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Central Library tower on a mosaic collage of Keith Chaffee's blog posts
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...

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4 award winning books from African American authors

African American Heritage Month Book Talk: Part II

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Monday, February 22, 2021

February is African American Heritage Month and we are celebrating with book recommendations from the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department collection throughout the month. Titles in this two-part series may be just published or returned to the spotlight during this special month.


Las estafas de inmigración

Evite las estafas de inmigración

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, February 22, 2021

Las estafas de inmigración son muy comunes y por ello es importante que usted se mantenga informado para evitar convertirse en víctima.


Author Victoria Gosling and her debut novel, Before the Ruins

Interview With an Author: Victoria Gosling

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Friday, February 19, 2021

Victoria Gosling grew up in Wiltshire, England, and studied English Literature at Manchester University. She is the founder of The Reader Berlin, hosting salon nights in Berlin and writers’ retreats in Greece and Italy. She also organizes The Berlin Writing Prize.


Collage of HOWdunit books

HOWdunit: The Locked Room Mystery

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Thursday, February 18, 2021

A man is alone in a room, locked so that no one else can enter. When the door is opened, he is found dead, murdered in a way that would have required the presence of a killer—he’s been shot, perhaps, or stabbed.


Linsey Davis is an Emmy Award winning ABC News Correspondent and bestseller author of the children’s books

Interview With Emmy Award Winning ABC News Correspondent and Children’s Author Linsey Davis

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Thursday, February 18, 2021

Linsey Davis is an Emmy Award winning ABC News Correspondent, filing reports for World News, Good Morning America, 20/20 and Nightline and she is also a bestselling author of the children’s books


Robot on the beach surrounded by ladies in bathing suits

We Are the Robots!

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Happy birthday robots! The word "robot" is now 100 years old, as first introduced in Karel Čapek’s dystopian play R.U.R.


Author Anne Youngson and her latest novel, The Narrowboat Summer

Interview With an Author: Anne Youngson

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Anne Youngson is retired and lives in Oxfordshire. She has two children and three grandchildren to date. Her debut novel, Meet Me at the Museum, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.


Group of medical profession heroes

21st Century Kids: Celebrate Everyday Heroes

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Can you think of a hero in your life? It might be a relative you strongly admire or the neighbor next door who works at the local hospital to save lives. What about the kid at your school that stands up to bullies? Everyday heroes are everywhere.


4 award winning books from African American authors

African American Heritage Month Book Talk: Part I

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Saturday, February 13, 2021

February is African American Heritage Month and we are celebrating with book recommendations from the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department collection throughout the month.


Hollywood Lunar New Year parade

Happy Chinese New Year!

Photo Friends, Thursday, February 11, 2021

The Chinese New Year bring celebrations that include firecrackers, parades, fish, dragons, lions, and lucky money in red envelopes.


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