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California Health News, March 15, 1933
Stella Mittelbach, Librarian III, Science, Technology & Patents Department, June 24, 2016

For decades, Los Angeles (and the rest of Southern California) loved to market itself as a place where you could improve your health in the optimal climate of the region. (Pay no attention to the smog.) But much of the health information, good and bad, from the pre-smog era was hard to come by. But, that has changed.

Central Library recently acquired a run of ...


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? 


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.

Everett Robbins Perry: Librarian with a Vision

Central Docents, Central Library, Monday, July 20, 2015

Our free, daily, art and architecture tour of L.A.'s central library begins in the 1926 Goodhue Building, famous for its sculpture, murals, painted ceilings, and wonderful architecture.  The building has another great feature, something which seems ordinary to modern eyes, but which wasn't o