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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library


Part of the booklist cover page

Thank you @LAHistory!

September 05, 2014

We want to thank @LAHistory for tweeting about a bit of Los Angeles Public Library history: an LAPL booklist produced in the months after the 1

The Power of Popular Culture

August 11, 2014

“Popular culture represents a common denominator, something that cuts across most economic, social and educational barriers.”- Edward Jay Whetmore

Government Mobile Apps

July 14, 2014
Want to get away? Looking for a new place to live? Check out the Census Bureau’s dwellr app for Android and Apple smart devices (

LGBT History in California

June 16, 2014
Many people consider the June 27, 1969 Stonewall Riot in Greenwich Village, New York as the starting point for the gay rights movement in this country.

PROM SEASON in the Southland

April 25, 2014
Couple at the prom [graphic] / White's Studios from LAPL Photo Collection
"Danny and his prom date Bertha at San Fernando High School"
April brings an array of annual rites and rituals:  taxes, the home opener of Dodger Baseball, and prom


Women's History Month

March 12, 2014

Image:  Suffragettes on parade, LAPL Photo Collection

Describing social etiquette with 3 victorians

Mrs. Grundy Then and Now: Historical Etiquette Books

October 11, 2013

“[Women] aren’t supposed to know how much dinner-for-two comes to or how generous your escort tips. So don’t look very interested when the waiter brings the check. It’s his privilege to scan the figures on the bill before paying it.

Book Covers

Historical True Crime Books

September 06, 2013

Did you know that within certain aisles of the Social Science Department lurks the largest collection of con men, burglars, criminals, mobsters, murderers, rogues, and scoundrels that you will ever have the misfortune to find?