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The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema
Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru Takemitsu. Films with soundtracks by Takemitsu are available to LAPL patrons in our DVD collection...

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April 23, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 23, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders remains at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Fict


Money Matter$: Know More. Make More. Library Logo

April is Financial Literacy Month

Richard Kraus, Librarian III, Business Department, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April has been designated by annual congressional resolutions since April 2004 as “Financial Literacy Month” to “raise pub


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Baseball Poetry

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, April 14, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and it's also the month that Major League Baseball kicks off a brand-new season.


April 9, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 16, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders returns to #1 on the Los Angeles Times Fict


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

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, April 6, 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.


April 2, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 2, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

After a week out of the top spot, Hillbilly Elegy by J. D.


Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Musical Ultra-Modernist and Folklorist

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is widely recognized both as the most important American woman composer of the Twentieth Century, and as a major figure in the study and preservation of American folk music.


March 26, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 26, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders retains the top spot

“Luck is believing you’re lucky.” —Tennessee Williams

Spotlight on Literary Birthdays: Tennessee Williams

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams was born on March 26th, 1911 to Cornelius and Edwina Williams. His childhood will ring familiar to those who know his work; abusive, unstable and steeped in Southern tradition.


March 19, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

March 19, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, March 19, 2017
No changes to the top of the Best Seller Lists for the week of March 19, 2017 as Hillbilly Elegy by J.

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