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Aerial view of fire, April 29,1986. Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Central Docents, Central Library, April 29, 2016

This year, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most catastrophic fire of a library building in the U.S. It occurred at our Central Library.

Fire and library experts had been warning for years that, should a fire occur, it would be catastrophic, destroy everything, both contents and the structure.

Taking that as the dire warning it was, the city...

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The Legacy of the Central Library Fire

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Thursday, April 28, 2016

On the morning of April 29, 1986, librarian Dan Dupill was answering telephone calls at the Literature Reference Desk at Central Library.


Supreme Court Building By Jeff Kubina (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Supreme Court of the United States

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States has been in the news quite a bit lately due to the February 13, 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, his possible replacement, the political process surrounding the appointment, and the various high-profile cases in front of “the highest court in the land

April 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney


Long-lost Lucretius Poem Still Resonates

Central Docents, Central Library, Friday, April 22, 2016

If you've taken one of our free library tours, we've probably pointed out the quotation over the Flower Street entrance from Lucretius: “Like runners they bear on the lamp of life."


Ernie Pyle & National Columnists’ Day

Llyr Heller, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 18th marks National Columnists’ Day, started in memory of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Ernie Pyle, who was killed in World War II. His eloquence in his subject matter, the lives of everyday men in the world of war, struck a chord in America.


April 17, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 17, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Best Sellers Lists this week


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. April 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, April 15, 2016

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.


IRS Warns of the “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams”

Ken Benham, Librarian, Business Department, Monday, April 11, 2016

We can celebrate the end of the 2015 Tax Year with three extra days to file, April 18th this year due to the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia.


Social Security Cards

Social Security Claiming Changes Starting May 1st

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Thursday, April 7, 2016
Changes are coming soon to two claiming strategies to maximize Social Security payments, courtesy of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, especially section 831
 
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Tai Chi

Learning Tai Chi

International Languages Department, Central Library, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The last Saturday of April marks the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. The purpose of this day is to promote the related disciplines of Tai chi and Qigong internationally, as well as acting as an information source on medical research and finding classes for practice. 


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