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The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
Central Docents, Central Library, September 29, 2014

When you meet your docent in the main lobby of the Central Library, the first art piece you'll see is the vibrant mural overhead that spans the vaulted ceiling. Our daily, free, hour-long art and architecture tour starts right there.

The painting, which measures 36 feet by 36 feet, is by Los Angeles artist Renee Petropoulos, and she named it The Seven Centers.In the early 1990’...

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La Tarjeta Verde Book Cover

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.


The logo of Teen'Scape event

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.


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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