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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.

Yosemite has been a destination for individuals and families from around the world for generations. If you enjoy the outdoors or being surrounded by the beauty of nature, it is a dream come true. There is so much to see and do at this majestic national park. For instance, you can see the oldest living things on earth (giant sequoias), the tallest waterfall in North America (Yosemite Falls), or one of the largest granite domes in the world (El Capitan).

The Lacemaker by Tropinin

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a millenium-size jigsaw puzzle worth? Featuring paintings and photographs from around the world, these puzzles not only grace our collections with visual imagery, but also challenge the puzzle enthusiast with one thousand elegant problems, or perhaps just one less, because the last piece may render its solution itself, if all the other pieces are solved correctly.

One of the most breathtaking stops on our daily Docent-led Art and Architecture Tours is the majestic Grand Rotunda, encircled by the pastel-toned murals by Dean Cornwell.   Eighty years after their unveiling, the 12 panels of scenes from California history still feel modern.  But when the murals went up  in 1933, art critics were highly critical of both Cornwell and his work.   Who was the man behind these murals, and why did he provoke such harsh reviews?


There are exactly 889 individual travel posters in the Los Angeles Public Library’s possession and I am without a doubt the only person to have seen each and every one. My name is Kaitlyn Levesque and I have had the privilege of spending my summer with the LAPL as the 2014 Getty Multicultural Intern. My job--give a much needed home and inventory to the LAPL's collection of vintage travel posters.

 The Los Angeles Public Library has many archival newspaper databases. You can find these resources by going to the Research and Homework  page on the LAPL website. Select “Newspapers” as a subject, and click on  the “Find It” button.

Research and Homework

Since today is National Aviation Day, let's take a brief look at Charles Lindbergh.  Like some of you, I’m sure, I was only passingly familiar with the story of Charles Lindbergh.  I’d never done any extensive reading or research on the man or his historic solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, so I found the details of his story told in One Summer to be fascinating.

Stamp collecting is an extremely popular and diversified hobby with around 60 million collectors. Approximately 5 million people in the United States are stamp collectors. The hobby is also very popular in Great Britain, China, India, and Singapore. It is estimated that China alone has one-third of the world’s collectors.