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How can we explore Los Angeles Public Library’s vast collection through the writings of a single author? Let’s talk about Isaac Asimov! Being a highly prolific and extremely versatile author, Asimov has a book in every major Dewey decimal category, with the exception of Philosophy. However, even this field of knowledge is represented if we take into account his contributions for Edward Ericson’s The Humanist Way and for Paul Levinson’s In Pursuit of Truth on the philosophy of Karl Popper.

We have Business & Economics subjects covered very nicely. Our patrons contact us with questions like   - What was the exchange rate between US Dollar and British Pound in 1886? – I am looking for statistics on dry milk imports to Jamaica from the US in 1990s; - What’s the comparison for the US Gross Domestic Product in 1870 and 2012?

 

Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, which gives a behind the scenes look at the 2012 presidential campaign, debuts in the top spot of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List this week. Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is atop the Hardcover Fiction list for the third straight week.  

We are excited to announce the start of our World Cinema Series on Saturday December 7, 2013 with the screening of a popular and colorful Indian film from 2001. The film, which is in Hindi, Punjabi and English with subtitles in English, is a comedy/drama which deals with a family’s preparations for a wedding in Delhi. The film, directed by Mira Nair, won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.  

For people who need to have a basic knowledge of a foreign language:   

Mango Languages

Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required

I know exactly where I was the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 1963.  I imagine most Americans 55 or older today remember where they were that day.  At 12.30 p.m. Central Standard Time, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated, shot fatally by a sniper.  At this moment, it is said, our nation lost its collective innocence, our world view changed.

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