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California Health News, March 15, 1933
Stella Mittelbach, Librarian III, Science, Technology & Patents Department, 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. But, that has changed.

 
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May 15, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 15, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney remains the #1 book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fictio


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, May 13, 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.


The Arcadian or Pastoral State, second painting in The Course of Empire, by Thomas Cole

Communes and the Quest for Utopia

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

If you live in Los Angeles or any other major city, you may sometimes dream of abandoning the traffic, congestion, and high cost of living for a simpler life.


May 8, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

May 8, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney remains the #1 book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fictio


Teen Artists Organize Comics & Cosplay Event in Teen'Scape

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Monday, May 2, 2016

There are three bulletin boards in Teen’Scape, all covered in artwork that was created by teen patrons who spend time in the department.


April 29 Marks 30th Anniversary of 1986 Fire

Central Docents, Central Library, Friday, April 29, 2016

This year, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the most catastrophic fire of a library building in the U.S. It occurred at our Central Library.


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The Legacy of the Central Library Fire

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Thursday, April 28, 2016

On the morning of April 29, 1986, librarian Dan Dupill was answering telephone calls at the Literature Reference Desk at Central Library.


Supreme Court Building By Jeff Kubina (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Supreme Court of the United States

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States has been in the news quite a bit lately due to the February 13, 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, his possible replacement, the political process surrounding the appointment, and the various high-profile cases in front of “the highest court in the land

April 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

April 24, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney


Long-lost Lucretius Poem Still Resonates

Central Docents, Central Library, Friday, April 22, 2016

If you've taken one of our free library tours, we've probably pointed out the quotation over the Flower Street entrance from Lucretius: “Like runners they bear on the lamp of life."


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