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Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Giovanna Mannino, Director
Upcoming Events at Central Library
August 20, 2014 11:00AM to 11:30AM

Stories, songs, fingerplays, and more for ages 2 - 5.  Reservations required for groups of five or...

August 20, 2014 12:00PM to 1:30PM

Bring your latest project and your lunch, and join us for an informal knitting and crochet get-together.

August 20, 2014 4:00PM
Teens, learn to knit! Some supplies are offered. Knit sweaters for penguins or hats for friends.
August 21, 2014 12:30PM to October 9, 2014 1:00PM

Join us for a free guided mindfulness meditation session. Each session will include opening comments, a guided meditation and/or silent...

August 21, 2014 6:00PM to 8:00PM

The Los Angeles Public Library is dusting off its 16mm projector for a special one-time screening with live musical accompaniment! 

August 22, 2014 3:30PM

Make new friends while playing games on the X-box 360 Kinect, the Wii or any of our various board and card games.<.

August 23, 2014 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Have you ever thought about starting your own business?

August 23, 2014 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Magician Tony Daniels proves that reading really is magic in this funny and magical show.

August 23, 2014 2:00PM

Los Angeles author Bronwyn Mauldin reads from her latest novel, Love Songs of the Revolution – a literary...

Ongoing Events

Genealogy Research - There will be a genealogy librarian available to answer in-person questions at the History & Genealogy Dept. Reference Desk, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on most Mondays and Saturdays. Call Central Library at 213-228-7000 to confirm dates.

Fiction Hot Titles

Non-Fiction Hot Titles

  • Capital in the twenty-first century

    Capital in the twenty-first century

    Piketty, Thomas, 1971-
  • Hard choices

    Hard choices

    Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
  • Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

    Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption

    Hillenbrand, Laura.
  • Flash boys

    Flash boys

    Lewis, Michael.
  • David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants

    David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants

    Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
  • Think like a freak : the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain

    Think like a freak : the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain

    Levitt, Steven D.
  • Business adventures [by] John Brooks.

    Business adventures [by] John Brooks.

    Brooks, John, 1920-1993.
  • Blood feud : the Clintons vs. the Obamas

    Blood feud : the Clintons vs. the Obamas

    Klein, Edward, 1936-
  • Let&#039;s just say it wasn&#039;t pretty

    Let's just say it wasn't pretty

    Keaton, Diane.
  • #Girlboss

    #Girlboss

    Amoruso, Sophia.
  • Grain brain : the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar--your brain&#039;s silent killers

    Grain brain : the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar--your brain's silent killers

    Perlmutter, David, 1954- author.
  • Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Strayed, Cheryl, 1968-
  • Can&#039;t we talk about something more pleasant?

    Can't we talk about something more pleasant?

    Chast, Roz, author, illustrator.
  • Orange is the new black : my year in a woman&#039;s prison

    Orange is the new black : my year in a woman's prison

    Kerman, Piper.
  • Diary of a mad diva

    Diary of a mad diva

    Rivers, Joan.
  • The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    The boys in the boat : nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    Brown, Daniel, 1951-
  • 10% happier : how I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works : a true story

    10% happier : how I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works : a true story

    Harris, Dan, 1971-
  • A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal

    A spy among friends : Kim Philby and the great betrayal

    MacIntyre, Ben.
  • Carsick

    Carsick

    Waters, John, 1946-
  • Outliers : the story of success

    Outliers : the story of success

    Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
  • The madwoman in the Volvo : my year of raging hormones

    The madwoman in the Volvo : my year of raging hormones

    Loh, Sandra Tsing, author.
  • The divide : American injustice in the age of the wealth gap

    The divide : American injustice in the age of the wealth gap

    Taibbi, Matt.
  • I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

    I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

    Yousafzai, Malala, 1997- author.
  • The body book : the law of hunger, the science of strength, the power of knowledge, and other ways to love your amazing body

    The body book : the law of hunger, the science of strength, the power of knowledge, and other ways to love your amazing body

    Diaz, Cameron, author.
  • I said yes to everything : a memoir

    I said yes to everything : a memoir

    Grant, Lee, 1927-
  • A fighting chance

    A fighting chance

    Warren, Elizabeth.
  • No place to hide : Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. surveillance state

    No place to hide : Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. surveillance state

    Greenwald, Glenn, author.
  • The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day

    The improbability principle : why coincidences, miracles, and rare events happen every day

    Hand, D. J. (David J.), 1950-
  • The mockingbird next door : life with Harper Lee

    The mockingbird next door : life with Harper Lee

    Mills, Marja.
  • Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings

    Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings

    Knight, Michelle, 1981- author.
  • The confidence code : the science and art of self-assurance -- what women should know

    The confidence code : the science and art of self-assurance -- what women should know

    Kay, Katty.
  • Heaven is for real : a little boy&#039;s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back

    Heaven is for real : a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back

    Burpo, Todd.
  • Unbroken : a World War II airman&#039;s story of survival, resilience, and redemption

    Unbroken : a World War II airman's story of survival, resilience, and redemption

    Hillenbrand, Laura.
  • I don&#039;t know what you know me from : confessions of a co-star

    I don't know what you know me from : confessions of a co-star

    Greer, Judy, 1975-
  • In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler&#039;s Berlin

    In the garden of beasts : love, terror, and an American family in Hitler's Berlin

    Larson, Erik.
  • My promised land : the triumph and tragedy of Israel

    My promised land : the triumph and tragedy of Israel

    Shavit, Ari, author.
  • The blood sugar solution 10-day detox diet : activate your body&#039;s natural ability to burn fat and lose weight fast

    The blood sugar solution 10-day detox diet : activate your body's natural ability to burn fat and lose weight fast

    Hyman, Mark, 1959- author.
  • How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking

    How not to be wrong : the power of mathematical thinking

    Ellenberg, Jordan, 1971- author.
  • The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames

    The good spy : the life and death of Robert Ames

    Bird, Kai, author.
  • Thrive : the third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder

    Thrive : the third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder

    Huffington, Arianna Stassinopoulos, 1950-
  • How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines

    How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines

    Foster, Thomas C.
  • The gifts of imperfection : let go of who you think you&#039;re supposed to be and embrace who you are

    The gifts of imperfection : let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are

    Brown, Brené.
  • Daily rituals : how artists work

    Daily rituals : how artists work

    Currey, Mason.
  • The phantom of Fifth Avenue : the mysterious life and scandalous death of heiress Huguette Clark

    The phantom of Fifth Avenue : the mysterious life and scandalous death of heiress Huguette Clark

    Gordon, Meryl.
  • Empty mansions : the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune

    Empty mansions : the mysterious life of Huguette Clark and the spending of a great American fortune

    Dedman, Bill.
  • Toss the gloss : beauty tips, tricks &amp; truths for women 50+

    Toss the gloss : beauty tips, tricks & truths for women 50+

    Robinson, Andrea Q., 1941-
  • Sons of wichita : how the Koch brothers became america&#039;s most powerful and private dynasty.

    Sons of wichita : how the Koch brothers became america's most powerful and private dynasty.

    Schulman, Daniel.
  • The glass castle : a memoir

    The glass castle : a memoir

    Walls, Jeannette.
  • Stress test : reflections on financial crises

    Stress test : reflections on financial crises

    Geithner, Timothy F.
  • Take this man : a memoir

    Take this man : a memoir

    Skyhorse, Brando.

YA Hot Titles

Children's Hot Titles


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August 20, 2014
By David B., Librarian

 The Los Angeles Public Library has many archival newspaper databases. You can find these resources by going to the Research and Homework  page on the LAPL website. Select... Continued

August 18, 2014
By Tamara Holub, Librarian

Stamp collecting is an extremely popular and diversified hobby with around 60 million collectors. Approximately 5 million people in the United States are stamp collectors. The hobby is also very... Continued

August 14, 2014
By David Kelly, Senior Librarian

A round-up of interesting book lists found on the internet on Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Top Ten Books Published this... Continued

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