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Suzanne Lummis at the Skirball Center, 5/6/2017 photo by Penelope Torribio
Michael C. Baradi, April 30, 2021

I used to be a Messenger Clerk at the Cahuenga Branch Library many years ago, still undecided about being a librarian.


Young person speaking with enthusiasm in front of his classroom
Mona Gilbert, April 27, 2021

There is power in poetry, as it can relay to others your feelings and what you care about. The world needs more young voices to use their words to bring unity. Here are some poetic selections to explore from a diverse group of voices.


Young girl reading a novel on lush green grass
Mona Gilbert, April 20, 2021

Poetry can be expressed in many ways. Although traditional poetry fills library shelves, so do novels written in verse. This unique style of storytelling encourages intentionality with every written word.


Kevin Young and his book African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song alongside Langston Hughes
Daniel Tures, February 01, 2021

African American History Month begins today; on February 1 we also celebrate the birthday of Langston Hughes, one of the most powerful voices in American poetry.


Colorful graphic of acrostic poems words
Christa Deitrick, August 31, 2020

Here is the last batch of acrostics written by staff members of the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s amazing how a simple exercise like this can add a welcome jot of fun to our daily lives.


Colorful graphic of acrostic poems words
Christa Deitrick, August 27, 2020

Read on for the second batch of astonishing acrostics written by the bards of the Los Angeles Public Library!


Colorful graphic of ccrostic poems words
Christa Deitrick, August 25, 2020

At long last, here is the first batch of acrostic poems written by Los Angeles Public Library staff members. They are as charming and unique as the individuals that penned them. Enjoy, and stay tuned for the next two installments!


Walt Whitman by G. Frank E. Pearsall 1869
Keith Chaffee, June 29, 2020

On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was published. Controversial at the time, Leaves of Grass is now acknowledged as one of the most important American collections of poetry.


photo of visitors at Grand Central Market in Los Angeles
Christa Deitrick, May 29, 2020

We hope you’ve enjoyed the scrumdiddlyumptious poems created by Los Angeles Public Library staff members as part of our celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Thanks for sticking with us all the way to the dessert course!


Famous Chinese cuisine dishes on table
Christa Deitrick, May 26, 2020

Here they are—the last few tankas written by Los Angeles Public Library staffers in celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. It’s not too late to join in the fun by posting your own poem to Instagram.


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