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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, July 21, 2014

When in the second half of the last century Isaac Bashevich Singer was awarded a Noble Prize for Literature, he raised an interesting question: “People ask me often, ‘Why do you write in a dying language?’” And he tried to explain: “There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life… each encounter of...

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Ann Dvorak Photo

There's More to Local History Research Than the "Los Angeles Times"

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Friday, November 8, 2013

When I first started researching the life of 1930s/40s film star Ann Dvorak back in 1998, the Internet was around but there wasn’t much to be found on her.


Writing groups in Los Angeles

A Guide to Writing Groups in Los Angeles

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Writing Groups in Los Angeles

Here in the Literature and Fiction department, we meet a lot of aspiring writers looking for a chance to practice their craft and get a second opinion on their latest work.


GMO Tomatoes

GMOs and Global Warming: Whose Science Is It Anyway?

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Monday, November 4, 2013

The threat of global warming vs. the safety of food biotechnology: Which enjoys greater support from international scientific bodies? The Science Department has available many recent books by impassioned defenders and detractors on both sides of both of these debates.


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November 3 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, November 4, 2013

No changes atop the Los Angeles Times Best Seller lists this week.


Business & Economics Department Halloween Tricks & Treats

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Friday, November 1, 2013

Santa Anas blow chill and autumn days of mellow fruitfulness are at an end. The Harvest Moon has risen and set. The day shortens, the shadows lengthen; Halloween creeps into the Business & Economics Department.

 


A picture of Dr. Melvin Schrier who donated a big collection of menus and two ladies.

Major donation to the LAPL Menu collection

Ani Boyadjian, Principal Librarian, Research & Special Collections, Monday, October 28, 2013

There’s something about restaurant menus--especially th


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October 27, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 28, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things is the new number one book on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list this week.


Crime Scene yellow tape for Teen’Scape CSI event

Death in the Stacks: Teen’Scape CSI Coming Soon!

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This October has been a busy month for Teen'Scape, with a Big Draw LA program where we made a Central Library collage, sugar skull decorating and our all-day


Halloween Carved Pumpkin

Where My Witches At: Gearing up for Halloween with Western Costume company and the Art Department

Art Department, Central Library, Monday, October 21, 2013

Well, it’s time little spooks to get your ‘creep’ on. To help with your decorations, costumes, treats, and pranks, here is a list of do-it-yourself guides to pumpkin carving, creating creepy creatures, planning parties and food creations, scaring your neighbors and yourself.


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October 20, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 21, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell's newest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants debuts at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction best seller list this week.


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