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Book of Sonnets
James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, January 20, 2017

This Saturday, January 21,  the LAPL hosts an opportunity for the general public to read their favorite Shakespeare Sonnets. Shakespeare’s Sonnets are...

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January 15, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 15, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is the new number one book on the Los Angeles

World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, January 9, 2017

Here is a riddle from Shakespeare: “The more I give to thee, the more I have.” Who speaks these words and what do they mean? Shakespeare’s plays, more than any other author’s works in world literature, have been adapted on screen since the birth of cinema.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. January 2017 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, January 5, 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.


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LAPL Photo Collection - Year in Review

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, December 28, 2016

As we enter this last week of 2016, let's take a look back at what the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection has been up to during the year. 


"Top Secret"

Tis the season for some spycraft

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Friday, December 23, 2016
The recent and ongoing news coverage of Russia’s alleged tampering with American elections is just the latest example of possible skulduggery between the two countries.

LAPL Reads Best of 2016 Book Lists

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Monday, December 19, 2016

These are the best books for 2016, selected by Librarians and other staff members of The Los Angeles Public Library.The lists do not reflect best-seller or award lists, but are books selected by those who volunteere


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Original Children's Room Holds Art and ... Secrets!

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I love taking tours through the old children’s room in the Central Library because it’s the only place in the building where one can stand close enough to the ceiling to see how artist Julian Garnsey’s painting skill created the illusion of wooden beams. The secret behind the illusion?


The Cost of Holiday Gifts Over Time

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Monday, December 12, 2016

Consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the 2016 holiday shopping season according to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.  Total holiday spending includes gifts for others, self


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, December 9, 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.


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