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In recent years, high school education in America has evolved to prepare students for the changing demands of entry level careers, vocational and technical schools and introductory college courses.  Change has also come to the GED (General Education Development) high school equivalency exam, the nation’s standard in determining whether a student has mastered high school standards.

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, July 2, 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.


June 28, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 28, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, June 30, 2015

For the fourth week in a row the top of the Los Angeles Times Bests Seller Lists remain unchanged as 


Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera

Video: Opera in the Library

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, June 25, 2015

On Saturday, May 30th, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera performed excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi's Aida opera in the Taper Auditorium to a packed house.  If you missed it, here's a short video of some of the highlights from that performance.


June 21, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 21, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 22, 2015

Once again there are no changes to the top of the Los Angeles Times Bests Seller Lists this week as 


Money Mysteries

Money Mysteries: Or why is there an eyeball on the dollar bill?

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Monday, June 22, 2015

Who’s the guy on the old $10,000 note (Salmon Chase, note no longer printed)?  Is America on the gold standard (NO, not since June 1933)?  What’s the origin of the term “greenback” (a U.S.


Big List of Book Lists VII

Big List of Book Lists VII - Summer Reading Lists

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 18, 2015

A round-up of interesting summer reading lists found on the internet on Thursday, June 18, 2015.


The Colors of Serenity

The Colors of Serenity: Travel Photographs of Setsuko Owan

International Languages Department, Central Library, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In the story “The Last Dream of the Old Oak Tree” Hans Christian Andersen presents a short dialogue between a little fly and an oak tree. “Will all the beauty of the world come to an end when you die?” asks the little fly.


LGBT Collections moving to new call number area

Linda Rudell-Betts, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A number of years ago, a young man came to the reference desk with a question for the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department librarians.  He asked me why books about gay men were next to the shelves with incest and sexual bondage books.  He said that wasn't how he was at a


June 14, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 14, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 15, 2015

No changes to the top of the Los Angeles TImes Bests Seller Lists this week as 


Literate Fence

The Literate Fence: Championing Books, Reading & LA’s Diversity

Central Docents, Central Library, Saturday, June 13, 2015

The elegant Literate Fence, on the Fifth Street side of the library, was designed by Washington state industrial metal artist, Ries Niemi (b.1955). The Deco design, completed in 1993, echoes the design of the original library building.


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