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Central Docents, Central Library, August 27, 2015

Our free, daily, art and architecture tour of L.A.'s Central Library almost always begin by taking a look at the exterior of the historic 1926 Goodhue Building.  Architect Bertram Goodhue and his colleague, Carlton Winslow, conceived the expansive Flower Street area as an outdoor reading room, filled with trees, plants, and sitting areas. 

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Opera in the Library

Caroline Zakarian, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Monday, February 2, 2015

A Free Live Music Performance from LA’s Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, February 8, 2015


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Celebrating African American History Month with the LAPL Photo Collection

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Friday, January 30, 2015

Activist Malcolm X appears as a spectator during a 1964 court trial in Los Angeles. (Herald Examiner Collection)


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Around the World in 30 Seconds

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, January 26, 2015

Imagine traveling around the world in thirty seconds, while looking at thirty books – each in a different language. That’s one book per second. Imagine the treasures to be discovered in this short amount of time. Is this possible?


Digital technology

Let's Get Digical

Russell Garrigan, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, January 23, 2015

A popular dance song from the 1980s was called, “Let’s Get Physical,” sung by Olivia Newton-John.  Here’s a suggestion for a new song title with a technology slant, “Let’s Get Digical.”  What’s does digical mean?  It means combined physical and digital innovations.  Who invent


2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, January 22, 2015
On Monday the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced.

January 18, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 18, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For the fifth week in a row, All the Light We Cannot See


SELF-e Presented by Library Journal is a self-publishing program for authors

YOUR BOOK CAN BE PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, January 16, 2015
INDIE AUTHOR DAY JANUARY 17 1-5 PM at CENTRAL LIBRARY
 
YOUR BOOK CAN BE PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY
 
Beatrix Potter, Christopher Paolini, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg,  John

January 18, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 11, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 13, 2015

For the fourth week in a row, All the Light We Cannot See


Armed Serviced Editions

Weapons in the War of Ideas

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Sunday, January 11, 2015

One of the many special and unique items at Central Library is a collection of ASE books.  Armed Services Editions, popularly known as ASEs, are pocket-sized books made for and distributed to American servicemen around the world during World War II. 


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