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March 8: International Women’s Day - Graphic
David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, March 5, 2015

What is the innermost secret of a woman’s heart?  Throughout centuries, poets, philosophers, devotees in the fields of art and science have come across this question at one time or another. And yet, the mystery remains as pristine and pure as a rose to a nightingale on the first day of creation, finding an elegant expression in a fairy tale.

In Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow...

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HORSETRADING AND ANGRY FEMINISTS: CENTRAL’S BACKSTORY

Central Docents, Central Library, Thursday, March 5, 2015

As you learn on our daily docent led tours, The Richard J Riordan Central Library has almost 90 years of fascinating history.  But some of most intriguing chapters in the building’s story occurred before the library even opened its doors for the first time in 1926.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. March 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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.


March 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, March 2, 2015

After an absence of a few weeks, 


Broken Hart

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Saturday, February 28, 2015

During his all-too-brief lifetime, Lorenz Hart penned the words to more than 500 songs, many of which have since found their way into the Great American Songbook.


Vacation Without Humiliation

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Friday, February 27, 2015

As African American Heritage Month draws to a close, I would like to bring your attention to a largely unknown chapter of American history.


What Comes Next? Fiction Series and Sequels

What Comes Next? Fiction Series and Sequels

Robert Anderson, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Are you trying to remember a detective series you enjoyed, but only the main character's first name comes to mind?


From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Imagine receiving a letter from a remote island. Imagine the journey it has ventured to reach the shores of here and now. In what language is the letter? Who is it from? How many years has it been awandering and what adventures has it encountered on its way to us?


Fascinating Rhythm

Fascinating Rhythm

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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.


February 15, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 15, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week, 


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