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As we enter week three of our "I-Heart-Hart-Fest," some of you might be wondering, "What's the big deal about this Hart guy?"  Well, I am here to tell you that it's all about word choice and rhythm.  Lorenz Hart was a master of both.  His genius lay in the way he built very intricate rhyme structures out of seemingly simple words that nestled perfectly into the music or tap-danced straight across it, depending on the needs of the song.

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.

In her debut novel, screenwriter Amy Talkington cooks up a boarding school murder mystery and ghost story with a dash of romance, too.

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.

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.

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