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International Languages Department, Central Library, September 16, 2014

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art with practical health benefits. It descends from Qigong, having its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of slow and meditative body movements, originally designed for self-defense, as well...

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Best Sellers

January 19, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is #1 for an 10th week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List.  For the third week in a row there are no debuts on the Fiction List.


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Mindful Meditation

Andrea Borchert, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Having a brain can be exhausting, especially when you feel like you are not using it particularly well. Like, for example, when you lock your keys in the car because you’re so busy thinking about how to open a blog post.


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Wonderful Things: King Tut's Tomb

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The archeaologist Howard Carter toiled in Egypt for three decades with little success. Under the sponsorship of Lord Carnarvon, he spent seven years searching the Valley of the Kings for the tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamen. Yet by November of 1922, Carter's luck was running out.


Best Sellers

January 12, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is #1 for an ninth week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List.  For the second week in a row there are no debuts on the Fiction List.


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How to get a Green Card with author Nelson Castillo

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, January 9, 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014 

12:30 p.m.

Central Library - Meeting Room A


Best Sellers

January 5, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is #1 for an eigth week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. January 2014 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, January 6, 2014

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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Programs and Services for Teens at Central Library

Russell Garrigan, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Thursday, January 2, 2014

Looking for a place to meet up with your friends in downtown Los Angeles where you can get free wireless connectivity and a big table to meet and work or even watch a movie on a big screen TV if you like?


My Hitchcockian Quest

Alma Brand, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, December 19, 2013

"This is why Hitchcock's films will survive, because they give food for thought. They unsettle us and we don't know why. They do not assume we are morons, they let us work things out for ourselves.


Charlie Chaplin at the witness stand as the defendant in a paternity suit

All Rise! Hollywood & the Herald Go to Court

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, December 17, 2013

There were two types of stories the Los Angeles Herald loved to cover – celebrity and scandal. If the two subjects happened to be merged under the same headline, that was even better.


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