It may not be the holiday season, but this time of year is still the busiest for the staff of the Children’s Literature Department. Instead of checking lists for naughty and nice, librarians throughout the city are ordering craft supplies, developing book discussion topics, and resourcefully putting together food-related programs for the upcoming Summer Reading Club, “Reading is So Delicious”.
Housing the best research collection of all public libraries west of Mississippi, Access Services of Central Library maintains, manages, and provides access to multitude of periodicals that date back to the Nineteenth Century. Many varied and interesting photocopy requests for the rare items in our collection came our way throughout the years. The ones that always seem to speak to me are the ones from the older bound periodicals, forgotten dusty volumes meditating on shelves slowly succumbing to the ravages of time. Three foreign language titles that spring to mind are: L
In the early 1960s, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy symbolized hope, change, and the dawn of a new era for a country that was caught in the clutches of Cold War fear, and in many cases, clinging to certain outdated social attitudes. By the end of the decade, all three men laid slain by an assassins’ bullets, with only part of their potential realized.
The Los Angeles Public Library kicked off a campaign called “Money Matter$: Know More, Make More” in April 2013 in recognition of financial literacy month. But that is only the beginning of what the library has to offer.
The Los Angeles Public Library offers resources to help in saving, managing, investing your money all year round, in some cases even 24/7. Plus the library saves you money by offering these services and resources FREE to you.
The bucks start here!
Have you always wanted to learn a new language but don’t have time to take a class or participate in a conversation group? Do you have a computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone? Then you’re in luck! You can learn a language from anywhere using the library’s free online language learning programs.
Mango Languages & Powerspeak Languages
are free and accessible from our website: www.lapl.org
As the numerous TV programs like “Antiques Roadshow” or “Pawn Stars” tell us, people have a great desire to find out what their stuff is worth. As librarians, we’re usually not qualified to make a judgment on most items. However, thanks to some reliable reference sources, the library can almost always give you a fairly good estimate of what a used car is worth. Enter the Kelley Blue Book.
Ever wonder where to start looking on our website for finding different materials that the library has? Whether it’s a book, magazine article, CD, digitized photo, a historical map, or even some songs to download, here is a quick guide on where to click first, just so you can get started searching for library materials:
In 2001 Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film adventure was still the ultimate trip. Now BluRay technology brings this epic odyssey in space to the present. Join us for a film screening of Kubrick’s space odyssey film on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Central Library from 1-4 p.m. The film will be shown in conjunction with an exhibit, STANLEY KUBRICK-A LIFE IN FILM (Art Department Atrium, April 13 – June 30, 2013.
Do you believe in magic? While Disney may have the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood has the Magic Castle. It’s there that some of the best magicians in the world perform and where they also mentor aspiring young adult magicians in the Academy of Magical Arts. More than 3,000 magicians have gone through the program, many of them LAPL cardholders. The Magic Castle, among its resources, offers “junior” magicians access to the Magic Castle’s library, where they can peruse the tomes donated by the likes of Harry Houdini and W.C. Fields, among other magicians.