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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?

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Author Serena Burdick and her latest book, Find Me in Havana

Interview With an Author: Serena Burdick

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, February 11, 2021

Serena Burdick graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York City to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College.

Chavela Vargas on her album, Lamento Borincano

Mining Gold From the Music Stream: Chavela Vargas - Lamento Borincano

Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk, Silver Lake Branch Library, Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Chavela Vargas was an iconoclast. Living and creating in constant irreverence and defiance of the prescribed heteronormative roles assigned to performance, dress, life, and love in her time and place, Vargas created ageless music of immense emotional depth and universality

Young person in time travel adventure

21st Century Kids: Travel Through Time

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The fantasy of manipulating time is a theme in many books for kids. It would be amazing to travel back in time and make different decisions that impact the future. This time travel journey is possible through books, as creative authors can transport a reader to the past, present and future.

Collage of books adapted to films

Read it First: African American Heritage and History

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 8, 2021

Celebrated nationwide every February, African American History Month looks to honor African American heritage, history, culture and identity.

Collage of picture books celebrating the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Children’s Picture Books Celebrating the Inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Monday, February 8, 2021

There are plenty of biographies about Martin Luther King, Jr. written for children, and more are published every year. But sometimes parents, caregivers, and teachers might want to focus less on dates and places, and more on the inspiration Dr.

Los libros en español más leídos y más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca

Lo nuevo en español: libros interesantes que llegan a la biblioteca este mes

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, February 5, 2021

Los libros en español más esperados están disponibles en tu biblioteca. Haz clic en cada título para verlo en nuestro catálogo. ¡No esperes y reserva tu copia hoy mismo!

Author C.S. Malerich and her latest novella, The Factory Witches of Lowell

Interview With an Author: C.S. Malerich

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, February 4, 2021

C.S. Malerich is the author of the novel Fire & Locket. In addition to writing, she has taught mythology to undergrads at the University of Maryland and pursued interests in folklore, cultural studies, and public health, sometimes all at once.

Alice Cooper, Live At Montreux 2005 album

Happy Birthday, Alice Cooper!

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Thursday, February 4, 2021

When he’s not onstage, shock-rock legend Alice Cooper, 73, is pretty mellow these days. He lives in Phoenix and plays a lot of golf, which he credits with helping him get and stay sober decades ago without the need of a 12-step program.

A roadside statue advertising Horton & Converse prescription pharmacists, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, 1920s. Security Pacific National Bank Collection

Art Meets Advertising in 1920s Los Angeles

Tiffney Sanford, Administrative Clerk, Valley Plaza Branch Library, Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Stand aside muffler men! Fresh milk from a Guernsey cow, high octane fuel fit for an Indy 500 winner, and steak dinners from a stockade-themed eatery are just a few of the products that early-twentieth-century sculptors helped sell to Angelenos.