I tell everyone, all the time, that the Science, Technology & Patents Department is a very serious place.
We want to thank @LAHistory for tweeting about a bit of Los Angeles Public Library history: an LAPL booklist produced in the months after the 1965 Watts Riot. After checking Central Library's files we are happy to report that we found an original copy of the booklist in the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion's bibliography files.
In its 35th week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow has reached number one for the first time.
Am I related to anyone famous?
What is my ethnic background?
How far back can I go? 1800s? 1600s? Adam and Eve?!!
Genealogy—the study of an individual’s ancestry—is a wildly popular hobby and profession. With access to online records and nifty family tree software programs and websites, it’s increasingly easier for us to investigate our pasts.
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?