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book cover of punch escrow and author photo of Tai M. Klein
Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library, August 16, 2017

Tal M. Klein was born in Israel, grew up in New York, and currently lives in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. When his daughter Iris was five years old, she wrote a book called I’m a Bunch of Dinosaurs that went on to become one of the most successful children’s book projects ever on Kickstarter — something that Tal explained to Iris by telling her, “...

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Book covers for The Late Show, Paradise Valley, and The Lying Game

August 13, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 14, 2017

The Late Show by Michael Connelly remains at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, while 


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There Will Be Darkness: The Great American Eclipse

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Friday, August 11, 2017

Here in Los Angeles, we’re known for the sun. We get a lot of it. It’s long been a selling point for people moving to the region.


August 6, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 6, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, August 6, 2017

Not much movement on the Los Angeles Times Best Seller Lists this week although The Late Show by Michael Connelly debuts at #1 on the Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List. 


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Read It First! Film Adaptations Headed to Theatres Near You. August 2017 Edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 31, 2017

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.


July 30, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

July 30, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, July 29, 2017

House of Spies by Daniel Silva debuts in the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover


Detail of a Wonder Woman illustration by Nicola Scott

13 Comics and Graphic Novels You Should Read This Summer

Madeline Peña, Senior Librarian, Digital Content Team, Saturday, July 29, 2017

Comics lovers, you’re in luck! Your Los Angeles Public Library card gives you free and instant access to more than 10,000 comics titles through our hoopla digital collection.


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Song a Day for a Month Concert

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, July 28, 2017
Song-A-Day for a Month is a community of individuals who challenge each others' creativity in an interesting way.

Bugsy Siegel and attorneys

A Quiet Evening with a Quick Death — The Demise of Bugsy Siegel

Photo Friends, Friday, July 21, 2017

On June 20, 1947, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, the East Coast mobster who had relocated to and prospered in Los Angeles and was now intent on building up Las Vegas, sat in his girlfriend’s living room in Beverly Hills.


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Bruce Lee: Artist and Philosopher

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bruce Lee died tragically young at the age of 32 of cerebral edema but his legacy lives on.


July 16, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

July 16, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, July 17, 2017

The Force by Don Winslow moves into the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week, while


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