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International Languages Department, Central Library, 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 movements, originally designed for self-defense, as well...

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“Just One More Piece”: The Magic World of Puzzles

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Lacemaker by Tropinin


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The Man behind the Rotunda Murals

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, August 25, 2014

One of the most breathtaking stops on our daily Docent-led Art and Architecture Tours is the majestic Grand Rotunda, encircled by the pastel-toned murals by Dean Cornwell.   Eighty years after their unveiling, the 12 panels of scenes from California history still feel modern.  But


August 24, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 24, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, August 24, 2014

The new number one book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List this week is California


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Online Historical Newspaper Research at the Los Angeles Public Library

David B., Librarian, InfoNow, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 The Los Angeles Public Library has many archival newspaper databases. You can find these resources by going to the Research and Homework  page on the LAPL website.


August 17, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 17, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ben Macintyre's A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal debuts in the top spot on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List this w


An Introduction to Stamp Collecting

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Monday, August 18, 2014

Stamp collecting is an extremely popular and diversified hobby with around 60 million collectors. Approximately 5 million people in the United States are stamp collectors. The hobby is also very popular in Great Britain, China, India, and Singapore.


Big List of Book Lists III

Big List of Book Lists III

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, August 14, 2014

A round-up of interesting book lists found on the internet on Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Top Ten Books Published this Month that Librarians Across the Country LoveLibrary Reads


August 10, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 10, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Almost three years after its initial run on top of the best seller lists, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption 


The Power of Popular Culture

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Monday, August 11, 2014

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


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