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The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
Central Docents, Central Library, September 29, 2014

When you meet your docent in the main lobby of the Central Library, the first art piece you'll see is the vibrant mural overhead that spans the vaulted ceiling. Our daily, free, hour-long art and architecture tour starts right there.

The painting, which measures 36 feet by 36 feet, is by Los Angeles artist Renee Petropoulos, and she named it The Seven Centers.In the early 1990’...

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City Librarian Tessa Kelso

Tessa Kelso: Sinful City Librarian

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, September 26, 2014
Banned Books Week offers the opportunity to introduce one of the most colorful librarians in city history and her battle with the moralistic mugwumps of fin de siecle Los Angeles.
 
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September 21, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 21, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, September 22, 2014

The top of both Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Lists remains unchanged as Haruki Murakami's latest novel, 


HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus by G. Hartwick in "The Polar World," 1874

The No-Longer-Lost Franklin Expedition

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Sunday, September 21, 2014

On Sept. 8, 2014, the Canadian Prime Minister announced that one of the ships from the doomed Franklin Expedition had been found in the Arctic. Canadian scientists have been searching for the ships since 2008.


Women, Activism and Religion in America

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Friday, September 19, 2014
Members of the  Women's Christian Temperance Union - LAPL Photo Collection
Although many of the world's religions have traditionally more patriarchal structures, women have nevertheless played import

Tai Chi Workshop

International Languages Department, Central Library, Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art with practical health benefits. It descends from Qigong, having its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of slow and meditative body move


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Los Angeles Public Library Means Business

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Los Angeles Public Library means business.

Your Los Angeles Public Library card can serve as a key that can help open the doors of your business and keep them open.


September 14, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 14, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, September 14, 2014

The top of both Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Lists remains unchanged as Haruki Murakami's latest novel, 


Funky Skull Nail Art by Kayleigh O'Connor

Nail Art!

Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I tell everyone, all the time, that the Science, Technology & Patents Department is a very serious place.


September 7, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

September 7, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Haruki Murakami's latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is #1 o


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