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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...


Jimmy Buffett on his album Buried Treasure: Volume 1

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Jimmy Buffett!

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Saturday, December 26, 2020

On December 25, 1946, Jimmy Buffett was born. Buffett’s distinctive Caribbean-flavored blend of rock and country has made him a popular recording and touring artist for more than 40 years.

1935 postcard of the Los Angeles Central Library

Yes Virginia, There is a Central Library

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, December 24, 2020

Dear History and Genealogy Department:
I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Central Library anymore.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in on the website it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Central Library?

Author Charlie N. Holmberg and her latest book, Spellbreaker

Interview With an Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 24, 2020

Charlie N. Holmberg is an award-winning, best-selling, and internationally published author of fantasy and romantic fiction. She was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog.

Hansen sketch of Los Angeles after statehood. A War Department publication in 1856, “Reports of Explorations and Surveys”

What Christmas in L.A. Was Like in 1851

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, December 24, 2020

We don’t have a typical Christmas season here in L.A., like the ones in syrupy movies with snow, ear muffs, winter coats, and people standing in a blizzard preparing to jump off a trestle.

Collage of selected top ten books of 2020

Top Tens: The Most Popular Titles of 2020

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team, Wednesday, December 23, 2020

It’s the time of year for lists: recommendations, best of’s, and favorites.

covered CA graphic with yellow state image and magenta swirls

Covered California Basics

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Lifelong Learning Department, Tuesday, December 22, 2020

It’s that time of year again. Covered California open enrollment has begun. The open enrollment period is November 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021. You have until December 30 to apply for coverage that starts on January 1.

portada de tres libros sobre bedidas alcoholicas

Esta Navidad quiero WAP

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Pues como ya me conocen tan bien, ya lo saben, yo lo que quiero es WAP para esta Navidad. ¡Exactamente! Lo adivinastes, quiero, Whiskey, Amaretto y Pulque. ¿Qué otra cosa pensabas?

*parpadeo mis ojos*

A close-up of a fashion drawing and color swatches

21st Century Kids: Emerging Designers

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 22, 2020

What are the qualifications to be a designer? One can argue, people possessing creativity, problem-solving skills, and a willingness to fail, all have the capacity to engage in the design process.

Christmas films adapted from books

Read it First! Seasonal Stories

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 21, 2020

This difficult year is, once again, taking its toll on beloved holidays and traditions. As we find ourselves separated from family and friends during a time of celebration, we could all use some good old fashioned holiday cheer.

Rod Serling

A Week to Remember: Rod Serling

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 21, 2020

On December 25, 1924, Rod Serling was born. Serling was a television writer, one of the major figures in early television.