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A blog for the Subject Departments of the Central Library

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The words stand up for your right to read with flames in the background.
Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, September 25, 2016

This September 25th through October 1st, celebrate the 34th annual Banned Books Week with us!  

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Ammendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books week...

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Buddhist monks

Karma: the good, the bad and the creative

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Several months ago while driving home during rush hour on a Friday night, my fiancée and I noticed a young teenager lying unconscious on the side of a busy street.  We pulled over and called 911 to hopefully provide some help for him.

Lee Lawrie's Wise Owls Decorate the Library

Central Docents, Central Library, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The doors of wisdom are never shut. - Benjamin Franklin

The classic icon of wisdom, the owl, is found in several places around the original Bertram Goodhue Library building. These owls are not hidden, but they may not be obvious to the casual visitor.


August 14, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 14, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 15, 2016

The Girls by Emma Cline remains #1 on the Lo


Chinese New Books - August 2016

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Saturday, August 13, 2016

中文新書 - 2016.8 
Chinese New Books - 8.2016


International L.A.

Teresa Mons, Librarian, International Languages Department, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Los Angeles has been a multi-cultural, polyglot city from the earliest times.


August 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 8, 2016

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi regains the #1 spot on the 


Groovy, complicated heraldic achievement

The Language of Heraldry

Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, August 8, 2016

I recently completed an online heraldry class conducted by the University of Strathclyde, and I learned a great deal that will be helpful to me as a genealogy librarian. 


Brexit: Politics and Economics Upended

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Friday, August 5, 2016

On June 23, 2016, citizens in the UK and Gibraltar voted on the Brexit referendum to determine whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union (EU).  The Leave camp won by almost 52% which immediately sent shockwaves throughout the UK and the world.


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