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The LA Teen Author Series returns to Central Library on Saturday, February 14 at 2pm with a panel of authors that includes Susan Adrian (Tunnel Vision), April Lindner (Love, Lucy), Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Amy Talkington (Liv, Forever), and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising). Copies of their books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of the Library Store.

A funicular railway or incline railway is a short railway located over a steep incline and operates by a cable wire and pulley system in which two tram-like cars on parallel rail tracks almost counter balance each other.  As one car goes up, another goes down.  This railway system became popular in the late 19th century and was used for commercial purposes and for public transportation.  In the early 20th century there were over 200 funiculars operating throughout the United States.  In its heyday Los Angeles had two funiculars in the Downtown area.

Our celebration of the word wizardry of Lorenz Hart continues with another love song.  With February 14th right around the corner, what better song to choose than the Rodgers and Hart classic My Funny Valentine?  Leave it to Larry to write a short, simple lyric that captures the essence of romantic love with tenderness and humor.

The LA Teen Author Series returns to Central Library on Saturday, February 14 at 2pm with a panel of authors that includes Susan Adrian (Tunnel Vision), April Lindner (Love, Lucy), Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places), Amy Talkington (Liv, Forever), and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising). Copies of their books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of the Library Store.

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.

When I received the call last September from Mayor Eric Garcetti that I’d been chosen as the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I had to keep this quiet until the official announcement in October. However, I did mention this to a few people, most of whom looked at me with a smile and confused expression.

“What’s a ‘poet laureate’?” one asked.

My so-called best friend wisecracked, “Did you say ‘poet illiterate’?”

I knew then I was in trouble.

The origins of the environmental movement in the United States began in response to increasing levels of smoke and air pollution during the Industrial Revolution. However, the U.S movement did not really take off until the latter half of the 20th century as people began to recognize the costs of environmental negligence, disease, and widespread air and water pollution through several environmental disasters that occurred post-World War II.

Our free, docent-led Art and Architecture tours of the downtown LA Central Library begin and end in the Main Lobby.   But we are often asked:  where exactly is the library’s front door?  It’s a strange question for a landmark building.  Here's a bit of background on the many entrances:

When architect Bertram Goodhue started plans for the library in 1922, he intended for the main entry to face Hope Street.  At that time, the City didn't even own the land that runs from the library to Flower Street. 

A Free Live Music Performance from LA’s Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, February 8, 2015

It is often said that Don Carlo is Giuseppe Verdi’s most ambitious masterpiece.  This emotion-filled opera about love and politics in 16th Century Spain is also one of his most profound operas.   This opera premiered in Paris in 1867 and was reworked several times to Verdi’s specifications.  La Traviata, Otello and Aida may be more well-known, but Don Carlo is the opera lover’s dream opera. 

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