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A blog for the Subject Departments of the Central Library

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heart illustrations in red and pink with the text, romance novels.
Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department, August 21, 2017

Romance is in the air, and on the page and the tablet and the smart phone. August is Read-a-Romance Month, and it’s a great time to settle into an air-conditioned library (or on a bright, sunny beach or really anywhere) with a fabulously satisfying romance. You won’t be alone. According to the Romance Writers of America, the romance novel share of the U.S. fiction market was 34% in 2015 (...

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Buddhist monks

Karma: the good, the bad and the creative

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Several months ago while driving home during rush hour on a Friday night, my fiancée and I noticed a young teenager lying unconscious on the side of a busy street.  We pulled over and called 911 to hopefully provide some help for him.

Lee Lawrie's Wise Owls Decorate the Library

Central Docents, Central Library, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The doors of wisdom are never shut. - Benjamin Franklin

The classic icon of wisdom, the owl, is found in several places around the original Bertram Goodhue Library building. These owls are not hidden, but they may not be obvious to the casual visitor.


August 14, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 14, 2016 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 15, 2016

The Girls by Emma Cline remains #1 on the Lo


Chinese New Books - August 2016

Julie Shu, Librarian, International Languages Department, Saturday, August 13, 2016

中文新書 - 2016.8 
Chinese New Books - 8.2016


International L.A.

Teresa Mons, Librarian, Young Adult Services, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Los Angeles has been a multi-cultural, polyglot city from the earliest times.


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

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

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

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi regains the #1 spot on the 


Groovy, complicated heraldic achievement

The Language of Heraldry

Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, August 8, 2016

I recently completed an online heraldry class conducted by the University of Strathclyde, and I learned a great deal that will be helpful to me as a genealogy librarian. 


Brexit: Politics and Economics Upended

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Friday, August 5, 2016

On June 23, 2016, citizens in the UK and Gibraltar voted on the Brexit referendum to determine whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union (EU).  The Leave camp won by almost 52% which immediately sent shockwaves throughout the UK and the world.


Movie Theatre Image

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, August 3, 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.


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