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The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby
Central Docents, Central Library, September 29, 2014

When you meet your docent in the main lobby of the Central Library, the first art piece you'll see is the vibrant mural overhead that spans the vaulted ceiling. Our daily, free, hour-long art and architecture tour starts right there.

The painting, which measures 36 feet by 36 feet, is by Los Angeles artist Renee Petropoulos, and she named it The Seven Centers.In the early 1990’...

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Crime Scene yellow tape for Teen’Scape CSI event

Death in the Stacks: Teen’Scape CSI Coming Soon!

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This October has been a busy month for Teen'Scape, with a Big Draw LA program where we made a Central Library collage, sugar skull decorating and our all-day


Halloween Carved Pumpkin

Where My Witches At: Gearing up for Halloween with Western Costume company and the Art Department

Art Department, Central Library, Monday, October 21, 2013

Well, it’s time little spooks to get your ‘creep’ on. To help with your decorations, costumes, treats, and pranks, here is a list of do-it-yourself guides to pumpkin carving, creating creepy creatures, planning parties and food creations, scaring your neighbors and yourself.


The logo of Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library.

October 20, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, October 21, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell's newest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants debuts at #1 on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction best seller list this week.


The picture of Rotunda of Los Angeles Central Public Library - Upper Level 2

Reasons to visit the History Department in person

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Thursday, October 17, 2013

While new technology points toward every reference resource being digitized and on your hand-held something there are library beauties that can only be savored in person, in your actual hand kind of experiences.


Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Fiction-The Lowland and Nonfiction - Killing Jesus

October 13, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Three new books sit atop the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list this week.


Describing social etiquette with 3 victorians

Mrs. Grundy Then and Now: Historical Etiquette Books

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Friday, October 11, 2013

“[Women] aren’t supposed to know how much dinner-for-two comes to or how generous your escort tips. So don’t look very interested when the waiter brings the check. It’s his privilege to scan the figures on the bill before paying it.


Book covers of bestsellers fiction and nonfiction: Bleeding Edge and Still Foolin' Em

October 6, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thomas Pynchon's latest, Bleeding Edge debuts in the number one spot on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Fiction list this week.


A baby doll is holding the book - The Little Prince in spanish - El Princito

Bonjour, Little Prince!

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, October 7, 2013

Walking around the Los Angeles Public Library, one may come across a bilingual quotation in Spanish and English by Alfonso Reyes: “No hay amigo tan complaciente como un libro.” “There is no friend more obliging than a book.” And when entering the library and walki


Los Angeles Central Library entrance at Flower Street

Central Library - 20 Years Later

Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, Wednesday, October 2, 2013

On October 3, 1993, Central Library opened its doors to the people of Los Angeles for the first time in over seven years. Originally designed by Bertram G. Goodhue, the building had been a Los Angeles icon since its dedication in 1926, with striking architecture and artwork both inside and out.


Book Covers

September 29, 2013 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Billy Crystal's memoir, Still Foolin' Em hits the #1 spot on the Los Angeles Times Hardcover Nonfiction list this week.


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