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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...


A child magician making a stuff bunny disappear

21st Century Kids: Making Magic

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Magicians make the impossible possible; however, their illusions require extensive practice and skill. The magician’s secret is creating illusions that fool the human eye. This type of “magic,” differs from magic found in a fantasy novel, as it is the skill of the magician that brings the magic to life.

Tristan Espinoza

Interview With Artist Tristan Espinoza

Linda Rudell-Betts, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tristan Espinoza is an artist, programmer, and organizer who lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited internationally and in Chicago, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Medford, NY.

colorful Chinese lanterns

Pan-Asian New Year Celebrations

International Languages Department, Central Library, Monday, January 18, 2021

Did you know that the New Year celebrations are among the oldest and most universally observed festivities in world cultures. At the heart of the celebrations is the remembrance of creation and life’s renewal.

Wikipedia turns 20 years old

Wikipedia is 20 (aka Wiki Wiki Birthday)

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Friday, January 15, 2021

Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopedia and consistently one of the top ten most visited websites, was launched to little fanfare on January 15, 2001: it turns 20 today.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King

5 Interesting Facts About the Legendary Civil Activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Friday, January 15, 2021

The birthday of civil activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated on the third Monday of January in the United States. Dr. King fought for the civil rights of African-Americans with peaceful demonstrations. It was after his death that there was a movement to make his birthday a holiday.

King speaks to a crowd of 4,500 on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles on April 27, 1965

A King in the City of Angels

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Friday, January 15, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but as in so many cities and towns throughout the country, his impact on Los Angeles was strong and far-reaching. King visited L.A.

Author Paul Cornell and his book series, Witches of Lychford

Interview With an Author: Paul Cornell

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, January 14, 2021

Paul Cornell is a writer of science fiction and fantasy in prose, comics, and TV. He is one of only two people to be Hugo Award-nominated for all three media.

Joe Meek at his home recording studio, 1960s

Mining Gold From the Music Stream: Joe Meek & The Blue Men - I Hear A New World

Aaron M. Olson, Messenger Clerk, Silver Lake Branch Library, Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Composer and producer of the timeless instrumental classic "Telstar,” Joe Meek was one of the most influential rock n’ roll producers of all time.

Young person with her headphones and singing into her hair bursh.

21st Century Kids: Feel the Beat

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The topic of “music” is very broad, as it covers a wide range of styles, instruments, platforms, and usage. Kids interact with music every day. For example, music enhances other mediums such as films.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King

5 datos interesantes del legendario activista civil Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ana Campos, Senior Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, January 12, 2021

El tercer lunes de cada mes de enero en los Estados Unidos se celebra el cumpleaños del activista civil Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. El Dr. King luchó por los derechos civiles de los afro-americanos con manifestaciones pacíficas.