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The words stand up for your right to read with flames in the background.
Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, September 25, 2016

This September 25th through October 1st, celebrate the 34th annual Banned Books Week with us!  

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Ammendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books week...

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Panelists for SHADOW OF ANGELS

Shadow of Angels

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, October 30, 2015

Maybe it’s the light, the brilliant golden light, that seems to make the shadows darker.  Maybe because Los Angeles is situated as a tenuous oasis on the edge of deserts as unforgiving as the moon?


Ready to become a Street Librarian?

Russell Garrigan, Librarian, Teen'Scape, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It all started with a grocery bag full of used books.


October 25, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

October 25, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 26, 2015

M Train, Patti Smith's follow-up memoir to the National Book Award winning


California Ghosts

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Monday, October 19, 2015

Myths and stories about ghosts exist in cultures all over the world thoughout history. The earliest tales of ghosts in America arose in the Puritan colonies of Massachusetts in the 1600s.


Looking South On Hill Street, 1940

Ansel Adams….Yosemite, Manzanar and beyond

Deborah Savage, Librarian, History & Genealogy Department, Wednesday, October 14, 2015

While many books by and about photographer Ansel Adams are in the Art Department, the History Department also holds many books he wrote and illustrated.


Test Preparation for Municipal Occupational Exams

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Some of the most commonly requested items from the Social Science, Philosophy and Religion department are study guides for municipal occupational exams, such as the Administrative Clerk position (formerly called Clerk Typist).  While the Los Angeles Public Library owns several copies of the


Keeping Investing Simple

Ken Benham, Librarian, Business Department, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Investing should be simple and efficient, if it is to be successful. This is the opinion of investors like Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway 2015 Newsletter) and John Bogle (Vanguard Group - low cost index funds).


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

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

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff debuts at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List for the week of October 4,


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