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2016 motion picture releases from fear, suspense, horror genres from 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures
20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures
Summer, along with hot temperatures and family vacations, usually brings major blockbusters. This year, there are quite a few movies that fall into the supernatural and horror genres, including Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, The Conjuring 2, The Purge: Election Year, and Lights Out. What exactly is our fascination with aliens, ghosts and the unknown and why do we enjoy the...

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HISTORICAL L.A. HEALTH FADS

Stella Mittelbach, Librarian III, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Friday, June 24, 2016

For decades, Los Angeles (and the rest of Southern California) loved to market itself as a place where you could improve your health in the optimal climate of the region. (Pay no attention to the smog.) But much of the health information, good and bad, from the pre-smog era was hard to come by.


June 19, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 19, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two new books debut at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Lists for the week of June 19, 2016.


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Remembering Joseph Hansen: Father of the Gay Mystery Novel

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, June 17, 2016

“The point of fiction is to give the reader for a few hours the chance to be somebody else, to broaden and deepen his understanding of himself and the strangers among whom he has to pass his days.


Happy 90th Birthday, Goodhue Building!

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In July of 1926, Angelenos eagerly awaited the opening of the Los Angeles Central Library's new building, the first permanent home for the fifty-year-old library.


June 12, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 12, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 13, 2016

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin debuts as the 


Downtown Los Angeles, George Coupland Thomas, Thomas Brothers Map Company, 1946.

Gay Downtown Los Angeles

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, June 6, 2016

Previously, in writing about Pershing Square I neglected to describe the essential role the place had in the Gay history of Los Angeles. This post is an attempt to redress that lack of research and to recognize LGBT month at Los Angeles Public Library.


June 5, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

June 5, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, June 6, 2016

 Zero K by Don DeLillo is the 


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. June 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, June 2, 2016

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.


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Celebrating the Career of Greg Louganis Through the Lens of the Herald Examiner

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The 1984 Olympic Summer Games were a considerable success for the United States as both a host and competitor.


The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today

Revisiting East Adams

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Friday, May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  Wh


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