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The intersection of Adams and San Pedro today
Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, May 20, 2016

If you drive through the neighborhood around the intersection of Adams and San Pedro Street today, you will see a strip mall and on the opposite corner a clothing store.  Everywhere you look, there are businesses with signs in Spanish, reflecting the predominantly Latino population.  What you won’t find are many signs of the Chinese community that lived in the area between the 1930s...

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August 16, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 16, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 17, 2015

Harper Lee's return to publishing, Go Set a Watchman


Mixtapes Are Back!

Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, August 14, 2015

Not to show my age, but I recently put  together a mixtape after a decade long hiatus.


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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. August 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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.


Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"

The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What’s in a name?  The stories behind the names of the streets, avenues, roads, and boulevards of Los Angeles reveal much about the history of our city, from its beginning as a tiny pueblo to today's sprawling metropolis of 3.8 million.  A list of L.A.


August 2, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 2, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Harper Lee's return to publishing, Go Set a Watchmanis the new #1 book on


$10 Worth of Controversy

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Monday, August 3, 2015

In June 2015, US Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, introduced The New 10 Campaign in which a woman will be featured on the newly redesigned $10 bill in the year 2020.  The circulation of the new $10 bill will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right t


New Test Preparation for High School Equivalency Certificate Exams

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In recent years, high school education in America has evolved to prepare students for the changing demands of entry level careers, vocational and technical schools and introductory college courses.  Change has also come to the GED (General Education Development) high school equivalency exam,


Tech Tuesdays @ Central Library 1st Floor Lobby: E-media at your fingertips

Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow, Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Would you like to know how you can download free movies from the library’s website?  Would you like to know how to download free music which you can actually keep?  Would you like to know how you can download e-books to your Kindle or iPad? 


CLASSIC TAI CHI CLASSES

International Languages Department, Central Library, Monday, July 27, 2015

Please join us for free classic Tai Chi classes by Instructor Bill Cheng. Each class will include introduction and interpretation of classic Tai Chi forms, exercises, as well as questions and answers.


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