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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...


Christina Aguilera on her album, Liberation

Music Memories: Christina Aguilera

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 18, 2020

On December 18, 1980, Christina Aguilera was born. She’s progressed from a child star on TV to a successful pop diva.

Selected books from the Best of 2020 book list

LAPL Reads: Best of 2020

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Literature & Fiction, Friday, December 18, 2020

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at Central Library, and the 72 branches, we are pleased to present the best books of 2020 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations.

collage con portadas de libros

Lo mejor del 2020: los libros preferidos por nuestros lectores y bibliotecarios

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Friday, December 18, 2020

El mejor regalo que puedes ofrecer durante la Navidad y las festividades de invierno es un libro. Si necesitas ideas sobre qué libros regalar (o regalarte a ti mismo), aquí te presentamos los títulos preferidos por nuestros lectores y bibliotecarios en el 2020.

Author P. Djèlí Clark and his latest book, Ring Shout

Interview With an Author: P. Djeli Clark

Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, Thursday, December 17, 2020

Phenderson Djéli Clark is the award-winning and Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of the novellas The Black God’s Drums and

Ivy Queen

A los hombre' los tengo de hobby

Patricia Valdovinos, Librarian, Multilingual Collections, Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Bueno, eso es lo que dice Ivy Queen en el remix de la canción de Bad Bunny, “

A santa and a ghost decoration on a porch

Ghost Stories at Christmastime

Daniel Tures, Adult Librarian, Edendale Branch Library, Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Ghost stories have been shared as long as we have wondered what happens to us after we die, and sought to connect with spirits of the departed. Midwinter is the perfect time for them. The nights grow long and dark, and winter weather brings us together to huddle around the fire and share tales.

Family members making crafts with plastic and paper products

21st Century Kids: Limit Plastic Use

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library, Tuesday, December 15, 2020

What was once seen as a remarkable new material, is now viewed, by many, as a menace to the environment. Although it’s evident that plastic, in modern times, is the go-to choice for many businesses and homes, it is single-use plastic consumption that is causing great harm to our oceans and marine life.

Philip K. Dick

A Week to Remember: Philip K. Dick

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Monday, December 14, 2020

On December 16, 1928, Philip K. Dick was born. Dick was a science fiction writer whose work centered on the unreliability of reality and of personal identity; his stories of paranoia, shifting personas, and an unstable world made him one of the genre’s most popular writers of the 1960s and 1970s.

L.A. author, Michael J. Bowler and his winning book Spinner

Local Author is California Indie Author Project Winner

Catherine Royalty, Senior Librarian, Acquisitions, Monday, December 14, 2020

We are thrilled to report that one of our local L.A. authors, Michael J. Bowler, has taken the top prize in Young Adult Fiction for his book, Spinner.

Hector Berloiz

Music Memories: Hector Berlioz

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development, Friday, December 11, 2020

On December 11, 1803, Hector Berlioz was born. Berlioz was not an enormously productive composer, but those of his works that are still played are among the most popular in the classical repertoire.