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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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Love Aaj Kal

Film Screening ~ Love Aaj Kal

David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department, Monday, August 24, 2015

Love Aaj Kal (in Hindi – Love “now” and “then” which can also mean “these days”) narrates two parallel love stories from aaj (today) and kal (yesterday). London, San Francisco, Delhi - where would we go, what would we give to find our soulmates? 


Man in Robe

This Saturday: "Upon This Rock"

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 24, 2015

As award-winning author Marilynne Robinson noted in her New York Times Essay “The Book of Books: What Li


Beyond "Boy Books"

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Teen'Scape, Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It happens all the time at my library. A parent walks up to me and says, “My son has to read a book for school. He’s in 7th grade. He doesn’t really like reading. Can you recommend something?”


August 16, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 16, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Monday, August 17, 2015

Harper Lee's return to publishing, Go Set a Watchman


Mixtapes Are Back!

Vi Ha, Young Adult Librarian, Teen'Scape, Friday, August 14, 2015

Not to show my age, but I recently put  together a mixtape after a decade long hiatus.


Movie theatre image

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

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Wednesday, August 5, 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.


Entry from Bernice Kimball's "Streets of Los Angeles"

The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles

Kelly Wallace, Librarian, History Department, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What’s in a name?  The stories behind the names of the streets, avenues, roads, and boulevards of Los Angeles reveal much about the history of our city, from its beginning as a tiny pueblo to today's sprawling metropolis of 3.8 million.  A list of L.A.


August 2, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

August 2, 2015 Los Angeles Times Best Sellers Available at the Library

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department, Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Harper Lee's return to publishing, Go Set a Watchmanis the new #1 book on


$10 Worth of Controversy

Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department, Monday, August 3, 2015

In June 2015, US Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, introduced The New 10 Campaign in which a woman will be featured on the newly redesigned $10 bill in the year 2020.  The circulation of the new $10 bill will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right t


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