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World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare
World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare
David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, January 9, 2017

Here is a riddle from Shakespeare: “The more I give to thee, the more I have.” Who speaks these words and what do they mean? Shakespeare’s plays, more than any other author’s works in world literature, have been adapted on screen since the birth of cinema. Please join us for the screenings of the following films:

~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream - directed by Michael Hoffman



Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 22, 2016

Among the many treasures in the Literature & Fiction department is our poetry collection, which clocks in at around 20,000 titles.  Since February is African-American Heritage Month, what better time to spotlight a few of these fabulous poets?

Tammy Jenkins

A Saturday Serenade: Video

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Thursday, February 18, 2016

On Saturday, February 6th the LAPL Musicians performed A Saturday Serenade to an enthusiastic audience in the Taper Auditorium.

Display case by the Circulation Desk

The Language of Love in World Literature

International Languages Department, Central Library, Saturday, February 13, 2016

What is love? Smiling to a stranger? Thinking of a special someone? Visiting the library? “There are as many kinds of love, as there are hearts,” says Tolstoy in Anna Karenina.

Bowie Bonds

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mourned by his many fans across the world, the late David Bowie (1947-2016), famous musician, performer, fashion icon, artist, and actor, is less widely known for his incredible business acumen.  In 1997, Bowie was the first musician to securitize the rights

Hidden Spaces and Forgotten Places in the Library

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, February 8, 2016

Have you ever climbed the old marble staircase in our Central Library and, glancing up, spied a lit window cozily lined with books and plants?

February 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

February 7, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, February 8, 2016

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout is #1 on the 

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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. February 2016 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, February 5, 2016

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.

Saturday Serenade

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Los Angeles Public Library has some very gifted musicians.  When I started working in the Art, Music & Recreation Department I found out that some of my colleagues in the department were musical.


Going for the Gold: African Americans and the 1984 Olympic Summer Games

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As we look towards the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Brazil this summer and possibly a Los Angeles-hosted Olympics in 2024, it's hard to not look back at the 1984 Summer Games which was one of the city's crowning achievements. During two weeks in late July/e

Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlas, Sheet 469, 1950.

Central Avenue: Dunbar Hotel

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, February 2, 2016

As a salute to Black History Month we present a brief glance at the epicenter of Central Avenue in the once glamorous and glorious Dunbar Hotel.