Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, an exhibit and series of readings and performances celebrating the beauty and power of Muslim poetry ranging from ancient times to the 21st century, is currently being presented by Central Library's Literature and Fiction Department and the Westwood Branch Library. Los Angeles Public Library is one of just six libraries in the U. S., and the only one west of the Mississippi, to be chosen to host this exciting initiative.
Over 300 people attended this year’s annual Science Day event, celebrated at Central Library on March 30, 2013. Now in its 8th year, the theme of Dinosaurs made this our BIGGEST success yet. Science Day is the brainchild of the Friends of Children and Literature (also known as FOCAL) the friends group for the Children’s Literature Department. They organize and sponsor this event in memory of Peggy and Merv Miller, a local science teacher and librarian.
The Business and Economics Department continues to serve patrons who do not do their Federal and State taxes electronically by offering paper distribution of Federal and California Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications. We are one of the few locations remaining in Los Angeles that still provides the paper forms as well as the supplemental materials to aid in completing them. For additional information on LAPL tax resources and services, see our homepage link under the title Tax Season is Here! We Can Help.
The Ogasawara Ryu Sencha Do Japanese Tea Ceremony School was established in Japan about 100 years ago. Although the history of the matcha ceremony is much older and well known, Ogasawara Ryu involves the making of tea from tea leaves as opposed to tea powder.
The Southern California Branch of the Ogasawara Ryu Sencha Do is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Please help us celebrate this event by attending our tea ceremony, a performance that involves all of your senses, guaranteed to be beautiful, cultural, and tasteful.
If you feel like trying your hand at drawing or painting for the first time, or would like to sharpen your talents, the Art, Music & Recreation Department has plenty of resources to get you started. Check out the catalog, or come along and browse the shelves in person to find dozens of titles on different sketching and painting techniques in a variety of different media.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences celebrated its 150th anniversary on March 3, 2013 under the slogan, "Celebrating 150 Years of Service to the Nation." The Science, Technology & Patents Department offers access to many resources for information on the history of the Academy and its members, as well as to numerous resources produced and published by it.
Taking Bailey on the family vacation this summer or going hiking next weekend with Mr. Bear? The History Department has the guidebooks you're looking for! Have a bet on which presidents had a pup in the White House?
At Access Services, we provide a service called Extramural Interlibrary Loan that facilitates any quest for knowledge beyond the walls, so to speak. For all the books we possess here in the Los Angeles Public Library system, there are those rare and exotic books that lurk outside our walls.