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Our next selection is Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand; the amazing true story of Louis Zamperini, a local Italian-American from Torrance who ran in the 1936 Olympics, survived 47 days on a life raft after his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and endured two hellish years at a series of Japanese POW camps. 

Kirkus Reviews describes Unbroken as “alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting--and always gripping.”

On this date in 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the year, breaking his own record of 59 set in 1921 and setting a mark that would last until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961.  He hit it off Tom Zachary, a 31-year-old left hander pitching for the Washington Senators.  On his third pitch to Ruth, Zachary threw a big, slow curveball, “as good as I got,” but Ruth hit the low pitch just fair down the right field line.  In 1927, Zachary gave up only 6 home runs all season.  Ruth hit three of them. 

When you meet your docent in the main lobby of the Central Library, the first art piece you'll see is the vibrant mural overhead that spans the vaulted ceiling. Our daily, free, hour-long art and architecture tour starts right there.

Banned Books Week offers the opportunity to introduce one of the most colorful librarians in city history and her battle with the moralistic mugwumps of fin de siecle Los Angeles.
Publicist and journalist Tessa Kelso didn’t have a library background when she became the sixth City Librarian in 1889, but by the time she left six years later,  she had transformed LAPL into a true metropolitan library.
Members of the  Women's Christian Temperance Union - LAPL Photo Collection
Although many of the world's religions have traditionally more patriarchal structures, women have nevertheless played important roles. Specifically in America's history, women have pioneered the way for activism and social justice.

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. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art with practical health benefits. It descends from Qigong, having its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of slow and meditative body movements, originally designed for self-defense, as well as to promote inner peace and calm.