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Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)
Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, 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. She was born Ruth Porter Crawford on July 3, 1901 and raised in the small towns in the mid-West and...

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Betsy Graves Reyneau. Thurgood Marshall (detail). 1956. Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Web.

Thurgood Marshall - an American Hero

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Sunday, February 26, 2017

“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up” - Thurgood Marshall


Several Oscar aware statuettes lined up

The 2017 Academy Awards

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 24, 2017

The 89th Academy Awards celebration will be held on Sunday, February 26th. This year, films based on books were included in nearly every award category. In fact, 5 of the 9 films up for Best Picture were adapted from books!


Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin, Treemonisha and American Opera

Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the death, at the age of 49, of Scott Joplin, one of America's first great composers, and the composer of arguably the first important American opera: Treemonisha.


February 12, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 12, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead regains the #1 on

Love tree

Two LAPL Love Stories

Sheryn Morris, Librarian, Central Library, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Los Angeles Public Library has several branches and community rooms named in honor of notable writers. Two branches are named in honor of writers whose lives include wonderful love stories.


Tower Reconstruction, 1991.

What Are “Air Rights” and Why Are They Important to Central?

Central Docents, Central Library, Friday, February 10, 2017

The shortest answer to the question of importance is that without the funds which the city received for the sale of the air rights above the Central Library site, we might not have the Goodhue Building today.  Instead of being renovated, it easily might have been demolished.


February 5, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 5, 2017 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Roxane Gay's Difficult Women move to #1 on 

Movie Theatre Image

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 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.


The University of California at Los Angeles after trailing California at Berkeley through the first quarter, finally came into its own at the Memorial Coliseum. In this photo, Kenny Washington, brilliant Bruin halfback, is away to a smashing gain as his teammate, Woody Strode, effectively blocks out the California secondary defense. Dated November 4, 1939

Los Angeles and the Reintegration of the NFL

Bob Timmermann, Senior Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Dept., Friday, February 3, 2017

In 1995, after playing in Southern California for nearly 50 years, the Los Angeles Rams left the West Coast for the Midwest, to become the St. Louis Rams. They would stay there for 21 years, winning one Super Bowl title and losing in a second, before coming back to the Southland last year.


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