One hundred years ago, on April 24th, 1915, the Ottoman Turkish government enacted a systematic policy to annihilate its Armenian population. From 1915-1930, over a million and a half souls perished. They were sent on marches across the interior provinces of Turkey and into the Syrian desert, without food or water. Many of those who survived the death marches became the sole survivors of their families. The lucky ones ended up in orphanages in Lebanon, Syria, and elsewhere.
What is the innermost secret of a woman’s heart? Throughout centuries, poets, philosophers, devotees in the fields of art and science have come across this question at one time or another. And yet, the mystery remains as pristine and pure as a rose to a nightingale on the first day of creation, finding an elegant expression in a fairy tale.
As you learn on our daily docent led tours, The Richard J Riordan Central Library has almost 90 years of fascinating history. But some of most intriguing chapters in the building’s story occurred before the library even opened its doors for the first time in 1926.
A very common type of question in the Los Angeles Public Library is finding information to help people make decisions as consumers of products and services. These questions can range from buying a vacuum cleaner or automobile, to selecting the best school or college, to finding a good lawyer or doctor, to checking on a bank to make sure it is safe, to finding out if you have a collectible candidate for the Antique Road Show, to picking the best places to live and travel, to seeking recommendations on books to read or movies to see.
The Los Angeles Public Library is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor given to a library or museum: the National Medal awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The award is given to institutions in recognition of service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.
As African American Heritage Month draws to a close, I would like to bring your attention to a largely unknown chapter of American history.
“Well, write poetry, for God’s sake, it’s the only thing that matters.” —e.e. cummings