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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, 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.  We stayed close to him until an ambulance came and were able to transport him to a hospital.  As paramedics were loading up the young man a...

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Teen’Scape Revisited: YA Library after Nearly Two Decades

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, November 23, 2015

When you take our free, daily, docent-led art and architecture tours of the Los Angeles Central Library, we always point out Teen’Scape, one of the nation’s first libraries within a library designed by and exclusively for teens.  Architect Robert Coffee created the unique space, which opened


Teen’Scape: The Origin Story

Central Docents, Central Library, Thursday, November 12, 2015

When you take our free, daily, docent-led art and architecture tours of the Los Angeles Central Library, we always point out Teen’Scape, one of the nation’s first libraries within a library designed by and exclusively for teens.   The 4,000 square-foot area includes the “living room,” c


November is National Scholarship Month

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Tuesday, November 10, 2015

According to data from the Labor Department, the price index for college tuition grew by nearly 80% between 2003 and 2013. That’s nearly twice as fast as growth in medical care costs. In fact, the price of higher education is growing faster than most household incomes can keep up with.


November 8, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

November 8, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, November 9, 2015

John Grisham's Rogue Lawyer debuts at #1 on 


November 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

November 1, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Garth Risk Hallberg's novel on New York in the 1970s, City on Fire, debuts a


Central Library hosts National Novel Writing Month every Monday

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, November 2, 2015

Stories matter. Everyone has a story in them and many have a novel just waiting to get out -- but how to start?  And once started, the difficulty of finding time or encouragement in this lonely process can be fatal to the creative urge.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. November 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, November 1, 2015

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.


Panelists for SHADOW OF ANGELS

Shadow of Angels

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, October 30, 2015

Maybe it’s the light, the brilliant golden light, that seems to make the shadows darker.  Maybe because Los Angeles is situated as a tenuous oasis on the edge of deserts as unforgiving as the moon?


Ready to become a Street Librarian?

Russell Garrigan, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It all started with a grocery bag full of used books.


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