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From all of us at the library, thank you Keith, for your years of informatitive and creative writing!
Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, March 5, 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.

First of all, can you tell our readers about your career with the library? How long have you worked for us, and when did you start writing for the blog?

I started at...


Betty Crocker through the ages

Better With Betty: The Perfect Homemaker That Never Existed

Tina Princenthal, Senior Librarian, InfoNow, Monday, March 1, 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

Interview With Zine Maker: Suzy González

Angi Brzycki, Librarian III, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Friday, 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

"I Promise I Will Do My Best": The Integrity of Charlotta Bass

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Friday, 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.

George Walker on his album George Walker: Great American Concert Music

George Walker: African-American Composer

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, 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.

Author Sarah Lagan and her latest novel, Good Neighbor

Interview With an Author: Sarah Langan

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, 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.

twin peaks album cover

Diane: It's Twin Peaks Day

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fans of David Lynch’s cult 1990-91 primetime television show celebrate February 24 as Twin Peaks Day—the day FBI Agent Dale Cooper comes to town to investigate the death of Laura Palmer.

Artwork from the album Black Messiah

Mining Gold From The Music Stream: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah

Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk, Silver Lake Branch Library, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Compared at the time of its release to Sly & The Family Stone’s masterpiece There’s A Riot Goin’ On, The Beach Boys’ near-mythical epic

Panteha Abareshi

Interview With Artist Panteha Abareshi

Hilda Guerrero, Librarian, Science, Technology, & Patents Department , Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Panteha Abareshi is an L.A. based artist whose work hones in on chronic illness and disability. Abareshi lives in a body that coexists with sickle cell zero beta thalassemia and their performance-based work reflects the complexities that come with experiencing a body with chronic illness.

Young girl building an electronic device

21st Century Kids: Inventors & Innovators

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What sparks inventors to create? One can say the ability for inventive thinking is not out of reach. Innovation flourishes when an individual possesses strong problem-solving skills, an active imagination, and has the ability to see possibilities.

One Night in Miami movie poster

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

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