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I have always felt it was a shame that so many maps and the stories they tell are buried in drawers where no one can hear them. Over the past decade and a half I have been able to let some of these cartographic stories see the light of day in exhibits and through the flawed magic of the Internet.

The postage stamp may fit in the palm of the hand, but the information it may visually convey may extend far and wide, as it is the case with Stamps around the World, a month-long exhibition in the International Languages department. Here’s a closer look at some of the stamps. 


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...