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International Languages Department, Central Library, September 16, 2014

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art with practical health benefits. It descends from Qigong, having its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. Tai Chi involves a series of slow and meditative body movements, originally designed for self-defense, as well...

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Learn a New Language, Hone Your Academic Skills or Take a Course for Personal Enrichment with LAPL's Online Learning Resources!

David B., Librarian, InfoNow, Thursday, November 21, 2013

For people who need to have a basic knowledge of a foreign language:   

Mango Languages

Accessible from any computer via the web, LAPL Library Card required


Dignitaries unveiled the John F. Kennedy plaque on the floor of the L.A. Coliseum

November 22, 1963

Cindy McNaughton, Senior Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I know exactly where I was the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 1963.  I imagine most Americans 55 or older today remember where they were that day.  At 12.30 p.m. Central Standard Time, John F.


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November 17 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, November 18, 2013

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell remains number one on the Hardcover Nonfiction list for the fifth week in a row, while Donna Tartt's 


More Gems from LAPL's Periodical Collection

Steven Kilgore, Access Services, Friday, November 15, 2013

Some of my favorite requests come from a bound periodical called Paradise Of the Pacific: Hawaii’s Illustrated Monthly Magazine. The library has bound issues from (1933:04-1966:06.) This little gem is filled with poetry, articles on Hawaiian customs, bits of history, agricultu


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Read It First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. November 2013

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, November 14, 2013

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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November 10 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch , her much-awaited follow-up to The Secret History and


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Twitter Los Angeles

Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow, Tuesday, November 12, 2013

For the fun, quirky and just plain good information on everything Los Angeles, below is a list of some of the best Los Angeles related Twitter feeds to follow.  To sign up for Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com and create a profile.  Once a Twitt


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There's More to Local History Research Than the "Los Angeles Times"

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Friday, November 8, 2013

When I first started researching the life of 1930s/40s film star Ann Dvorak back in 1998, the Internet was around but there wasn’t much to be found on her.


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A Guide to Writing Groups in Los Angeles

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Thursday, November 7, 2013

Writing Groups in Los Angeles

Here in the Literature and Fiction department, we meet a lot of aspiring writers looking for a chance to practice their craft and get a second opinion on their latest work.


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GMOs and Global Warming: Whose Science Is It Anyway?

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Monday, November 4, 2013

The threat of global warming vs. the safety of food biotechnology: Which enjoys greater support from international scientific bodies? The Science Department has available many recent books by impassioned defenders and detractors on both sides of both of these debates.


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