This month, read The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray. “The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian-who became one of the most powerful women in New York. In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs.”
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Stories of Sugar Hill presented by Friends Of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles Map and guidebook available for download on February 13, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. for FREE! Stories of Sugar Hill is a seven-stop self-guided Trail map accompanied by in-depth research that celebrates the influential legends, icons, and trailblazers of West Adams’ Black history. This project supports the neighborhood’s efforts in collecting, archiving, and sharing the stories of West Adams by working with residents of the area. The experience is…
The library has an archive of over 7,000 photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles. Images were chosen from family albums and copied in a project sponsored by Photo Friends, a library support group. They include daily life, social organizations, work, personal and holiday celebrations.
Celebrate African American and Black History Month with LA County Library. Food nourishes the body and helps tell people’s stories. Explore the rich culinary traditions of Black Americans through cookbooks and capture your own culinary story using the recipe card template.
Chef Keith Corbin is the two-time James Beard Award-nominated executive chef and co-owner of Alta Adams. He spoke for the LA Public Library to discuss his bestselling memoir, California Soul, a sharply crafted and unflinchingly honest book about gangs, drugs, cooking, and living life on the line—both in the kitchen and on the streets— from one of the most exciting stars in food today. Moderating the conversation will be writer Jervey Tervalon.
In this February 16, 2023, edition of LA County Library’s Heart & Hand Book Talk Series, watch Oliver James, one of the brightest new stars on TikTok’s BookTok platform. His story makes for one of the most uplifting in the whole literary world: he taught himself to read at the age of 34 by leveraging TikTok. Oliver is also a fitness aficionado and personal trainer who got started on his reading journey while working out, and now he’s set a…