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If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differen...
01/10/2024

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. Visit our blog to explore more: http://lapl.me/6jtdOvT

What is a book? We are used to thinking of a book as a codex, or set of bound pages stitched together in a cover. But bo...
01/09/2024

What is a book? We are used to thinking of a book as a codex, or set of bound pages stitched together in a cover. But books have taken many other forms worldwide and through the ages. Learn more about the art of books and how they've changed on our blog: http://lapl.me/RQrNqIO

“We’re committed to preserving L.A. history, and we get excited about telling untold stories of Los Angeles and Angeleno...
01/08/2024

“We’re committed to preserving L.A. history, and we get excited about telling untold stories of Los Angeles and Angelenos. That’s very much what Angel City Press has done through their publishing of very high-quality, well-researched books with wonderful authors.”

The Los Angeles Public Library has acquired Santa Monica-based publisher Angel City Press, which focuses on L.A. history and culture. It makes perfect sense

We are reading Oh, La La!:  Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom by Ciscoe Morris: http://lapl.me/N5JuVT6
01/05/2024

We are reading Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom by Ciscoe Morris: http://lapl.me/N5JuVT6

Get ready for college resources! Sign up for free workshops, practice tests, and resources to help you with your college...
01/05/2024

Get ready for college resources! Sign up for free workshops, practice tests, and resources to help you with your college applications, financial aid, essays or personal statements and more. Free college counseling sessions are also available: http://lapl.me/gLX8X8Q

Have you ever wondered what Los Angeles looked like 100 years ago? Here's a glimpse of L.A.'s electric rail cars, dirt r...
01/04/2024

Have you ever wondered what Los Angeles looked like 100 years ago? Here's a glimpse of L.A.'s electric rail cars, dirt roads and blue skies in 1924. Explore more photos of 1924 and beyond on Tessa: http://lapl.me/AhYCA6M

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. His  #1 bestselling nonfiction includes Walk in My Combat Boots, Filt...
01/04/2024

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. His #1 bestselling nonfiction includes Walk in My Combat Boots, Filthy Rich, and his autobiography. Learn about his latest novel, Holmes, Marple & Poe, co-written with Brian Sitts on our blog: http://lapl.me/Cv5PGQs

our ins and outs of 2024✨
01/03/2024

our ins and outs of 2024✨

01/02/2024

Libraries are filled with more than books: they’re also staffed by stellar librarians who make possible the incredible programs and services offered to all LAPL patrons. Earlier this year, one superstar Children’s Librarian Joanna Fabicon helped organize a Dodgers Storytime event, and even got to show off her ukulele skills ahead of the program. Invest in Librarians! Visit LFLA.org/Give to learn more.

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Happy New Year's Eve from the Los Angeles Public Library! 🥳 The library will be closed Monday, January 1, 2024 in observ...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year's Eve from the Los Angeles Public Library! 🥳 The library will be closed Monday, January 1, 2024 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Curbside views and festive camaraderie has been a long-time tradition for Rose Parade goers. Every year, people from nea...
12/31/2023

Curbside views and festive camaraderie has been a long-time tradition for Rose Parade goers. Every year, people from near and far camp out overnight with the hope of waking up to the best view of the floral floats as they make their way down Colorado Blvd. in the city of Pasadena 🌹

Enjoy more photos from past Rose Parades on our online photo archive, Tessa: http://lapl.me/z46Q9pk

[1964] A Pasadena couple, Harold and Edith Moore, snuggle under a blanket early today trying to stave off the cold waiting for Rose Parade.

[1964] Four Woodland Hills residents play cards early as they wait out the night from this vantage point at Rose Parade, in Pasadena.

[1963] Huddling in their sleeping bags for warmth at Rose Parade are Riverside residents who waited all night along the parade route.

[1963] She came from Juneau, Alaska, on her first trip to Pasadena. She is waiting for the start of the 74th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

[1961] How to keep your stomach warm (and full) on a cold parade morning.

New year, new music! Tune into Freegal, our full-access music streaming service - gain complimentary access 24/7 with yo...
12/30/2023

New year, new music! Tune into Freegal, our full-access music streaming service - gain complimentary access 24/7 with your Los Angeles Public Library card! http://lapl.me/gjRkKr8

Existential struggles with technology, authoritarian governments, and paranoia are just a few of the themes readers will...
12/30/2023

Existential struggles with technology, authoritarian governments, and paranoia are just a few of the themes readers will encounter when reading the works of Philip K. Dick. Check out a list of PKD titles and related works on the LAPL blog: http://lapl.me/uOUfSvC

We are reading The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope by José Andrés: http://lapl.me/C5xd8...
12/29/2023

We are reading The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope by José Andrés: http://lapl.me/C5xd8oZ

Science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times bestselling writer and World Fantasy Award winner. Learn ab...
12/28/2023

Science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times bestselling writer and World Fantasy Award winner. Learn about what inspired his latest novel, A Stranger in the Citadel, on the LAPL blog: http://lapl.me/Qaoa9YR

Whether you checked out print books at the library, read ebooks on Libby or hoopla or blazed through manga on ComicsPlus...
12/27/2023

Whether you checked out print books at the library, read ebooks on Libby or hoopla or blazed through manga on ComicsPlus, you read up a storm this year, Los Angeles!

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See you soon, libraries are back open today. ⁠⁠Central and Regional Libraries open at 10 am and all other branches at no...
12/26/2023

See you soon, libraries are back open today. ⁠

Central and Regional Libraries open at 10 am and all other branches at noon unless otherwise noted at lap.org/branches

Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Ange...
12/24/2023

Shades of L.A. is an archive of photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles.

The library will be closed Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.

It's that time of the year when people all over Los Angeles begin to prepare for a season of tamal making. Starting in D...
12/24/2023

It's that time of the year when people all over Los Angeles begin to prepare for a season of tamal making. Starting in December, local markets clear space in their aisles to stock piles of dried corn husks, banana leaves, chiles, bags of masa flour and large metal pots. The labor intensive tamal making process requires much planning and preparation. If the cook is lucky, they’ll be able to call on the skilled hands of comadres, compadres and family members to help with the time intensive process. These gatherings are called tamaladas, and are commonly held during the holiday season. Attendees help fill and fold heaps of tamales with all types of savory, and sometimes sweet, fillings before they get steamed in large pots. Elders take this time to instruct and demonstrate proper masa spreading and corn husk folding techniques to fledgling tamaleros. Meanwhile, around the table of ingredients, those gathered share stories and jokes while they assemble their tamales. Champurrado, ponche and rompope, a spiked Mexican egg nog are beverages frequently enjoyed during this time.

Tamales have been a popular food in Los Angeles as long as Mexicans have lived in the city, and tamal vendors have been documented in the city as early as 1870. Tamal wagons were once ubiquitous in Los Angeles, particularly in the early 1900s, and were popular with residents of all backgrounds. Tamal street vendors can still be found selling their steamy delicacies all over the city from mobile carts, car trunks, and on street corners.

Here we present a photo of the Vasquez family preparing tamales and another of Linda Figueroa preparing tamales for a holiday dinner. Also included in this set is a photo of “The Tamale,” a well-known structure in the mimetic architecture style built in 1929 in the shape of a tamal. The building still stands on Whittier Blvd in East Los Angeles, although it no longer sells tamales. And yes, tamal is the proper way of referring to a single tamal. However, if you do say “tamale” don’t feel too bad. The original word for tamal comes from the Nahuatl word “tamalli” which sounds a lot like “tamale.”

The library will be closed Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library we are pleased to announce the best books of 2023 as selected by our st...
12/20/2023

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library we are pleased to announce the best books of 2023 as selected by our staff:

From all of us at the Los Angeles Public Library, at the Central Library, and the 72 branches, we are pleased to announce the best books of 2023 as selected by our staff, who volunteered their recommendations. Since 2011 LAPL Reads has been presenting these.

Once again, this was another year with...

It was a heck of an after-school project for a mother and daughter to take on during winter break: do an informal photo ...
12/19/2023

It was a heck of an after-school project for a mother and daughter to take on during winter break: do an informal photo survey of the Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to the ocean. Mother Marlene loved everything about the city, especially the architecture. Daughter Annie liked the architecture too, and loved using her mom’s Minolta camera. Together, they spent about a dozen Tuesday afternoons in 1978-9 walking Wilshire; Marlene taking notes and Annie taking pictures. The result was over 1000 Kodachrome slides, documenting L.A.’s iconic street from its great landmarks to its empty lots.

At Cypress Park Branch - Los Angeles Public Library we hosted Adam Ziegenhals photo exhibit of raw images of a time in r...
12/18/2023

At Cypress Park Branch - Los Angeles Public Library we hosted Adam Ziegenhals photo exhibit of raw images of a time in recent history on the edge of the COVID-19 pandemic, youth, rage, music and community.

Attendees also enjoyed zine-making table, button-making and musical entertainment.

Join us for the first session of our three-part photography workshop!  Learn photography skills from professional commer...
12/16/2023

Join us for the first session of our three-part photography workshop! Learn photography skills from professional commercial and fashion photographer, Carlo Parducho. RSVP at the link.

📅 December 19, 2023
⏰ 3pm
📍 Silver Lake Branch Library
🔗 http://lapl.me/JrTwTrM

The viewing experience on Kanopy is easier than ever with the switch from play credits to tickets. All Los Angeles Publi...
12/15/2023

The viewing experience on Kanopy is easier than ever with the switch from play credits to tickets. All Los Angeles Public Library cardholders get 27 tickets a month. Note: Kids doesn't use tickets. You can access an unlimited number of Kids' titles each month! Questions? Visit: http://lapl.me/seLK9Sa

We are reading Camera girl : the coming of age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy by Carl Sferrazza Anthony: http://lapl.me/tVG3L...
12/15/2023

We are reading Camera girl : the coming of age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy by Carl Sferrazza Anthony: http://lapl.me/tVG3LmM

The idea of writing about an eccentric female character living in a small town in post-war Britain, performing seances f...
12/14/2023

The idea of writing about an eccentric female character living in a small town in post-war Britain, performing seances for the local community inspired Emily Critchle's debut novel, One Puzzling Afternoon. Learn more about her writing on our blog: http://lapl.me/5OF3DS3

Transparent Language is a complete language-learning system. Los Angeles Public Library cardholders have unlimited acces...
12/14/2023

Transparent Language is a complete language-learning system. Los Angeles Public Library cardholders have unlimited access to more than 110 international languages, including English for speakers of over 30 languages with this resource. Gain complete access to Transparent Language with the : http://lapl.me/JhC8tEt.

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