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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...


author Adrienne Bankert

Interview With Award Winning Journalist and Author Adrienne Bankert

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Award winning journalist and author Adrienne Bankert has released her first book. You might recognize her from her reports on ABC News’ platforms, such as Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline and ABC News Live. Ms.

Young girl reading under a warm blanket

21st Century Kids: Enjoy Winter Reads

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The winter season can be challenging to endure. For some, extreme weather conditions prevent daily outside activities, and time inside the house is increased. For me, winter is a time to seek warmth and enjoy the crisper air inherent in the season.

Kevin Young and his book African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song alongside Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, Kevin Young and African American Poetry

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Monday, February 1, 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.

Members of the Junior NAACP, 1923, Shades of L.A. Collection

Building a Community: A Look at African American Institutions in Early Los Angeles

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Monday, February 1, 2021

On this first day of African American Heritage Month, we reflect on the African American community of early Los Angeles.

Dancing at the Palladium, 1940

Dancing With the Orchestra

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, January 29, 2021

Every now and then, a friend who knows that I enjoy classical music asks me where they should start. There’s so much of it, they say, that it’s overwhelming and intimidating. And it’s true; there are hundreds of years of symphonies and operas and string quartets to choose from.

Author T.A. Willberg and her debut novel, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder

Interview With an Author: T.A. Willberg

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 28, 2021

T.A. Willberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and holds a chiropractic master's degree from Durban University of Technology. She currently lives in Malta with her partner.

Minnie Riperton on her album, Come To My Garden

Mining Gold From the Music Stream: Minnie Riperton - Come To My Garden

Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk, Silver Lake Branch Library, Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Minnie Riperton is perhaps most widely remembered for the 1975 hit “Lovin’ You” and her soaring five-octave vocal range, but prior to her smoothed-out soft focus “AM Gold” notoriety Riperton had released

Young girl excited with her ideas

21st Century Kids: Telling Stories

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Stories are born from ideas, experiences, observations, and the imagination. Even true stories have their origins. In the 21st century, would-be storytellers can share their stories in many different ways. Stories can be relayed digitally, visually, in print, and in the oral tradition.

L.A. Writer in Residence, Richard Lange

To Live and Write in L.A.: Author Richard Lange

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, January 25, 2021

Richard Lange is the author of the short story collections Dead Boys and

Mick Washington and her two zines, This Is My First Diary Comic and This Is My Second Diary Comic

Interview With Zine Maker: Mick Washington

Angi Brzycki, Librarian III, Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library, Thursday, January 21, 2021

Mick Washington is a 22-year-old comics artist from Dallas, Texas. As a member of an art collective called the Iguana House, they help put on live music shows and comic readings.