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Central Library tower on a mosaic collage of Keith Chaffee's blog posts
Tina Lerno, March 05, 2021

One of our most prolific writers for the LAPL Blog will be retiring soon. We thought it might be a fun and fitting send-off, to turn the tables and ask Keith some questions before he rides off into the sunset.


Miriam Matthews, 1920
Kelly Wallace, March 05, 2021

As African American Heritage Month ends and Women’s Heritage Month begins, I’d like to draw attention to Miriam Matthews, the trailblazing librarian whose lifetime of achievements are worthy of celebration in any month.


Collage of films adapted from books
Elizabeth Graney, March 04, 2021

Since the publication of Anne Bradstreet’s book of poems The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up In America in 1650, women have been writing and publishing in America.


Spitzer Image of Star Factory W51 - The star-forming nebula W51 is one of the largest "star factories" in the Milky Way galaxy.
Mona Gilbert, March 02, 2021

Stars have always fascinated mankind. They are included in songs, children’s rhymes, poems, and stories. Stars have always mystified us, but their story has been unfolding throughout the ages. Here are some fun books to explore and learn more about mysterious stars and our universe.


Collage of films adapted from books
Janice Batzdorff, March 01, 2021

Screenwriters for The Dig, Nomadland, White Tiger, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Queen’s Gambit, The Father, One Night in Miami and News of the World are possible award contenders for their adaptations of books and plays.


Betty Crocker through the ages
Tina Princenthal, March 01, 2021

In 1945, Fortune magazine published a list of America’s most popular women. Timeless homemaker Betty Crocker was awarded second place and the title of “First Lady of Food,” following none other than actual First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.


Suzy González and her zine, Xicana Vegan
Angi Brzycki, February 26, 2021

Suzy González is an artist, zinester, curator, and educator based in San Antonio, TX. She has exhibited, attended residencies, and curated exhibits across the country.


Charlotta Bass, Security Pacific National Collection
Nicholas Beyelia, February 26, 2021

Charlotta Bass, a name well known in Los Angeles history circles, has surfaced recently on a national front thanks in part to the ascension of Senator Kamala Harris to the position of Vice President of the United States.


Author Sarah Lagan and her latest novel, Good Neighbor
Daryl M., February 25, 2021

Sarah Langan, a Columbia MFA graduate with an MS in environmental toxicology, is a three-time recipient of the Bram Stoker Award. One of her previous novels, The Keeper, was a New York Times Editors’ Pick.


George Walker on his album George Walker: Great American Concert Music
Alan Westby, February 25, 2021

George Walker was one of America's most honored composers, having had his works performed by every major orchestra in the country, and was the first African-American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.


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