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Tai Chi
Tai Chi
International Languages Department, Central Library, September 1, 2015

Please join us for the second series of 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. 

The classes will be held on Saturdays – September 5, 12, 19, and October 10, 24, 31 – from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Meeting Room...

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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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Central Library Computer Classes

Eileen Y., Librarian, InfoNow, Friday, January 9, 2015

Learn How to Maneuver a Mouse, Create an E-Mail Account, Search the


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Lee Lawrie

Central Docents, Central Library, Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Anyone who's taken our free daily docent tour of the LA Central Library has seen the many contributions that architectural sculptor Lee Lawrie made to the Library's 1926 Goodhue Building. 


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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, January 6, 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.


January 4, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

January 4, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, January 5, 2015

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


Wealthy & Wise

Wealthy & Wise: The Road to Riches @ LAPL

Business & Economics Department, Central Library, Monday, January 5, 2015

Money can’t buy happiness but writing books on wealth just might.  How to get rich is a popular subject in Business and Economics and our collection on wealth will inspire you to take that winding road to budget, save, invest, and prosper.  The Library


Dr. Strangelove Meets Genealogy

How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the 1890 Census and Love the County History.

Julie Huffman, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, January 1, 2015

To the bane of many genealogists, the eleventh census of the United States was heavily damaged by a fire at the Commerce Department in 1921. Less than one percent of it survived, which means we have census data (e.g.


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LAPL Photo Collection: Year End Review

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Over at the LAPL Photo Collection, we were full steam ahead as always in 2014; processing collections, digitizing photos, acquiring new collections, mounting exhibits, coordinating programs, and assisting patrons with research and orders.


December 28, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

December 28, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, December 29, 2014

On the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller List, All the Light We Cannot See


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