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Clockwise from top left, Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch Library at 1623 Ivar Avenue (1986-present): Hollywood Branch Library at 1623 Ivar Avenue (1940-1982); Hollywood Branch Library at 6357 Hollywood Boulevard (1923-1939); Hollywood Branch Library at 6357 Hollywood Boulevard (1907-1922). Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection
Clockwise from top left, Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Branch Library at 1623 Ivar Avenue (1986-present): Hollywood Branch Library at 1623 Ivar Avenue (1940-1982); Hollywood Branch Library at 6357 Hollywood Boulevard (1923-1939); Hollywood Branch Library at 6357 Hollywood Boulevard (1907-1922). Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection
Tiffney Sanford, Administrative Clerk, Valley Plaza Branch Library, December 9, 2022

The growth of the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Public Library mirrors the development of Hollywood as a place. From sleepy beginnings, it grew quicker than expected, with highs and lows punctuated by dramatic events and interesting people. The origins of the Hollywood Library date back to the turn of the twentieth century, and its first few decades were well-documented in local...

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Author Daniel A. Olivas and his book, How to Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories

L.A. Libros Fest: Interview With Daniel Olivas

Deborah Spector, Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Friday, August 19, 2022

Daniel A. Olivas is the author of ten books, including How to Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories (University of Nevada Press), and Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press).


Author Liz Michalski and her latest novel, Darling Girl

Interview With an Author: Liz Michalski

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, August 18, 2022

A former reporter and editor, Liz Michalski now crafts articles on human interest, living, and health as a freelance writer.


Photos of the North Hollywood library (top left) Circulation desk [1954] Valley Times Collection. (bottom left) Library exterior [1946]

Dig Los Angeles: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Tiffney Sanford, Administrative Clerk, Valley Plaza Branch Library, Wednesday, August 17, 2022

With locations all over the city and lots of books and other materials devoted to local history, libraries are a perfect springboard for exploring Los Angeles. This is the third in a series of blog posts that digs into local history near a Los Angeles Public Library branch.


Author Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo and her book, Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge

L.A. Libros Fest: Interview With Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Deborah Spector, Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow and Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner, most recently, her poem, “Battlegrounds” was featured at Poets.org and On Being’s Poetry Unbound.


El Paso skyline and mountains

Eminent El Pasoans

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Monday, August 15, 2022

I grew up in El Paso in the 1970s and 80s, a city that wraps around the Franklin Mountains out on the tip of west Texas, adjoining Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande in Chihuahua and a short drive from New Mexico to the north.


Author Donna Barba Higuera and her books - Lupe Wong Won't Dance, The Last Cuentista and El Cucuy is Scared Too!

L.A. Libros Fest: Interview With Donna Barba Higuera

Llyr Heller, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, August 12, 2022

Donna Barba Higuera grew up in a tiny desert town in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. Rather than wrangling dust devils, she’d spend recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book.


Author B.L. Blanchard and her debut novel, The Peacekeeper

Interview With an Author: B.L. Blanchard

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, August 11, 2022

B.L. Blanchard is a graduate of the UC Davis creative writing honors program and was a writing fellow at Boston University School of Law. She is a lawyer and enrolled member of the Sault Ste.


Vin Scully, circa 1955, at Ebbets Field

Vincent Edward Scully, 1927-2022

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The recent passing of Vin Scully has resulted in innumerable obituaries, most of which will be far more eloquent than what this one will be. For someone who held the same job for 67 straight years, 59 of them in the same city, you tend to have a well-known reputation.


Canvas triptych mural features Dr. Bethune by Charles White. A folktale-themed hand-carved, glazed ceramic tiles by Cha-Rie Tang

Art in the Library: Exposition Park - Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library

Catherine Sturgeon, Children's Librarian, Angeles Mesa Branch Library, Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The current building of the Exposition Park - Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library is an LEED Gold Certified (environmentally sustainable design) structure built in 2008.


Matson Cruise Terminal 1955

Pretty in Pink: The Lost Matson Terminal, 1953-1986

Nicholas Beyelia, Librarian, History and Genealogy Department, Monday, August 8, 2022

It's a painful truth that Angelenos can much too easily identify architectural structures that have been erased from our city's landscape. Some structures are well-known and widely mourned while others have disappeared from our collective consciousness without much afterthought.


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