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Central Library’s Art Film Series for 2014-15, Made in L.A., offers five more films set and made in Los Angeles. While the films differ in story and tone, each one presents Los Angeles as an integral backdrop and a crucial character. The films would be vastly different if they didn’t take place in this city!

A brief discussion precedes each film screening followed by an open Q & A. All the screenings take place on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. in Central Library’s Meeting Room A and are free and open to the public.

Recent conversations with the teenagers that visit Teen’Scape revolved around the history of words. They asked seemingly silly yet serious questions about why words needed to be spelled correctly, why there are so many words that mean the same thing, and why we had to study vocabulary words for college entrance exams, such as the SAT.

The magnificent stairs at the Flower Street entrance of the Central Library have had several lives.   Originally designed by the library’s architect, Bertram Goodhue in 1926, they were plain steps between three pools of plants and cool water. In 1968, after repeated requests by library employees, they were razed, along with the rest of the gardens, to build a parking lot.  Fortunately for the library and all its patrons, the addition of the Tom Bradley Wing in 1993 afforded the opportunity to create underground parking, and resurrect the historic garden.

My grandmother was born June Eileen Lavonne Nystrom and her husband called her Patty. I know this because my mom told me, and my mom knows this because her mom told her. However, when I first went searching for my grandmother in Census records, nowhere could I find someone who went by the name “June Eileen Lavonne “Patty” Nystrom.”  It turns out she wasn’t really born with the names “June” nor “Eileen,” and “Patty” was just a nickname my grandfather made up.

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.

     Driving, biking or even walking! around LA we see many place names that we have come to take for granted. Many of these place names were inspired by Angelenos who helped create them. These are just a number of the faces behind the places.

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There is something about autumn that makes me nostalgic. I was thinking about my old Economics 101 text, Samuelson and Nordhaus Economics 12th edition. I took a look at our latest edition, the 18th, to refresh my memory and reassure myself that man is a rational entity.

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