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Collage of realistic middle-grade Jewish fiction books
Meredith Sires, Children's Librarian, Arroyo Seco Regional Library, May 23, 2022

I was a curious and strongly opinionated tween girl growing up in the 90s and the books I treasured centered around characters of the same mind: Kristy in The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, Ramona...

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Los libros en español 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, Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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!


You Chung Hong and the gateway to LA Chinatown

Y.C. Hong - A Biography

Vi Ha, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, February 1, 2022

You Chung (“Y.C.”) Hong (1898–1977) was a community booster, social activist, and immigration lawyer based in Chinatown in Los Angeles and is profiled as a part of Archives Alive: Stories and Voices from L.A.


Collage of year's top books chosen by The American Library Association

2022 Youth Media Award Winners

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Friday, January 28, 2022

The American Library Association (or ALA as acronym-loving librarians refer to it) has announced this year's top books, video, and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Newbery, and Printz awards.


Zine author, Jenna Freedman and her zine series, Unprecedented

Interview With Zine Maker - Jenna Freedman

Angi Brzycki, Senior Librarian, Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library, Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Jenna Freedman is the founder and curator of the Barnard Zine Library. She's been making zines for most of the 21th Century, most recently a series about pandemic life called Unprecedented. She writes and speaks on zines and library activism.


woman in an orange tank top looking at her laptop on the couch

Learning With On-Demand and Streaming Video

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources, Monday, January 24, 2022

One of the most enjoyable aspects of having a Los Angeles Public Library card is the wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities available. Discovering new hobbies and learning for pleasure is easier than ever with on-demand and streaming video.


Author Marie Rutkoski and her first novel, Real Easy

Interview With an Author: Marie Rutkoski

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 20, 2022

Born in Illinois, Marie Rutkoski is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Harvard University.


Tutor helps adult learner study for her US Citizenship

Citizenship Success! Virtual Tutoring Turns a Goal Into a Reality

Randall Hinson, Librarian, Office of Education and Literacy, Friday, January 14, 2022

In October 2019, Alma Velasco—an adult learner at the Echo Park Branch Library—got serious about becoming a US citizen. Alma sent in her application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and she and her tutor, Claire Chandler, began working towards her goal. Then, COVID-19 hit.


Author Joseph Knox and his latest novel, True Crime Story

Interview With an Author: Joseph Knox

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 13, 2022

Joseph Knox was born and raised in and around Manchester, England, where he worked in bars and bookshops before moving to London.


Zine author, Liana Jegers and her zine, Sugar Lady

Interview With Zine Maker - Liana Jegers

Angi Brzycki, Senior Librarian, Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library, Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Liana Jegers is an illustrator in Los Angeles, CA. She also helps run a small publishing house with her husband called Caboose Books.


Postcard commemorating the first International Air Meet in the United States.

Those Daring Young Men: The 1910 Los Angeles International Aviation Meet

Photo Friends, Monday, January 10, 2022

112 years ago a remarkable event took place on Dominguez Hill in what is now the City of Carson, Los Angeles County. A scant six years after the Wright Brothers’ historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, an International Air Meet brought throngs to witness feats of aeronautical daring-do.


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