat.


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Color the Library With a Free Printable Coloring Sheet

August 02, 2018

National Coloring Book Day is recognized annually on August 2. Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but in the last few years, adults have gotten in on the act, and a whole cottage industry of coloring books for grown-ups have cropped up.


Shaq vs a Shark

Live Every Week Like It's Shark Week

July 23, 2018

Actor Tracy Morgan said, "Live every week like it's Shark Week," but this week is actually Shark Week and it happens to be the 30th anniversary, making it the longest-running cable television event in history!


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