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Is this woman related to the King of Sweden?
Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, September 1, 2014

Am I related to anyone famous?

What is my ethnic background?

How far back can I go?  1800s?  1600s?  Adam and Eve?!!

Genealogy—the study of an individual’s ancestry—is a wildly popular hobby and profession. With access to online records and nifty family tree software...

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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.


Best Sellers

December 15, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 16, 2013

On the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is #1 for the sixth straight week.


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Isaac Asimov: Exploring the Fields of Knowledge

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How can we explore Los Angeles Public Library’s vast collection through the writings of a single author? Let’s talk about Isaac Asimov!


Best Sellers

December 8, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 9, 2013

In its fifth week on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics by Charles Krauthammer has moved into the top spot.


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The Business and Economics Collections: An Overview

Galina Stoyanova , Librarian, Business & Economics Department, Thursday, December 5, 2013

We have Business & Economics subjects covered very nicely. Our patrons contact us with questions like   - What was the exchange rate between US Dollar and British Pound in 1886?


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. December 2013 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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.


Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 1, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 2, 2013

After being displaced by Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann in the top spot of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list last week, Malcolm Gladwell's 


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November 24, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, which gives a behind the scenes look at the 2012 presidential campaign, debuts in the top spot of the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List this w


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