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April 13, 2014 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library
David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, April 15, 2014

Recently named the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is on top of the Los Angeles Times...


Japanese Tea Ceremony School Instructor and Students

Japanese Tea Ceremony at Thursdays@Central on April 11

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Ogasawara Ryu Sencha Do Japanese Tea Ceremony School was established in Japan about 100 years ago. Although the history of the matcha ceremony is much older and well known, Ogasawara Ryu involves the making of tea from tea leaves as opposed to tea powder. 

Armenian text

Searching Armenian Books

International Languages Department, Central Library, Thursday, April 4, 2013

Have you tried to figure out how to find an Armenian book in our library catalog? You may find the following Armenian Romanization table helpful. Diacritics are not necessary for searching the catalog.

Drawing and Painting samples

Creative inspiration for Spring!

Emma Roberts, Librarian III, Art, Music & Recreation Department, Friday, March 29, 2013

If you feel like trying your hand at drawing or painting for the first time, or would like to sharpen your talents, the Art, Music & Recreation Department has plenty of resources to get you started.  Check out the catalog, or come along and browse the shelves in person to find dozens of

Abraham Lincoln in Group Photo

U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Jack Stephens, Librarian, Science, Technology & Patents Department, Thursday, March 28, 2013

The U.S.

BULLY FREE L.A sign presented by the Los Angeles Fire Department

Anti-Bully​ing Resources At Your Library - And Beyond

Teenscape Department, Central Library, Wednesday, March 20, 2013

by Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen’Scape and Mary Abler, Innovation Leadership Program Resident

Fortress of Hormuz

Gems found from Extramural Interlibrary Loan

Steven Kilgore, Access Services, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

At Access Services, we provide a service called Extramural Interlibrary Loan that facilitates any quest for knowledge beyond the walls, so to speak.  For all the books we possess here in the Los Angeles Public Library system, there are those rare and exotic books that lurk outside our walls.

An open movie book

Books vs. Movies, Part 2

Glen Creason, Librarian III, History & Genealogy Department, Monday, March 18, 2013

Part II (see part 1 here)

Standing Ovation

The Literature & Fiction Department’s Theater Program Collection Deserves a Standing O!

Christa Deitrick, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Friday, March 15, 2013

The Literature & Fiction Department of the Central Library has been collecting theater programs since the late 19th century.  During the course of those 100-plus years, we have managed to amass quite a collection.  So we are very pleased to announce that a searchable databa

A library staff was reading aloud her favorite Dr. Seuss story.

A Dr. Seuss Weekend

Mara Alpert, Children's Librarian, Children's Literature Department, Friday, March 8, 2013

For librarians and teachers and anyone who loves children’s literature, early March is always a little bittersweet, because March 2 is Dr.

Photos of Authors

Unlimited use in-demand classics!

Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library, Thursday, March 7, 2013

Have you found yourself in need of a quote from one of the foundational works in the social sciences, philosophy or religion? No circulating copies available at LAPL? Don't give up! Consider using a digital resource (in PDF, HTML and other formats) from one of these websites: