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In case you missed it, we’ve started a history book club.  The History Lovers Book Club is a virtual book discussion group offering readers a convenient way to connect with others who love history and books.  It’s great for readers with busy lives and those who like to read at their own pace. 

The LAPL Docents invite you to a free tour of our magnificent library at 5th and Grand. We call it an Art & Architecture tour because you’ll see the unique blend of modern and classical architecture as envisioned by Bertram Goodhue, the classic sculpture of Lee Lawrie, the precisely painted ceilings of Julian Garnsey and glimpses of the many collections housed in this one library.

The Los Angeles Public Library means business.

Your Los Angeles Public Library card can serve as a key that can help open the doors of your business and keep them open.

The Los Angeles Public Library--via its website, the specialized departments in the Central Library, and its many branch locations--provides free access to online resources and classes, trade magazine articles and media materials that can help you create, start, and grow your business.

Please see the following links below for much more information:

Central Library is in the middle of summer reading mischief, and our teens have invested some serious time to Pause 2 Read for the special reading competition happening in Teen’Scape. Six weeks into the summer reading program, Teen’Scape volunteers have read more than 544 hours and the other Teen’Scape patrons have read more than 296 hours. With two more weeks left, we anticipate that both groups combined will manage to exceed 1000 hours of reading!

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life… each encounter of love… Yiddish has not yet said its last word. It contains treasures - rich in humor and in memories...

Want to get away? Looking for a new place to live? Check out the Census Bureau’s dwellr app for Android and Apple smart devices ( Find out the top twenty-five places to live in the United States based upon your lifestyle preferences, such as living in a big city or out in the country; age of residents; method of commute to work; median income and housing costs. The results are derived from statistical tables from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This is but one example of how the U.S.

During the past month, the world has turned its attention to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. This quadrennial celebration of soccer/football/futbol/futebol/Fussball inspired us to hold a World Cup of our own. For each match, we presented a book from a writer representing each of the competing nations. We got to show off how your library has a wide variety of writers that literally span the globe. We found authors from far away places like Australia and Cameroon, and even places not quite as far away, like the USA and Mexico.